Monte Hawkins currently serves as the Director of the National Vetting Center (NVC) which was established on February 6th, 2018 with the signing of National Security Presidential Memorandum Nine (NSPM-9). From 2005 until joining CBP in 2018, Monte was an intelligence officer with the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) working on issues related to terrorist use of the internet, foreign terrorist fighters, and screening and vetting support. During his time at NCTC, Monte completed two rotational assignments to the National Security Council at the White House, most recently in 2016-2018 as the Senior Director for the Border and Transportation Security Directorate for both the Obama and Trump administrations. In this role, Monte coordinated policy development in areas such as aviation and maritime security, immigration, screening and watchlisting, biometrics, and information sharing. During his other assignment at the NSC from 2008-2011, Monte served as the Director for Law Enforcement Policy in the Bush administration and then the Director for Identity Management and Biometrics Policy in the Obama administration. Monte has also served in various positions at the CIA’s Counterterrorism Mission Center, FBI’s Counterterrorism Division, and the U.S. Secret Service. Monte is currently a member of the adjunct faculty at Georgetown University where he teaches a graduate level Homeland Security course. Monte received his B.A. in Sociology from the University of Tulsa and his M.A. in Criminology/Criminal Justice from the University of Maryland-College Park
The National Vetting Center (NVC) was created in 2018 through National Security Presidential Memorandum 9 (NSPM-9)to help address critical gaps in the vetting enterprise across the USG. The NVC’s primary mission is to coordinate and facilitate the use of sensitive and classified information from the Intelligence Community for those agencies charged with making vetting decisions on applicants who are applying to enter the United States. The NVC’s first customer is US Customs and Border Protection (CBP), supporting CBP’s Electronic System Travel Authorization (ESTA) program. The NVC is in the process of onboarding two additional programs during 2022.