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PSH-14-0028 - In the Matter of Personnel Security

On June 20, 2014, an OHA Administrative Judge (AJ) issued a Decision in which she concluded that an individual should not be granted DOE access authorization.  A DOE Operations Office referred the individual, an applicant for access authorization, to administrative review under 10 C.F.R. Part 710, after it determined that certain information pertaining to the individual’s various delinquent debts and purported pattern of financial irresponsibility raised security concerns.  After conducting a hearing, which was convened at the individual’s request, and evaluating all relevant evidence, the AJ concluded that the individual had not presented sufficient evidence to fully resolve the cited security concerns.  The AJ based her finding on the individual’s ongoing delinquent debts and her continued inability to satisfy her financial obligations.  In this regard, the AJ concluded that the individual remained in a very precarious, highly unstable financial position as of the date of the hearing, and she presented little evidence which indicated that her situation will abate in the future.  Consequently, the AJ was unable to conclude that the individual’s financial difficulties were in the past and unlikely to recur such that they did not cast doubt on her current reliability, trustworthiness or good judgment.

Diane DeMoura - Administrative Judge