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PSH-14-0005 - In the Matter of Personnel Security Hearing

On May 19, 2014, an Administrative Judge issued a Decision in which he determined that an individual’s access authorization should not be restored. In reaching this determination, the Administrative Judge found that the individual had not resolved security concerns under Criterion L regarding the Individual’s recent rule violations -regarding bringing a cell phone into an unauthorized area and conducting gambling pools at a DOE facility. Additionally, the Individual had not been candid when asked about these activities. The Individual presented testimony from co-workers and her father attesting to the Individual’s adherence to workplace safety and security rules. The Individual also presented evidence indicating that she did not have any problematic gambling behavior. However, the Administrative Judge found that the Individual had not presented sufficient evidence to resolve all of the Criterion L concerns, especially given the fact that her rule violations and misrepresentations were recent.  Consequently, the Administrative Judge found that the individual had not totally mitigated the Criterion L security concerns and that her security clearance should not be restored.

Richard Cronin - Administrative Judge