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The Office of Headquarters Security Operations strengthens national security by protecting personnel, facilities, property, classified information, and sensitive unclassified information for DOE Headquarters facilities in the National Capital Area under normal and abnormal (i.e., emergency) conditions; managing access authorization functions for Headquarters; ensuring that executives and dignitaries are fully protected, and supporting efforts to ensure the continuity of government in all circumstances as mandated by Presidential Decision Directive. The Office is responsible for the principal personnel security information processing activities of the Department and personnel security administrative review process. The Office of Headquarters Security Operations provides oversight and direction support to all Headquarters security operations to include physical protection, information security, personnel security, and guidance to the Headquarters Security Officers (HSO).

The Personnel Security Program ensures that individuals who are being considered for access to classified information or special nuclear material (SNM) meet national standards of honesty, reliability, and trustworthiness. Because each Federal agency's program is similar, most questions come from personnel who have never had a security clearance (DOE calls it an access authorization) or who are confused because they had clearances at agencies that had requirements that differ slightly from DOE's. Additional information for applicants can be found at "Overview of Access Authorization Process for Applicants".

List of questions and answers on DOE's Drug Testing Policy as it relates to DOE positions.

As established in his memorandum dated September 14, 2007, the Secretary has determined that applicants for, and holders of, a Department of Energy (DOE) Q or L access authorization (security clearance) will be in Testing Designated Positions (TDP) as specified in DOE Order 3792.3, Drug-Free Federal Workplace Testing Implementation Program, for Federal employees, and Title 10, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 707, Workplace Substance Abuse Programs at DOE Sites, for contractor employees.

This overview will help individuals new to the process understand what it means to obtain and maintain a Department of Energy (DOE) security clearance or access authorization.

The Office of Headquarters Security Operations strengthens national security by protecting personnel, facilities, property, classified information, and sensitive unclassified information for DOE Headquarters facilities in the National Capital Area under normal and abnormal (i.e., emergency) conditions; managing access authorization functions for Headquarters; ensuring that DOE employees and visitors are fully protected, and supporting efforts to ensure the continuity of government in all circumstances as mandated by Presidential Decision Directive. The Office is responsible for the personnel security information processing activities of the Department. The Office of Headquarters Security Operations provides oversight and direction support to all Headquarters security operations to include physical protection, information security, personnel security, and guidance to the Headquarters Security Officers (HSO).