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PSH-12-0077 - In the Matter of Personnel Security Hearing

On October 25, 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 (LSO) raised certain concerns regarding (1) diagnoses by a DOE consultant psychologist (DOE Psychologist) that the individual suffered from Alcohol Dependence and Personality Disorder NOS; (2) the individual’s history of problematic alcohol use; (3) prior criminal conduct of the individual; (4) evidence of the individual’s financial irresponsibility; and (5) inconsistent information provided to DOE during the security clearance process.  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, the individual had not abstained from the use of alcohol long enough, nor received treatment for her diagnosed disorders, such that the DOE Psychologist could offer a positive prognosis, and the Hearing Officer found that there remained too great a risk that the individual would use alcohol to excess in the future and/or otherwise experience lapses in judgment and reliability.  In addition, the individual did not resolve concerns raised by her most recent criminal conduct, as the criminal charges at issue were alcohol-related and the concerns related to the individual’s alcohol use had not been resolved.  Regarding the individual’s financial issues, the individual had not demonstrated sufficient progress toward resolving her outstanding delinquent debts, nor shown a sustained period of financial stability.  Finally, the individual did not present testimony or other evidence that would explain or otherwise mitigate the inconsistent accounts she provided regarding her termination from a prior job.

Steven Goering - Hearing Officer