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PSH-11-0019 - In the Matter of Personnel Security Hearing

The individual has held a Department of Energy (DOE) access authorization for a number of years. In February 2011, the individual disclosed to an Office of Personnel Management (OPM) investigator that he had been viewing images on his home computer that he characterized as child pornography. At a Personnel Security Interview (PSI) that the local DOE security office (LSO) conducted with the individual in July 2011, he admitted that he had viewed images of nude and provocatively dressed teenage girls about once a month from 2008 to February 2011 and further admitted that it might have been illegal to do so. The LSO determined that the individual’s admissions constituted derogatory information that created a substantial doubt about his eligibility for an access authorization. Because its security concerns remained unresolved after the PSI and an ensuing psychiatric evaluation, the LSO proceeded to obtain authority to initiate an administrative review proceeding.