FEMA’s Brock Long mistakes Hurricane Florence for Hurricane Floyd in briefing ZlotoNews

FEMA’s Brock Long mistakes Hurricane Florence for Hurricane Floyd in briefing ZlotoNews

FEMA administrator Brock Long is the target of an ongoing Department of Homeland Security inspector general investigation into whether he misused government vehicles during his commutes to North Carolina from Washington, according to three people familiar with the matter, including current and former administration officials.

Politico first reported that the Department of Homeland Security's inspector general is probing Long's vehicle usage.

This, after an internal report alleged Long used government vehicles and resources for personal use.

"I would never intentionally run a program incorrectly", Long said at a FEMA meeting Thursday regarding the probe, per Politico.

"Bottom line is if we made mistakes in the way the program was run then we will work with the OIG to get those corrected. Doing something unethical is not part of my DNA and it's not part of my track record my whole entire career so we'll work with the OIG", he continued.

At the beginning of his tenure at FEMA a year ago, Long started using a staff driver to get him back home to Hickory, North Carolina, according to Politico.

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

Long reportedly began having a government driver take him home since he took control of FEMA previous year.

Several current and former Trump administration officials have been investigated over their travel expenses.

Jeff Byard, the Federal Emergency Management Agency's associate administrator for response and recovery, said the important issue was that the hurricane would be a "Mike Tyson punch to the Carolina coast" and people had to heed evacuation orders. 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.

Long said it is not only FEMA that will respond to the storm, but a "partnership" that reaches from the federal government all the way into state and local levels.

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is now under investigation for his role in a real estate deal in his hometown.