The mission of the PPPO Safeguards and Security Program is to effectively implement the Office of Environmental Management (EM) Safeguards and Security responsibilities, obligations, and activities at the Department’s Portsmouth and Paducah sites in compliance with Departmental policy. The PPPO Safeguards and Security organization is responsible for initiating, developing, and interpreting policy and procedures, and ensuring compliance with DOE and other federal security directives and regulations for all topical areas of safeguards and security. This includes providing guidance, direction, and oversight to contractor organizations performing security functions in the areas of Program Management, Protective Force, Physical Protection, Information Security, Personnel Security, Materials Control and Accountability, and Foreign Visits and Assignments.

Major Responsibilities:
  • Serves as the Officially Designated Federal Security Authority (ODFSA) for Portsmouth and Paducah.
  • Provides interface and necessary interactions between Safeguards and Security programs and other disciplines such as safety, emergency management, classification, counterintelligence, facility operations, cyber system operations and security, and business and budget operations including property management.
  • Supports EM headquarters with safeguards and security assistance.
  • Serves as the Federal liaison with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Office of Personnel Management (OPM),  Defense Investigative Service (DIS), Office of Homeland Security, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF), Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), and other Federal, State, and local law enforcement, security, and intelligence agencies to refine and resolve issues that arise in the safeguards and security areas and ensure coordinated efforts in matters of mutual interest.

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Safeguards and Security Program

The Safeguards and Security Program ensures that the Department of Energy efficiently and effectively meets all its obligations to protect Special Nuclear Material, other nuclear materials, classified matter, sensitive information, government property, and the safety and security of employees, contractors, and the general public.