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PSH-13-0110 - In the Matter of Personnel Security

On January 24, 2014, an OHA Hearing Officer issued a decision in which she concluded that an individual’s security clearance should not be restored.  In May 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 Use Disorder, Severe.  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 Use Disorder, and thus has not 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