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PSH-13-0041 - In the Matter of Personnel Security Hearing

On June 26, 2013, an OHA Hearing Officer issued a decision in which he determined that an individual’s DOE access authorization should not be restored.  The individual had a history of three arrests, one of which was alcohol-related.  The individual also had two incidents at work involving alcohol.  The individual also had a longstanding history of minor financial irresponsibility.  A DOE Psychiatrist diagnosed the individual with Alcohol-Abuse/Alcohol Dependence and Cognitive Disorder Not Otherwise Specified (CDNOS).  The Hearing Officer found that the DOE Psychiatrist could not explain or defend either of his alcohol diagnosis’s and that the DOE Psychiatrist was unwilling to conclude that the Individual’s CDNOS significantly affected his judgment or reliability without a further neurological evaluation.  Accordingly, the hearing officer found that the Individual has mitigated the security concerns arising from the DOE Psychiatrist’s findings.  However, the Hearing Officer further concluded that the concerns raised by Individual’s conduct at work, minor criminal history and minor financial irresponsibility, when viewed together with the Individual’s pattern of failing to provide accurate information to DOE security officials had not been sufficiently resolved.

Steven Fine- Hearing Officer