Homeland Security Presidential Directive HSPD-12 established new policy for a common identification standard for Federal Employees and contractors. As of October 27, 2005, all new Federal employees assigned to the DOE Headquarters complex are required to present two identity source documents (i.e., U.S. Passport, driver's license, identification card with photograph issued by a Federal, state, or local government agency, etc.), have their fingerprints taken, and undergo a background investigation (the identity proofing process) prior to reporting for duty or being issued a DOE standard badge (identity or PIV badge).

Most likely, your HR representative and/or administrative personnel have already provided instruction on starting this process and collected several forms from you. Any additional required documents will be distributed and collected when you begin employment.

Building Access and DOE Badges

Employees entering DOE Headquarters facilities must have either a DOE photo identification Security Badge or a DOE Temporary Badge. Either badge must be displayed above the waist in plain view at all times while in DOE facilities. Until such time as the new employee receives a permanent photo identification badge, the employee must sign in at the building visitors reception desk to obtain a daily Temporary Badge. Employees must present said badges to Headquarters Protective Force personnel for inspection prior to entry into the facilities. DOE Security Badges should be removed from display when exiting the facilities.

You will be required to provide this to our security personnel in order to have your badge issued to you.

Headquarters Security Hours are 8:30 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. weekdays and all day on weekends and holidays. During building Security Hours all employees entering or leaving the facility must sign in and out at the Reception Desk.

Protective Force

Both armed and unarmed Protective Force personnel staff DOE facilities. All employees must follow the instructions of Protective Force personnel regarding building access, personal and vehicle inspections, emergency situations, etc.


All employees and visitors to DOE facilities are subject to random inspection of both hand-carried items and vehicles by Protective Force personnel prior to entering or leaving the facilities. Also, trained explosives detection canines conduct inspections as appropriate. Please do not distract them from the performance of their duties.

During building Security Hours (see above) all employee hand-carried items and vehicles entering Headquarters facilities will be inspected.

Prohibited Articles

The following articles are prohibited from DOE property and facilities:

  • Dangerous Weapons
  • Explosives
  • Dangerous Instruments or Material Likely to Produce Substantial Injury or Damage to Persons or Property
  • Alcoholic Beverages

Security Areas

Designated security areas throughout Headquarters restrict entrance to those without appropriate security clearances. You are prohibited from entering these areas until you receive an appropriate security clearance or are constantly escorted by an appropriately cleared individual. Organizations sponsoring visits grant approval on a case-by-case basis.

Emergency Numbers

Dial extension 166 from any internal phone if you need emergency assistance in either the Forrestal or Germantown complexes. In all other buildings, your immediate supervisor or Headquarters Security Officer will give you an emergency number on your first day.

Headquarters Security Officer

One or more Headquarters Security Officers (HSO) is assigned to each Headquarters Element. Your supervisor will identify your assigned HSO. Contact him or her for security assistance, if required.

This is merely summarizes Headquarters security policies and your security responsibilities. You will receive a more in-depth Initial Security Briefing when you receive your DOE photo identification badge.

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