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June 19, 2015
PSH-15-0011 - In the Matter of Personnel Security Hearing

On June 19, 2015, an OHA Administrative Judge (AJ) issued a decision in which she 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 diagnosis of alcohol abuse and his alcohol-related arrests.  After conducting a hearing, convened at the individual’s request, and evaluating all relevant evidence, the AJ concluded that the individual had satisfied the following mitigating factors with respect to his alcohol abuse: (1) the individual has acknowle

June 17, 2015
PSH-15-0020 - In the Matter of Personnel Security Hearing

On June 17, 2015, an OHA Administrative Judge issued a decision in which she concluded that an individual’s access authorization should not be restored.  A Local Security Office (LSO) conducted a Personnel Security Interview (PSI) of the individual to address concerns under Criterion L regarding her financial irresponsibility.  After conducting a hearing and evaluating the evidence, the Administrative Judge concluded that the individual did not sufficiently mitigate the DOE’s concerns.

June 9, 2015
PSH-15-0019 - In the Matter of Personnel Security Hearing

On June 9, 2015, an OHA Administrative Judge issued a decision in which she concluded that an individual’s access authorization should not be restored.  A Local Security Office (LSO) conducted a Personnel Security Interview (PSI) of the individual to address concerns under Criterion L regarding her financial irresponsibility.  After conducting a hearing and evaluating the evidence, the Administrative Judge concluded that the individual did not sufficiently mitigate the DOE’s concerns.   The individual’s financial problems were recent and they were in part caused by her willingness to help

June 1, 2015
PSH-15-0012 - In the Matter of Personnel Security Hearing

On June 1, 2015, an OHA Administrative Judge (AJ) issued a decision in which he concluded that the DOE should grant a security clearance to an individual.  A DOE Operations Office referred the individual to administrative review under 10 C.F.R. Part 710, citing as security concerns the individual’s misuse of prescription drugs during her suicide attempt. After conducting a hearing, convened at the individual’s request, and evaluating all relevant evidence, the AJ concluded that the misuse was an isolated event that occurred under unusual circumstances, and was unlikely to recur.

May 29, 2015
PSH-15-0014 - In the Matter of Personnel Security Hearing

On May 29, 2015, an Administrative Judge issued a decision in which he determined that an individual’s access authorization should be restored. In reaching this determination, the Administrative Judge found that the individual had resolved security concerns with his personal conduct. The concerns centered upon the individual having been arrested for Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) and Child Abuse, and having a temporary Order of Protection filed against him by his ex-wife during the period 2012-2014.

May 20, 2015
PSH-15-0005 - In the Matter of Personnel Security Hearing

On May 20, 2015, an Administrative Judge issued a decision in which he determined that an individual’s access authorization should not be restored. In reaching this determination, the Administrative Judge found that the individual had not resolved security concerns under Criterion H and J. Specifically, the Administrative Judge found that the individual had not offered any evidence to refute a DOE-contractor psychiatrist’s (DOE Psychiatrist) diagnosis of Alcohol Use Disorder.

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