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PSH-12-0093 - In the Matter of Personnel Security Hearing

On November 15, 2012, an OHA Hearing Officer issued a decision in which he concluded that an individual should be granted authorization access. A Local Security Office denied the individual a security clearance because (1) during the five-year period that the individual attended a university his use of alcohol regularly resulted in his intoxication, including at least 100 instances in which the individual either passed-out or blacked-out and two instances in which law enforcement officers were involved and (2) the individual had been diagnosed with Alcohol-Related Disorder, Not Otherwise Specified, by a DOE psychologist. The individual’s behavior raised security concerns under Criteria H and J. After conducting a hearing and evaluating the documentary and testimonial evidence, the Hearing Officer found that (1) the individual had modified his pattern of alcohol consumption immediately upon leaving the university setting and entering the workforce (and prior to his employer or the DOE raising concerns about his alcohol consumption) and (2) the individual began to abstain from use of alcohol immediately upon receiving the Notification Letter with the recommendation of the DOE psychologist that the individual abstain from alcohol for six months and such abstinence had not resulted in any symptoms of withdrawal or alcohol cravings. The DOE psychologist opined at the hearing that the individual no longer met the diagnostic criteria of Alcohol-Related Disorder, NOS.

Wade Boswell - Hearing Officer