FEMA's Brock Long under investigation for misuse of government cars

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

During the question and answer session Long was asked if he thought all the laws and practices were followed.

FEMA did not respond to a Fortune request for comment on the investigation. He is now overseeing the preparations for Hurricane Florence, which is expected to hit the Southeast hard.

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"I would never intentionally run a program incorrectly", he said.

Specifically, Long is accused of using government cars for personal weekend travel to his hometown of Hickory, North Carolina - which has drawn scrutiny from DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen as well as the inspector general.

FEMA director of external affairs Jessica Nalepa said any questions regarding an investigation should be directed to the DHS IG, adding FEMA "fully cooperates with all investigations conducted by the DHS OIG".

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Hurricane Florence is doing "exactly as predicted", and the storm surge and flooding remain the major dangers, FEMA Administrator Brock Long said Friday after the eye of the storm made landfall. She called Long "an experienced and respected emergency manager". Long said FEMA is used to the blame game because disasters are frustrating and FEMA is always the end of the line.

Long said the inspector general was looking into vehicle usage, but he didn't confirm that the review concerned his use of an official vehicle.

Other Trump Administration officials have been investigated for ethics issues related to travel. 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. Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price was sacked a year ago after it was disclosed he took costly charter flights instead of commercial planes. He need only look at Secretary of Treasury Steve Mnuchin and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke for examples of officials who misused taxpayer resources to jaunt around the country but have not suffered any consequences.

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