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Division of Personnel Security and Access Control

The Division of Personnel Security and Access Control (DPSAC) is responsible for verifying personal identity, conducting personal security investigations, authorizing facility access and issuing ID badges for NIH personnel. DPSAC performs a detailed process of personal identity verification, as required by Federal law, prior to granting any personnel access to NIH facilities.

DPSAC’s mission is to simplify this identity verification and badging process for new and existing NIH personnel and to implement the Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12.

DPSAC is now implementing the first phase of the HSPD-12 directive for NIH expiring badge holders and new employees and contractors.  This ID Badge Process requires several steps and the following form.

DPSAC is composed of three teams. Each team is responsible for a portion of the personnel security and access control function.

Personnel Security

  • Verifies the identity of all personnel requesting authorized entry to NIH.
  • Conducts personal security investigations required for NIH personnel based on their position sensitivity level.

Access Control

  • Provides authorized access to NIH personnel who have successfully completed the personal identity verification process.
  • Authorizes, prints, and issues ID badges.

The Program Office

  • Manages the implementation of Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12 (HSPD-12) and The PIV Process.

Contact Information

To obtain further information, please contact:

Division of Personnel Security and Access Control
Richie Taffet, Acting Director
Barbara McMullen, Program Assistant
Office of Research Services
National Institutes of Health
31 Center Drive
Building 31, Room 1B03
Bethesda, MD 20892
Phone: (301) 451-9381

Personnel Security
Barbara Hardy, Team Lead
Helpdesk: 301-402-9755
Appointment Line: 301-496-0051
Hours of Operation:
  • 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday to Friday
  • Evening Hours: Wednesday from 5:00 p.m.
    to 8:00 p.m.
  • Same day service from 2:00 p.m. to
    4:00 p.m. Monday to Thursday (Excluding
    EOD Days). Same day service sign-up
    begins at 7:00 a.m.

Access Control
Alex Salah, Team Lead
Helpdesk: 301-451-4766

The HSPD-12 Program Office
Richie Taffet , Program Manager
Bg. 31, Rm. B4B03