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PSH-13-0020 - In the Matter of Personnel Security

On May 31, 2013, an OHA Hearing Officer issued a decision in which she concluded that an individual’s security clearance should be restored.  In August 2012, the individual attempted to commit suicide, and was subsequently admitted to a local hospital for treatment and observation.  Because these events raised security concerns, the local security office (LSO) summoned the individual for a Personnel Security Interview (PSI).

During that PSI, the individual was referred to a DOE consultant psychologist (DOE psychologist) for an agency-sponsored evaluation.  The individual’s behavior raised security concerns under the Bond Amendment and Criteria H, J, K and L.  After conducting a hearing and evaluating the documentary and testimonial evidence, the Hearing Officer found that the individual had presented sufficient evidence to resolve the security concerns associated with her improper use of prescription medication as well as her diagnoses of depression and alcohol abuse.  Accordingly, the Hearing Officer concluded that the individual’s security clearance should be restored.

Kimberly Chapman - Hearing Officer