Services - Know Before You Go

DPSAC begins the prescreening process after a candidate has been issued a conditional offer for employment, and once the Administrative Officer has sponsored the individual for a Personal Identity Verification (PIV) or Restricted Local Access (RLA) badge and/or Active Directory account in the NIH Enterprise Directory (NED). DPSAC processing for foreign nationals can only begin after the NIH Division of International Services (DIS) validates the individual's legal/work status.

All new federal applicants and current NIH personnel converting to federal positions must undergo DPSAC prescreening prior to being either authorized for Entry on Duty (EOD), issued a Final Offer Letter or issued a PIV/RLA badge. Non-federal applicants are required to undergo prescreening prior to being authorized for a PIV/RLA badge.

DPSAC will email the candidate the prescreening requirements and instructions using the NED contact information

The following must be completed as part of DPSAC Prescreening:

  • Declaration for Federal Employment (OF-306) – (federal applicants must complete the OF-306 in Onboarding Manager)
  • Current fingerprinting
  • Completion of all background investigation requirements if a new background investigation is required [i.e. electronic Questionnaires for Investigation Processing (e-QIP) and all associated forms], or an investigation on file that meets current NIH investigation requirement without a break in service of 24 months
  • Resume