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PSH-11-0005 - In the Matter of Personnel Security Hearing

Personnel Security Hearing (PSH-11-0005). On February 28, 2012, an OHA Hearing Officer issued a decision in which he determined that an individual’s access authorization should be granted. In reaching this determination, the Hearing Officer found that the individual resolved the security concerns arising from his entering incorrect information on a 2010 Questionnaire for National Security Positions (the 2010 QNSP) and Attachment Information for Cases Involving Foreign Residence or Citizenship (2010 Attachment II-1). Specifically, the Local Security Office (LSO) found that the individual responded “no” to certain questions on those forms, thereby erroneously reporting to the LSO that he had never held a passport from a foreign government, had not traveled outside of the United States, and did not have any documents, including a passport, that could be used as proof of citizenship in a foreign country. During the hearing, the individual, who is a college student, admitted that he marked “no” to these questions, because he was in a hurry to complete the 2010 security forms, and that he carelessly misread some of the questions and did not double check his work. The individual stated that he filled out a similar QNSP in 2012 (the 2012 QNSP), prior to being made aware of the mistakes on the 2010 forms, and answered all of the questions on the 2012 QNSP correctly. He also presented witnesses who testified to his honesty. The Hearing Officer found that the individual’s testimony and evidence established that he did not intentionally or deliberately falsify his 2010 security forms. The Hearing Officer also found that the individual now appreciates the importance of the security clearance process and the LSO’s need for accurate and complete information, and that the individual is unlikely to engage in the future in untrustworthy or irresponsible behavior similar to his hasty and incorrect completion of his 2010 security forms.

Kent S. Woods - Hearing Officer