The Individual is an applicant for a DOE access authorization in connection with his employment with a DOE contractor. DOE Ex. 3. During the application process, the Individual completed a Questionnaire for National Security Positions (QNSP) in June 2010, and participated in an October 2010 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 February 2011 and issued a report. DOE Ex. 10. After reviewing the Individual’s personnel security file, the LSO informed the Individual in a June 2011 Notification Letter that there existed derogatory information that raised security concerns under 10 C.F.R. § 710.8 (j) (Criterion J) (alcohol-related concerns). See Notification Letter, June 30, 2011. The Notification Letter also informed the Individual that he was entitled to a hearing before a Hearing Officer in order to resolve the security concerns.