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The Division of Personnel Security and Access Control (DPSAC) within the Office of Research Services (ORS) is responsible for verifying personal identity, validating suitability, conducting background checks, authorizing facility access and issuing ID badges for NIH personnel. Its mission is to simplify the identity verification and badging process for new and existing NIH personnel and to implement the Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12 (HSPD-12) at NIH.

In August 2004, the President issued Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12 (HSPD-12) mandating a Common Identification Standard for Federal Employees and Contractors. This directive requires all Federal agencies to use a reliable, commonly accepted form of government identification that will enhance security, increase Government efficiency, reduce identity fraud and protect personal privacy. The new HHS ID Badge, or  Personal Identity Verification (PIV) card, will serve as the common government identification for all HHS agencies.