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. "We will work with the OIG to get anything corrected", he added.
The investigation has come to light at the same time that Long has become the face of the administration's effort to prepare for Hurricane Florence and its aftermath - a consequential test of President Donald Trump's leadership and of FEMA itself, after harsh criticism of the federal response to a hurricane that devastated Puerto Rico in 2017. "Doing something unethical is not part of my DNA and it's not part of my track record my whole entire career so we'll work with the OIG", he continued.
Representatives for the inspector general and the White House did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
The Department of Homeland Security's inspector general's office is reportedly looking into whether he misused taxpayer dollars.More news: Hundreds rescued as Hurricane Florence pounds Carolinas
Both FEMA and ICE are agencies managed by DHS.
Long said, however, that right now he is focused on the incoming hurricane.
"Having worked directly with him for over a year, I know Administrator Long to be an experienced and respected emergency manager", Jessica Nalepa, the spokeswoman, said in the statement.
A top FEMA official attempted Wednesday to warn people in the path of Hurricane Florence but instead had to shoot down reporters' questions about whether the Trump administration wasted disaster funds on its illegal immigration agenda. Former EPA head Scott Pruitt, for example, was forced to resign over his travel habits.
Former Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price resigned after his trips on private planes raised eyebrows. USA government watchdogs have also chastised Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke over his spending.