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.
Extremely risky Hurricane Florence hits Category 4 as it churns toward Carolinas
The National Weather Service says more than 5.4 million people live in areas now under hurricane warnings or watches on the U.S. Announcing his evacuation order, SC governor Henry McMaster said an estimated one million people would be fleeing the coast.
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".
The Weather Channel Goes All In With Apocalyptic Hurricane Florence Graphics
Mramer said. "There's going to be really nowhere for anybody to go", said Chief House with Wrightsville Beach Police. Hurricane Helene is veering toward Ireland and Great Britain. "You can get storm surge even several miles inland".
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.
Gulf system still not expected to develop, but heavy rain is predicted
Swells generated by the storm could produce life-threatening surf and rip current conditions . Tropical storm watches were in effect Tuesday for Antigua, Montserrat and St.