FEMA director under investigation for possible misuse of taxpayer resources

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As Hurricane Florence nears the southeast coast, the head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency is the subject of an investigation by the Department of Homeland Security inspector general looking into his use of government vehicles for personal travel.

Long is being questioned as to whether he misused government vehicles for trips from Washington to his North Carolina home.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) inspector general is also probing communications between Long and a FEMA contractor that may include discussions about future employment, a source told the Journal.

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Brock Long discussed the investigation, first reported by Politico, at a briefing on Hurricane Florence, saying he would cooperate and own up to any mistakes.

"I would never intentionally run a program incorrectly", he continued. "Doing something unethical is not part of my DNA and it's not part of my track record my whole entire career so we'll work with the OIG", he continued.

Long would use a staff driver to drive him to North Carolina, Politico reported.

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Politico said FEMA directed questions about the probe to the IG's office, which did not respond to the news organization's request for comment. "FEMA fully cooperates with all investigations conducted by the DHS OIG".

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. "At this time, we are fully focused on preparing for, responding to, and recovering from Hurricane Florence and the storms in the Pacific", Houlton told ABC News. Long said FEMA is used to the blame game because disasters are frustrating and FEMA is always the end of the line. 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. He need only look at Secretary of Treasury Steve Mnuchin and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke for examples of officials who misused taxpayer resources to jaunt around the country but have not suffered any consequences.

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Wednesday, the Category 4 storm was about 435 miles southeast of Wilmington, N.C., and moving northwest at about 16 mph. The category three storm is ploughing towards the east coast and is due to make landfall in SC early on Friday morning.

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