Long, the DHS IG's office, and the White House all did not respond to Politico's requests for comment.
The Wall Street Journal reports that senior officials have discussed replacing Long, who was appointed to the position previous year 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.
FEMA, the agency in charge of coordinating the federal response to Florence, was criticized a year ago for its handling of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. That accident, coupled with Long's absence from work during six-hour drives between Washington and his home in Hickory, N.C., apparently prompted the investigation.
"I would never intentionally run a program incorrectly", he continued.
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On Guam, where Mangkhut passed, residents dealt with flooded streets, downed trees and widespread power outages. At least four million people are in the direct path of Mangkhut.
What's more, insiders say there are communications between Long and a FEMA contractor that touch on possible future employment.
CNN has reached out to FEMA. "Bottom line is if we made a mistakes on how a program is run, we'll work with OIG to get those corrected", Long said.
At a FEMA briefing on Thursday laying out the administration's plans for response to Hurricane Florence, Long told reporters in response to the Politico report, "Right now I am 100 precent focused on [Florence] and that's exactly where our attention needs to be from the standpoint of the life safety missions".
"All questions about any potential investigation by the Office of the Inspector General should be directed to the IG".
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O'Connell described the piece of rock that fell as being as big as a four-storey building, crashing down onto the beach . He continued: "I thought more was coming and with the size of the waves coming towards me I just started running".
The head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is under investigation to determine if he improperly used government vehicles, Politico is reporting, citing people who claim to have knowledge of the investigation.
Houlton said in a statement that Homeland Security is "fully focused on preparing for, responding to, and recovering from Hurricane Florence and the storms in the Pacific".
Also at issue is Long's use of staff drivers for some of those trips back and forth, and travel expenses those aides incurred.
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From Titusville to Fort Pierce, Florida, every Waffle House was closed as operations became too hard to continue. Because of this, FEMA internally uses an unofficial " Waffle House Index " to track potentially unsafe events.