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PSH-12-0052 - In the Matter of Personnel Security Hearing

On October 2, 2012, an OHA Hearing Officer issued a decision in which he concluded the DOE should not grant an individual an access authorization.   A Local Security Office suspended the individual’s security clearance because of concerns regarding the individual’s use of alcohol and prior criminal activity. After conducting a hearing and evaluating the documentary and testimonial evidence, the Hearing Officer found that the individual had not presented sufficient evidence to mitigate these security concerns.  Specifically, he cited the fact that the individual had only recently begun receiving counseling with regard to his use of alcohol and had consumed alcohol as recently as four days prior to the hearing.  The Hearing Officer also cited the testimony of a DOE consultant psychologist that the risk of use of alcohol to excess by the individual was moderate to high at this time.  Further, because four of the five most-recent criminal charges cited by the DOE under were alcohol-related, and the individual had not resolved the concerns raised by his alcohol use, the Hearing Officer found that the concerns raised by the individual’s criminal conduct remained unresolved.

Steven Goering - Hearing Officer