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"I'm very aware of a recent article in regards to an ongoing investigation by the OIG in regards to FEMA vehicle usage", Long said. Long also said in a Thursday press briefing that he "would never intentionally run a program incorrectly" and meant to cooperate with the investigation.

FEMA Administrator Brock Long is giving news conferences like it's 1999.

"I would never intentionally run a program incorrectly", he continued. "Bottom line is if we made mistakes on the way a program is run, then we'll work with the OIG to get those corrected", Long said.

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.

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"Also, if Kraninger is telling the truth and she did not personally review the request for the transfer of funds from FEMA to ICE because she stopped doing her work after being nominated by President Trump, what has she been doing since she June?"

The news of the investigation comes as the east coast of the United States braces for Hurricane Florence.

"All questions about any potential investigation by the Office of the Inspector General should be directed to the IG. At this time, we are fully focused on preparing for, responding to, and recovering from Hurricane Florence and the storms in the Pacific", DHS press secretary Tyler Houlton added to POLITICO in a statement.

He said Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen "is confident in the leadership at FEMA and their proven disaster management ability", he said.

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FEMA similarly directed all questions to the DHS inspector general's office.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) inspector general is also probing communications between Long and a FEMA contractor that may include discussions about future employment, a source told the Journal.

Former Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt resigned in July amid a series of spending and other ethics-related controversies, and former health secretary, Tom Price, resigned in 2017 following revelations of his use of costly private planes for government business. Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin was sacked in March amid questionable travel charges and a growing rebellion in his agency about the privatization of medical care. US government watchdogs have also chastised Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke over his spending.

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