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Facility Clearance Program

The Facility Clearance (FCL) Program regulates DOE approval of a Federal or contractor facility’s eligibility to access, receive, generate, reproduce, store, transmit, or destroy classified information or matter, special nuclear material (SNM), other hazardous material presenting a potential radiological, chemical, or biological sabotage threat, and/or DOE property of significant monetary value, exclusive of facilities and land values (hereinafter referred to as security assets and activities). The National Industrial Security Program Operating Manual (NISPOM) serves as the national standard to establish the baseline requirements for a contractor facility clearance when contractors are engaged in activities requiring the protection of national security information, classified at the Confidential, Secret, or Top Secret level. The NISPOM requirements are incorporated into the DOE Order 470.4B, which covers DOE specific assets, Restricted Data, SNM, and other security activities not covered by the NISPOM.

The Office of Personnel and Facility Clearances and Classification (OPFCC) serves as the point of contact for the NNSA in conducting facility data entry into the Safeguards and Security Information Management System (SSIMS) on behalf of the NNSA Cognizant Security Office or NNSA field offices. The Facility Data and Approval Record (DOE FORM 470.2) is recorded and reflects company information and access levels. This Form is used for facility registration. The Contract Security Classification Specification (DOE Form 470.1) records and reflects the classified contract that is established by NNSA.  This Form is used to register contracts that are awarded by NNSA and require Personnel Security clearances for access to national security information.