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September 22, 2015
PSH-15-0057 - In the Matter of Personnel Security Hearing

On September 22, 2015, an OHA Administrative Judge issued a decision in which he determined that an individual’s DOE access authorization should be restored.  The LSO had alleged that the individual’s admission that he had taken one of his dog’s prescription pain pills (Tramadol) constituted illegal drug use which raised significant security concerns about the individual’s judgment, reliability and trustworthiness, even though the individual had a prescription for the same pain medication (which he had left at the office).  The Administrative Judge found that the individual’s action exhibi

September 22, 2015
PSH-15-0056 - In the Matter of Personnel Security Hearing

On September 22, 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 part 710.8 and the Bond Amendment, a Local Security Office (LSO) cited the individual’s positive drug test for marijuana during a random urinalysis in January 2015, while holding a security clearance, and his ingestion of steroids from 1988 to 1989 and marijuana from 1978 to 1981.  Under criterion (l), the LSO cited the individual’s failure to report that he ingested marijuana until after he received the resu

September 15, 2015
PSH-15-0043 - In the Matter of Personnel Security Hearing

On September 15, 2015, an Administrative Judge issued a decision in which he determined that an individual’s request for a DOE access authorization should be granted. In reaching this determination, the Administrative Judge found that the individual had resolved security concerns under Criteria H regarding a diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder II by a DOE Psychologist (DOE Psychologist).

September 14, 2015
PSH-15-0049 - In the Matter of Personnel Security Hearing

On September 14, 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 Criteria H regarding a diagnosis of Dissociative Amnesia with Dissociative Fugue by a DOE psychologist (DOE Psychologist) and his assessment that the individual’s personality traits could cause defects in his judgment and reliability.

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.