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PSH-13-0108 - In the Matter of Personnel Security

On December 6, 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 and an opinion by a DOE consultant psychiatrist (DOE psychiatrist) that the individual met criteria for a diagnosis of Alcohol Abuse under the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), Fourth Edition, Text Revision, and Alcohol Use Disorder, Mild, under the DSM, Fifth Edition, and that both disorders are illnesses or mental conditions that cause 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 May 25, 2013, a little over five months prior to the hearing.  Given this relatively short period of abstinence, neither the DOE psychiatrist nor the designated psychologist at the individual’s workplace 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