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PSH-13-0069 - In the Matter of Personnel Security Hearing

On October 11, 2013, an OHA Hearing Officer issued a decision in which she concluded that an individual’s security clearance should be restored.  In April 2013, as part of a background investigation, the local security office (LSO) conducted a Personnel Security Interview (PSI) of the individual to address concerns about his positive drug test.  The individual’s behavior raised security concerns under the Bond Amendment and Criteria K and L.  After conducting a hearing and evaluating the documentary and testimonial evidence, the Hearing Officer concluded the individual’s use of his wife’s prescription medication happened under unusual circumstances that are unlikely to recur in the future, and to the extent that the behavior raised security concerns under Criteria K and L, she concluded that such concerns have been successfully mitigated.  The Hearing Officer further concluded that the individual is not “an unlawful user of a controlled substance or an addict,” within the meaning of the Bond Amendment.  Accordingly, the Hearing Officer concluded that the individual’s security clearance should be restored.

Kimberly Chapman - Hearing Officer