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PSH-14-0007 - In the Matter of: Personnel Security Hearing

On April 10, 2014, an OHA Administrative Judge issued a decision in which he determined that an individual’s DOE access authorization should not be granted.  The individual, who had one alcohol-related arrest, a history of blackouts, a history of excessive alcohol used to cope with loneliness and depression, and an acquired tolerance to alcohol, was diagnosed by a DOE Psychologist with Alcohol-Related Disorder, Not Otherwise Specified (NOS)-Binge Drinking.  At the hearing, the individual candidly acknowledged that she had an alcohol problem and described her enrollment in an Intensive Outpatient Program and involvement in Alcoholics Anonymous.  Despite showing that she has made extraordinary progress in a relatively short period of time, however, the Administrative Judge found that the individual had only recently accepted that she had an alcohol problem (less than two months prior to the hearing) and had only abstained from using alcohol for six and a half months.   Accordingly, the Administrative Judge found that the individual has not yet mitigated the security concerns raised by her alcohol disorder.

Steven L. Fine -  Administrative Judge