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PSH-12-0004 - In the Matter of Personnel Security Hearing

The individual works for a Department of Energy (DOE) contractor and holds a DOE access authorization, now in suspension. In September of 2011, the individual informed his contractor, which in turn informed the local DOE security office (LSO), that he had been hospitalized for treatment of his depression and suicidal thoughts. Exhibit 15. The LSO summoned the individual for an interview with a personnel security specialist on September 20, 2011. Exhibit 22 (Transcript of Personnel Security Interview). After this Personnel Security Interview (PSI), the LSO referred the individual to a local psychiatrist (DOE psychiatrist) for an agency-sponsored evaluation. The DOE psychiatrist prepared a written report, setting forth the results of that evaluation, and sent it to the LSO. Exhibit 19. Based on this report and the individual’s personnel security file, the LSO determined that derogatory information existed that cast into doubt the individual’s eligibility for access authorization. The LSO informed the individual of this determination in a Notification Letter that set forth the DOE’s security concerns and the reasons for those concerns. Exhibit 1. The Notification Letter also informed the individual that he was entitled to a hearing before a Hearing Officer in order to resolve the substantial doubt concerning his eligibility for access authorization.