FEMA chief says he would 'never intentionally run a program incorrectly'

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Specifically, he released a budget that showed the Department of Homeland Security had transferred almost 10 million dollars from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to Immigration and Customs Enforcement to pay for detention and removal operations.

It was reported earlier this week that Long is facing an inspector general investigation over his use of government vehicles and staff to drive him from his office in Washington, D.C., to his home in North Carolina. "On the weekends Long spent in North Carolina, aides were put up in a hotel at taxpayer expense, according to one of the current officials".

Misuse of government resources has come back to haunt past Trump administration officials.

While DHS employees must typically be authorized to use government vehicles for personal use, like what Long has done, there are special exceptions for the FEMA administrator.

"I would never intentionally run a program incorrectly".

Long's use of official cars for suspected personal trips has drawn the attention of the DHS inspector general. Bottom line is, if we made mistakes in the way a program is run, we'll work with the OIG to get those corrected.

"We have no way of knowing if she is being truthful about her involvement in the transfer of almost $10 million from FEMA to ICE because she has refused to come clean about her record", said Karl Frisch, executive director of Allied Progress.

Tyler Houlton, a spokesman for Homeland Security, FEMA's parent agency, referred questions to the inspector general's office, which didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

"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.

"Administrator Long and the FEMA workforce are focused on preparing for, responding to, and recovering from Hurricane Florence and other active tropical systems", Nalepa said in a statement on Twitter in response to the Politico report.

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

According to Politico, Long's use of vehicles has caused a rift between him and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, especially after a vehicle used on one trip was involved in an accident. Former EPA head Scott Pruitt, for example, was forced to resign over his travel habits.

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