PSH-19-0053 - In the Matter of Personnel Security Hearing

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On December 5, 2019, an Administrative Judge determined that an individual's access authorization under 10 C.F.R. Part 710 should be restored. The Individual is employed by a DOE contractor in a position that requires him to hold a DOE security clearance. During a background investigation, the Individual volunteered that he had used one of his wife's prescribed pain tablets in a single instance of pain management. During the hearing, the Individual testified that he used the medication for its intended medical use only. Further, he acknowledged that taking his wife’s prescription medication was a mistake and a lapse in judgment due to the pain he was suffering. He indicated that he very much regretted the decision, and he would not make the mistake again. He noted that he had no intention of hiding this mistake from DOE and voluntarily revealed the information during the course of a routine security clearance reinvestigation. The Administrative Judge determined that the Individual sufficiently mitigated the Guideline H security concerns and concluded that the Bond Amendment was not applicable in this situation. Accordingly, she concluded that the Individual's access authorization should be restored. OHA Case No. PSH-19-0053 (Katie Quintana).