FEMA similarly directed all questions to the DHS inspector general's office.
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. The investigation includes, but may not be limited to, travel using government resources, and that would include the administrator's travel in government vehicles on the taxpayer's dime, the source told CNN.
"I would never intentionally run a program incorrectly", he said.
The news site said Long's travel was already the source of tension between him and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen. "At this time, we are fully focused on preparing for, responding to, and recovering from Hurricane Florence and the storms in the Pacific", DHS press secretary Tyler Houlton told Politico in a statement.
In a statement to CBS News on Thursday, Jessica Nalepa, director of external affairs for FEMA said, "Any questions regarding a particular investigation should be directed to Department of Homeland Security's Office of the Inspector General (DHS OIG)". The report said the DHS IG is investigating whether administrator Brock Long "misused government resources and personnel" on his weekend commutes back home to Hickory, N.C.
"Bottom line is if we made mistakes in the way the program was run then we will work with the OIG to get those corrected".
Long reportedly began having a government driver take him home since he took control of FEMA past year. Nielsen confronted Long about the issue at a meeting in late August.
Long would use a staff driver to drive him to North Carolina, Politico reported.