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PSH-11-0008 - In the Matter of Personnel Security Hearing

On March 12, 2012, an OHA Hearing Officer issued a Decision in which she determined that an Individual=s access authorization should not be granted. In reaching this determination, the Hearing Officer found that the Individual had not resolved the security concerns arising from his illegal drug use, alcohol use, and misrepresentations made during the process regarding his eligibility for access authorization. At the hearing, the Individual did not present any evidence to rebut any of the allegations. He did testify that he stopped drinking alcohol in June or July of 2011, approximately six months prior to the hearing. The DOE psychologist, who diagnosed him as alcohol dependent, testified that this was an insufficient time period in which to conclude that the Individual was rehabilitated or reformed. After considering all the evidence and testimony in the proceeding, the Hearing Officer found that the individual had not mitigated any of the concerns raised in the Notification Letter. Therefore, the Hearing Officer concluded that the Individual’s access authorization should be not be granted.

Janet Fishman - Hearing Officer