FEMA administrator's government vehicle use under investigation

FEMA chief probed over government car use

Nielsen was said to have confronted Long to tell him that agency resources were not to be used for his personal trips.

At a press briefing on Hurricane Florence Thursday morning, Long said he will "fully cooperate" in the investigation.

During the question and answer session Long was asked if he thought all the laws and practices were followed.

Tyler Houlton, a spokesman for Homeland Security, FEMA's parent agency, referred questions to the inspector general's office, which didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

The news of the investigation comes as the east coast of the United States braces for Hurricane Florence.

"What concerns me the most is trying to get to the people who didn't evacuate and that's incredibly hard to do, so we can't put our own people in danger", said administrator Brock Long, who spoke to CBS News right before he went to brief the president. "If we made mistakes with the way a program was run, then we'll work with OIG to get this corrected". Long and Nielsen reportedly regularly clashed over the FEMA director's travel habits- a reoccurring theme among Trump officials - and his consistent absence from the office in Washington, D.C., due to his frequent travel home to North Carolina.

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. "FEMA fully cooperates with all investigations conducted by the DHS OIG". "Doing something unethical is not part of my DNA, and not part of my track record and my whole entire career". She called Long "an experienced and respected emergency manager". "He is known for his passion to help disaster survivors in their time of greatest need".

Several current and former Trump administration officials have been investigated over their travel expenses. Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin was sacked in March amid questionable travel charges and a growing rebellion in his agency about the privatization of medical care.

Former Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price resigned after his trips on private planes raised eyebrows.

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is now under investigation for his role in a real estate deal in his hometown.



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