White House Focuses on Transportation Security While TSA Remains Without Permanent Director

Apr 2, 2010 8:03am

As we reported last night on the blog and on this morning's Good Morning America, the White House is focusing today on transportation security — revamping security for flights into the U.S. and taking a look at continued vulnerabilities in surface transportation security.
And this focus comes one week after the president's second nominee to be administrator of the Transportation Security Administration, Maj. Gen. Robert Harding (ret.), withdrew his name from consideration amidst questions about his professional dealings as a defense contractor.
The president’s first nominee, Erroll G. Southers, withdrew his name from consideration in January 2010 after lawmakers asked about about a background check Southers conducted on his ex-wife's boyfriend 20 years ago when he was an FBI agent.
White House spokesman Nick Shapiro said the president continues to have confidence in the acting administrator of the TSA, Gale Rossides, thanking her and the myriad professionals at the agency for their service.

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