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January 5, 2016
PSH-15-0088 - In the Matter of Personnel Security Hearing

On January 5, 2016, an OHA Administrative Judge issued a decision in which she concluded that an individual should be granted an access authorization.  After the individual’s background check revealed derogatory information pertaining to her alcohol use, a Local Security Office (LSO) summoned the individual for a Personnel Security Interview (PSI) with a personnel security specialist in April 2015.

December 22, 2015
PSH-15-0067 - In the Matter of Personnel Security Hearing

On December 22, 2015, an Administrative Judge issued a decision in which she determined that an individual's access authorization should not be restored.  During a personnel security interview in April 2014 and a credit report review, the Local Security Office (LSO) learned that the individual had a number of charge-off accounts totaling $14,941, as well as an outstanding collection account and a past due account.  The LSO also learned that the individual had an established pattern of an unwillingness or inability to satisfy debts.  During the hearing, the individual acknowledged that he i

December 22, 2015
PSH-15-0073 - In the Matter of Personnel Security Hearing

On December 22, 2015, 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, the Administrative Judge found that the individual had not resolved the security concerns arising from his accessing inappropriate images on his government computer.  During the investigation and at the hearing, the individual stated that he was searching for 14-year-old inappropriate pictures of his wife that a friend had told him were on the internet at least 2 years prior to his attempting to find t

December 18, 2015
PSH-15-0069 - In the Matter of Personnel Security Hearing

On December 18, 2015, an Administrative Judge issued a decision in which she determined that an individual's access authorization should not be restored.  During a personnel security interview in August 2014 and a credit report review, the Local Security Office (LSO) learned that the individual possessed four tax liens, collection and charge-off accounts, a mortgage arrearage, tax liability and delinquent debt totaling $39,268.   In addition to the financial issues, the LSO alleged that the individual was disciplined on four separate occasions, two times in 2009, once in 2013 and once in 2

December 9, 2015
PSH-15-0075 - In the Matter of Personnel Security Hearing

On December 9, 2015, an OHA Administrative Judge issued a decision in which he determined that an individual’s DOE access authorization should not be restored.  The local security office (LSO) found that the individual had submitted a Questionnaire for National Security Positions (QNSP), signed and dated on October 2, 2014, in which he stated that he did not have any outstanding financial delinquencies, when in fact he: (1) was behind in tax payments to the federal and state governments, (2) had two outstanding tax liens against him, (3) was subject to a wage garnishment, and (4) was over

December 1, 2015
PSH-15-0066 - In the Matter of Personnel Security Hearing

On December 1, 2015, an Administrative Judge issued a decision in which she determined that an individual's access authorization should be restored.  The individual was arrested and charged in November 2014 for Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) and Reckless Driving, charges that were later dismissed because a jury found no evidence that the individual was in the driver’s seat at the time of the accident.

November 25, 2015
PSH-15-0072 - In the Matter of Personnel Security Hearing

On November 25, 2015, an Administrative Judge issued a decision in which he determined that an individual's request for access authorization should not be granted. In the Notification Letter, the DOE alleged that the individual suffered from alcohol abuse and consumed alcohol habitually to excess. In support of these allegations, the DOE cited the individual’s five alcohol-related arrests, the diagnosis of Alcohol Abuse by a DOE psychiatrist, and the individual’s current pattern of alcohol consumption, which included drinking to intoxication one to two times per month.

November 17, 2015
PSH-15-0062 - In the Matter of Personnel Security Hearing

On November 17, 2015, an Administrative Judge issued a decision in which he determined that an individual's access authorization should be granted.  According to the Notification Letter, the individual had failed to file federal income tax returns for the years 2010 through 2013.   The individual’s reason for engaging in this behavior was that he knew that his wife of 19 years feared little other than taxes, that she was refusing to agree to a divorce, and that his hope was that his refusal to file their taxes would drive her to agree to the divorce.  He was not aware, until his Personnel

November 13, 2015
PSH-15-0065 - In the Matter of Personnel Security Hearing

On November 13, 2015, an OHA Administrative Judge issued a decision in which he determined that an individual’s DOE access authorization should be restored.  The individual was diagnosed by a DOE psychologist with “personality traits that are mental conditions which cause, or may cause, a significant defect in her judgment or reliability,” and had a history of criminal activity.  The Administrative Judge found that the individual had voluntarily entered a counseling or treatment program for a condition that is amenable to treatment, and is currently receiving counseling or treatment with a

October 27, 2015
PSH-15-0048 - In the Matter of Personnel Security Hearing

On October 27, 2015, an OHA Administrative Judge issued a decision in which he concluded that an individual’s security clearance should not be restored.  The individual was arrested for driving while intoxicated after she had combined alcohol consumption with prescription medication (including two muscle relaxers).