Assistant Commissioner William P. "Bear" Ard, Office of Human Resources Management
William P. “Bear” Ard is a member of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) executive leadership team, serving as the Assistant Commissioner, Office of Human Resources Management (HRM). Mr. Ard is responsible for all aspects of human resources services, including recruitment and hiring, benefits, work life programs, workplace safety, personnel research, executive services, human resources business systems, labor and employee relations, and employee engagement and resiliency. Mr. Ard is accountable for directing the quality and delivery of these services to 60,000 nationally and internationally dispersed, uniformed and non-uniformed employees who comprise the largest law enforcement agency in the United States.
Following a distinguished 29-year career with the U.S. Air Force, Mr. Ard has held multiple leadership positions in the private and public sectors. He was most recently an Executive Vice President for Noblis NSP, where he served concurrently as an Executive Consultant/Program Manager supporting the National Security Agency’s (NSA) Cyber Task Force. His duties entailed a detail to the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Intelligence and Analysis. In his corporate role, Mr. Ard supported strategic planning, workforce management actions, policy and process development, profitability and loss assessments, workforce utilization reviews, business development approaches, corporate oversight, performance and program assessments, strategic communications, and corporate vision development. In the latter client-support role, Mr. Ard assisted in the conceptualization, development, and implementation of cutting-edge cybersecurity initiatives, advancing the nation’s cybersecurity posture and readiness.
Prior to Noblis, Mr. Ard served as the first director of Workforce Plans and Resources at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), a position in the Senior National Intelligence Service. He developed and standardized strategic workforce planning approaches across all 17 elements that comprise the Intelligence Community (IC), including six cabinet departments. Mr. Ard’s accomplishments for ODNI included the development of the Human Capital “Budget Exhibits,” which portray workforce dynamics across the IC, supporting annual budget submissions to Congress, and the annual Human Capital Employment Plan, which enhanced the management, understanding, and integration of the overall IC workforce.
Mr. Ard retired from the Air Force as a Brigadier General, having received the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit with two oak leaf clusters, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, the Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters, and the Air Force Commendation Medal with three oak leaf clusters. He last served as the Director of Manpower and Organization, responsible for all personnel billet and manpower programming actions, performance management programs, and organizational structure programs for the 700,000-person Air Force enterprise. He developed the comprehensive “Manpower Future Vision,” which shaped the Air Force’s overall manpower and policy through the next decade. Other notable leadership assignments within the Air Force include Director of Staff and Director of Personnel, Headquarters, Air Education and Training Command (Randolph AFB); Commander, 77th Air Base Wing, Sacramento Air Logistics Center (McClellan AFB); Commander, Joint Support Group and Commander, Air Force Forces, Joint Task Force 160 (Guantanamo Bay, Cuba); and Commander, 27thSupport Group, 27th Fighter Wing (Cannon AFB).
Mr. Ard is a graduate of the Eisenhower School where he studied national security and resource strategy. Additionally, he holds a Master of Science degree in Management from Troy University, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Administration from Virginia Tech.