Brock Long, the agency's administrator, is the target of an ongoing Department of Homeland Security investigation into whether he misused government vehicles on weekend trips home to Hickory, North Carolina, from Washington, Politico reported Thursday.
When FEMA administrator Brock Long started his job previous year, he began to take routine trips home to North Carolina, using a government driver and vehicle to make the six-hour trek from Washington, D.C. An aide, who would stay in hotel room at taxpayer expense, would also accompany Long on these trips.
"Before we get started on Floyd", Long said before commenting on a report he was the subject of an investigation alleging the misuse of government cars.
Long seemed to have confirmed the investigation during a briefing on Thursday, saying that his office will "continue to fully cooperate with any investigation".
"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.
"Doing something unethical is not part of my DNA and it's not part of my track record in my whole entire career", said Long, who leads the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
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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.
FEMA similarly directed all questions to the DHS inspector general's office.
As the FEMA administrator, Long serves as the head of the US disaster response.
As FEMA director, Long is responsible for the response to Hurricane Florence, which is already impacting the coast of the Carolinas.
Houlton said in a statement that Homeland Security is "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.
Other Trump Administration officials have been investigated for ethics issues related to travel. Former EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt's spending of taxpayer dollars also came under scrutiny, as did the travel expenses of former Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin's travel.