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PSH-12-0124 - In the Matter of Personnel Security Hearing

On January 14, 2013, 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 Criterion G and L associated with the Individual’s violation of security rules with regard to writing coded versions of the combination to a secured safe in his day planner and a piece of paper. At the hearing, the Individual presented the testimony of his supervisor and a co-worker  attesting to the Individual’s attention to security details and good work performance. The Individual testified that he wrote the combinations down because he had a difficult time memorizing the combinations. After weighing the evidence, The Hearing Officer found that the Individual had not presented sufficient mitigating factors to resolve the Criterion G and L concerns especially since the Individual had demonstrated a pattern of laxity regarding security rules. Further, given the Individual’s relatively recent security incident in 2011, he could not conclude that the Individual current improved attitude towards security rules would be long lasting. Consequently, the Hearing Office found that the Individual’s security clearance should not be restored.

Richard Cronin - Hearing Officer