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PSH-13-0003 - In the Matter of Personnel Security Hearing

On May 1, 2013, an OHA Hearing Officer issued a decision in which he determined that the DOE should restore an individual’s access authorization. As security concerns under Criteria J and L of 10 CFR Part 710, a Local Security Office (LSO) cited a DOE Psychiatrist’s diagnosis of Alcohol Dependence, a history of heavy alcohol drinking, and three alcohol-related arrests and one arrest for possession of cocaine. The Hearing Officer found that the individual had resolved the concerns related to his alcohol use as a result of his voluntary treatment following a 2012 relapse after nine years of sobriety. Mental health professionals’ opinions at the hearing, as well as evidence of internal motivation and a solid support system, supported this finding. The Hearing Officer further found that the individual had resolved the concerns raised by arrests, as they relate to alcohol issues that have now been sufficiently addressed.

William Schwartz - Hearing Officer