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PSH-13-0010 - In the Matter of Personnel Security Hearing

On May 2, 2013, a Hearing Officer issued a Decision in which he determined that an individual’s access authorization should be restored. In reaching this determination, the Hearing Officer found that the individual had resolved security concerns under Criterion H associated with diagnoses by a DOE-Contractor Psychologist of Opioid-Related Disorder (Oxycodone), Not Otherwise Specified (ORD) and Anxiolytic-Related Disorder (Xanax), Not Otherwise Specified (ARD). The diagnoses arose from the individual’s tolerance and dependency to these medications even though he appropriately used the medications as prescribed by a pain-management physician. At the hearing, the individual submitted substantial evidence regarding his successful completion of an intensive outpatient program for his ORD and ARD. Additionally, the individual submitted testimony from his father and his Narcotics Anonymous Sponsor as to his efforts to discontinue his pain medication and to use other non-medicinal techniques to treat his chronic pain. After hearing the testimony, the DOE-Contractor Psychologist opined that the individual had demonstrated sufficient evidence of rehabilitation from ORD and ARD. Based upon the evidence described above, the Hearing Officer found that the individual’s security clearance should be restored.

Richard Cronin -Hearing Officer