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PSH-14-0003 - In the Matter of Personnel Security Hearing

On April 30, 2014, an OHA Administrative Judge issued a decision in which she concluded that an individual’s security clearance should be restored.  In October 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 one-time use of his wife’s prescription medication.  The individual’s behavior raised security concerns under the Bond Amendment and Criterion K.  After conducting a hearing and evaluating the documentary and testimonial evidence, the Administrative Judge found that the individual’s use of his wife’s prescription medication happened under unusual circumstances that are unlikely to recur in the future; and does not cast doubt on the individual’s current reliability, trustworthiness, or good judgment.  To the extent that the individual’s behavior raised security concerns under Criterion K, the Administrative Judge found that such concerns have been successfully mitigated.  She also concluded that the individual is not “an unlawful user of a controlled substance or an addict” within in the meaning of the Bond Amendment.  Accordingly, the Administrative Judge concluded that the individual’s security clearance should be restored.

Kimberly Jenkins - Champman - Administrative Judge