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PSH-13-0048 - In the Matter of Personnel Security Hearing

On July 3, 2013, a Hearing Officer issued a Decision in which he determined that an individual’s access authorization should be restored. In reaching this determination, the Hearing Officer found that the individual had resolved security concerns regarding financial irresponsibility under Criterion L associated three unpaid credit accounts which had gone into collection. The accounts arose from the Individual’s purchase of a small house in 2004 when she was 21 years old. The Individual presented evidence that for the past eight years she had lived a financially responsible life style despite a limited income and had attempted to establish a payment plan for the debts without success. Further, she recently attended a six-week financial management class. The Individual financial counselor from the class testified as to the Individual’s financial management skills and that the Individual has recently established payment plans for two of the three accounts in collection. With regard to the remaining account, the debt holder, at the time of the hearing, had still refused to agree to a payment plan or settlement. A friend of the Individual and her former supervisor also testified as to the Individual’s financial responsibility during the period 2006 through the date of the hearing. Based upon the evidence described above, the Hearing Officer found that the individual’s security clearance should be restored.

Richard Cronin - Hearing Officer