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April 14, 2016
PSH-16-0004 - In the Matter of Personnel Security Hearing

On April 14, 2016, 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 his delinquent debts and deliberate misrepresentations on his QNSP.  After conducting a hearing and evaluating the evidence, the Administrative Judge concluded that the individual did not sufficiently mitigate the DOE’s concerns as to his delinquent debts and as to his honesty and trustworthiness

April 7, 2016
PSH-15-0102 - In the Matter of Personnel Security Hearing

On April 7, 2016, an Administrative Judge issued a decision in which he determined that an individual should not be granted access authorization. During a background investigation, the Local Security Office (LSO) obtained information about the individual’s finances that raised security concerns. Specifically, the LSO learned that the individual owed over $15,000 in unpaid federal taxes and over $20,000 in delinquent debt. At the hearing, the individual claimed that his difficulties were due primarily to periods of unemployment and under-employment.

March 30, 2016
PSH-15-0098 - In the Matter of Personnel Security Hearing

On March 30, 2016, an OHA Administrative Judge issued a decision in which he determined that an individual’s DOE access authorization should not be restored.  The LSO had alleged that individual’s history of three alcohol-related arrests and an opinion by a DOE psychiatrist that he suffered from alcohol abuse, a condition with caused or may cause a significant defect in the individual’s judgement and reliability, raised security concerns.  At the hearing, the individual showed that he had stopped drinking for nine months, and obtained mental health treatment for his alcohol abuse disorder.

March 29, 2016
PSH-16-0005 - In the Matter of Personnel Security Hearing

On March 29, 2016, an Administrative Judge issued a decision in which she concluded that an individual’s security clearance should not be restored.  In July 2015, a Local Security Office (LSO) conducted a personnel security interview (PSI) of the individual to address concerns regarding his arrest and charge for Aggravated Assault Against a Household Member with a Deadly Weapon, a fourth degree felony, and Battery against a Household Member, a misdemeanor, in May 2015.  The individual was subsequently referred to a DOE psychologist who diagnosed the individual with Intermittent Explosive D

March 23, 2016
PSH-15-0078 - In the Matter of Personnel Security Hearing

On March 23, 2016, an OHA Administrative Judge issued a decision in which he concluded that an individual’s security clearance should not be restored.  A DOE consulting psychiatrist evaluated the individual and concluded that he met the DSM 5 criteria for Unspecified Neurocognitive Disorder on the basis of observed impairments in memory and attention and variable performance on certain cognitive tests.  The DOE psychiatrist determined that this is an illness, though mild, that may cause a significant defect in the individual’s judgment or reliability and was not amenable to treatment.  The

March 17, 2016
PSH-15-0076 - In the Matter of Personnel Security Hearing

On March 17, 2016, an Administrative Judge issued a decision in which he found 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 G and L regarding a number of security infractions for mishandling classified information. The individual presented testimony and documentary evidence establishing that with regard to several of the incidents, the individual had not actually violated security rules.

March 11, 2016
PSH-15-0086 - In the Matter of Personnel Security Hearing

On March 11, 2016, an Administrative Judge issued a decision in which she determined that an individual's request for access authorization should not be granted.  In March 2015, as part of a background investigation, the Local Security Office (LSO) conducted a Personnel Security Interview of the individual to address concerns about the individual’s criminal conduct.  The derogatory information fell within the purview of Criterion L. 

March 10, 2016
PSH-15-0080 - In the Matter of Personnel Security Hearing

On March 10, 2016, an Administrative Judge issued a decision in which she determined that an individual's request for access authorization should not be granted.  In April 2015, as part of a background investigation, the Local Security Office (LSO) conducted a Personnel Security Interview of the individual to address concerns about the individual’s misrepresentations and criminal conduct.  The derogatory information fell within the purview of the Bond Amendment and Criteria F and L.  As support of its invocation of the Bond Amendment, the Notification Letter cited the individual’s 18-month

March 3, 2016
PSH-15-0097 In the Matter of Personnel Security Hearing

On March 3, 2016, an OHA Administrative Judge issued a decision in which he concluded that an individual’s security clearance should be restored.  The individual was hospitalized after becoming ill at work and, while hospitalized, was diagnosed with liver disease as a likely consequence of long-term daily alcohol consumption.  The local security office (LSO) was notified by the individual’s employer that the individual had been deemed neither physically nor psychiatrically fit to return to work and, thereafter, the LSO referred the individual to a DOE psychiatrist for evaluation.  The DOE

March 1, 2016
PSH-15-0095 - In the Matter of Personnel Security Hearing

On March 1, 2015, an Administrative Judge issued a decision in which he restored an individual’s access authorization. In reaching this determination, the Administrative Judge found that the individual had resolved security concerns under Criterion L regarding several security rule violations occurring a number of years ago, and two instances where the individual had viewed pornography on a government issued laptop.