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September 30, 2013
PSH-13-0023 - In the Matter of Personnel Security

On September 30, 2013, a Hearing Officer determined that an individual’s security clearance should not be restored. In reaching this determination, the Hearing Officer found that, while the individual had successfully addressed the DOE’s security concerns under criterion (h), he had not sufficiently mitigated the agency’s concerns under criterion (l). Specifically, the Hearing Officer concluded that the individual had engaged in a pattern of making false, incomplete or misleading representations to the DOE.

Robert Palmer - Hearing Officer

September 27, 2013
PSH-13-0073 - In the Matter of Personnel Security

On September 27, 2013, an OHA Hearing Officer issued a decision in which he concluded the DOE should not restore an individual’s access authorization.   A Local Security Office (LSO) cited concerns raised by the individual’s use of alcohol habitually to excess and a diagnosis by a DOE consultant psychologist (DOE psychologist) that the individual met criteria found in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders IV-TR (DSM-IV-TR) for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).  After conducting a hearing and evaluating the documentary and testimonial evidence, the Hearing Officer fo

September 19, 2013
PSH-13-0074 - In the Matter of Personnel Security Hearing

Personnel Security Hearing (PSH-13-0074).  On September 19, 2013, an OHA Hearing Officer issued a decision in which he determined that the DOE should restore an individual’s access authorization.  As a security concern under 10 C.F.R.

September 18, 2013
PSH-13-0065 - In the Matter of Personnel Security Hearing

On September 12, 2013, an OHA Hearing Officer issued a decision in which he concluded the DOE should not restore an individual’s access authorization.   A Local Security Office (LSO) raised certain concerns regarding the individual’s use of alcohol, citing a diagnosis by a DOE consultant psychologist (DOE psychologist) that the individual had suffered from Alcohol Dependence, which since had attenuated to Alcohol Abuse; the recommendation of the individual’s primary care physician that the individual stop consuming alcohol and the physician’s diagnoses of alcoholism, alcoholic hepatitis, l

September 12, 2013
PSH-13-0063 - In the Matter of Personnel Security Hearing

On September 12, 2013, an OHA Hearing Officer issued a decision in which he concluded the DOE should not restore an individual’s access authorization.   A Local Security Office (LSO) raised certain concerns regarding the individual’s use of alcohol, citing a diagnosis by a DOE consultant psychologist (DOE psychologist) that the individual had suffered from Alcohol Dependence, which since had attenuated to Alcohol Abuse; the recommendation of the individual’s primary care physician that the individual stop consuming alcohol and the physician’s diagnoses of alcoholism, alcoholic hepatitis, l

September 6, 2013
PSH-13-0075 - In the Matter of Personnel Security Hearing

On September 6, 2013, a Hearing Officer determined that an individual’s security clearance should not be restored. In reaching this determination, the Hearing Officer found that the individual had not successfully addressed the DOE’s security concerns regarding foreign preference and violation of a commitment that he made to the DOE in 2010 that the agency relied on in granting him access authorization. Specifically, at that time the individual promised that he would use only his U.S. passport for foreign travel, yet in 2013 he renewed and used his foreign passport.

August 30, 2013
PSH-13-0068 - In the Matter of Personnel Security

On August 30, 2013, an OHA Hearing Officer issued a decision in which he determined that the DOE should not restore an individual’s access authorization.  As security concerns under 10 C.F.R.

August 30, 2013
PSH-13-0049 - In the Matter of Personnel Security

On August 30, 2013, a Hearing Officer issued a Decision in which he determined that an individual’s access authorization should not be granted. In reaching this determination, the Hearing Officer found that the individual had not resolved security concerns under Criterion L regarding the Individual’s failure to report an arrest for failure to appear at an arraignment concerning traffic tickets and a citation for failing to have a controlled prescription medication in its proper container.

August 29, 2013
PSH-13-0057 - In the Matter of Personnel Security

On August 28, 2013, an OHA Hearing Officer issued a decision in which he concluded that an individual’s security clearance should not be restored.  A Local Security Office suspended the individual’s security clearance because the individual had been diagnosed with alcohol dependence, opioid abuse, and major depression.  His behavior—taking as many as 12 hydrocodone pills with 18 to 24 beers on weekend days to cope with his depression—raised security concerns under Criteria H (mental conditions that cause or may cause a significant defect in judgment or reliability), J (alcohol dependence)

August 27, 2013
PSH-13-0076 - In the Matter of Personnel Security

On August 27, 2013, an OHA Hearing Officer issued a decision finding that the individual should be granted a security clearance after she determined that the individual had mitigated the security concerns associated with the individual’s failure to file federal tax returns for the tax years, 2010 and 2011.