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October 11, 2013
PSH-13-0069 - In the Matter of Personnel Security Hearing

On October 11, 2013, an OHA Hearing Officer issued a decision in which she concluded that an individual’s security clearance should be restored.

October 10, 2013
PSH-13-0097 - In the matter of Personnel Security Hearing

The individual is an employee of a DOE contractor and holds a suspended access authorization.  A Local Security Office (LSO) summoned the individual for a Personnel Security Interview (PSI), with a personnel security specialist on June 4, 2013, in order to address issues raised by an information report that he had failed to meet his income tax obligations and had his wages garnished by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) as a result.  Exhibits 5, 8.

October 10, 2013
PSH-13-0091 - In the Matter of Personnel Security Hearing

On October 10, 2013, an OHA Hearing Officer issued a Decision in which she determined that an Individual’s access authorization should be granted.  In reaching this determination, the Hearing Officer found that the Individual had resolved the security concerns raised by the Local Security Office (LSO) under Criterion F arising from his falsification on a 2007 and 2013 Questionnaire for National Security Positions (QNSP).  In 2007, the Individual completed the form without advice or counsel.  He responded negatively to the question regarding his illegal drug use.  In 2011, after working at

October 10, 2013
PSH-13-0071 - In the Matter of Personnel Security Hearing

On October 10, 2013, an OHA Hearing Officer issued a decision in which she concluded that an individual’s security clearance should be restored.  In 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 his alcohol use and alcohol-related incidents.

October 10, 2013
PSH-13-0070 - In the Matter of Personnel Security Hearing

On October 10, 2013, an OHA Hearing Officer issued a decision in which he concluded that an individual’s security clearance should not be restored.  Following the individual’s employer receiving garnishment notices from both federal and state tax authorities in January 2013, the Local Security Office conducted its fifth personnel security interview with the individual, all of which focused on his personal finances.

September 30, 2013
PSH-13-0085 - In the Matter of Personnel Security Hearing

On September 30, 2013, an OHA Hearing Officer issued a Decision in which she determined that an Individual’s access authorization should be restored.  In reaching this determination, the Hearing Officer found that the Individual had resolved the security concerns raised by the Local Security Office (LSO) under Criterion F arising from his falsification on a 2009 QNSP.  In 2007, the Individual was 19 and still in college when he completed the form without advice or counsel.  He responded negatively to the question regarding his illegal drug use.  In 2011, approximately 19 months after leavi

September 30, 2013
PSH-13-0023 - In the Matter of Personnel Security

On September 30, 2013, a Hearing Officer determined that an individual’s security clearance should not be restored. In reaching this determination, the Hearing Officer found that, while the individual had successfully addressed the DOE’s security concerns under criterion (h), he had not sufficiently mitigated the agency’s concerns under criterion (l). Specifically, the Hearing Officer concluded that the individual had engaged in a pattern of making false, incomplete or misleading representations to the DOE.

Robert Palmer - Hearing Officer

September 27, 2013
PSH-13-0073 - In the Matter of Personnel Security

On September 27, 2013, an OHA Hearing Officer issued a decision in which he concluded the DOE should not restore an individual’s access authorization.   A Local Security Office (LSO) cited concerns raised by the individual’s use of alcohol habitually to excess and a diagnosis by a DOE consultant psychologist (DOE psychologist) that the individual met criteria found in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders IV-TR (DSM-IV-TR) for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).  After conducting a hearing and evaluating the documentary and testimonial evidence, the Hearing Officer fo

September 19, 2013
PSH-13-0074 - In the Matter of Personnel Security Hearing

Personnel Security Hearing (PSH-13-0074).  On September 19, 2013, an OHA Hearing Officer issued a decision in which he determined that the DOE should restore an individual’s access authorization.  As a security concern under 10 C.F.R.

September 18, 2013
PSH-13-0065 - In the Matter of Personnel Security Hearing

On September 12, 2013, an OHA Hearing Officer issued a decision in which he concluded the DOE should not restore an individual’s access authorization.   A Local Security Office (LSO) raised certain concerns regarding the individual’s use of alcohol, citing a diagnosis by a DOE consultant psychologist (DOE psychologist) that the individual had suffered from Alcohol Dependence, which since had attenuated to Alcohol Abuse; the recommendation of the individual’s primary care physician that the individual stop consuming alcohol and the physician’s diagnoses of alcoholism, alcoholic hepatitis, l