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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

August 13, 2015
PSH-15-0040 - In the Matter of Personnel Security Hearing

On August 13, 2015, 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 of the individual to address concerns about his alcohol consumption, which arose because he tested positive for alcohol at work in November 2014, which the individual attributed to having consumed six 12-ounce India Pale Ale beers the night before.  The LSO subsequently referred the individual to meet with a DOE psychologist for an examination.  The DOE psychologist

August 12, 2015
PSH-15-0027 - In the Matter of Personnel Security Hearing

On August 12, 2015, 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 regarding her delinquent debts and her misrepresentations on her April 2014 Questionnaire for National Security Positions.   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 her delinquent debts, but that she

August 11, 2015
PSH-15-0046 - In the Matter of Personnel Security Hearing

On August 11, 2015, an OHA Administrative Judge issued a decision in which he determined that an individual’s DOE access authorization should be granted.  The LSO had alleged that Individual’s 2005 alcohol-related arrest, and an opinion by a psychologist that he was a user of alcohol habitually to excess, which the psychiatrist opined caused 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 showed that he had significantly moderated his alcohol

August 11, 2015
PSH-15-0050 - In the Matter of Personnel Security Hearing

On August 11, 2015, an OHA Administrative Judge issued a decision finding that the DOE should not restore an individual’s security clearance after she determined that the individual had not resolved the security concerns associated with his outstanding debts, liens against his real estate, and wage garnishment.

August 7, 2015
PSH-15-0022 - In the Matter of Personnel Security Hearing

On August 7, 2015, an OHA Administrative Judge issued a decision in which he concluded that an individual’s access authorization should not be restored.  The individual has a long history of mental illness, manifested by paranoid delusions, which had been successfully controlled by medication in recent years.  However, security concerns were raised in 2014 following an incident in which the individual accused two co-workers of stealing her medications, tampering with the food that she brought to her office for lunch, and taking paperwork from her desk.  The Local Security Office (LSO) cond

August 5, 2015
PSH-15-0023 - In the Matter of Personnel Security Hearing

On August 5, 2015, 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 of the individual to address concerns about his alcohol consumption.  These concerns arose after he individual was arrested for operating under the influence (OUI) and failing to grant right of way in September 2014, after he consumed four beers and a shot of whiskey in a five-hour timespan while he was away on a business trip.  Upon evaluation, a DOE psychologist con

August 1, 2015
PSH-15-0010 - In the Matter of Personnel Security Hearing

On August 1, 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 not resolved security concerns under Criterion L regarding lack of candor and failure to comply with rules. The individual had misused his government issued credit card by making unauthorized purchases, and also provided apparently misleading answers to questions concerning his misuse of the credit card.

July 30, 2015
PSH-15-0028 - In the Matter of Personnel Security Hearing

On July 30, 2015, 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 failure to supply requested documents.  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, but that he mitigated the DOE’s concerns as to