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PSH-12-0132 - In the Matter of Personnel Security Hearing

On March 4, 2013, an OHA Hearing Officer issued a decision in which he determined that the DOE should not restore an individual’s access authorization.  As security concerns under 10 CFR Part 710, a Local Security Office (LSO) cited the individual’s history of criminal conduct and a DOE Psychiatrist’s diagnosis of Alcohol Abuse without adequate evidence of rehabilitation or reformation.  The Hearing Officer found that the individual had not resolved the concern raised by the opinion of the DOE Psychologist; though he had embarked upon a course of treatment that involved both education and Alcohol Anonymous meetings, he had only recently begun the program and was still in an early stage of recovery.  The Hearing Officer further found that the individual not resolved the concerns raised by a longstanding pattern of criminal conduct, including eight arrests in the past nine years, and a charge of driving under the influence less than seven months ago.

William Schwartz - Hearing Officer