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PSH-13-0064 - In the matter of Personnel Security Hearing

On October 11, 2013, an OHA Hearing Officer issued a decision in which he concluded the DOE should not restore an individual’s access authorization.   A Local Security Office (LSO) cited concerns raised by the individual’s use of alcohol habitually to excess and an opinion of a DOE consultant psychologist (DOE psychologist) that the individual’s lack of maturity leaves significant questions as to his judgment and reliability.  After conducting a hearing and evaluating the documentary and testimonial evidence, the Hearing Officer did not find that the individual had an “illness or mental condition” that would raise a concern under the DOE regulations, but concluded that the individual had not presented sufficient evidence to mitigate the valid security concerns related to his use of alcohol.  The Hearing Officer found cause for continued concern, citing evidence that the individual continues to drink to a level of legal intoxication on a regular basis.  The Hearing Officer therefore concluded that the individual had not resolved the security concerns raised in the case. 

Steven Goering - Hearing Officer