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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 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).
DPSAC Process Overview
Step by step guide of the process and what to expect, such as needing to bring two forms of valid government identification, one of which must contain a picture. Visit FIPS 201-2 PDF​ to learn more.
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Information for Short Term/ Intermittent Employees
Short term employees (Summer Students, Special Government Employees, or other individuals who do not require routine access to NIH facilities/ information systems) will have different requirements.
Information for Foreign Nationals
Important information for foreign nationals navigating through the badge and background investigation process.