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FEMA's Brock Long under investigation for misuse of government cars

16 September 2018, 03:41 | Justin Tyler

Politico: FEMA administrator probed over travel, car use

People are seen inside a shelter run by Red Cross before Hurricane Florence comes ashore in Grantsboro North Carolina

FEMA director of external affairs Jessica Nalepa addressed the Politico story in a statement saying Long and the organization "are focused on preparing for, responding to and recovering from Hurricane Florence".

This, after an internal report alleged Long used government vehicles and resources for personal use. The investigation includes, but may not be limited to, travel using government resources, and that would include the administrator's travel in government vehicles on the taxpayer's dime, the source told CNN.

Jeff Byard, the Federal Emergency Management Agency's associate administrator for response and recovery, said the important issue was that the hurricane would be a "Mike Tyson punch to the Carolina coast" and people had to heed evacuation orders.

Long is driven seven days a week and 24 hours a day - so any of his movements are in government vehicles.

"I would never intentionally run a program incorrectly", he continued.

FEMA Administrator Brock Long speaks during a press conference on the federal response to Hurricane Irma at FEMA headquarters in Washington, DC, on September 12, 2017.


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.

When FEMA administrator Brock Long started his job previous year, he began to take routine trips home to North Carolina, using a government driver and vehicle to make the six-hour trek from Washington, D.C. An aide, who would stay in hotel room at taxpayer expense, would also accompany Long on these trips.

Long, speaking at a Thursday morning briefing about Hurricane Florence's impending arrival in the Carolinas, had another system on his mind: 1999's Hurricane Floyd. Bottom line is if we made mistakes on the way a program was run then we'll work with the OIG to get those corrected.

Nielsen confronted Long about her frustrations last month, according to Politico.

At the beginning of his tenure at FEMA past year, Long started using a staff driver to get him back home to Hickory, North Carolina, according to Politico.



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