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August 19, 2016
PSH-16-0014 - In the Matter of Personnel Security Hearing

On August 19, 2016, an Administrative Judge issued a decision in which he determined that an individual's access authorization should not be restored.  According to the Notification Letter, the individual’s financial irresponsibility had led to a Chapter 13 bankruptcy that he filed in late 2014.  Primary causes of the individual’s financial overextension included providing $80,000 in support to a friend of his step-son between 2001 and 2006 and roughly $500,000 to a family unrelated to him between 2003 and 2016.  In addition, the individual was the victim of two sequential online loan appl

August 19, 2016
PSH-16-0040 - In the Matter of Personnel Security Hearing

On August 19, 2016, an Administrative Judge issued a decision in which he determined that an individual’s access authorization should not be restored.

August 9, 2016
PSH-16-0032 - In the Matter of Personnel Security Hearing

On August 9, 2016, an Administrative Judge issued a decision in which she determined that an individual's access authorization should not be restored.  In October 2015, 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 falsifications and alcohol use.  In addition to the PSI, the LSO requested the individual’s medical records and recommended a psychological evaluation of the individual by a DOE psychologist.  According to the DOE psychologist, the individual suffers from Alcoh

August 4, 2016
PSH-16-0038 - In the Matter of Personnel Security Hearing

On August 4, 2016, an OHA Administrative Judge issued a decision in which he determined that an individual’s request for a DOE access authorization should be denied.  The local security office (LSO) referred the individual request to administrative review citing derogatory information under Criteria F and L.  More specifically, the LSO found that the individual had failed to disclose significant information on a security questionnaire regarding her indebtedness, and had displayed a pattern of financial irresponsibility as well as dishonesty, untrustworthiness and misconduct relating to her

August 4, 2016
PSH-16-0034 - In the Matter of Personnel Security Hearing

On August 4, 2016, an Administrative Judge issued a decision in which he found that individual’s access authorization should not be restored. In reaching this determination, the Administrative Judge found that the individual had not resolved security concerns under Criterion L, regarding the failure to timely file tax returns for tax years 2010 and 2011.  The individual acknowledged filing the returns in July or August of 2015, although she alternately stated that she: filed both timely; filed 2010 timely, but wasn’t sure about 2011; and filed both untimely.

August 4, 2016
PSH-16-0024 - In the Matter of Personnel Security Hearing

On August 4, 2016, an OHA Administrative Judge issued a decision in which he determined that an individual’s DOE access authorization should not be restored.  The LSO had alleged that individual’s history of three alcohol-related arrests (the record showed that the individual actually had a history of five alcohol related arrests), and failure to report one of these arrests to DOE Security, raised concerns about the individual’s eligibility to maintain a security clearance.  At the hearing, the individual showed that he had stopped drinking for six and an half months, had sporadically atte

July 28, 2016
PSH-16-0039 - In the Matter of Personnel Security Hearing

On July 28, 2016, an Administrative Judge issued a decision in which he determined that an individual should be granted an access authorization.  According to the Notification Letter, the individual had used marijuana at age 13, was charged with Minor in Possession (MIP) of alcohol at age 15, and has engaged in underage drinking.  When completing her QNSP at age 20, she certified that she had not used drugs illegally in the past seven years, and had not been arrested or received a summons, citation, or ticket to appear in court in the past seven years.  The Local Security Office determined

July 21, 2016
PSH-16-0025 - In the Matter of Personnel Security Hearing

On July 21, 2016, an OHA Administrative Judge issued a decision in which she determined that an individual’s access authorization should not be restored.  In reaching this determination, she found that the individual had not resolved the security concerns arising from her financial irresponsibility.  During a personnel security interview in December 2015 and a credit report review, the Local Security Office (LSO) learned that the individual had a number of collection accounts totaling $2,830 as well as charge-off accounts totaling $676.  The LSO also learned that the individual had an esta

July 20, 2016
PSH-16-0033 - In the Matter of Personnel Security Hearing

On July 20, 2016, an Administrative Judge issued a decision in which he determined that an individual’s access authorization should be restored. The individual was arrested for Driving While Intoxicated in August 2015. Because this information raised security concerns under criteria (j) and (l), the individual’s security clearance was suspended, and he requested a hearing. At the hearing, the individual demonstrated that he was receiving treatment for his alcohol use disorder, was attending Alcoholics Anonymous regularly, and had abstained from alcohol use for ten months.

July 13, 2016
PSH-16-0026 - In the Matter of Personnel Security Hearing

On July 13, 2016, an OHA Administrative Judge issued a decision in which he concluded that an individual should not be granted access authorization.