PSH-19-0044 - In the Matter of Personnel Security Hearing

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On October 31, 2019, an Administrative Judge determined that an Individual should not be granted access authorization under 10 C.F.R. Part 710. During his background investigation, information was revealed that the Individual admitted to drinking four-and-a-half ounces of vodka nightly since October 2017, admitted to drinking to intoxication two to three times per month since 2013; admitted that in 2007 he violated his probation on multiple occasions by drinking alcohol; and admitted to being written up for violating a school policy prohibiting underage drinking in 2006. Additionally, a DOE-consultant psychiatrist concluded that the Individual habitually consumed alcohol to the point of impaired judgment, without adequate evidence of rehabilitation or reformation. At the hearing, the Individual produced evidence that he had stopped consuming alcohol approximately 40 days prior to the hearing and had begun to recently begun seeing a therapist and participating in a support group for addiction recovery. The DOE Psychiatrist testified at the hearing that despite the Individual’s efforts at recovery, he had not shown sufficient evidence of recovery. Given the evidence in the record, the Administrative Judge found that the Individual had not demonstrated sufficient evidence of treatment such that the Guideline G concerns had been resolved. Consequently, the Administrative Judge found that the Individual should not be granted a security clearance. OHA Case No. PSH-19-0044 (Richard A. Cronin, Jr.).