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PSH-14-0035 - In the Matter of Personnel Security

On July 11, 2014, an OHA Administrative Judge issued a decision in which he determined that the DOE should restore an individual’s access authorization.  As security concerns under Criterion L of 10 CFR Part 710, a Local Security Office (LSO) cited the individual’s outstanding debts, her inability or unwillingness to pay those debts, and her failure to report certain debts to the LSO.  The Administrative Judge found that the individual had resolved these concerns.  The individual accrued her outstanding debts under unusual circumstances in 2006 and 2007, and has been living within her means since that time, though without sufficient excess income to repay the old debts.  Her recent bankruptcy discharged the old debts.  Finally, the individual’s testimony, supported by the record, convinced the Administrative Judge that her failure to report certain debts was not deliberate or intended to conceal critical information from the LSO.

William Schwartz - Administrative Judge