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May 25, 2016
PSH-16-0010 - In the Matter of Personnel Security Hearing

On May 25, 2016, an OHA Administrative Judge issued a decision in which he determined that an individual’s DOE access authorization should be restored.  The local security office had alleged that the individual’s history of three alcohol-related arrests, and an opinion by a DOE psychiatrist that he suffered from Alcohol Abuse/Alcohol Use Disorder, raised concerns about the individual’s eligibility to maintain a security clearance.  At the hearing, the individual showed that he had been abstinent from alcohol for over a year, and had become active in Alcoholics Anonymous.  On the basis of t

May 19, 2016
PSH-16-0008 - In the Matter of Personnel Security Hearing

On May 19, 2016, an Administrative Judge issued a decision in which she determined that an individual's access authorization should not be restored.  In August 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 alcohol-related arrests 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 consultant psychologist (DOE psychologist).  According to the DOE psychologis

May 19, 2016
PSH-16-0002 - In the Matter of Personnel Security Hearing

On May 19, 2016, an OHA Administrative Judge issued a decision in which he concluded that an individual’s security clearance should be restored.  The individual, who works in a secured area in a vault-type room (VTR), received notice in April 2015 that she had been randomly selected for her first-ever security related polygraph.

May 10, 2016
PSH-15-0081 - In the Matter of Personnel Security Hearing

On May 10, 2016, an OHA Administrative Judge issued a decision in which he concluded that an individual’s security clearance should be restored. The LSO began an investigation of the individual after being contacted by a woman who stated that her daughter was in a relationship with the individual and that the woman had concerns about the individual’s judgment and reliability. The LSO largely relied upon information from meetings with the parents, 65 emails/texts from the daughter to her mother, and two secretly recorded conversations between the individual and the daughter.

May 2, 2016
PSH-16-0001 - In the Matter of Personnel Security Hearing

On May 2, 2016, an Administrative Judge issued a decision in which he determined that an individual's access authorization should be restored.  According to the Notification Letter, the individual had been arrested in 2013 for an assault of a family member and in 2014 for Driving Under the Influence (DUI).  Required to abstain from alcohol for one year by his probation following his 2013 arrest, he violated that requirement two weeks before the end of his probationary period, resulting in the 2014 DUI arrest.  Although a DOE consultant psychologist determined that the individual did not ha

April 20, 2016
PSH-16-0006 - In the Matter of Personnel Security Hearing

On April 20, 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, the Administrative Judge found that the individual had not resolved the security concerns arising from her financial delinquencies.  The Local Security Office determined that in September 15, 2015, the individual had 11 delinquent debts totaling $20,764 on her credit report.  At the hearing, the individual did not dispute the debts.  She identified the largest debts as student loans, for which her wages a

April 19, 2016
PSH-15-0101 - In the Matter of Personnel Security Hearing

On April 19, 2016, an OHA Administrative Judge issued a decision in which he concluded that an individual’s security clearance should not be restored. The local security office (LSO) had conducted personnel security interviews with the individual in both 1991 and 1999 to address financial matters. In 2014, the individual disclosed on a QNSP both collection debt and delinquent debt; he stated he had received offers to settle the collection debt and had made arrangements to settle those accounts with money he had saved.

April 14, 2016
PSH-16-0004 - In the Matter of Personnel Security Hearing

On April 14, 2016, 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 (PSI) of the individual to address concerns under Criterion L regarding his delinquent debts and deliberate misrepresentations on his QNSP.  After conducting a hearing and evaluating the evidence, the Administrative Judge concluded that the individual did not sufficiently mitigate the DOE’s concerns as to his delinquent debts and as to his honesty and trustworthiness

April 7, 2016
PSH-15-0102 - In the Matter of Personnel Security Hearing

On April 7, 2016, an Administrative Judge issued a decision in which he determined that an individual should not be granted access authorization. During a background investigation, the Local Security Office (LSO) obtained information about the individual’s finances that raised security concerns. Specifically, the LSO learned that the individual owed over $15,000 in unpaid federal taxes and over $20,000 in delinquent debt. At the hearing, the individual claimed that his difficulties were due primarily to periods of unemployment and under-employment.

March 30, 2016
PSH-15-0098 - In the Matter of Personnel Security Hearing

On March 30, 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 and an opinion by a DOE psychiatrist that he suffered from alcohol abuse, a condition with caused or may cause a significant defect in the individual’s judgement and reliability, raised security concerns.  At the hearing, the individual showed that he had stopped drinking for nine months, and obtained mental health treatment for his alcohol abuse disorder.