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PSH-14-0020 - In the Matter of Personnel Security

On January 22, 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 has a history of four arrests for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol (DUI).  A DOE Psychologist also found that the individual habitually used alcohol to excess.  At the hearing, the Individual unsuccessfully attempted to show that his consumption of alcohol was not problematic and was appropriate under national Institute of Health Guidelines.  The Administrative Judge found that there was an insufficient basis for concluding that the individual had habitually used alcohol to excess.  However, the Administrative Judge found that the Individual had not resolved the security concerns about his arising from his most recent DUI, since the individual had repeatedly provided inconsistent and difficult-to-believe information concerning his alcohol history and consumption.  Accordingly, the Administrative Judge found that the Individual has not mitigated the security concerns raised by his DUI arrests.

Steven L. Fine - Administrative Judge