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PSH-13-0136 - In the Matter of Personnel Security Hearing

On April 16, 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 her 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 Abuse.  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 Abuse, 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 Jenkins-Chapman - Administrative Judge