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PSH-12-0139 - In the Matter of Personnel Security Hearing

On March 30, 2013, a Hearing Officer issued a Decision in which he determined that an individual’s access authorization should not be restored. In reaching this determination, the Hearing Officer found that the individual had not resolved security concerns under Criteria F and L associated with the Individual’s failure to report in a QNSP that he had not filed tax returns for the period 2002 through 2010, his history of financial difficulties which have resulted in the loss of two homes and two bankruptcies and his history of repeated citations and arrests by law enforcement, as well as other incidents specified in the Notification Letter. The Individual attributed his failure to report his failure to file tax returns as attributable to his personal denial about his tax problems and he asserted that he did not intend to deliberately deceive the local security office. Additionally, he explained his questionable financial history as being a result of outside circumstances and testified that he has started new financial practices in the eight months prior to the hearing. With regard to the numerous citations and arrests, he explained that the citations and arrests were a result of negligence and overzealous local code enforcement officers. The Hearing Officer determined that the Individual’s testimony did not provide sufficient evidence to outweigh the documented derogatory information contained in the Notification Letter. Consequently, the Hearing Officer found that the Individual’s security clearance should not be restored.

Richard Cronin - Hearing Officer