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PSH-13-0121 - In the Matter of Personnel Security

On March 4, 2014, an Administrative Judge determined that an individual should not be granted a security clearance.  In reaching this determination, the Administrative Judge found that the individual had not successfully addressed the DOE’s security concerns under Criteria H, J, and L. Specifically, the Administrative Judge concluded that the individual had not mitigated the DOE’s concerns regarding his use of alcohol, which currently exceeded established standards and had in the past resulted in three DUIs and other alcohol-related arrests.  These facts led a DOE-consultant psychologist to diagnose him as suffering from Alcohol Abuse, to a degree that causes a significant defect in judgment or reliability.  He also concluded that the individual’s cavalier approach to complying with laws did not mitigate the DOE’s concerns regarding his criminal conduct.

William Schwartz - Administrative Judge