PSH-18-0061 - In the Matter of Personnel Security Hearing

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On October 5, 2018, an OHA Administrative Judge issued a decision in which he determined that an individual's DOE access authorization should not be restored. During a personnel security interview, the individual admitted that she believed that demonic voices had spoken to her on a regular basis and that she had sought psychological treatment in connection with the symptoms. A psychological evaluation conducted by a DOE-contractor psychologist found that the individual suffered from Delusional Disorder and that this disorder could affect the individual's judgment, reliability and trustworthiness. At the hearing, the individual did not dispute the facts presented in the DOE-contractor's psychologist evaluation but asserted that her experiences were consistent with her religious faith and thus she should not be diagnosed as suffering from Delusional Disorder. In addition to her own testimony, in which she asserted that she had last heard these demonic voices in 2011 or 2012 and that she now received godly messages of peace and serenity, she presented testimony from two co-workers. The co-workers testified that the individual was an excellent employee and had not recently experienced the hearing of voices while at the workplace. The DOE-contractor psychologist, after listening to all of the testimony, opined that his opinion was unchanged as to the individual's diagnosis of Delusional Disorder and that his prognosis regarding her condition was guarded since the individual declined to receive psychiatric treatment for her condition. After carefully considering the totality of the record, the Administrative Judge found that the individual had not resolved the concerns raised under Guideline I regarding the diagnosis of Delusional Disorder and that he could find no mitigating factors that would lessen the security concerns raised by this diagnosis. Consequently, based on all of the above, the Administrative Judge found that the individual's access authorization should not be restored. OHA Case No. PSH-18-0061 (Richard A. Cronin).