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PSH-13-0131 - In the Matter of Personnel Security Hearing

On March 20, 2014, an OHA Administrative Judge issued a decision in which she concluded that an individual’s access authorization should not be restored.  A Local Security Office (LSO) conducted a Personnel Security Interview of the individual to address concerns about his alcohol consumption which arose during the Office of Personnel Management’s re-investigation of the individual.  The LSO referred the individual to meet with a DOE psychologist, who diagnosed the individual with alcohol use disorder under DSM-5, which was concurrent with alcohol abuse disorder under DSM-IV-TR.  The DOE psychologist recommended that the individual remain abstinent for six months.  In its Notification Letter, the LSO cited the individual’s admission that he typically consumes two beers and one to three White Russians on most Friday and Saturday nights, that he has been intoxicated three times from 2010 to 2013, admission that he abuses alcohol on weekends, admission that he drove while intoxicated 20 to 30 times in his life, and that in 1974, he was arrested for contributing to the delinquency of a minor.  At the hearing, while the individual was only abstinent for three months, the DOE psychologist and the individual’s therapist testified that he provided adequate evidence of reformation or rehabilitation, despite her original recommendation that he remain abstinent for six months. However, the individual’s therapist still recommended that the individual remain abstinent for six months in order to sufficiently demonstrate his commitment to abstinence.  Hence, due to her doubts regarding whether the individual presented sufficient evidence of rehabilitation and reformation, the Administrative Judge found that the individual has not resolved the security concerns related to his alcohol consumption and related mental condition.

Shiwali Patel - Administrative Judge