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August 31, 2016
PSH-16-0050 - In the Matter of Personnel Security Hearing

On August 31, 2016, an OHA Administrative Judge issued a decision in which he determined that an individual’s DOE access authorization should not be restored.  The individual had: (1) submitted a signed Questionnaire for National Security Positions (QNSP) in which she failed to disclose several outstanding financial delinquencies, including a state tax lien, and five collection accounts; (2) falsely denied having any bills or debt turned over to a collection agency during the past seven years during a Personnel Security Interview (PSI), and (3) three unpaid collection accounts totaling $1,

August 31, 2016
PSH-16-0054 - In the Matter of Personnel Security Hearing

On August 31, 2016, an Administrative Judge issued a decision in which he found that individual’s access authorization should be restored. In reaching this determination, the Administrative Judge found that the individual had resolved security concerns under Criteria H, J, and L regarding 2012 and 2015 arrests for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol (DUI) and a report from a DOE psychologist (DOE Psychologist) opining that the individual was a user of alcohol habitually to excess.

August 31, 2016
PSH-16-0035 - In the Matter of Personnel Security Hearing

On August 31, 2016, an OHA Administrative Judge issued a decision in which he concluded that an individual should not be granted access authorization. The LSO alleged security concerns arising under Criterion L based upon the individual’s purported financial irresponsibility and non-compliance with tax laws.

August 29, 2016
PSH-16-0048 - In the Matter of Personnel Security Hearing

On August 29, 2016, an Administrative Judge issued a decision in which he determined that an individual’s access authorization should be restored.  According to the Notification Letter, the individual used marijuana on one occasion in 2014.  When completing his QNSP in August 2015, he certified that he had not used drugs illegally in the past seven years nor at any time while holding a security clearance.  During his OPM background investigation interview and, later, at his Personnel Security Interview, he admitted that he had used marijuana one time in 2014.  The Local Security Office fou

August 19, 2016
PSH-16-0014 - In the Matter of Personnel Security Hearing

On August 19, 2016, an Administrative Judge issued a decision in which he determined that an individual's access authorization should not be restored.  According to the Notification Letter, the individual’s financial irresponsibility had led to a Chapter 13 bankruptcy that he filed in late 2014.  Primary causes of the individual’s financial overextension included providing $80,000 in support to a friend of his step-son between 2001 and 2006 and roughly $500,000 to a family unrelated to him between 2003 and 2016.  In addition, the individual was the victim of two sequential online loan appl

August 19, 2016
PSH-16-0040 - In the Matter of Personnel Security Hearing

On August 19, 2016, an Administrative Judge issued a decision in which he determined that an individual’s access authorization should not be restored.

August 9, 2016
PSH-16-0032 - In the Matter of Personnel Security Hearing

On August 9, 2016, an Administrative Judge issued a decision in which she determined that an individual's access authorization should not be restored.  In October 2015, as part of a background investigation, the Local Security Office (LSO) conducted a Personnel Security Interview (PSI) of the individual to address concerns about his falsifications and alcohol use.  In addition to the PSI, the LSO requested the individual’s medical records and recommended a psychological evaluation of the individual by a DOE psychologist.  According to the DOE psychologist, the individual suffers from Alcoh

August 4, 2016
PSH-16-0038 - In the Matter of Personnel Security Hearing

On August 4, 2016, an OHA Administrative Judge issued a decision in which he determined that an individual’s request for a DOE access authorization should be denied.  The local security office (LSO) referred the individual request to administrative review citing derogatory information under Criteria F and L.  More specifically, the LSO found that the individual had failed to disclose significant information on a security questionnaire regarding her indebtedness, and had displayed a pattern of financial irresponsibility as well as dishonesty, untrustworthiness and misconduct relating to her

August 4, 2016
PSH-16-0034 - In the Matter of Personnel Security Hearing

On August 4, 2016, an Administrative Judge issued a decision in which he found that 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 L, regarding the failure to timely file tax returns for tax years 2010 and 2011.  The individual acknowledged filing the returns in July or August of 2015, although she alternately stated that she: filed both timely; filed 2010 timely, but wasn’t sure about 2011; and filed both untimely.

August 4, 2016
PSH-16-0024 - In the Matter of Personnel Security Hearing

On August 4, 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 (the record showed that the individual actually had a history of five alcohol related arrests), and failure to report one of these arrests to DOE Security, raised concerns about the individual’s eligibility to maintain a security clearance.  At the hearing, the individual showed that he had stopped drinking for six and an half months, had sporadically atte