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August 22, 2013
PSH-13-0060 - In the Matter of Personnel Security

On August 22, an OHA Hearing Officer issued a decision in which she concluded that an individual’s security clearance should be restored.  In January and March 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 the individual’s pattern of criminal conduct.  The individual’s behavior raised security concerns under Criterion L.  After conducting a hearing and evaluating the documentary and testimonial evidence, the Hearing Officer found that the individual had presented adequa

August 22, 2013
PSH-13-0061 - In the Matter of Personnel Security

On August 22, 2013, an OHA Hearing Officer issued a Decision in which she concluded that the DOE should not restore an individual’s suspended DOE access authorization.  A DOE Operations Office referred the individual administrative review under 10 C.F.R.

August 16, 2013
PSH-13-0058 - In the Matter of Personnel Security

On August 16, 2013, an OHA Hearing Officer issued a Decision in which she concluded that an individual should not be granted DOE access authorization.  A DOE Operations Office referred an applicant for a security clearance to administrative review under 10 C.F.R.

August 16, 2013
PSH-13-0062 - In the Matter of Personnel Security Hearing

On August 16, 2013, an OHA Hearing Officer issued a Decision in which she concluded that the DOE should not restore an individual’s suspended DOE access authorization.  A DOE Operations Office referred  the individual, an applicant for DOE access authorization, to administrative review under 10 C.F.R.

August 13, 2013
PSH-13-0056 - In the Matter of Personnel Security

On August 13, 2013, a Hearing Officer issued a Decision in which he determined that an individual’s access authorization should not be restored. In reaching this determination, the Hearing Officer found that the individual had not resolved security concerns regarding his mood disorder under Criterion H or Criterion L concerns arising from his recent actions in viewing and storing sexually explicit pictures on his government-issued computer. The Individual presented testimony from mental health experts regarding the status of his recent treatment for his mood disorder.

August 13, 2013
PSH-13-0026 - In the Matter of Personnel Security

On August 13, 2013, an OHA Hearing Officer issued a Decision in which she concluded that an individual’s suspended DOE access authorization should not be restored.  A DOE Operations Office suspended the individual’s security clearance and referred him to administrative review under 10 C.F.R.

August 9, 2013
PSH-13-0050 - In the Matter of Personnel Security Hearing

On August 9, 2013, an OHA Hearing Officer issued a decision in which he determined that the DOE should restore an individual’s access authorization.  As security concerns under Criterion F of 10 CFR Part 710, a Local Security Office (LSO) cited the individual’s inconsistent statements regarding his use of marijuana over 30 years ago.  After considering all the evidence, the Hearing Officer found that the inconsistent statements did not concern deliberate misrepresentations of significant information.

William Schwartz - Hearing Officer

July 31, 2013
PSH-13-0033 - In the Matter of Personnel Security

On July 31, 2013, an OHA Hearing Officer issued a decision in which he concluded that a security clearance should not be granted to an individual.  The individual disclosed during his background investigation that in 2005-06 he had been charged for battery as a result of a dispute with a neighbor, domestic violence as a result of an altercation with his then-wife, and driving under the influence of alcohol. Beginning in 2007, the individual had separately attended court-mandated domestic violence counseling and alcohol treatment programs.

July 26, 2013
PSH-13-0044 - In the Matter of Personnel Security Hearing

On July 26 2013, an OHA Hearing Officer issued a decision in which she concluded that an individual’s security clearance should not be restored.  In November and December 2012, as part of a background investigation, the local security Office (LSO) conducted a Personnel Security Interview (PSI) of the individual to address concerns about the individual’s pattern of criminal conduct.  The individual’s behavior raised security concerns under Criterion L.  After conducting a hearing and evaluating the documentary and testimonial evidence, the Hearing Officer found that the individual had not p

July 25, 2013
PSH-13-0040 - In the Matter of Personnel Security

On July 25, 2013, an OHA Hearing Officer issued a decision in which she concluded that an individual’s security clearance should be restored.  In January 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 the individual’ falsifications and drug use.  The individual’s behavior raised security concerns under Criteria F, K and L.  After conducting a hearing and evaluating the documentary and testimonial evidence, the Hearing Officer found that the individual had presented suffi