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PSH-12-0116 - In the Matter of Personnel Security Hearing

On December 21, 2012, a Hearing Officer issued a Decision in which he determined that an individual’s access authorization should not be restored. In reaching this determination, the Hearing Officer found that the individual had not resolved security concerns under Criteria H and L associated with a recent 2012 Bankruptcy Petition and a determination from a DOE-contractor Psychologist that the Individual suffered from Pathological Gambling. At the hearing, the Individual presented testimonial evidence that she had been abstinent from gambling for eight months, regularly attended Gamblers Anonymous (GA), and was receiving counseling from a professional counselor. She also presented testimony from her boyfriend confirming the length of the Individual’s abstinence and from her counselor and a member of her GA group attesting to her rehabilitation. However, the DOE Psychologist, after listening to the testimony at the hearing, found that the Individual had not demonstrated a sufficient period of abstinence from gambling to provide a reasonable assurance that she was rehabilitated from her gambling disorder. Given the evidence produced at the hearing, the Hearing Officer found that the Individual had failed to sufficiently resolve the Criteria H and L concerns and that her security clearance should not be restored.

Richard Cronin - Hearing Officer