As FEMA prepares to tackle yet another potentially devastating storm with Hurricane Florence, the agency's chief Brock Long is reportedly under an internal investigation for his alleged use of government cars in a personal capacity, according to Politico.
Long also said in a Thursday press briefing that he "would never intentionally run a program incorrectly" and meant to cooperate with the investigation.
"Right now, that money has nothing to do with what you see behind us", Long said from FEMA's response center in Washington.
During the question and answer session Long was asked if he thought all the laws and practices were followed.
"I would never intentionally run a program incorrectly", he continued. "Doing something unethical is not part of my DNA and it is not part of my track record in my whole entire career".
At the beginning of his tenure at FEMA a year ago, Long started using a staff driver to get him back home to Hickory, North Carolina, according to Politico.
Long was chosen by President Donald Trump to lead FEMA and confirmed by the Senate in 2017.
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Meanwhile, private companies, not FEMA are in charge of restoring power grids, said Long, so "we are rewriting our response plans to put the private sector in the front seat to tell us how we can help them.the lights are going to be off for many days, if not weeks".
"All questions about any potential investigation by the Office of the Inspector General should be directed to the IG".
"At this time, we are fully focused on preparing for, responding to, and recovering from Hurricane Florence and the storms in the Pacific". Long said FEMA is used to the blame game because disasters are frustrating and FEMA is always the end of the line.
The inspector general is looking into whether taxpayers inappropriately footed the bill for Long's trips, according to the report, citing three unnamed sources. "FEMA fully cooperates with all investigations conducted by the DHS OIG".
Long reportedly began having a government driver take him home since he took control of FEMA past year.
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