On August 17, 2012, 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 drank to intoxication once a week and had been diagnosed as suffering from Alcohol Disorder, Not Otherwise Specified, which raised security concerns under Criteria H and J. After conducting a hearing and evaluating the documentary and testimonial evidence, the Hearing Officer found that the individual had not presented sufficient evidence to resolve these security concerns. Specifically, he found that the individual’s continued use of alcohol, in particular, his consumption of up to five drinks a day, did not resolve the security concerns about his judgment and reliability and his ability to protect classified information.
William M. Schwartz - Hearing Officer