FEMA Chief Under Scrutiny Over Use of Government Vehicles

By | September 18, 2018

A demand for documents by a key House Republican adds to the growing pressure on the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s chief as he coordinates the government response to Hurricane Florence.

On Monday, House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy sent Brock Long a letter demanding documents related to his use of government vehicles to commute to his North Carolina home.

Gowdy asked for documents showing each time Brock used a government car and which staff joined him. The Department of Homeland Security’s Inspector General has been investigating Long’s use of those vehicles.

The investigation into Long has been referred to federal prosecutors for possible criminal charges, the Wall Street Journal reported.

The Department of Homeland Security referred questions on the investigation to the Inspector General, which didn’t return phone calls. FEMA didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment; nor did the Department of Justice.

Brock Long was confirmed in June 2017 to head FEMA, the nation’s chief agency for disaster response. The agency was criticized for its response to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico last year, which led to an estimated 3,000 deaths.

On Sunday, Long defended himself against the latest travel allegations, saying that “maybe some policies were not developed around these vehicles.”

Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen, who oversees FEMA, has not asked him to resign, Long said during an interview on Meet the Press.

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