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PSH-12-0075 - In the Matter of Personnel Security Hearing

On October 25, 2012, an OHA Hearing Officer issued a decision in which he concluded that an individual’s security clearance should not be restored.  A Local Security Office suspended the individual’s security clearance because the individual demonstrated financial irresponsibility through, inter alia, (1) delinquent and collection debts totaling approximately $120,000; (2)  unpaid state income taxes in the amount of $800; (3) the repossession of his camping trailer for nonpayment; (4) a series of financings secured by his residence between 1990 and 2004, the proceeds of which were primarily used for consumer purchases and the payment of credit cards; and (5) failure to pay delinquent consumer debts since 2009.  His behavior raised security concerns under Criterion L. After conducting a hearing and evaluating the documentary and testimonial evidence, the Hearing Officer found that the individual had not presented evidence that he had resolved his financial difficulties and, therefore, had not mitigated the Criterion L security concerns. Specifically, he found that (1) the individual’s established pattern of financial irresponsibility with respect to consumer spending only stopped when external factors (i.e., a decrease in real property values) precluded him from addition re-financings of his residence and (2) the individual has over $120,000 of collection and delinquent consumer debt, much of which has been in a non-payment status since 2009. 

Wade Boswell - Hearing Officer