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PSH-12-0123 - In the Matter of Personnel Security Hearing

On February 15, 2013, an OHA Hearing Officer issued a decision in which he determined that the DOE should not restore an individual’s access authorization.  As security concerns under 10 CFR Part 710, a Local Security Office cited the individual’s filing of a Chapter 7 bankruptcy petition in 2002, and the individual’s more recent financial difficulties, including a number of delinquent debts, the largest of which was a $132,489 mortgage balance, payments on which were over 150 days past due.  The Hearing Officer found that, while the individual had made some progress toward paying off his prior debts, significant debts remained unpaid, including his mortgage, and the individual had, in addition, incurred new debts in the past year.  Because of both the continued risk of the individual’s future financial instability, and the issues of judgment of reliability raised by his behavior related to finances, the Hearing Officer could not find that the individual had resolved the concerns in this case related to his handling of finances. OHA Case No. PSH-12-0123

Steven Goering - Hearing Officer