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PSH-13-0098 - In the Matter of Personnel Security

On December 12, 2013, an OHA Hearing Officer issued a Decision in which she determined that an Individual’s access authorization should not be granted.  In reaching this determination, the Hearing Officer found that the Individual had not resolved the security concerns arising from her financial irregularities.  In February 2013, the Individual had 12 outstanding debts.  She was interviewed by the Local Security Office (LSO) in May 2013, regarding her debts.  She then satisfied six of those outstanding debts.  At the hearing, the Individual testified that she had six debts still outstanding.  She stated that she was attempting to “save” money before contacting the creditors regarding payment.  However, the budget she provided showed a monthly surplus of $1,300.  Because she has made no attempt to contact the six credits she still owes to set up a payment plan and because the Hearing Officer found that the Individual appeared unconcerned about her financial obligations, the Hearing Officer found that the Individual had not mitigated the concern raised by her outstanding debts.  Therefore, the Hearing Officer concluded that the Individual’s access authorization should not be granted. 

Janet Fishman - Hearing Officer