PSH-19-0034 - In the Matter of Personnel Security Hearing

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On September 17, 2019, an Administrative Judge determined that an Individual's access authorization under 10 C.F.R. Part   710 should not be granted. The Individual is employed by a DOE contractor in a position that requires him to hold a DOE security clearance. In June 2017, the Individual completed a Questionnaire for National Security Positions (QNSP). In the course of an investigation into the Individual, the Local Security Office (LSO) learned derogatory information about the Individual's alcohol use. As a result, a DOE consulting psychologist (the Psychologist) evaluated the Individual in February 2019. The Psychologist concluded that the Individual's alcohol use constituted habitual binge consumption. During the hearing, the Individual testified that he had been abstinent from alcohol for approximately three months and had been attending AA for approximately two months; however, he had yet to retain a sponsor or begin fully working through the 12 Steps. Although he had recently enrolled in an Intensive Outpatient Treatment Program, he had not yet begun individual counseling. After reviewing the evidence and observing all of the testimony at the hearing, the Psychologist determined that the Individual had not yet shown sufficient evidence of rehabilitation. The Administrative Judge determined that the Individual had not resolved the security concerns associated with Guideline G. Accordingly, she concluded that the Individual's access authorization should not be granted. OHA Case No. PSH-19-0034 (Katie Quintana).