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Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Brock Long is under investigation for possible misuse of government vehicles, Politico reports. Politico reported Long was under investigation for possibly misusing government resources and personnel on weekend trips home to Hickory, North Carolina. One source told Politico that Nielsen suggested Long, who was traveling home too frequently for the secretary's liking, resign over the issue.

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

Amparo did not specify how many modular units were on hand to respond to Hurricane Florence, but said it was "more than 2,000".

A senior administration official confirmed to CNN on Thursday that the inspector general's investigation includes, but may not be limited to, travel using government resources, and that would include Long's travel in government vehicles on the taxpayers' dime.

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

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Long has said he will cooperate with the investigation and take it as an opportunity to make improvements to remain in line with regulations.

Long added that "doing something unethical is not part of my DNA".

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

The Wall Street Journal reports that senior officials have discussed replacing Long, who was appointed to the position a year ago by President TrumpDonald John TrumpSouth Carolina detention centers say it will not relocate inmates in mandatory evacuation zones Letitia James routs three Dems to win New York AG primary Trump slams Kerry for "illegal" meetings with Iran MORE, due to an investigation into the FEMA chief's potential misuse of federal resources.

Politico said Long began using a staff driver for his trips home from Washington when his term began previous year, and that aides also traveled with him at taxpayer expense. Former Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, former Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin and former EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt were all felled in part due to their own lavish travel scandals.

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