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Robert Harding is an American businessman. He was the nominee for secretary of the Transportation Security Administration. Harding is a retired Major General in the Army. President Obama announced his intent to nominate Harding on March 8, 2010.
On March 26, 2010 Harding took himself out consideration for the post.
Previously, Harding was president of his own defense consulting company, Harding Security Associates. In July 2008 Harding's company was awarded a $100 million contract with the US Army under a program that gives preference to contractors headed by disabled veterans. Harding had listed his disability as sleep apnea. Also, in 2008, Harding's company was audited and had its contract with the Defense Intelligence Agency terminated after performing $6 million of work. Harding's company agreed to return almost $2 million to the US government in that case. Harding sold the company in 2009.
- President Obama Announces His Intent to Nominate Robert A. Harding to lead the Transportation Security Administration
- Frank, Thomas. TSA left in holding pattern?, USA Today
- O'Harrow, Robert, Jr., "Ex-TSA Pick's Firm Won Army Contract After Sleep Apnea Cited", Washington Post, March 28, 2010, p. 5.
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