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PSH-13-0019 - In the Matter of Personnel Security

On June 11, 2013, an OHA Hearing Officer issued a decision in which he concluded that an individual’s authorization access should be restored.  A Local Security Office suspended the individual’s security clearance following the individual contemplating suicide and, subsequently, being diagnosed by a DOE consulting psychologist as meeting the criteria for Adjustment Disorder with Mixed Anxiety and Depressed Mood, Chronic. The DOE psychologist had recommended, inter alia, that the individual undergo at least six months of counseling.  As of the date of the hearing, the individual had fully engaged in the counseling process for nine months and offered credible testimony of the benefits of that counseling by his counselor, family members and himself.  The DOE psychologist opined at the hearing that the individual no longer met the diagnostic criteria for Adjustment Disorder with Mixed Anxiety and Depressed Mood, Chronic, or other illness that causes, or may cause, a significant defect in his judgment or reliability.

Wade Boswell - Hearing Officer