President Trump's nominee for deputy administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency took his name out of consideration for the post after NBC News asked him about a 2011 inspector general report alleging he falsified attendance records and travel vouchers when he worked with the agency.
"Given the distraction this will cause the agency in a time when they cannot afford to lose focus, I have withdrawn from my nomination," Daniel A. Craig, who was nominated to serve as the No. 2 at FEMA, told NBC News in an email.
The FBI and Department of Homeland Security inspector general conducted an investigation into Craig to determine if he violated conflict-of-interest laws with contracts awarded after Hurricane Katrina while he served in the Bush administration.
Craig served as the director of recovery at FEMA from 2003 to 2005 and was never charged with a crime.
He decided to withdraw his nomination after NBC News questioned him about the 2011 probe, but Craig said there was inaccurate information in the report and said he didn't do anything wrong.
Trump nominated Craig in July to serve as the deputy administration at FEMA, but the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee had yet to consider his nomination.
Included in the inspector general's report examining ethics concerns were allegations Craig said travel expenses to Baton Rouge, La., were for official government business, but he was interviewing for a job in the private sector.
The company he was interviewing with, the Shaw Group, received a $100 million contract after Hurricane Katrina.
A FEMA official who signs travel vouchers told investigators someone had forged his signature on Craig's travel vouchers.
The inspector general's report also alleged Craig falsified time and attendance records while he was working at FEMA. When Craig said he was working, he was really interviewing for new jobs, the report said.
Craig told then-acting FEMA Administrator David Paulison he was pursuing the job with Shaw and other firms and tried to recuse himself from matters involving the companies and their financial interests. He also notified the Department of Homeland Security's Office of the Inspector General he was offered a job with a FEMA contractor, but turned it down.
That correspondence led the inspector general to begin investigating a potential conflict-of-interest violation.