President Obama has nominated Robert A. Harding, a retired Army Major General and founder of Harding Security Associates, to lead the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).
President Obama said of Harding in a press release, “I am confident that Bob’s talent and expertise will make him a tremendous asset in our ongoing efforts to bolster security and screening measures at our airports. I can think of no one more qualified than Bob to take on this important job, and I look forward to working with him in the months and years ahead.”
“It will be good for TSA to have a permanent administrator in place ““ the agency has gone far too long without that leadership,“ said Greg Baroni, chairman and chief executive officer of Attain, LLC. “It“™s time to set a course for TSA“™s future, and it appears from Harding“™s past track record that he is the right fit for the role.“
The TSA has been led by an acting administrator since the agency’s last senate-confirmed leader Edmund “Kip” Hawley resigned at the end of the Bush administration.
Harding also served as CEO of Harding Security Associates, a defense and intelligence government contracting firm he founded in 2003 and sold in July 2009 to Six3 Systems, led by CEO Bob Coleman.