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May 2, 2016
PSH-16-0001 - In the Matter of Personnel Security Hearing

On May 2, 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 had been arrested in 2013 for an assault of a family member and in 2014 for Driving Under the Influence (DUI).  Required to abstain from alcohol for one year by his probation following his 2013 arrest, he violated that requirement two weeks before the end of his probationary period, resulting in the 2014 DUI arrest.  Although a DOE consultant psychologist determined that the individual did not ha

April 20, 2016
PSH-16-0006 - In the Matter of Personnel Security Hearing

On April 20, 2016, an OHA Administrative Judge issued a decision in which she 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 the security concerns arising from her financial delinquencies.  The Local Security Office determined that in September 15, 2015, the individual had 11 delinquent debts totaling $20,764 on her credit report.  At the hearing, the individual did not dispute the debts.  She identified the largest debts as student loans, for which her wages a

April 19, 2016
PSH-15-0101 - In the Matter of Personnel Security Hearing

On April 19, 2016, an OHA Administrative Judge issued a decision in which he concluded that an individual’s security clearance should not be restored. The local security office (LSO) had conducted personnel security interviews with the individual in both 1991 and 1999 to address financial matters. In 2014, the individual disclosed on a QNSP both collection debt and delinquent debt; he stated he had received offers to settle the collection debt and had made arrangements to settle those accounts with money he had saved.

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.