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May 14, 2015
PSH-15-0013 - In the Matter of Personnel Security Hearing

On May 14, 2015, an OHA Administrative Judge (AJ) issued a decision in which he concluded that the DOE should not restore an individual’s access authorization.  A DOE Operations Office referred the individual to administrative review, citing as security concerns under 10 CFR Part 710, paragraphs (f) and (k), the individual’s history of illegal drug involvement and conflicting statements about that involvement to the DOE.

May 11, 2015
PSH-14-0109 - In the Matter of Personnel Security Hearing

On May 11, 2015, an Administrative Judge issued a decision in which he concluded that an individual’s security clearance should not be restored. OPM investigators discovered during a periodic reinvestigation of the individual that he had stolen money from a Sports Venue where he worked part-time (outside of the DOE complex). The individual acknowledged during an interview with the LSO that he had stolen cash on at least four occasions from the Sports Venue in retaliation for management changes in the workplace environment, in an amount aggregating $540.

May 7, 2015
PSH-15-0008 - In the Matter of Personnel Security Hearing

On May 7, 2015, an Administrative Judge determined that an individual’s access authorization should not be restored.  In reaching this determination, the Administrative Judge found that the individual had not successfully addressed the DOE’s security concerns regarding a mental illness, which included manic episodes with psychotic features.  These occurrences led a DOE-consultant psychologist to conclude that the individual was properly diagnosed with Bipolar I Disorder, an illness that, in his opinion, causes or may cause a significant defect in judgment or reliability (Criterion H).  Alt

April 24, 2015
PSH-14-0107 - In the Matter of Personnel Security Hearing

On April 24, 2015, an OHA Administrative Judge (AJ) issued a decision in which she concluded that the DOE should restore an individual’s access authorization.  A DOE Operations Office referred the individual to administrative review under 10 CFR Part 710, citing as security concerns the individual’s pattern of financial irresponsibility and inability to satisfy debts.  After conducting a hearing, convened at the individual’s request, and evaluating all relevant evidence, the AJ concluded that the individual had presented sufficient information to adequately mitigate the cited security conc

April 23, 2015
PSH-14-0108 - In the Matter of Personnel Security Hearing

On April 23, 2015, an OHA Administrative Judge (AJ) issued a decision in which he concluded that the DOE should grant access authorization to an individual.

April 23, 2015
PSH-15-0001 - In the Matter of Personnel Security Hearing

On April 23, 2015, an Administrative Judge determined that an individual’s access authorization should not be restored.  In reaching this determination, the Administrative Judge found that the individual had not successfully addressed the DOE’s security concerns regarding his use of alcohol, which included frequent intoxication following a sustained period of abstinence.  These facts led a DOE-consultant psychologist to conclude that the individual was properly diagnosed with Alcohol Dependence, an illness that, in his opinion, causes or may cause a significant defect in judgment or reliab

April 14, 2015
PSH-15-0002 - In the Matter of Personnel Security Hearing

On April 14, 2015, an OHA Administrative Judge (AJ) issued a decision in which he concluded that the DOE should grant access authorization to an individual. A DOE Operations Office referred the individual to administrative review citing as security concerns the individual’s dual citizenship, his expressed unwillingness to renounce his foreign citizenship, and his possession and use of a foreign passport after attaining U.S. citizenship.

April 2, 2015
PSH-15-0004 - In the Matter of Personnel Security Hearing

On April 2, 2015, an OHA Administrative Judge issued a decision in which he determined that an individual’s request for a DOE access authorization should not be granted.  A local security office found that the individual owed the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) $76,222.07 in unpaid back taxes, owed his state government $2,923.43 in unpaid back taxes, and had three outstanding collection accounts.  The Administrative Judge found that the individual had resolved the security concerns arising from his three outstanding collection accounts by submitting evidence showing that he had paid them in

March 25, 2015
PSH-14-0110 - In the Matter of Personnel Security Hearing

On March 25, 2015, an Administrative Judge determined that an individual’s access authorization should not be restored.  In reaching this determination, the Administrative Judge found that the individual had not successfully addressed the DOE’s security concerns regarding his use of alcohol, which included frequent intoxication and had resulted in three alcohol-related arrests.  These facts led a DOE-consultant psychologist to conclude that the individual consumed alcohol habitually to excess, to a degree that causes or may cause a significant defect in judgment or reliability.  Although t

March 18, 2015
PSH-14-0104 - In the Matter of Personnel Security Hearing

On March 13, 2015, an OHA Administrative Judge (AJ) issued a decision in which he concluded that the DOE should not restore an individual’s access authorization.  A DOE Operations Office referred the individual to administrative review, citing as security concerns the individual’s violations of her employer’s policies concerning access to, and unauthorized disclosure of, non-classified, sensitive information.