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PSH-13-0007 - In the Matter of Personnel Security

On April 23, 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 H, J and L associated with a Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) diagnosis by a DOE-Contractor Psychologist, a determination that the Individual used alcohol habitually to excess, and a history of financial irresponsibility including a failure to file federal tax returns for the years 2010 and 2011. The Individual presented testimony and Exhibits showing that he has was receiving treatment for his MMD and alcohol problems, that he had filed all of his delinquent tax returns, and that he was actively trying to resolve his debt problems. However, the Hearing Officer found that the individual was still in the relatively early stages of his treatment program and that the individual had not as of the date of the hearing contacted all of his creditors. Based on the evidence presented at the hearing, especially the recency of the individual’s efforts to resolve the Criteria H, J and L concerns, the Hearing Officer found that the Individual had not demonstrated sufficient evidence to justify restoring the Individual’s security clearance.

Richard Cronin - Hearing Officer