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So long

FEMA Administrator Brock Long announces his resignation

FEMA Administrator Brock Long is on his way out.

Long announced his resignation in a statement on Wednesday, reports Bloomberg, saying that it's "time for me to go home to my family" and confirming that FEMA Deputy Administrator Pete Gaynor will take his place. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said in a statement that "over the last two years, Administrator Long has admirably led the men and women of FEMA during very difficult, historic and complex times."

This confirms a report from Bloomberg, which stated that Long would be leaving the agency but specified that that he was doing so voluntarily and not as a result of the scandals that have plagued his time as the head of FEMA. His use of government vehicles for his personal commutes sparked an inspector general probe in September. Long also faced criticism for FEMA's response to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, which he defended by saying the agency did a "phenomenal job."