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PSH-12-0010 - In the Matter of Personnel Security Hearing

The individual works for a Department of Energy (DOE) contractor and is an applicant for DOE access authorization. In August 2010, the individual completed a Questionnaire for National Security Positions (QNSP) and was subject to an Office of Personnel Management (OPM) background investigation. He provided information to the Local Security Office (LSO) during a Personnel Security Interview (PSI) conducted in March 2011 that was inconsistent with answers he provided on his QNSP and during his OPM investigation, revealing that he had been hospitalized in January 2010 for alcohol abuse, treatment of prescription drug addiction and depression. Because the LSO could not resolve these discrepancies and the concerns raised by his alcohol and drug use to its satisfaction, it referred the individual to a DOE-sponsored psychologist for an evaluation. In May 2011, the DOE psychologist issued a report of his evaluation in which he diagnosed the individual as suffering from alcohol abuse, depressive disorder and anxiety disorder. In light of that report, as well as the individual’s inconsistent statements, 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 3. 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.