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PSH-12-0143 - In the Matter of Personnel Security

On April 17, 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 Criteria H, J, and L of 10 CFR Part 710, a Local Security Office (LSO) cited a DOE Psychiatrist’s diagnosis of Alcohol Abuse and Major Depression, a history of binge alcohol drinking, and two alcohol-related arrests. The Hearing Officer found that the individual had not resolved the concerns related to his alcohol abuse and depression: though the individual is now taking medications and receiving counseling, the Hearing Officer was convinced that his treatment plan was not sufficiently intensive to address his mental health problems. The Hearing Officer further found that the individual had not resolved the concerns raised by arrests, as they relate to alcohol issues that have not yet been sufficiently addresses.

William Schwartz - Hearing Officer