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PSH-13-0004 - In the Matter of Personnel Security Hearing

On July 1, 2013, an OHA Hearing Officer issued a decision in which she concluded that an individual’s security clearance should not be restored.  In February and April 2012, as part of a background investigation, the Local Security Office (LSO) conducted Personnel Security Interviews (PSIs) of the individual to address concerns about his alcohol use, drug use and falsifications.  In addition to the PSIs, the LSO recommended a psychiatric evaluation of the individual by a DOE consultant psychiatrist (DOE psychiatrist).  The DOE psychiatrist examined the individual in May 2012 and determined that he suffers from Alcohol Dependence.  The DOE psychiatrist also reported that the individual had been previously diagnosed with Bipolar II and ADHD.  After conducting a hearing and evaluating the documentary and testimonial evidence, the Hearing Officer found that the individual had successfully addressed the DOE’s security concerns under Criteria H and J, with respect to his diagnoses of Bipolar II, ADHD and Alcohol Dependence as well as his alcohol use.  Likewise, the Hearing Officer found that the individual successfully mitigated the security concerns under Criterion K related to his improper usage of illegal substances, including marijuana and K2 (synthetic cannabis) as well as over-the-counter medications.  However, with respect to Criterion F, the Hearing Officer found that the very serious concerns related to a number of intentional misrepresentation made by the individual have not been resolved.  Accordingly, the Hearing Officer concluded that the individual’s security clearance should not be restored.

Kimerly Chapman - Hearing Officer