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February 17, 2016
PSH-15-0093 - In the Matter of Personnel Security Hearing

On February 17, 2016, an OHA Administrative Judge issued a decision in which he determined that an individual’s request for DOE access authorization should not be granted.  A local security office (LSO) found that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) had filed tax liens against the individual in 2010 and 2013, totaling $157,873.09, and a state government had filed a tax lien against him for $15,400.46.  In addition, the LSO found that the individual: (1) failed to file a federal tax return or pay his federal taxes for tax years 1978 through 1992, and 2002, (2) failed to file his state tax re

February 3, 2016
PSH-15-0091 - In the Matter of Personnel Security Hearing

On February 3, 2016, an OHA Administrative Judge issued a decision in which he determined that an individual’s DOE access authorization should not be restored.

January 29, 2016
PSH-15-0083 - In the Matter of Personnel Security Hearing

On January 29, 2016, an OHA Administrative Judge issued a decision in which he determined that an individual’s DOE access authorization should be restored.  The individual had been diagnosed by a DOE psychologist with “Post Traumatic Stress Disorder” (PTSD), a condition that causes or may cause a defect in his judgment or reliability.  At the hearing, the individual’s attorney presented convincing evidence showing that the individual’s treatment for his PTSD has been sufficiently effective to resolve the concern.  The individual submitted psychological evaluations conducted by his expert p

January 28, 2016
PSH-15-0090 - In the Matter of Personnel Security Hearing

On January 28, 2016, an OHA Administrative Judge issued a decision in which he concluded that an individual’s security clearance should be restored.  The individual, who had had an extremely stressful year (including multiple deaths in her family, intense family legal and financial conflicts, and her mother in last stages of life), combined a prescription medication with alcohol and emailed a friend describing her actions and stating that she no longer wanted to live.  When her friend opened the email two days later, she requested local police to conduct a welfare check at the individual’s

January 25, 2016
PSH-15-0085 - In the Matter of Personnel Security Hearing

On January 25, 2016, an Administrative Judge issued a decision in which he determined that an individual's access authorization should be restored.  The individual received a citation for an alcohol-related offense, and the local security office (LSO) referred him to a DOE consultant psychologist for an agency sponsored evaluation. The DOE psychologist concluded that the individual was a user of alcohol habitually to excess, and that this was a mental condition that was causing, or could cause, a significant defect in his judgment or reliability.

January 19, 2016
PSH-15-0068 - In the Matter of Personnel Security Hearing

On January 19, 2016, an Administrative Judge issued a decision in which he determined that an individual's access authorization should not be restored.  The individual tested positive for marijuana during a routine drug screening. During the ensuing personnel security interview, he revealed that he had used marijuana periodically over a period of approximately 20 years while holding a security clearance, and that he had repeatedly violated a DOE drug certification that he signed in 1989.

January 15, 2016
PSH-15-0074 - In the Matter of Personnel Security Hearing

On January 15, 2015, an Administrative Judge issued a decision in which she determined that an individual's access authorization should not be restored.  During a personnel security interview in April 2014 and a credit report review, the Local Security Office (LSO) learned that the individual had a number of delinquent debts, charge-off accounts, collection accounts as well as unfiled state and Federal tax returns.  During the hearing, the individual acknowledged his delinquent debt and unfiled tax returns, but stated that his debt and tax issues stemmed from his partial divorce in 2009 wh

January 13, 2016
PSH-15-0071 - In the Matter of Personnel Security Hearing

On January 13, 2016, an OHA Administrative Judge issued a decision in which she concluded that the individual’s access authorization should not be restored.  After the individual was arrested in January 2014 for a domestic violence offense, a Local Security Office (LSO) summoned the individual for a Personnel Security Interview (PSI) in April 2014.  After the PSI, the LSO referred the individual to a DOE psychologist for an agency-sponsored evaluation.

January 7, 2016
PSH-15-0079 - In the Matter of Personnel Security Hearing

On January 7, 2016, an OHA Administrative Judge issued a decision in which she concluded that an individual’s security clearance should be restored.  A Local Security Office (LSO) conducted a Personnel Security Interview of the individual to address concerns about his outstanding debt and omissions on his Questionnaire for National Security Positions (QNSP).

January 7, 2016
PSH-15-0087 - In the Matter of Personnel Security Hearing

On January 7, 2016, 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 Criteria F and L regarding a failure to provide accurate answers on an Electronic Questionnaire for Investigations Processing Form, a failure to timely file state and federal income tax returns, a history of financial irresponsibility and a 2014 bankruptcy.