Washington Report: Updates from Capitol Hill

African American jobless rate; Making college affordable

TSA Nominee No. 2 Withdraws

The Obama administration has lost yet another nominee to head the Transportation Security Administration. Army Maj. Gen. Robert Harding withdrew from consideration earlier last week after questions arose about a contract his company had with the government to provide interrogators in Iraq.

When the contract ended in 2004, Harding Security Associates sought more money from the early termination of the contract than the Defense Department said it was entitled to get. The firm evenutally refunded $1.8 million of that money in a 2008 settlement with the Defense Intelligence Agency, according to the Associated Press.

The agency continues to move forward, however. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced today that the TSA will revamp security measures for international airlines that fly into the U.S., including its ability to detect vulnerabilities.

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Boston explained that the jobless number remained the same because almost 400,000 people returned to the labor market and either got a job or are actively seeking one. According to him, that’s good news.

 

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