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.