FEMA head Brock Long announces resignation

Brock Long Steps Down As FEMA Administrator

FEMA Administrator Brock Long Says He Will Step Down

Brock Long, the administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA), announced Thursday that he was resigning from his position, saying "it is time for me to go home to my family". "During my tenure, the Agency worked more than 220 declared disasters", Long said in a statement.

Long, who was appointed by Trump to run the agency in April 2017, oversaw FEMA during the hurricanes that walloped the southeastern United States and Puerto Rico and the wildfires that burned in California.

Last July, Long acknowledged that FEMA's response to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico was flawed, but added that his team did a "phenomenal job" the despite harsh criticisms. Meanwhile wildfires caused a number of deaths in California.

Deputy FEMA Administrator Peter Gaynor will take over for Long as the acting head of the agency. Catastrophic flooding also occurred in many regions of the country during his two years at the helm. Long almost resigned the week after Hurricane Florence struck the Carolinas last September, but Nielsen convinced him to stay, according to a separate Post report.

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said at the time that Long would reimburse the federal government for his nonofficial use of government vehicles. However, at the time Long denied that Nielsen had asked for his resignation.

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.

"We both understand what needs to be done", Long told the Post in September about his working relationship with Nielsen, "and we will continue to work together". Trump must nominate a permanent replacement for Long and that person must be confirmed by the Senate.

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