PSH-18-0069 - In the Matter of Personnel Security Hearing

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On November 29, 2018, an Administrative Judge issued a decision in which she determined that an individual’s DOE access authorization should be restored. To support invoking Guideline G, the Local Security Office cited the Individual’s arrest for Driving While Intoxicated (DWI), a DOE Psychologist’s report diagnosing the Individual with an Alcohol Abuse Disorder, Moderate, in early remission under the DSM-5, and the Individual admitting during his PSI that his wife expressed concerns over his alcohol consumption. After the hearing, in which both the DOE Psychologist and the Individual’s Psychologist gave the Individual a positive prognosis after ten months of sobriety and treatment, the Administrative Judge found that the Individual had mitigated the security concerns. The Administrative Judge specifically found that the Individual acknowledged that he had a problem with alcohol and understood that his continued consumption of alcohol could result in dangerous consequences. The Individual stopped drinking the day he was arrested for DWI and is committed to lifelong abstinence. The Individual completed an intensive outpatient program, and continues to attend Alcoholics Anonymous and individualized counseling. The Individual presented evidence of five EtG tests and four PEth tests demonstrating that he has not consumed alcohol during this 10-month period. Based on the foregoing, the Administrative Judge found that the Individual mitigated the Guideline G security concerns, and accordingly, determined that the Individual’s access authorization should be restored. OHA Case No. PSH-18-0069 (Brooke A. DuBois).