The individual is a DOE employee and held an access authorization until it was recently suspended. On May 24, 2010, the individual entered an alcohol treatment program, which he completed on July 16, 2010. Exhibit B. After the individual disclosed this treatment to the DOE, a Local Security Office (LSO) summoned the individual for an interview (PSI) with a personnel security specialist on August 26, 2010. Exhibit 9. After the PSI, the LSO referred the individual to a local psychiatrist (hereinafter referred to as “the DOE psychiatrist”) for an agency-sponsored evaluation. The DOE psychiatrist prepared a written report, setting forth the results of that evaluation, and sent it to the LSO. Exhibit 11. Based on this report and the rest of the individual’s personnel security file, the LSO determined that derogatory information existed that cast into doubt the individual’s eligibility for access authorization. The LSO informed the individual of this determination in a letter that set forth the DOE’s security concerns and the reasons for those concerns. Exhibit 4. I will hereinafter refer to this letter as the Notification Letter. The Notification Letter also informed the individual that he was entitled to a hearing before a hearing officer in order to resolve the substantial doubt concerning his eligibility for an access authorization.
Reversed (OS July 3, 2012)