White House considered replacing FEMA administrator

Katie Ramirez
September 16, 2018

Senior officials are reportedly discussing replacements for administrator Brock Long, following investigations into his alleged misuse of federal resources.

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.

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.

Long also said in a Thursday press briefing that he "would never intentionally run a program incorrectly" and meant to cooperate with the investigation.

Long later said that he would "never intentionally run a program incorrectly". "Bottom line is if we made mistakes on the way a program is run, then we'll work with the OIG to get those corrected", Long said.

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Nalepa added that Long was now focused on FEMA's work "preparing for, responding to, and recovering from Hurricane Florence and other active tropical systems".

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Hill on Friday.

Since he took control of FEMA previous year, Long has allegedly been using a government driver to take him home. "Since his confirmation, the Administrator quickly earned the respect of the entire emergency management community, many in Congress and, most importantly, the FEMA workforce, during the most historic and challenging time in the agency's history", she said.

Long is now one of several top Trump administration officials who have faced intense scrutiny of their travel habits. 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.

As FEMA director, Long is responsible for the response to Hurricane Florence, which is already impacting the coast of the Carolinas.

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