Appointments

Obama Picks New TSA Nominee

President Obama will nominate retired Army Major General Robert A. Harding to be in charge of the Transportation Security Administration. Harding retired from the military in 2001 after 33 years of service, which included serving as deputy to the Army’s chief of intelligence and director of operations of the Defense Intelligence Agency. Two years after retiring, Harding founded Harding Security Associates, a defense contracting firm. This nomination comes in the wake of Erroll Southers’ decision to remove himself from consideration for the position in January, after reports that Southers misled Congress about an incident involving a background check of his ex-wife’s boyfriend in the ‘80s. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano is expected to announce Harding’s nomination Monday.