Fate of FEMA leader in doubt as Florence cleanup continues

WASHINGTON (AP) — Problems are mounting for the head of the federal disaster relief agency.

The House Oversight Committee is asking for documents related to allegations that Federal Emergency Management Administrator Brock Long misused government vehicles. He says he has done nothing wrong.

Long has also been under investigation by Homeland Security's watchdog agency. And he's been noticeably absent from the public response to Hurricane Florence. But he appeared on NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday and said he was focused on the response to the storm.

The 43-year-old took over last year. His leadership has been praised by federal and state response officials. But some emergency management experts say the investigations are a distraction for the beleaguered agency as it deals with the worst storm of the year.

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WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 31: Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Brock Long testifies before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill October 31, 2017 in Washington, DC. The committee heard testimony from Trump Administration officials about the ongoing federal response to the 2017 hurricane season. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
U.S. President Donald Trump receives a briefing on Hurricane Irma relief efforts from Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Brock Long (L) as the president arrives to tour storm damage with first lady Melania Trump (R) in Fort Myers, Florida, U.S., September 14, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
FEMA Administrator Brock Long listens as U.S. President Donald Trump holds an Oval Office meeting on preparations for hurricane Florence at the White House in Washington, U.S., September 11, 2018. REUTERS/Leah Millis
U.S. acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Brock Long speak to reporters about Hurricane Maria relief efforts after meeting at the White House in Washington, U.S. September 26, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
U.S. President Donald Trump meets FEMA Director Brock Long after arriving at Ellington Field to meet with flood survivors and volunteers who assisted in relief efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, in Houston, Texas, U.S., September 2, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Brock Long speaks to reporters about Hurricane Maria relief efforts after meeting at the White House in Washington, U.S. September 26, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
U.S. President Donald Trump holds an Oval Office meeting on hurricane preparations as FEMA Administrator Brock Long points to the potential track of Hurricane Florence on a graphic at the White House in Washington, U.S., September 11, 2018. REUTERS/Leah Millis
MIAMI, FL - MAY 30: Brock Long, FEMA's director, speaks to the media during a visit to the National Hurricane Center on May 30, 2018 in Miami, Florida. Mr. Long urged people to prepare for the upcoming hurricane season that officially begins on June 1, 2018 and ends on November 30th. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
FEMA Administrator Brock Long (R) and US Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen (L) speak during a 2018 Hurricane Briefing at the Federal Emergency Management Agency headquarters in Washington, DC, on June 6, 2018. - US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump also attended the meeting. (Photo by JIM WATSON / AFP) (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 26: Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Brock Long talks to reporters outside the West Wing of the White House September 26, 2017 in Washington, DC. Long and Department of Homeland Security acting Secretary Elaine Duke talked about the federal response to hurricanes Irma and Maria in Puerto Rico. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Brock Long speaks during a press conference on federal response to Hurricane Irma at FEMA headquarters in Washington, DC, on September 12, 2017. Looking on are Homeland Security Acting Secretary Elaine Duke (C) and Senior Official Performing the Duties of the Under Secretary for National Protection and Programs Directorate Chris Krebs (2nd R) / AFP PHOTO / MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 26: Department of Homeland Security acting Secretary Elaine Duke (L) and Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Brock Long talk to reporters outside the West Wing of the White House September 26, 2017 in Washington, DC. Long and Duke talked about the federal response to hurricanes Irma and Maria in Puerto Rico. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
FEMA Administrator Brock Long speaks at a press conference regarding rescue operations from Hurricane Harvey in Texas, on August 28, 2017 at the FEMA headquarters in Washington DC. / AFP PHOTO / Paul HANDLEY (Photo credit should read PAUL HANDLEY/AFP/Getty Images)
Administrator Brock Long of FEMA speaks during a firehouse briefing on Hurricane Harvey in Corpus Christi, Texas on August 29, 2017. President Donald Trump flew into storm-ravaged Texas Tuesday in a show of solidarity and leadership in the face of the deadly devastation wrought by Harvey -- as the battered US Gulf Coast braces for even more torrential rain. / AFP PHOTO / JIM WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
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