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>> As FEMA was dealing with the damage and deadly flooding left by Hurricane Florence in the Carolinas, officials at the agency had another issue on their hands. The man at the top, Brock Long, was facing an investigation in to his travel habits by the Department of Homeland Securities Inspector General.
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Reuters correspondent, Sarah Lynch.>> He's been using Suburbans, I've heard about as many as eight, to commute between his office in Washington, DC, and his home in Hickory, North Carolina. And he was taking officials with him and putting them up in hotels. He was also apparently using them to transport family members to functions.
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A source said Long's commuting habits cost the Government about $151,000. But one of his trips has been of particular interest to investigators. In the fall of 2017 the car Brock was traveling in was involved in an accident. But Reuters has learned through sources that one important detail from the crash was left out from an official report.
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>> When they went out to fill out official accident report for the Federal Government people with at FEMA internationally omitted his name so that they would not know that he was in the car. And this was apparently done at the request of another supervisor. Not Long, somebody else that we have not identified.
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But the information about what's in the report, and the fact that it was given to prosecutors, was starting to leak out of the Department of Homeland Security right around the time that Hurricane Florence was hitting the Carolinas. It was an extreme headache for them trying to juggle dealing with this disaster while they are also dealing with the prospect of possible criminal charges.
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>> Long has defended his use of vehicles, saying he needed them to be in contact with top officials in the event of an emergency. Last week, he a apologized. And while his boss, Secretary of Homeland Security, Kirstjen Nielsen, said he wouldn't lose his job. She said Long would reimburse the government for the cost of vehicles and the people put up in hotels during his trips.