|Each time the Office of Headquarters Personnel
Security notifies the HSO to initiate an applicant in
e-QIP, the notification will include the statement below.
The HSO should include this statement in the e-mail
that notifies the applicant that he/she has been initiated
An Individuals' credit history, as reported by the three
major national credit reporting bureaus, is required
by Executive Order and other directives to be a component
of all national security background investigations.
If you have placed a "freeze" or other administrative
hold on your credit report with any or all of the
major national credit reporting bureaus, the Office
of Personnel Management will be unable to obtain a
copy of your report for inclusion with your background
investigation. Absent a credit report, DOE will be
unable to render a determination as to your eligibility
for access to classified information or material.
If such eligibility is required as a condition of
your employment or other affiliation with DOE, your
employment or other affiliation may be impacted as
Contact information for the three major national
credit reporting bureaus appears below. OPM has suggested
that persons with a credit freeze in place contact
the applicable bureau(s) and request the freeze be
lifted for a period of 40 days to accommodate the
conduct of their background investigation. Such a
request should only be made upon submission of your
- Equifax - telephone (800) 685-1111 or email www.freeze.equifax.com
- Experian - telephone (888) 397-3742 or email www.experian.com/freeze
- TransUnion - telephone (888) 909-8872 or email www.transunion.com
Please note: Credit reports must be obtained by the
Government directly from the credit reporting bureaus
in order to satisfy the requirements of Federal background
investigations. DOE will neither accept nor consider
personally-obtained reports submitted by individuals.
If you have any questions about this HSO
Spotlight, please contact Stephanie S. Grimes in the
Office of Headquarters Personnel Security Operations
at (301) 903-4175.