PSH-18-0083 - In the Matter of Personnel Security Hearing

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On March 15, 2019, an Administrative Judge issued a decision in which he determined that an Individual’s access authorization should not be restored. In a Notification Letter issued to the Individual, the DOE alleged the existence of derogatory information under Adjudicative Guidelines E and G. For example, the DOE alleged that the Individual had been charged with Driving while Intoxicated, was diagnosed by a DOE Psychiatrist as having Alcohol Use Disorder-Moderate, and had mischaracterized his alcohol consumption during the psychiatric evaluation. After conducting a hearing, the Administrative Judge determined that (1) the Individual failed to demonstrate a clear or established pattern of abstinence given that he was only a month into recovery and had previously relapsed, and (2) the Individual’s lack of candor was inextricably tied to his alcohol consumption such that his honesty and trustworthiness will be in question until he reforms or rehabilitates his relationship with alcohol. The Administrative Judge therefore concluded that the Individual had not mitigated the security concerns and accordingly concluded that the Individual’s access authorization should not be restored. OHA Case No. PSH-18-0083 (James P. Thompson III).