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PSH-13-0105 - In the Matter of Personnel Security

On January 10, 2014, a Hearing Officer issued a Decision in which he determined that an individual’s access authorization should not be restored. In reaching this determination, the Hearing Officer found that while the individual resolved security concerns under Criterion K regarding the individual’s recent treatment of prescription opioid dependence. The individual had failed to resolve concerns under Criterion F regarding his failure to provide accurate answers regarding illegal drug use in two Questionnaires for Sensitive Positions, two Questionnaires for National Security Positions and several other personnel security interviews. The individual presented evidence form two mental health professionals that he was rehabilitated from his prescription narcotic dependence. With regard to the falsifications, the Hearing Officer determined that the individual’s 26-year history of failing to provide accurate answers regarding illegal drug use outweighed any mitigation provided by the fact that some of the false answers may have been a product of his opioid dependence. In sum, the Hearing Officer found that, while the individual had resolved the Criterion K security concerns, he had not resolved the Criterion F security concerns. Thus, the Hearing Officer found that the individual’s security clearance should not be restored.

Richard Cronin - Hearing Officer