Brock Long, the director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), is reportedly under investigation by the Department of Homeland Security's ethics watchdog office for possibly misusing government vehicles, according to three current and former administration officials familiar with the matter who told Politico.
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.
Numerous Trump administration officials have been accused of improperly using taxpayer money and government resources for personal benefit.
"Administrator Long and the FEMA workforce are focused on preparing for, responding to, and recovering from Hurricane Florence and other active tropical systems", Nalepa tweeted in response to the POLITICO report.
"I would never intentionally run a program incorrectly", Long said. "Doing something unethical is not part of my DNA, and not part of my track record and my whole entire career".
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.More news: 3,000 dead, but Trump hails Hurricane Maria response as ‘unsung success’
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"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 is already under scrutiny as the potentially devastating Hurricane Florence prepares to make landfall along the Carolina coast.
FEMA abruptly ended the question-and-answer session with reporters on Thursday after they pressed Long about the investigation.
Representatives for the inspector general and the White House did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
FEMA's James Joseph said even with all of its assets, there are limits to what it can do. She called Long "an experienced and respected emergency manager".
Chris Kleponis/SIPA/NewscomJust a day after it was reported that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) managed to misplace almost a million bottles of water that were supposed to be delivered to the Puerto Rican victims of Hurricane Maria, the agency was thrown into another controversy based on Administrator Brock Long's travel habits.