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Personnel Security Hearings

The DOE has established procedures that govern the resolution of questions concerning the eligibility of individuals who are employed by or applicants for employment with DOE contractors, agents, and DOE access permittees; individuals who are DOE employees or applicants for DOE employment; and other persons designated by the Secretary of Energy for access to classified matter or special nuclear material. (This access authorization is commonly referred to as a security clearance.) These procedures are codified in Subpart A of 10 CFR Part 710. Subpart A provides an opportunity for hearing and administrative review in cases when it is determined that questions concerning an individual's eligibility for access authorization cannot be favorably resolved by interview or other action.