​​For Administrators
Onboarding New Staff

Welcome new administrative officers (AOs)! The topics covered in this section are designed to help answer many of the basic questions that new administrative officers may have about background investigations and the badge issuance process at NIH before a candidate visits one of our DPSAC offices.

Please browse through these topics to get a better understanding of your responsibilities and what to expect from our office. 

If you are not able to find the information you are looking for, please contact us to speak with a representative.

Understanding U.S. Government Background Investigations

Overview of the federal requirements that drive DPSAC processes and why we do what we do (to keep the NIH workforce safe).

Preparing Candidates Who Require a Security Clearance

Understand the requirements of security clearances as determined by the Department of Health and Human Services.​

Position Classifications and Badge Types

Determine your applicant's classification to ensure they are issued the correct badge.

Position Designation Tool (PDT)

Know how to properly designate a position for your applicant as this tool will determine the correct type of background investigation.​

Information for Foreign Nationals

Understand what a Foreign National applicant needs prior to their DPSAC appointment to satisfy all federal requirements​.

Information for Fellows
and Summer Interns

Prepare your fellows and summer interns by understanding the process timeline and ensuring the following occurs for a smooth process.