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PSH-12-0043 - In the Matter of Personnel Security Hearing

On August 28, 2012, a Hearing Officer issued a Decision in which he determined that an individual’s access authorization should be granted. In reaching this determination, the Hearing Officer found that the individual had resolved security concerns under Criteria H and J associated with her excessive consumption of alcohol in college and a determination from a DOE-contractor Psychologist (DOE-Psychologist), that, despite possessing good judgment and reliability, the Individual suffered from Alcohol-Related Disorder, Not Otherwise Specified, and had been a user of alcohol habitually to excess in the past. To demonstrate adequate evidence of rehabilitation, the DOE Psychologist opined that the Individual would have to demonstrate a pattern of responsible alcohol consumption consisting of drinking only 2 to 3 alcoholic beverages per occasion. At the hearing, the Individual presented testimonial evidence indicating that, since receiving the DOE Psychologist’s report, she has complied with the DOE Psychologist’s recommendations with regard to alcohol use and had consulted a Counselor. Pursuant to a recommendation from the Counselor, the Individual abstained from alcohol for the two months prior to the hearing. After listening to the hearing testimony, both the DOE Psychologist and the Counselor believed that the Individual had resolved any doubts regarding her judgment and reliability arising from her past alcohol use. Given the evidence produced at the hearing, the Hearing Officer found that the Individual had resolved the Criteria H and J concerns and that the Individual should be granted a security clearance.