Office of the Chief Information Officer

United States Department of Agriculture

Departmental Regulation 4600-001

Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Coordination (OHSEC)


USDA Personnel Security Clearance Program


This Departmental Regulation establishes policies and procedures for the efficient, effective, and consistent management of the personnel security clearance program within all agencies and staff offices of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).


This regulation applies to all USDA employees, as defined in Executive Order 12968 “Access to Classified Information,” (hereafter, E.O. 12968), and applicants for employment with USDA (referred to hereafter in this regulation as the Department), contractors, guest researchers, collaborators, advisory committee members, students, trainees, non-employee affiliates of the Department, and other persons designated by the Secretary of Agriculture who require access to classified national security information (hereafter, classified information).


Executive Order 10450, “Security Requirements for Government Employment,” (hereafter, E.O. 10450) requires Departments and agencies to establish an effective program to ensure that the employment and retention of persons in Federal service is in the interests of national security. Applicable standards are set forth in Title 5, Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), parts 732, “National Security Positions” and 736 “Personnel Investigations.” E. O. 12968 establishes a uniform Federal personnel security program for persons who require initial or continued access to classified information.