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FEMA head denies intentionally misusing federal vehicles

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

Long, speaking at a Thursday morning briefing about Hurricane Florence's impending arrival in the Carolinas, had another system on his mind: 1999's Hurricane Floyd.

"Any questions regarding a particular investigation should be directed to the Department of Homeland Security's Office of the Inspector General (DHS OIG)".

The DHS IG is examining whether Long misused government vehicles and personnel for his six-hour drives between his home in North Carolina and FEMA headquarters in Washington, DC, Politico reported.

"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.

He is now overseeing the preparations for Hurricane Florence, which is expected to hit the Southeast hard.

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Over 1 million residents of coastal states including North Carolina and SC were ordered to evacuate as of Thursday afternoon, ahead of the expected landfall of Hurricane Florence on Friday.

Long, the DHS IG's office, and the White House all did not respond to Politico's requests for comment.

If their homes are damaged, FEMA has options beyond standard temporary trailers for housing, agency officials said. "At this time, we are fully focused on preparing for, responding to, and recovering from Hurricane Florence and the storms in the Pacific", Houlton told ABC News.

Brock Long, the administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, who is overseeing the federal response to a potentially catastrophic hurricane beginning to lash the East Coast, acknowledged on Thursday that he is under investigation for unethical conduct at the agency, but denied any intentional wrongdoing.

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

A top FEMA official attempted Wednesday to warn people in the path of Hurricane Florence but instead had to shoot down reporters' questions about whether the Trump administration wasted disaster funds on its illegal immigration agenda. Former EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt's spending of taxpayer dollars also came under scrutiny, as did the travel expenses of former Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin's travel.

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