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PSH-13-0129 - In the Matter of Personnel Security

On March 20, 2014, an OHA Administrative Judge issued a decision in which she concluded that an individual’s security clearance should be restored.  In August 2013, as part of a background investigation, the local security office (LSO) conducted a Personnel Security Interview (PSI) of the individual to address concerns about his alcohol use.  During that PSI, the individual was referred to a DOE consultant psychologist (DOE psychologist) for an agency-sponsored evaluation who concluded that the individual suffers from Alcohol-Related Disorder Not Otherwise Specified (NOS).  The individual’s behavior raised security concerns under Criteria H and J.  After conducting a hearing and evaluating the documentary and testimonial evidence, the Administrative Judge found that the individual has demonstrated adequate evidence of rehabilitation from Alcohol-Related Disorder NOS, and thus has  sufficiently mitigated the DOE’s security concerns under Criteria H and J.  Accordingly, the Administrative Judge concluded that the individual’s security clearance should be restored.

Kimberly Chapman - Administrative Judge