PSH-19-0025 - In the Matter of Personnel Security Hearing

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On April 26, 2019, an OHA Administrative Judge (AJ) issued a decision in which he determined that an Individual’s DOE access authorization should be restored. A DOE-consultant psychiatrist ("DOE Psychiatrist") had diagnosed the Individual with Alcohol Use Disorder, Moderate (AUD). At the hearing conducted by the AJ, the Individual presented evidence showing that he has taken actions to address the Local Security Office’s concerns about his AUD; including completing an Intensive Outpatient Program, obtaining individual counseling, becoming active in Alcoholics Anonymous, abstaining from alcohol use for 16 months, and committing to abstaining from future alcohol use. After the DOE Psychiatrist found that the Individual had fully complied with his treatment recommendations, and had documented his abstinence from further alcohol use through extensive laboratory testing, he concluded that the Individual’s AUD was in full sustained remission and that the Individual’s prognosis was “excellent.” The AJ therefore found that the Individual had fully mitigated the security concerns raised under Guideline G. Accordingly, the AJ found that the Individual's access authorization should be restored. OHA Case No. PSH-19-0025 (Steven L. Fine).