PSH-19-0033 - In the Matter of Personnel Security Hearing

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On September 27, 2019, an OHA Administrative Judge (AJ) issued a decision in which he determined that an Individual’s DOE access authorization should not be granted. The Individual had been diagnosed with Alcohol Use Disorder, Severe (AUD) and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) by a DOE Psychologist (the DOE Psychologist). At the hearing conducted by the AJ, the Individual testified that he has been undergoing counseling and taking medication in order to treat his PTSD, and submitted a letter from his treating Psychologist corroborating that the Individual is receiving treatment for his PTSD. The Individual further testified that he has abstained from alcohol use for four months, and plans to permanently abstain from using alcohol. However, the Individual also admitted that he has not yet received any treatment or attended any twelve-step program meetings in order to address his AUD. The Individual maintained that he no longer has AUD or an alcohol problem, since he no longer uses alcohol. After hearing the Individual’s testimony, the DOE Psychologist testified that the Individual’s prognosis for his AUD was “poor to fair,” noting that he had not taken any steps other than abstaining from alcohol use to address this disorder, and that his prognosis for his PTSD was “fair to good,” noting however, that the Individual’s PTSD is not yet in remission. After considering the testimony of the Individual, the DOE Psychologist, and the Individual’s supervisor, the AJ determined that the Individual’s prognosis for both disorders was not sufficiently favorable to resolve the security concerns raised by them. For these reasons, the AJ found that the Individual has not satisfied any of the mitigating conditions under Guidelines G and I. Accordingly, the AJ found that the Individual's access authorization should not be granted. OHA Case No. PSH-19-0033 (Steven L. Fine).