Gowdy requests FEMA administrator’s travel records amid allegations

Gowdy requests FEMA administrator’s travel records amid allegations
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House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Trey GowdyHarold (Trey) Watson GowdySunday shows preview: Election integrity dominates as Nov. 3 nears Tim Scott invokes Breonna Taylor, George Floyd in Trump convention speech Sunday shows preview: Republicans gear up for national convention, USPS debate continues in Washington MORE (R-S.C.) on Monday requested travel records from Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Brock Long, who has been accused of misusing federal resources.

Gowdy sent a letter to Long asking for information on his use of government property while taking personal trips.


The Republican lawmaker requested travel details such as the purpose and cost of each trip, as well as which FEMA employees accompanied him on the trips.

Gowdy said in the letter that the documents should be submitted to the his c ommittee no later than Oct. 1.

Long is reportedly facing an inspector general investigation over his use of government vehicles and staff to drive him six hours one way from his Washington, D.C., office to his home in North Carolina. Staff members were reportedly put up at a nearby hotel, with the rooms charged to the federal government.

Politico first reported on the government investigation.

Agency protocol allows for Long to have a contingency aide with him to ensure secure communications in case of an emergency, Politico noted.

Long's frequent trips to North Carolina came under scrutiny after one of his travel vehicles — a government-registered black Chevrolet Suburban — was involved in an accident. 

Long has denied rumors that Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen NielsenKirstjen Michele NielsenDHS IG won't investigate after watchdog said Wolf, Cuccinelli appointments violated law Appeals court sides with Trump over drawdown of immigrant protections Democrats smell blood with new DHS whistleblower complaint MORE confronted him about his travel habits last month and asked him to consider resigning.

"Let me go ahead and clear up the facts," Long said on NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday. "Secretary Nielsen has never asked me to resign. We have a very functional and professional relationship."