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July 24, 2015
PSH-15-0031 - In the Matter of Personnel Security Hearing

On July 24, 2015, an Administrative Judge issued a decision in which he determined that an individual's access authorization should be restored.  The individual was arrested in December 2014 for Driving While Intoxicated.  He immediately stopped drinking alcohol and sought help voluntarily from his site's employee assistance program (EAP).  After an interview conducted by the Local Security Office, at which he described his past and current alcohol consumption patterns, he was referred to a DOE consultant psychologist for an evaluation.  By the time of the evaluation, the individual had co

July 17, 2015
PSH-15-0021 - In the Matter of Personnel Security Hearing

On July 17, 2015, an OHA Administrative Judge issued a decision in which he determined that an individual’s DOE access authorization should not be restored.  A local security office (LSO) alleged that individual had failed a polygraph examination because he lied in an attempt to cover up his misuse of his employer’s computer system to view pornographic material and sexually explicit adult content images during work hours.  In addition, the LSO asserted that the individual had “a strong desire to view pornography [that] has led to behaviors over several years that reflect defects in his jud

July 15, 2015
PSH-15-0003 - In the Matter of Personnel Security Hearing

On July 15, 2015, an OHA Administrative Judge issued a decision finding that the DOE should not restore an individual’s security clearance after he determined that the individual had not resolved all of the security concerns at issue in the case.

July 10, 2015
PSH-15-0024 - In the Matter of Personnel Security Hearing

On July 10, 2015, an OHA Administrative Judge (AJ) issued a decision in which he concluded that the DOE should not restore an individual’s access authorization. A DOE Operations Office referred the individual to administrative review the individual’s arrests and failure to abide by court orders and the terms of his probation, his finances, his failure to keep commitments to the DOE and his provision of inconsistent and incomplete information to the DOE.

July 9, 2015
PSH-15-0009 - In the Matter of Personnel Security Hearing

On July 9, 2015, an OHA Administrative Judge issued a decision in which he determined that an individual’s DOE access authorization should be restored.  The LSO found that the individual’s history of three alcohol-related arrests, and an opinion by a DOE psychiatrist that he suffered from alcohol abuse and an adjustment disorder, which 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 stopped drinking, and obtained eff

July 2, 2015
PSH-15-0026 - In the Matter of Personnel Security Hearing

On July 2, 2015, an OHA Administrative Judge issued a decision in which she determined that an individual’s access authorization should not be granted.  In reaching this determination, the Administrative Judge found that the individual had not resolved the security concerns arising from his financial irregularities.  At the hearing, the individual testified that he accrued his debt because of support payments for his two children.  Although he knew the debts were a concern to the DOE, he is still delinquent on a number of accounts.  These financial difficulties are not isolated and involve

July 1, 2015
PSH-15-0017 - In the Matter of Personnel Security Hearing

On July 1, 2015, an Administrative Judge determined that an individual’s access authorization should not be restored.  In reaching this determination, the Administrative Judge found that the individual had not successfully addressed the DOE’s security concerns under Criteria H and J.

June 25, 2015
PSH-15-0016 - In the Matter of Personnel Security Hearing

On June 25, 2015, an Administrative Judge determined that an individual’s access authorization should not be restored.

June 19, 2015
PSH-15-0011 - In the Matter of Personnel Security Hearing

On June 19, 2015, an OHA Administrative Judge (AJ) issued a decision in which she concluded that the DOE should not restore an individual’s access authorization.  A DOE Operations Office referred the individual to administrative review citing as security concerns the individual’s diagnosis of alcohol abuse and his alcohol-related arrests.  After conducting a hearing, convened at the individual’s request, and evaluating all relevant evidence, the AJ concluded that the individual had satisfied the following mitigating factors with respect to his alcohol abuse: (1) the individual has acknowle

June 17, 2015
PSH-15-0020 - In the Matter of Personnel Security Hearing

On June 17, 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 her financial irresponsibility.  After conducting a hearing and evaluating the evidence, the Administrative Judge concluded that the individual did not sufficiently mitigate the DOE’s concerns.