Doing something unethical is not part of my DNA and it's not a part of my track record in my whole entire career.
Long lives in Hickory, North Carolina, and has reportedly been using government vehicles to commute from his home to Washington, D.C. His use of the cars for that commute is being investigated for misuse of government funds. FEMA aides were then put up in hotel rooms using taxpayer money, according to one of the current officials.
Over 1 million residents of coastal states including North Carolina and SC were ordered to evacuate as of Thursday afternoon, ahead of the expected landfall of Hurricane Florence on Friday.
"I'm very aware of a recent article in regards to an ongoing investigation by the OIG in regards to FEMA vehicle usage", Long said.
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"All questions about any potential investigation by the Office of the Inspector General should be directed to the IG".
Jessica Nalepa, FEMA director of external affairs, also responded to the investigation saying FEMA "fully cooperates with all investigations conducted by the DHS OIG". "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.
"Having worked directly with him for over a year, I know Administrator Long to be 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.
The former head of the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt, resigned in July after allegations of outsized security spending, first-class flights and a sweetheart condo lease.