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PSH-13-0053 - In the Matter of Personnel Security Hearing

On July 15, 2013, a Hearing Officer issued a Decision in which he determined that an individual should not have an access authorization granted to him. In reaching this determination, the Hearing Officer found that the individual had resolved security concerns regarding financial irresponsibility under Criterion L associated with 14 delinquent credit accounts, a 2005 bankruptcy, a 1995 arrest for stealing a credit card, termination from three positions for failure to follow company rules, and marriage to an undocumented alien. The Individual provided testimony attesting to his recent efforts to resolve the delinquent accounts and asserted that he was improperly discharged from two of his employment positions. Additionally, the Individual presented testimony from two supervisors and two cousins indicating that the individual was a hard worker and lived frugally. Based upon evidence, the Hearing Officer found that the Individual had not presented sufficient evidence indicating that he had been improperly discharged from two positions. Further, the Hearing Officer found that, while the individual had made progress in resolving his past difficulties, the Individual had not demonstrated a sufficient period of financial responsibility to mitigate the concerns raised by the delinquent accounts. Based upon the evidence described above, the Hearing Officer found that the individual should not be granted a security clearance.

Richard Cronin - Hearing Officer