PSH-18-0054 - In the Matter of Personnel Security Hearing

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On October 2, 2018, an Administrative Judge issued a decision in which he determined that an Individual should be granted access authorization. In a Notification Letter issued to the Individual on June 13, 2018, the DOE alleged the existence of derogatory information under Adjudicative Guidelines G and J regarding his use of alcohol and two DWI charges. After conducting a hearing, the Administrative Judge determined, among other things, that the Individual had been abstinent from alcohol for close to a year; had successfully completed an early recovery substance abuse program, had been actively participating in an aftercare treatment program, and had been attending a separate monthly group therapy program; and had been complying with the terms of his probation. The Administrative Judge relied upon those findings and the conclusion of the Psychologist to conclude that the Individual had mitigated the concerns related to his use of alcohol. The Administrative Judge also determined that since the Individual’s criminal conduct was the result of his use of alcohol, and his use of alcohol was reformed, the Individual was not likely to reengage in future criminal conduct. Accordingly, the Administrative Judge found that the Individual should be granted access authorization. OHA Case No. PSH-18-0054 (James P. Thompson III).