Published: Sun, September 16, 2018
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

FEMA Chief Brock Long: Florence Performing 'Exactly as Predicted'

FEMA Chief Brock Long: Florence Performing 'Exactly as Predicted'

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".

Long is the latest in a long line of Trump administration officials to come under fire for misusing government funds on travel.

The news comes just hours before Hurricane Florence is expected to hit the coast of the Carolinas. Seems Long has taken the 800-mile round-trip drive many times, spending 150 days of weekends and days off in North Carolina since he was hired in 2017.

"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.

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.

A senior administration official confirmed to CNN on Thursday that the inspector general's investigation includes, but may not be limited to, travel using government resources, and that would include Long's travel in government vehicles on the taxpayers' dime.

Hurricane Florence: Giant, slow-moving storm causes deluge as it makes landfall
Morehead City, North Carolina , had received 23 inches (58 centimeters) of rain by Friday night with more torrents on the way. It already had, in Beaufort County and its capital city, Washington, where 300 people were rescued from flooded homes.

Houlton said in a statement that Homeland Security is "fully focused on preparing for, responding to, and recovering from Hurricane Florence and the storms in the Pacific". "Doing something unethical is not part of my DNA and it is not part of my track record in my whole entire career".

The Department of Homeland Security's inspector general's office is reportedly looking into whether he misused taxpayer dollars.

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

According to Politico, one of the government vehicles Long used, a black Suburban, was involved in a wreck, prompting the IG to look into the matter.

Also at issue is Long's use of staff drivers for some of those trips back and forth, and travel expenses those aides incurred.

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