The individual is employed by the Department of Energy (DOE), and was granted a security clearance in connection with that employment. As part of a routine re-investigation in 2010, the individual completed a Questionnaire for National Security Positions (QNSP) and was the subject of a background investigation. Because these measures revealed information that raised security concerns, the local security office (LSO) summoned the individual for an interview with a personnel security specialist in January 2011. After reviewing the transcript of this Personnel Security Interview (PSI) and the rest of the individual’s personnel file, the LSO determined that derogatory information existed that cast into doubt the individual’s eligibility for access authorization. The LSO informed the individual of this determination in a letter that set forth the DOE’s security concerns and the reasons for those concerns. I will hereinafter refer to this letter as the Notification Letter. The Notification Letter also informed the individual that she was entitled to a hearing before a Hearing Officer in order to resolve the substantial doubt concerning her eligibility for access authorization.