It wasn’t clear how Veatch may have been involved.
FEMA referred CNN to DHS for comment. DHS referred CNN to the DHS inspector general’s office. The inspector general’s office said in a statement that it does not have “involvement in personnel decisions for DHS components” and referred CNN to FEMA.
Last week, the DHS inspector general confirmed to CNN that it is investigating Long’s use of government vehicles. The investigation includes, but may not be limited to, travel using government resources, and that would include the administrator’s travel in government vehicles on the taxpayer’s dime, the source told CNN. The investigation was first reported by Politico.
Long is driven seven days a week and 24 hours a day — so any of his movements are in government vehicles. This would include travel to his home in Hickory, North Carolina.
Gowdy asked that the information be returned to the committee by Oct. 1.
Long said on Monday that his attention remains on hurricane response.
“I am not focused on this investigation,” Long said in a statement. “I am fully focused on those impacted by Hurricane Florence.”