PSH-18-0041 - In the Matter of Personnel Security Hearing

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On July 12, 2018, an OHA Administrative Judge issued a decision in which she determined that an individual's DOE access authorization should not be granted. To support the Guideline E security concerns, the LSO relied upon falsifications regarding past drug use on a 2013 and 2017 Questionnaire for National Security Positions (QNSP) and statements the individual made during a Personnel Security Interview (PSI), which indicate that he was not forthcoming about his past drug use; knew it was illegal to omit the information from the QNSPs; and that he omitted the information because he feared it would hurt his career.  After carefully considering the totality of the record, the Administrative Judge found that the individual's clearance should not be granted. The individual did not make prompt efforts to correct his omission and only admitted his falsification after he was confronted with the lie. He maintained his lie for several years and the falsifications are relatively recent, having last occurred in 2017. Consequently, based on all of the above, the Administrative Judge found that the individual's access authorization should not be granted.  OHA Case No. PSH-18-0041 (Janet R. H. Fishman).