Latest TSA Top Nominee Withdraws Under Scrutiny

Retired Army Major General Robert Harding has withdrawn his name from consideration as head of the Transportation Security Administration. A 33-year Army veteran, Harding headed a consulting firm after retirement that held government contracts, and some of those contracts have been cited for overpayment. President Obama's second nominee for the post, Harding said he chose to withdraw rather than compromise the process through what he called a "distraction." Harding was seen as an ally to general aviation, having referred to GA as a "stakeholder" in maintaining national security, and not just a "threat."

Mark Phelps is a senior editor at AVweb. He is an instrument rated private pilot and former owner of a Grumman American AA1B and a V-tail Bonanza.

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