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September 11, 2015
PSH-15-0047 - In the Matter of Personnel Security Hearing

On September 11, 2015, an OHA Administrative Judge issued a decision in which he concluded that an individual’s security clearance should not be restored.  The LSO referred the individual to a DOE consulting psychiatrist following a workplace incident. The psychiatrist opined that (1) the individual met the diagnostic criteria set forth in the DSM-5 for Delusional Disorder, Persecutory Type, and for Bipolar I Disorder, most recent episode manic, in full remission, and (2) these disorders either did cause or could cause a significant defect in the individual’s judgment or reliability.

September 2, 2015
PSH-15-0041 - In the Matter of Personnel Security Hearing

On September 2, 2015, an OHA Administrative Judge issued a decision in which he determined that an individual’s DOE access authorization should be restored.  A local security office had alleged that individual’s history of an alcohol-related arrest and excessive alcohol consumption, as well as an opinion by a DOE psychologist that he was a user of alcohol habitually to excess, which causes or may cause a significant defect in the individual’s judgement and reliability, raised concerns about the individual’s eligibility to maintain a security clearance.  At the hearing, the individual showe

August 27, 2015
PSH-15-0042 - In the Matter of Personnel Security Hearing

On August 27, 2015, an Administrative Judge issued a decision in which he determined that an individual's access authorization should be restored.  The individual was charged with computer crimes after being placed on administrative leave by a former employer.  After the Local Security Office (LSO) conducted an interview with the individual, it determined that he had not resolved the LSO’s security concerns under Criterion L arising from the criminal charges.  At the hearing, the individual explained the factual bases for the charges and for their dismissal at the state court level.  The A

August 27, 2015
PSH-15-0034 - In the Matter of Personnel Security Hearing

On August 27 2015, an OHA Administrative Judge issued a decision in which she concluded that an individual’s request for a security clearance should not be granted.  A Local Security Office conducted a Personnel Security Interview of the individual to address concerns about his alcohol-related incidents, alcohol use and misrepresentations.  The individual’s behavior raised security concerns under Criteria H, J and L.  After conducting a hearing and evaluating the documentary and testimonial evidence, the Administrative Judge found that the individual had not presented sufficient evidence t

August 24, 2015
PSH-15-0045 - In the Matter of Personnel Security Hearing

On August 24, 2015, an OHA Administrative Judge issued a decision in which she concluded that an individual’s access authorization should be restored.  Pursuant to Criterion K of section 710.8, a Local Security Office (LSO) cited the individual’s admission that from 2007-2008, he used medical marijuana on 10-12 occasions.  Under Criterion L, the LSO stated that the individual did not disclose that he used drugs in his Questionnaire for National Security Positions (QNSPs) in 2011 and 2014.  The individual suffered from severe migraines since he was young and tried various pharmaceutical dru

August 21, 2015
PSH-15-0032 - In the Matter of Personnel Security Hearing

On August 21, 2015, an OHA Administrative Judge issued a decision in which he concluded that an individual’s access authorization should not be restored.  Security concerns regarding the individual were raised in July 2014 when his blood alcohol content was measured at work and exceeded permissible levels.

August 21, 2015
PSH-15-0044 - In the Matter of Personnel Security Hearing

On August 21, 2015, an Administrative Judge issued a decision in which he determined that an individual’s request for an access authorization should not be granted. In reaching this determination, the Administrative Judge found that the individual had not resolved security concerns under Criterion L regarding the individual’s 20-year period of financial irresponsibility. The individual presented evidence that, in October 2014, she had begun to reform her financial conduct and address her past overdue accounts.

August 20, 2015
PSH-15-0029 - In the Matter of Personnel Security Hearing

On August 20, 2015, an OHA Administrative Judge issued a decision in which she concluded that an individual’s security clearance should not be restored.  A Local Security Office conducted a personnel security interview of the individual to address concerns about his falsification of information and alcohol use.  The individual’s behavior raised security concerns under Criteria F, H and L.  After conducting a hearing and evaluating the documentary and testimonial evidence, the Administrative Judge found that the individual had presented sufficient evidence to resolve the security concerns a

August 18, 2015
PSH-15-0033 - In the Matter of Personnel Security Hearing

On August 18, 2015, an OHA Administrative Judge issued a decision in which he concluded that an individual’s access authorization should not be restored.  Security concerns regarding the individual were raised in February 2014 following an incident during which she accidently fell off of the roof of her sunroom after consuming alcohol.

August 17, 2015
PSH-15-0037 - In the Matter of Personnel Security Hearing

On August 17, 2015, 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 his alcohol use and diagnosis by a DOE psychologist that he used alcohol habitually to excess.  At the hearing, the individual testified that he attended an intensive outpatient treatment program and was currently attending Alcoholics Anonymous.  Both he and his wife testified that he had been abstinent