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DHS secretary: FEMA chief abused cars, but don’t lose track

President Donald Trump shakes hands with FEMA Administrator Brock Long as Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen watches, after visiting areas in North Carolina and South Carolina affected by Hurricane Florence, Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018, in the Myrtle Beach International Airport in Myrtle Beach, S. C. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

WASHINGTON – The head of the federal disaster agency used government vehicles without the proper permit, but will not lose his job. That from Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen.

Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator William “Brock” for a Long time was the subject of an investigation by the Homeland Security Department’s watchdog over possible misuse of government vehicles to travel to his home in Hickory, North Carolina. Word leaked of the research just as the Hurricane Florence was ready to make landfall earlier this month.

Nielsen said in a statement Friday that there was a longstanding practice to transport FEMA administrators in the government vehicles to ensure that they can continue during a crisis. But in spite of this practice, use of government vehicles for home-to-work travel was not officially authorized, and that the practice was eliminated in April.

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