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PSH-13-0094 - In the Matter of Personnel Security Hearing

On November 5, 2013, an OHA Hearing Officer issued a decision in which she concluded that an individual’s security clearance should not 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 alcohol use.  During that PSI, the individual was referred to a DOE consultant psychologist (DOE psychologist) for an agency-sponsored evaluation who concluded that the individual suffers from Alcohol Dependence.  The individual’s behavior raised security concerns under Criteria H and J.  After conducting a hearing and evaluating the documentary and testimonial evidence, the Hearing Officer found that the individual has not demonstrated adequate evidence of rehabilitation from Alcohol Dependence, and thus has not sufficiently mitigated the DOE’s security concerns under Criteria H and J.  Accordingly, the Hearing Officer concluded that the individual’s security clearance should not be restored.

Kimberly Chapman - Hearing Officer