FEMA head reportedly spent $150K on unauthorized travel
The head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency reportedly spent $151,000 on unauthorized government travel — including during a trip to Hawaii with his family.
FEMA chief Brock Long used government vehicles and tasked government employees with chauffeuring him to his North Carolina home in addition to the Hawaiian jaunt, according to an inspector general’s report obtained by The Wall Street Journal.
The amount Long spent on personal use of government vehicles and staff salary was $94,000, while $55,000 was spent on travel expenses, and $2,000 in maintenance-related costs, the Journal said.
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During the March 2017 trip to Hawaii, a government aide “provided transportation to Long and his family in a vehicle rented by the U.S. government.”
The aide then destroyed evidence of the trip in an attempt to thwart the investigation, the IG report said.
During the vacation, Long also met with Hawaii Gov. David Ige and visited the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency’s Emergency Operations Center.
The head of the Department of Homeland Security — which overseas FEMA — said Long would repay the government, although it wasn’t clear how much of the expenses he would cover.
In a statement to the Journal, Long said he would “accept full responsibility for any mistakes that were made by me.”