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PSH-13-0107 - In the Matter of Personnel Security

On November 29, 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 by a DOE consultant psychologist (DOE psychologist) that the individual’s excessive use of alcohol was an illness or mental conditions that causes or may cause a significant defect in judgment and reliability.  After conducting a hearing and evaluating the documentary and testimonial evidence, the Hearing Officer found that the individual had not presented sufficient evidence to mitigate these security concerns.  The individual had abstained from the use of alcohol since June 23, 2013, a little over four months prior to the hearing.  Given this relatively short period of abstinence, neither the DOE psychiatrist nor the individual’s treating psychologist could express a high degree of confidence in a favorable prognosis for the individual.  The Hearing Officer agreed with this assessment, and concluded that the individual had not resolved the security concerns raised in the case.  

Steven Goering - Hearing Officer