From Politico, this account of the DHS Inspector General’s report on spending by former FEMA Administrator Brock Long: Former Trump FEMA chief repaid taxpayers only 2 percent of $151k spent on personal travel. Excerpts:
In addition to the government vehicles probe, Long’s tenure at FEMA drew sharp criticism for his response to the devastation in Puerto Rico by Hurricane Maria in 2017. The agency was faulted for vastly under-counting the number of deaths and for responding much less forcefully than it did to Hurricane Harvey, a milder storm that flooded parts of coastal Texas — a state that delivered 38 electoral votes to President Donald Trump in 2016.
“Between Puerto Rico, Texas, and the California wildfires, you don’t have to look very far to find better ways FEMA could have spent $150,000,” Austin Evers, executive director of American Oversight, said in a statement to POLITICO. “As we saw with Scott Pruitt and Tom Price before, too many Trump appointees seem to view public service as a source of luxury perks, and once again the taxpayers have been left holding the bag.”