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How to Display, Use, and Protect Your PIV card and CAC

Your Personal Identity Verification (PIV) card and Common Access Card (CAC) is your standard federal identification card which contains the necessary information to allow access to designated government facilities and information systems, and assures appropriate levels of security. Below are tips on how to use, display, and protect your PIV and CAC:

  • Always display your PIV or CAC while in a government facility
  • Always display your PIV or CAC above the waistline
  • Always report someone in the building not displaying a PIV, CAC, or visitor badge
  • Always safeguard your PIV or CAC when you leave a federal building - they can be cloned
  • Always take your PIV or CAC with you when you leave your desk
  • Do not bend your PIV or CAC for any reason
  • Do not knowingly hold the door open or allow "piggybacking" by providing unauthorized access to others into a secured space behind you


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Know Your Building Emergency Procedures

Knowing the building emergency plan procedures helps to keep staff and visitors aware and safe. Here are four key points to remember about the emergency procedures:

  1. Learn and remember your evacuation routes to the designated assembly areas and rally points
  2. Be aware of your Shelter-in-Place (SiP) locations
  3. Understand how to respond to various types of emergencies (e.g., active shooter, building fire, etc.) that could occur in the workplace
  4. Read and understand the facility's Occupant Emergency Plan (OEP). For a copy of the plan, email us at


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Did You Know?

PSC Physical Security and Emergency Management is the principal security and facility-centric emergency management office within HHS. We provide physical security and emergency management oversight and support for the entire Department to ensure the safety and security for all employees and visitors at HHS facilities.

Updated physical security and brand new emergency management brochures for all employees are now available. Get the latest copies for the Hubert H. Humphrey, Mary E. Switzer, and 5600 Fishers Lane buildings by contacting the physical security and emergency teams or visit our office at the Hubert H. Humphrey building, Suite 120F.

New PSC Physical Security and Emergency Management toll-free number is now available - (833) 621-PSEM (7736). Call us 24/7 for urgent security and emergency management-related concerns or questions. Please continue utilizing our email for routine requests.


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Upcoming Initiatives

  • Alert HHS: New HHS-wide emergency notification system
  • HHS Physical Security Policy Document: Includes the latest policies and procedures
  • HHS Emergency Management Policy Document: Provides updated policies and procedures


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