Preventing nuclear weapons materials and technologies from falling into the hands of adversaries seeking to develop weapons of mass destruction is the top priority of the Department of Energy’s corporate security programs. All Secretarial objectives are supported by a tailored level of security requirements for a wide range of Departmental scientific, research, and national security objectives based on the security significance of their national assets. DOE ensures that Departmental personnel security programs (including the National Nuclear Security Administration [NNSA]) are consistent and effectively implemented.
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.
DOE 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; manages access authorization functions; ensures that executives and dignitaries are fully protected, and supports efforts to ensure the continuity of government in all circumstances as mandated by Presidential Decision Directive. DOE maintains a database of the principal personnel security information processing activities of the Department and the personnel security administrative review process. DOE management oversight and direction support all Headquarters security operations to include physical protection, information security, personnel security, and guidance to the Headquarters Security Officers.