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, according to a report from Politico Thursday.
Citing three unnamed sources, Politico said the DHS IG is investigating whether administrator Brock Long “misused government resources and personnel” on his weekend commutes back home to Hickory, N.C.
Long reportedly began having a government driver take him home since he took control of FEMA last year. Aides that went with him were put up in hotels at taxpayers’ expense, one official told Politico.
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.”
“I would never intentionally run a program incorrectly,” he continued. “If we made mistakes with the way a program was run, then we’ll work with OIG to get this corrected. Doing something unethical is not part of my DNA and it’s not part of my track record in my whole entire career.”
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SOURCE: USA Today, William Cummings