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PSH-13-0018 - In the Matter of Personnel Security Hearing

On May 23, 2013, an OHA Hearing Officer issued a decision in which he determined that an individual’s DOE access authorization should not be granted.  The Individual had a history of six arrests, five of which were alcohol-related and two of which were marijuana-related.  In addition, A DOE Psychologist diagnosed the individual with Alcohol Dependence.  The Hearing Officer found that the Individual had not mitigated any the security concerns raised by his alcohol abuse and history of criminal conduct at the hearing, because he was only in the early stages of his recovery from his alcohol dependence, and his alcohol dependence was a contributing factor to much of his criminal conduct.  The Hearing Officer did find however, that the Individual had resolved the security concerns arising from his past marijuana use.

Steven Fine - Hearing Officer