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PSH-12-0046 - 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. During 2009 through 2011, the individual used hydrocodone other than as directed and was consuming increasing amounts of alcohol. In October 2011, he voluntarily admitted himself into a substance abuse program at a local hospital. Upon discharge from the hospital, a psychologist diagnosed the individual with alcohol and opioid dependence. Because this information raised concerns about the individual’s continued eligibility for access authorization, the local security office (LSO) called him in for an interview with a personnel security specialist. After the Personnel Security Interview (PSI) failed to resolve those concerns, the LSO referred the individual to a DOE-sponsored psychologist (DOE psychologist) for an evaluation. The DOE psychologist submitted a written report based on this evaluation to the LSO.