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System Outages Affecting Fingerprinting and Badging Operations Now Resolved

As of September 11, 2023, the NIH Office of Research Services (ORS) Division of Personnel Security and Access Control (DPSAC) is pleased to inform the NIH community that the Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency (DCSA) systems outage (referenced right below) has been resolved. DPSAC is now able to submit fingerprints and investigation requests for all request types. DPSAC is working internally to transmit all prior fingerprint submissions and investigation request packages that have been queued.                                                                                                                                     

Technical Issue Affecting NIH-wide Fingerprinting and Badging Operations

Urgent announcement made on September 5, 2023:

Due to a technical issue with Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency (DCSA) IT systems, the NIH Office of Research Services (ORS) Division of Personnel Security and Access Control (DPSAC) and Division of Police (DP) are unable to submit fingerprints to DCSA starting September 5, 2023 until further notice, which impacts all new employees and the issuance of new ID badges.

This includes individuals with the following types of upcoming appointments:

  • Badge Enrollment (PIV/RLA)
  • Prescreening fingerprints 
  • Remote fingerprinting with Fieldprint 
  • DP Extended Visitor Badging Fingerprinting 
  • Fingerprinting for current staff undergoing a new background investigation (i.e. reinvestigations, position changes, promotions, etc.)

Please note: this will not affect badge renewals. Additionally, individuals who have appointments with DPSAC and DP will still have their fingerprints collected during the appointment. However, the fingerprints will not be submitted to DCSA until further notice. This will mean that any prescreening application or badge application with a scheduled appointment on September 5th and onward will be delayed until the DCSA outage is resolved. When the outage is resolved, DPSAC will work to resubmit all fingerprint submissions that were queued and await the results before we can finalize prescreening and badge applications.  

Please be advised this will cause a delay in people being able to pick up their ID badge and/or complete the prescreening process. DPSAC will work diligently to help people complete the required processes as soon as the systems are back online. We want to apologize for the inconvenience this will cause.

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​Policy​ Regarding Marijuana Usage

Please note: Any fellowship offer (at all training levels) is contingent on the fellow's ability to successfully pass a federal background check, which is required for logical and physical access to NIH facilities and systems. ​Offer letters for trainees (at all levels) should have the following language inserted:

As part of the clearance process, you will be asked: “In the last year, have you used, possessed, supplied, or manufactured illegal drugs?" This question pertains to the use of controlled substances or drugs as defined under federal law. Please be aware that while marijuana may be legal or decriminalized within your home jurisdiction, it remains illegal under U.S. federal law. The use, possession, supply, or manufacture of marijuana may preclude you from obtaining the necessary clearances to participate in NIH intramural training programs, even if you were initially offered a position. If you have questions about this policy or would like guidance on the clearance process, please reach out to (please put eligibility inquiry in the subject line).

For further information, please refer to the IRTA manual chapter “template offer letter" or contact the OITE point of contact, Jackie Newell-Hunt.

​Policy Regarding Bringing Children 

Children​ are NOT allowed at any DPSAC office, except for Building 31. No children are allowed in the Clinical Center/Building 10 unless they are a patient. DPSAC customers with appointments in the Clinical Center/Building 10 that bring children (person under the age of 16) will be turned away.

Perimeter Security Access Changes

As of September 28, NIH security personnel will ask all daily visitors the reason for their visit, the location they intend to visit, and if applicable, who they are visiting. The intent of the change is to ensure individuals entering our facilities have a legitimate purpose and where applicable are expected by an NIH employee, contractor or affiliate. The visitor and the NIH host should coordinate arrival times to ensure when security calls the NIH host is available to confirm the visit. 

Building Access Control Changes

A second initiative will also go into effect on September 28 to enhance the safety and security of the interior of campus. The NIH will convert the following administrative buildings to a "weekend access control" schedule. Buildings 1, 2, 3, 12A, 15K, 16, 30T, 38, 45, 61, T40B and 82RA will transition to this new access control schedule. In order to enter from the exterior of a building, employees will need to use their NIH-issued identification badge with a card reader, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This is the same procedure used to enter the main campus at any of our employee entrances.