White House to Replace FEMA's Brock Long Amid Hurricane Florence

White House to Replace FEMA's Brock Long Amid Hurricane Florence

The White House considered replacing Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Brock Long, who is the subject of an ongoing Department of Homeland Security inspector general investigation, before Hurricane Florence hit the East Coast, the Wall Street Journal reported Friday.

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. One source told Politico that Nielsen suggested Long, who was traveling home too frequently for the secretary's liking, resign over the issue.

The vehicle program "ran for me the same way it's run for anybody else", he said. It said the director now drives himself or flies back to the state. Politico first reported the existence of the investigation.

Long's use of official cars for suspected personal trips has drawn the attention of the DHS inspector general. "Bottom line is, if we made a mistake on how a program is run, we'll work with the OIG to get those corrected". "Doing something unethical is not part of my DNA and it is not part of my track record in my whole entire career".

FEMA, the agency in charge of coordinating the federal response to Florence, was criticized a year ago 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, however, that right now he is focused on the incoming hurricane.

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"All questions about any potential investigation by the Office of the Inspector General should be directed to the IG".

Long seemed to have confirmed the investigation during a briefing on Thursday, saying that his office will "continue to fully cooperate with any investigation".

He said Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen "is confident in the leadership at FEMA and their proven disaster management ability", he said.

Trump began the day disputing the death toll from that storm, Hurricane Maria, which the Puerto Rican government recently revised sharply upward to 2,975.

Former Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt and former Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price resigned over investigations into their misuse of taxpayer funds for travel and other controversies.

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