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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.

March 9, 2015
PSH-14-0091 - In the Matter of Personnel Security Hearing

On March 9, 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 resolved a number of security concerns regarding the individual’s past academic dishonesty, his prior history of psychiatric illnesses, and various alleged workplace incidents.

February 27, 2015
PSH-14-0101 - In the Matter of Personnel Security Hearing

This case involves an Individual who tested positive for alcohol during a random screening conducted at his workplace.  The LSO conducted a Personnel Security Interview (PSI) of the Individual and requested that he be examined by a DOE consultant psychologist (the Psychologist), who found that the Individual habitually used alcohol to excess.  Unable to resolve the derogatory information, the LSO issued a Notification Letter to the Individual.  See 10 C.F.R.

February 26, 2015
PSH-14-0098 - In the Matter of Personnel Security Hearing

The individual is employed by a Department of Energy (DOE) contractor, and was granted a security clearance in connection with that employment. During a 2013 routine re-investigation of his ex-wife, the local security office (LSO) obtained information about the individual’s finances that raised security concerns. The LSO conducted an investigation into his finances, and as a part of that investigation, it summoned the individual for an interview with a personnel security specialist.

February 18, 2015
PSH-14-0100 - In the Matter of Personnel Security Hearing

On February 18, 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 under 10 C.F.R. Part 710, citing as security concerns under 10 C.F.R.

February 18, 2015
PSH-14-0105 - In the Matter of Personnel Security Hearing

The Individual is employed by a DOE contractor in a position that requires her to hold a DOE security clearance.  The Local Security Office (LSO) conducted a Personnel Security Interview (PSI) with the Individual in September 2014, after receiving potentially derogatory information regarding the Individual’s financial indebtedness.

February 12, 2015
PSH-14-0102 - In the Matter of Personnel Security Hearing

On February 12, 2015, an OHA Administrative Judge (AJ) issued a Decision in which she concluded that the DOE should not restore an individual’s suspended DOE access authorization.  A DOE Operations Office referred the individual to administrative review under 10 C.F.R. Part 710, citing as security concerns under 10 C.F.R.

February 5, 2015
PSH-14-0089 - In the Matter of Personnel Security Hearing

On February 4, 2015, an OHA Administrative Judge (AJ) issued a Decision in which she concluded that the DOE should not restore an individual’s suspended access authorization.  A DOE Operations Office referred the individual to administrative review under 10 C.F.R.