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PSH-12-0134 - In the Matter of Personnel Security Hearing

On April 2, 2013, an OHA Hearing Officer issued a decision in which he concluded that an individual’s security clearance should not be restored. A Local Security Office suspended the individual’s security clearance because the individual demonstrated financial irresponsibility through his two bankruptcies within ten years, his current debts, and his inability or unwillingness to live within his means. His behavior raised security concerns under Criterion L. After conducting a hearing and evaluating the documentary and testimonial evidence, the Hearing Officer found that the individual had not presented sufficient evidence to resolve these security concerns. Specifically, he found that the individual exhibited poor judgment in voluntarily accumulating debt through living beyond his means, and that his recent steps toward fiscal discipline since his more recent bankruptcy were insufficient mitigation of his failure to manage his financial affairs, which raised questions about his reliability, trustworthiness, and ability to protect classified information. William Schwartz - Hearing Officer