An Applicant is anyone who is applying for a DOE security clearance (access authorization) that has not held one previously. Individuals who are U.S. citizens and are at least 18 years of age may be processed for or granted a clearance.
Reinvestigations are designed to ensure individuals with security clearances are periodically reevaluated at intervals, determined by national standards, to determine their continued need and eligibility for a security clearance.
In accordance with DOE Order 472.2, Personnel Security, when an individual formerly held a security clearance, the clearance may be reinstated or reapproved if specific conditions apply. The reinstatement procedure may require new security forms and/or an updated investigation.
Through reciprocity, an individual will be granted a DOE security clearance expeditiously when an active security clearance is held with another federal agency. OPFCC will verify the clearance with the other agency to ensure the investigation meets the scope and standards required for the requested security clearance. Once the verification is complete the applicant is granted an access authorization.
In accordance with DOE Order 472.2, an upgrade of an employee’s access authorization may be requested by an employer to address new access requirements associated with the duties of the position.
In certain circumstances an urgent operational necessity requires an individual to gain a one-time, short duration of higher-level access. This can be authorized only when the reason is compelling and in furtherance of the mission.
In accordance with DOE O 472.2, a downgrade of an employee’s access authorization may be requested by an employer to address new access requirements associated with the duties of the position.
In accordance with DOE O 472.2, the CPSO must terminate an individual’s security clearance within two days of receipt of a verbal or written notification that an individual no longer requires access to classified information or matter.
Leave of Absence Requests
In accordance with DOE O 472.2, an individual’s security clearance must be administratively withdrawn (terminated) when the individual’s circumstances temporarily eliminate the need for access to classified information or special nuclear materials for 90 calendar days or more (i.e. temporary change of duties, maternity or other extended leave [including leave covered under the Family Medical Leave Act], detail to another agency, military deployment, etc.). If the termination of the clearance is not in the best interest of the Department, the CPSO may waive the termination, should details of a particular case clearly demonstrate that such action is in the best interest of the Department.
In accordance with DOE O 472.2, an individual’s security clearance must be administratively withdrawn (terminated) when the individual’s employment/contract ends, or when it is determined that a security clearance is no longer required. If the termination of the clearance is for 60 calendar days or less resulting from a temporary employment termination or reassignment with a Contractor, the CPSO may consider and waive the termination when the contractor verifies that the individual will be reemployed or reassigned by the same Contractor within the next 60 calendar days to a position that will require a security clearance.
Completed Background Investigation Request:
The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) will release an investigation when it is completed and closed. For more information on how to obtain a copy of your background investigation conducted by OPM's Federal Investigative Services Division, please contact OPM directly.