Head of FEMA resigning, questioned over use of vehicles

FEMA chief Brock Long is leaving the agency he led through record natural disasters

"I leave knowing the Agency is in good hands". But the use of government vehicles for home-to-work travel was not officially authorized, and that practice was eliminated in April. Long's improper use of government resources for personal travel fit a pattern among senior Trump administration officials.

Long had been investigated by the Department of Homeland Security's internal watchdog previous year over allegations that he inappropriately used government vehicles to travel to his home in North Carolina.

But Long's time as the head of FEMA was also controversial.

The development intensifies pressure on Long to step down and comes as he leads FEMA's response to Hurricane Florence.

In a statement posted to the FEMA website he wrote: "While this has been the opportunity of the lifetime, it is time for me to go home to my family - my handsome wife and two incredible boys".

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen says he led the agency admirably for two years through six major hurricanes and five historic wildfires.

A former state emergency management director in Alabama, Long was faced with immediate challenges in the federal post, including Hurricanes Harvey in Texas and Maria in Puerto Rico.

FEMA was criticized for its response to Puerto Rico's Hurricane Maria, in particular, a storm that resulted in almost 3,000 deaths.

"Going into other areas, like Puerto Rico, there was only one leg that was present and that's the fact, and that's the reality", Long said. "We've got to figure out how to build better baseline capabilities at all levels of government".

"While this has been the opportunity of the lifetime, it is time for me to go home to my family - my lovely wife and two incredible boys", Long's statement explained "Upon my departure, Mr. Peter Gaynor, will serve as Acting FEMA administrator". It was not immediately clear when he would leave the agency.

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