Michael Hardin

Michael Hardin
Director of Policy
U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Michael Hardin is the Director of Policy for CBP’s Entry/Exit Transformation Office, charged with improving the ability of CBP to match entry and exit data collected from foreign nationals.  He has over 15 years of experience at DHS and its predecessor agencies working on issues related to immigration, biometrics, and counterterrorism.

Prior to coming to CBP in 2013, Mr. Hardin worked at the DHS Office of Policy on a wide variety of issues, including biometrics and datasharing with the intelligence community and foreign countries.  From 2008-2009, Mr. Hardin served abroad in Canberra, Australia, assisting the Australian government in development of their biometric programs as they related to immigration.  Mr. Hardin also worked at US-VISIT developing policy and drafting regulations which facilitated the collection of biometric capture from foreign nationals entering the United States.  Mr. Hardin also has worked at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), and began his career at the Immigration and Naturalization Service in 1997.

Throughout his career, Mr. Hardin has spoken a variety of biometric-related conferences in the United States, Canada, Switzerland, Singapore, Australia, and New Zealand.  He has a bachelor’s degree from Villanova University and a law degree from George Washington University Law School.

Recent Events and Presentations

July 24, 2019

ITIF hosted a discussion about the benefits of using facial recognition for law enforcement and public safety, the current safeguards in place that govern its use, and the opportunities for policymakers to address legitimate concerns without limiting the potential of this technology.