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PSH-13-0137 - In the Matter of Personnel Security

On March 13, 2014, an OHA Administrative Judge issued a decision in which he determined that an individual’s DOE access authorization should not be restored.  The individual, who had a history of alcohol-related arrests, was diagnosed by a DOE Psychologist with Alcohol-Related Disorder, Not Otherwise Specified (NOS).  At the hearing, the individual unsuccessfully attempted to show that he would not use alcohol in the future.  However, the record showed that the individual had repeatedly provided inaccurate information to DOE security officials and had not begun treatment, and had only abstained from using alcohol for 5 months.   Accordingly, the Administrative Judge found that the Individual has not mitigated the security concerns raised by his actions and the DOE Psychologist’s findings.

Steven Fine - Administrative Judge