Published: Mon, September 17, 2018

FEMA head says he'll stay on job despite reported probe

FEMA head says he'll stay on job despite reported probe

Brock Long, the agency's administrator, is the target of an ongoing Department of Homeland Security investigation into whether he misused government vehicles on weekend trips home to Hickory, North Carolina, from Washington, Politico reported Thursday. "Doing something unethical is not part of my DNA and it's not part of my track record in my whole entire career".

Long addressed the investigation Thursday, telling reporters, "Every day we work closely with the OIG and the (Government Accountability Office)" and "we'll continue to fully cooperate with any investigation that moves forward".

Representatives for the inspector general and the White House did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Former Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt resigned in July amid a series of spending and other ethics-related controversies, and former health secretary, Tom Price, resigned in 2017 following revelations of his use of costly private planes for government business.

Asked if he plans to resign, Long replied, "No".

Politico, citing three people familiar with the situation, reports that Long used the cars during commutes from his home in North Carolina to Washington and the Department of Homeland Security's inspector general report is now looking into whether or not taxpayer funds had footed Long's bill for travel. He pledged to cooperate with the ongoing investigation but meanwhile now he and FEMA are fully focused on Hurricane Florence and life safety mission.

The news comes just hours before Hurricane Florence is expected to hit the coast of the Carolinas.

It is learned the DHS attorneys had informed Long late a year ago about the law violations of his trips the caravan was tailed too in finding whether he was misusing resources even after the warnings.

"Having worked directly with him for over a year, I know Administrator Long to be an experienced and respected emergency manager".

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