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PSH-14-0032 - In the Matter of Personnel Security

The Individual is employed by a DOE contractor and is an applicant for DOE access authorization.  DOE Exhibit (“Ex.”) 3.  During the application process, the Individual completed a Questionnaire for National Security Positions (QNSP) in June 2013, and participated in a November 2013 Personnel Security Interview (PSI).  DOE Exs. 7, 8.  After the PSI, the local security office (LSO) referred the Individual to a DOE consultant-psychologist (“the DOE psychologist”) for an evaluation.  The DOE psychologist evaluated the Individual in December 2013, and issued a report.  DOE Ex. 6.  In a February 2014 Notification Letter, the LSO informed the Individual that there existed derogatory information that raised security concerns under 10 C.F.R. §§ 710.8 (h) and (j) (Criteria H and J, respectively).   See DOE Ex. 1 (Summary of Security Concerns).  The Notification Letter also informed the Individual that he was entitled to a hearing before an Administrative Judge  in order to resolve the security concerns. 

The Individual requested a hearing on this matter.  DOE Ex. 2.  The LSO forwarded his request to the Office of Hearings and Appeals, and I was appointed the Administrative Judge.  At the hearing, the DOE counsel introduced nine exhibits into the record (DOE Exs. 1-9) and presented the testimony of one witness, the DOE psychologist.  The Individual testified on his own behalf, and offered the testimony of three additional witnesses:  his uncle, his brother, and a long-time friend.  The Individual did not submit any exhibits.  See Transcript of Hearing, Case No. PSH-14-0032 (hereinafter cited as “Tr.”).

Diane DeMoura - Administrative Judge