Reciprocal Clearances –A DOE clearance request based on another Federal Agency security clearance. Individuals applying for a DOE clearance may be processed for reciprocity if they have an active security clearance with another Federal Agency (e.g., DOD, NRC, FBI, CIA, etc).
Reciprocity/Downgrade – A DOE clearance request based on another Federal Agency security clearance while also requesting the clearance be downgraded to a DOE L clearance.
Reciprocity/Upgrade - A DOE clearance request based on another Federal Agency security clearance while also requesting the clearance be upgraded to a DOE Q clearance.
DoD & DOE Security Clearance Equivalencies:
- DoD Secret Security Clearance is equivalent to a DOE L clearance.
- DoD Top Secret Security Clearance is equivalent to a DOE Q clearance.
Effective Sep. 8, 2017, reciprocal clearance requests and other clearance-related actions such initial requests, reinstatements, upgrades, downgrades, and extensions must be submitted via the Sandia Total Access Request Tool (START), a new online application. START will require cyber access to the Sandia Restricted Network (SRN). Those without SRN access may be sponsored for it if their SNL representative wishes to do so. Otherwise, an SNL contact must be engaged to submit START requests.
Note that all persons for whom a clearance and/or badging request is made must first be entered into Enterprise Person (EP), Sandia’s central repository of person data that is the foundational gateway to access within SNL. An active EP relationship with the correct SNL organization and within the period of performance of an active contract must exist. Complete and accurate data in EP is absolutely essential before any clearance or badging request via START can begin.
For more START information and resources go here.