Hall was last appointed to the same position January 4, 2006, by President Bush in a recess appointment. President Bush first appointed Hall on September 12, 2003, and Hall's appointment was first sent to the U.S. Senate for confirmation on October 24, 2003, and then resubmitted on January 24, 2005. Hall's nomination was not confirmed by the Senate.
At the time of his appointment in 2003, Hall served as "Chairman and CEO of Floyd Hall Enterprises, LLC, in Little Falls, New Jersey. From 1995 until 2001, he served as Chairman and CEO of Kmart, and under his leadership Kmart experienced significant turnaround. He attended Southern Methodist University, and was a member of Harvard Business School's Advanced Management program."
"Another board member's qualification to serve as fiduciary for a multibillion-dollar passenger railroad is his experience as the CEO of Kmart and the Museum Co., both of which ended up in bankruptcy. Undoubtedly, Floyd Hall's $360,000 in 'soft money' contributions to the Bush-Cheney machine since 2000 did not hurt, either," Edward Wytkind wrote in the December 15, 2005, Baltimore Sun.
- "Bush appointees to Amtrak board foreshadow breakup and privatization," Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen, September 30, 2003.
- Edward Wytkind, "Cronyism Strikes Again," Baltimore Sun (Common Dreams), December 15, 2005.