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PSH-12-0117 - In the matter of Personnel Security Hearing

The individual is employed by a Department of Energy (DOE) contractor, and was granted a security clearance in connection with that employment. During the course of a routine reinvestigation that began in 2009, the local security office (LSO) obtained information about the individual that raised security concerns. This information concerned his marriage in 2002 to a citizen of a sensitive country, his ensuing contacts with other citizens of that country, and his lengthy trips to that sensitive country. 3 In an attempt to resolve these concerns, the LSO summoned the individual for interviews with a personnel security specialist in February 2010 and February 2011. After these personnel security interviews (PSIs) failed to adequately address the LSO’s concerns, the LSO determined that derogatory information existed that cast into doubt the individual’s eligibility for access authorization. It informed the individual of this determination in a letter that set forth the DOE’s security concerns and the reasons for those concerns. I will hereinafter refer to this letter as the Notification Letter. The Notification Letter also informed the individual that he was entitled to a hearing before a Hearing Officer in order to resolve the substantial doubt concerning his eligibility for access authorization.