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PSH-13-0132 - In the Matter of Personnel Security

On March 6, 2014, an OHA Administrative Judge issued a decision in which she concluded that an individual’s access authorization should not be restored.  A Local Security Office (LSO) conducted a Personnel Security Interview of the individual to address concerns about his alcohol consumption, which arose because he appeared to work twice with a high Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) and admitted to being intoxicated 28 to 30 times in 2013 and driving while intoxicated ten times.  The LSO subsequently referred the individual to meet with a psychologist for an examination.  The DOE psychologist diagnosed the individual as alcohol dependent.  After conducting a hearing and evaluating the documentary and testimonial evidence, the Administrative Judge found that the individual did not mitigate the concerns with regards to his alcohol consumption and dependency.  Specifically, the individual has not yet established a pattern of abstinence as he last consumed alcohol just seven months prior to the hearing and began treatment for his dependency just five months prior to the hearing. Moreover, the Administrative Judge was concerned about the individual’s judgment as he admitted to driving while intoxicated and appeared to work with a high BAC.  For these reasons, the Administrative Judge could not find that the individual resolved the security concerns related to his alcohol consumption and alcohol dependency.

Shiwali Patel - Administrative Judge