White House officials discussing potential replacements for FEMA chief

Cristina Cross
September 16, 2018

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.

The DHS inspector general's office is investigating whether Long misused government cars and staff drivers to travel home to North Carolina on the weekends, according to Politico.

A White House official told the Journal that chief of staff John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE has made a decision to leave Long in place until a final report on his conduct becomes available.

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

Long is driven seven days a week and 24 hours a day - so any of his movements are in government vehicles.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders declined to comment to CNN on conversations about Long's future, and referred questions to DHS.

"Bottom line is, we'll continue to fully cooperate with any investigation that goes on and own up to any mistakes and push forward and keep going", he said.

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"I would never intentionally run a program incorrectly", he said. "Doing something unethical is not part of my DNA and it's not part of my track record in my whole entire career".

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

Jessica Nalepa, FEMA director of external affairs, also responded to the investigation saying FEMA "fully cooperates with all investigations conducted by the DHS OIG".

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.

"Having worked directly with him for over a year, I know Administrator Long to be an experienced and respected emergency manager".

Nielsen was said to have confronted Long to tell him that agency resources were not to be used for his personal trips. 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.

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