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PSH-12-0098 - In the Matter of Personnel Security Hearing

On January 16, 2013, a Hearing Officer issued a Decision in which he determined that an individual’s access authorization should be restored. In reaching this determination, the Hearing Officer found that the individual had resolved security concerns under Criterion G and L associated with the individual’s significant number of violations of security rules with regard to taking unauthorized equipment into sensitive facilities, inadvertently taking classified documents out of a secured facility and failing to report various security incidents. At the Hearing, the individual presented the testimony of former supervisor, the team lead for the facility’s security incident office and himself along with an affidavit from his current supervisor. The Hearing Officer found the testimony of the witnesses convincing as to the nature of the security incidents and the steps the individual is now employing to prevent future incidents. Additionally, the Hearing Officer found that the individual’s participation in a root causes analysis of the incidents and his presentation of a lessons learned presentation to other employees provided evidence that the individual’s mindset had changed and that he would rigorously follow security rules and regulations. Consequently, the Hearing Office found that the individual had resolved the Criterion G and L security concerns. Consequently, the Hearing Officer found that the individual’s security clearance should be restored.

Richard Cronin - Hearing Officer