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May 19, 2014
PSH-14-0008 - In the Matter of Personnel Security

On May 19, 2014, an OHA Administrative Judge issued a decision in which she concluded that an individual should not be granted access authorization.  Pursuant to criteria (k) of part 710.8 and the Bond Amendment, a Local Security Office (LSO) cited the individual’s positive drug test for cocaine during a random urinalysis on April 15, 2012, while holding a security clearance at his previous job, for which his security clearance was eventually suspended.  Under criteria (f), the LSO cited the individual’s failure to report during his Office of Personnel Management background investigation t

May 19, 2014
PSH-14-0005 - In the Matter of Personnel Security Hearing

On May 19, 2014, 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 L regarding the Individual’s recent rule violations -regarding bringing a cell phone into an unauthorized area and conducting gambling pools at a DOE facility. Additionally, the Individual had not been candid when asked about these activities.

April 30, 2014
PSH-14-0003 - In the Matter of Personnel Security Hearing

On April 30, 2014, an OHA Administrative Judge issued a decision in which she concluded that an individual’s security clearance should be restored.  In October 2013, 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 one-time use of his wife’s prescription medication.  The individual’s behavior raised security concerns under the Bond Amendment and Criterion K.  After conducting a hearing and evaluating the documentary and testimonial evidence, the Administrative Judge found th

April 23, 2014
PSH-13-0124 - In the Matter of Personnel Security

On April 23, 2014, an OHA Administrative Judge issued a decision in which he concluded that an individual’s security clearance should not be restored.  The individual was originally granted access authorization following a favorable administrative review decision in 2008. At that time the individual acknowledged his problems with alcohol and testified that he planned to permanently abstain from alcohol consumption.

April 21, 2014
PSH-13-0123 - In the Matter of Personnel Security Hearing

The individual is employed by a DOE contractor in a position that requires him to hold a DOE security clearance.  In June 2013, 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 alcohol-related arrest and his 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 consultant psychologist (DOE psychologist).  The DOE psychologist examined the individual in August 2013 and mem

April 16, 2014
PSH-13-0136 - In the Matter of Personnel Security Hearing

On April 16, 2014, an OHA Administrative Judge issued a decision in which she concluded that an individual’s security clearance should be restored.  In August 2013, as part of a background investigation, the local security office (LSO) conducted a Personnel Security Interview (PSI) of the individual to address concerns about her alcohol use.  During that PSI, the individual was referred to a DOE consultant psychologist (DOE psychologist) for an agency-sponsored evaluation who concluded that the individual suffers from Alcohol Abuse.  The individual’s behavior raised security concerns under

April 10, 2014
PSH-14-0007 - In the Matter of: Personnel Security Hearing

On April 10, 2014, an OHA Administrative Judge issued a decision in which he determined that an individual’s DOE access authorization should not be granted.  The individual, who had one alcohol-related arrest, a history of blackouts, a history of excessive alcohol used to cope with loneliness and depression, and an acquired tolerance to alcohol, was diagnosed by a DOE Psychologist with Alcohol-Related Disorder, Not Otherwise Specified (NOS)-Binge Drinking.  At the hearing, the individual candidly acknowledged that she had an alcohol problem and described her enrollment in an Intensive Outp

April 7, 2014
PSH-14-0004 - In the Matter of Personnel Security

On April 7, 2014, an OHA Administrative Judge issued a decision finding that the DOE should not restore an individual’s security clearance. The derogatory information at issue in the proceeding involved two matters under 10 C.F.R.

April 1, 2014
PSH-14-0002 - In the Matter of Personnel Security

On April 1, 2013, an OHA Administrative Judge (AJ) issued a Decision in which she concluded that the DOE should restore an individual’s suspended DOE access authorization.  A DOE Operations Office suspended an individual’s security clearance and referred him to administrative review under 10 C.F.R.

March 31, 2014
PSH-13-0127 - In the Matter of Personnel Security

On March 31, 2014, an Administrative Judge issued a decision in which he concluded that an individual’s authorization access should be granted.  During his application for access authorization and the subsequent investigation, the individual disclosed that he twice attempted suicide in 2011 during a period in which his marriage was dissolving; both suicide attempts were preceded by consumption of alcohol.