Published: Sun, September 16, 2018
Science | By Michele Flores

FEMA's Administrator Is Under Investigation for His Travel Habits

FEMA's Administrator Is Under Investigation for His Travel Habits

But using those vehicles for personal trips or other activities runs afoul of government misuse regulations.

At a FEMA briefing on Thursday laying out the administration's plans for response to Hurricane Florence, Long told reporters in response to the Politico report, "Right now I am 100 precent focused on [Florence] and that's exactly where our attention needs to be from the standpoint of the life safety missions".

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

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". His office will play an integral role in the government's response to Hurricane Florence, which is now affecting the Carolinas.

"I would never intentionally run a program incorrectly", Long said at a FEMA meeting Thursday regarding the probe, per Politico.

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We know how to manage expectations. "The fact is this storm is deadly and we know we are days away from an ending", Cooper said. They were surrounded by powerful storms with cloud tops as cold as minus 70 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 56.6 degrees Celsius).

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The declaration also provides assistance to local governments for cleanup efforts following the storm, including building repairs. The National Hurricane Center says the eyewall of Hurricane Florence is beginning to reach the North Carolina coast.

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Spanish moss waved in the trees as the winds picked up in Wilmington , and floating docks bounced atop swells at Morehead City.

It was reported earlier this week that Long is facing an inspector general investigation over his use of government vehicles and staff to drive him from his office in Washington, D.C., to his home in North Carolina. Doing something unethical is not part of my DNA and it's not a part of my track record in my whole entire career. "FEMA fully cooperates with all investigations conducted by the DHS OIG".

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. "The secretary is confident in the leadership at FEMA and their proven disaster management ability".

Long reportedly began having a government driver take him home since he took control of FEMA a year ago. "He is known for his passion to help disaster survivors in their time of greatest need".

Long is now one of several top Trump administration officials who have faced intense scrutiny of their travel habits. Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price was sacked past year after it was disclosed he took costly charter flights instead of commercial planes. Former Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, former Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin and former EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt were all felled in part due to their own lavish travel scandals.

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

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