On October 11, 2012, an OHA Hearing Officer issued a decision in which he concluded that an individual’s security clearance should be restored. A Local Security Office suspended the individual’s security clearance for providing false information on a Questionnaire for National Security Positions and failing to comply with rules regarding the handling of classified information and conduct within simited access areas. This behavior raised security concerns under Criteria F, G, and L. After conducting a hearing and evaluating the documentary and testimonial evidence, the Hearing Officer found that the individual had presented sufficient evidence to resolve these security concerns. Specifically, he found that the individual had unintentionally misinterpreted a question on the QNSP, demonstrated a very positive history of complying with rules and regulations despite the isolated errors, and remains fully engaged in protecting classified information. As a result, the hearing officer was convinced that the likelihood that such incidents will recur is low.
William M. Schwartz - Hearing Officer