Trump's FEMA Chief Faces Investigation For Personal Use Of Government Vehicles

Trump's FEMA Chief Faces Investigation For Personal Use Of Government Vehicles

Senior officials are reportedly discussing replacements for administrator Brock Long, following investigations into his alleged misuse of federal resources.

The head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is under investigation to determine if he improperly used government vehicles, Politico is reporting, citing people who claim to have knowledge of the investigation.

Long said the inspector general was looking into vehicle usage, but he didn't confirm that the review concerned his use of an official vehicle.

Neither FEMA nor the inspector general's office of DHS immediately responded to Newsweek's inquiry about the possible misuse of government vehicles and taxpayer money.

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".

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"I would never intentionally run a program incorrectly", Long said at a FEMA meeting Thursday regarding the probe, per Politico. "Bottom line is, if we made a mistake on how a program is run, we'll work with the OIG to get those corrected". "Doing something unethical is not part of my DNA and it is not part of my track record in my whole entire career. At this time, we are fully focused on preparing for, responding to, and recovering from Hurricane Florence and the storms in the Pacific", DHS press secretary Tyler Houlton told Politico in a statement.

The news site said Long's travel was already the source of tension between him and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen.

Long reportedly began having a government driver take him home since he took control of FEMA a year ago.

Other Trump Administration officials have been investigated for ethics issues related to travel.

FEMA, the agency in charge of coordinating the federal response to Florence, was criticized past year for its handling of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. Former EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt's spending of taxpayer dollars also came under scrutiny, as did the travel expenses of former Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin's travel.

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