FEMA chief to keep job but must re­im­burse govern­ment

South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Sunday) - - Nation & World -

FEMA Ad­min­is­tra­tor Wil­liam “Brock” Long has been or­dered to re­im­burse the govern­ment for his mis­use of fed­eral ve­hi­cles, but he will be al­lowed to re­main in his job, ac­cord­ing to state­ments from Long and Depart­ment of Home­land Se­cu­rity Sec­re­tary Kirst­jen Nielsen re­leased late Fri­day.

The state­ments ap­peared to be aimed at over­com­ing a tense feud be­tween Long and Nielsen that has dis­tracted staff at FEMA right at the mo­ment that the agency is cop­ing with flood­ing from Hur­ri­cane Florence.

A per­son fa­mil­iar with Long’s case said he will not be re­ferred for crim­i­nal charges, a pos­si­bil­ity that left him on the verge of quit­ting right as Florence hit his home state, North Carolina.

Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump has told ad­vis­ers he wants Long to stay in the job, ac­cord­ing to a se­nior ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fi­cial who spoke on the con­di­tion of anonymity.

In a phone call Fri­day morn­ing, Long and Nielsen dis­cussed the in­spec­tor gen­eral’s fi­nal re­port, ac­cord­ing to two se­nior govern­ment of­fi­cials, and seemed to reach a res­o­lu­tion to their bit­ter feud.

In her state­ment, Nielsen said a re­view of the FEMA ad­min­is­tra­tor’s con­duct by the DHS In­spec­tor Gen­eral was com­plete. Long’s use of govern­ment ve­hi­cles to travel be­tween Wash­ing­ton and his home in Hick­ory, N.C., had been done “with­out proper au­tho­riza­tion,” she said.

Long’s state­ment, sent to re­porters by DHS of­fi­cials, said he would take “cor­rec­tive ac­tion.”

“I ac­cept full re­spon­si­bil­ity for any mis­takes that were made by me or the agency,” the state­ment said.

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