​For Applicants & Employees
Know Before You Go

The topics covered in this section are designed to help answer many of the basic questions you may have about background investigations and the badge issuance process at NIH before your visit to the 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).

Security Clearance Requirements

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

Information for Foreign Nationals

Understanding what you need prior to your DPSAC appointment to satisfy all federal requirements.

Information for Short Term Employees

Understanding what the Restricted Local Access (RLA) Badge is and its purpose.

Information for Fellows
and Summer Interns

Prepare for your fellowship or internship by understanding the process timeline and ensuring the following occurs for a smooth process.

Approved Identification

Be prepared and know what IDs to bring to your appointment for a smooth process.

Reporting Requirements Sensitive Positions (SEAD-3)

Know the requirements for those who need access to classified information or who holds a sensitive position.