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2017 Industrial Security Clearance Decisions

   

These 2549 decisions pertain to the adjudication of security clearance cases for contractor personnel under DoD Directive 5220.6, which implements Executive Order 10865.

Other years: 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019

Financial

12/29/2017

Applicant failed to mitigate the security concerns arising under Guideline F, Financial Considerations. His history of indebtedness and failure to timely file and pay his Federal and state income tax obligations is still of concern. National security eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 17-00214.h1


Guideline F

12/29/2017

From our review of the record, Applicant was neither denied an opportunity to present evidence nor was she mislead about her opportunity to do so. Additionally, even if Applicant had presented the dispute letters, such evidence would not likely have had any affect on the outcome of this case because other debts that she did not dispute—a foreclosed mortgage, a loan on a repossessed vehicle with a balance of about $15,400, and a credit union debt placed for collection for about $4,661—were sufficient to support the unfavorable clearance decision. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 16-02941.a1


Guideline H; Guideline E

12/29/2017

In his appeal brief, Applicant stated he disagreed with the Judge's decision, but did not assert the Judge committed any specific error. His appeal brief contains new evidence in the form of narrative explanation that Appeal Board cannot consider. Directive ¶ E3.1.29. The Board does not review cases de novo. Our authority to review a case is limited to cases in which the appealing party has alleged the Judge committed harmful error. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 16-00812.a1


Alcohol, Personal Conduct

12/29/2017

Applicant had two DUI arrests in 2014, five months apart. The first DUI charge was dismissed; however, he was convicted of the second DUI arrest. He has completed all of his sentencing requirements and was evaluated by a drug and alcohol counselor and given a favorable prognosis. Applicant has demonstrated that these arrests were an aberration and has made lifestyle changes consistent with responsible alcohol consumption. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 15-06936.h1


Foreign Influence

12/29/2017

Applicant mitigated foreign influence security concerns due to his connections to Iraq. Applicant has not contacted relatives in Iraq since 2013. He has served as a linguist in Iraq for about six years. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 15-06745.h1


Drugs; Personal Conduct

12/29/2017

Applicant used marijuana while possessing a security clearance, and he lied about his illegal drug involvement. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-00636.h1


Guideline B; Guideline L; Guideline F

12/29/2017

Applicant was given an opportunity to request a hearing and clearly responded that as far as he was concerned the documentary record was sufficient. There was no ambiguity in this response, which placed the Judge on notice that Applicant had no objection to his consideration of the existing transcript. In any event, forum choice is a responsibility of the parties, not of the Judge. Moreover, if Applicant believed that a full and complete understanding of his circumstances required his live testimony, it was his duty to request a hearing. In a DOHA proceeding, it is the applicant's job to present evidence in mitigation of the concerns raised in an SOR. The Judge is an advocate for neither side and bases his Decision on the evidence presented to him by the parties. He has no independent duty to obtain additional evidence. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 12-10335.a2


Financial

12/28/2017

Applicant has not mitigated the security concerns under the financial considerations security concern. He did not provide any documentary evidence to show that he has resolved or is in the process of resolving his delinquent debts. Eligibility for a security clearance is denied. CASE NO: 17-01381.h1


Financial; Personal Conduct

12/28/2017

Applicant has not mitigated the concerns raised by his multiple failures to timely file his federal and state income tax returns, his delinquent debts, and his lack of candor in his security clearance application. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 16-03613.h1


Financial

12/28/2017

Applicant accumulated delinquent federal and state tax debts and consumer accounts that he failed to address with voluntary payment initiatives. Financial concerns are not mitigated. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 16-03365.h1


Financial

12/28/2017

Applicant made progress towards resolution of her financial issues. She has paid about $15,000 towards her student loans, and her student loans were removed from her credit report, leaving her with about $6,900 of non-student-loan delinquent debt. Due to her limited financial resources, she was unable to make greater progress on her finances. Financial considerations security concerns are mitigated. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 16-02703.h1


Foreign Influence; Personal Conduct

12/28/2017

Applicant mitigated foreign influence security concerns relating to his connections to Afghanistan; however, personal conduct security concerns relating to falsification of his security clearance applications are not mitigated. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 16-01645.h1


Foreign Influence

12/28/2017

Applicant mitigated foreign influence security concerns relating to her connections to Nigeria. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 15-08248.h1


Financial

12/27/2017

Applicant failed to mitigate the security concerns under Guideline F, financial considerations. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 17-01829.h1


Financial

12/27/2017

Applicant did not present sufficient evidence to explain, extenuate, or mitigate the security concern stemming from her long-standing history of financial problems or difficulties. Eligibility denied. CASE NO: 17-01065.h1


Financial

12/27/2017

Applicant mitigated the financial considerations security concerns. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 16-00956.h1


Financial; Personal Conduct

12/26/2017

Applicant did not provide sufficient evidence to mitigate security concerns about his delinquent debts and tax issues. He intentionally falsified his 2016 security clearance application. He did not provide any documentation that he has paid any accounts or has a payment plan. Eligibility for a security clearance is denied. CASE NO: 17-01175.h1


Financial

12/26/2017

Applicant accumulated delinquent medical and student loan debts during recurrent periods of unemployment with associated medical issues not covered by her medical insurance. Financial concerns are mitigated. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 17-01124.h1


Guideline H

12/26/2017

Applicant argues that the Judge was biased. Bias involves partiality for or against a party, predisposition to decide a case or issue without regard to the merits, or other indicia of a lack of impartiality. There is a rebuttable presumption that a Judge is impartial and unbiased. A party seeking to overcome that presumption has a heavy burden of persuasion. We have examined the record, paying particular attention to the hearing transcript. We find nothing to suggest that the Judge lacked impartiality or that he entered the hearing with an inflexible predisposition against Applicant. He did not impede Applicant's presentation of her evidence, and his questioning appears to have been directed toward clarifying the record. Applicant has not rebutted the presumption that the Judge was unbiased. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 16-03451.a1


Guideline F

12/26/2017

Failure to comply with Federal tax laws suggests that an applicant has a problem with abiding by well-established government rules and regulations. Voluntary compliance with rules and regulations is essential for protecting classified information. Applicant failed to file his Federal income tax returns for a nine year period in a timely manner. These failures raise questions about Applicant judgment and reliability. Much of the Judge's mitigation analysis is predicated upon his conclusion that Applicant has resolved his tax filing problems and owes no back taxes for year 2009 through 2014. The record does support such a conclusion. Favorable decision reversed. CASE NO: 15-06440.a1


Guideline E

12/26/2017

Applicant argues that she did not receive credit for her Constitutional presumption of innocence until proved guilty. The Judge's findings about Applicant's infractions are consistent with the record evidence, particularly Applicant's SOR admissions, her answers during her clearance interview, and her hearing testimony. The presumption of innocence is a principal of criminal law that has limited application in a DOHA adjudication. DOHA applicants are not afforded the same protections as criminal defendants. Indeed, a Judge may legitimately find that an applicant has committed security-significant conduct despite evidence that charges were dismissed, not prosecuted, or resulted in acquittals. . After considering the record in its totality, we conclude that the Judge's material findings are based upon substantial evidence or constitute reasonable inferences that can be drawn from the evidence. CASE NO: 15-04217.a1


Personal Conduct, Foreign Influence

12/22/2017

Applicant, a native of Turkey, mitigated the foreign influence concerns raised by his relationships with his father and sister who are citizens and residents of that county. A naturalized U.S. citizen for seven years, Applicant mitigated the personal conduct concerns raised by his former illegal status, as well as those raised by the multiple, but minor traffic infractions he received between 2005 and 2010. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 16-02053.h1


Financial

12/22/2017

Applicant mitigated the security concerns under Guideline F, financial considerations, including late filing of federal income tax returns. Eligibility is granted. CASE NO: 16-01557.h1


Financial

12/22/2017

Applicant established that circumstances beyond her control contributed to her financial problems and that she was financially responsible under the circumstances. Her current income is sufficient to pay for her living expenses and current debts. Her financial problems are being resolved and are under control. She understands that her failure to continue addressing her delinquent debts responsibly would create financial and personal conduct security concerns. Clearance granted. CASE NO: 16-00283.h1


Financial

12/22/2017

Available information is sufficient to overcome the security concerns raised by the Government's adverse information about Applicant's financial problems. Applicant's request for eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 15-08260.h1


Financial, Personal Conduct

12/22/2017

Applicant experienced financial difficulties due to circumstances largely beyond her control, but mitigated the financial concerns by acting responsibly. Her omission of derogatory financial information on her security clearance application was unintentional. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 15-07518.h1


Drugs, Personal Conduct

12/22/2017

Applicant mitigated the drug involvement and substance misuse, and personal conduct security concerns. National security eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 15-06150.h1


Financial

12/22/2017

Applicant mitigated the security concerns raised by his failure to timely file his tax returns, but not his financial indebtedness. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-02970.h1


Financial; Personal Conduct

12/20/2017

Applicant has unresolved delinquent debts that he has not paid. He intends to pay them, but he has not provided documentary evidence that he has begun to do so. He intentionally falsified his security clearance application in 2016. He has not met his burden to mitigate the financial or personal conduct security concerns at issue. Eligibility for a security clearance is denied. CASE NO: 17-02913.h1


Foreign Preference; Foreign Influence

12/20/2017

Applicant did not present sufficient evidence to mitigate security concerns raised by his connections to Afghanistan and his past Afghan government employment. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 17-02526.h1


Drugs; Personal Conduct

12/20/2017

Applicant used and purchased marijuana from June 2013 to at least August 2017. He was not fully candid about his marijuana use during a September 2016 interview for his background investigation, and he did not self-report his drug use while he held a DOD clearance to his facility security office. He has a medical marijuana card and intends to continue to use marijuana on a daily basis. Marijuana use is illegal under federal law and prohibited by Department of Defense (DOD) policy. The drug involvement and personal conduct concerns are not mitigated. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 17-00268.h1


Financial

12/20/2017

Applicant mitigated the security concerns under Guideline F, financial considerations. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 17-00245.h1


Foreign Preference; Foreign Influence

12/20/2017

Applicant mitigated the foreign preference security concerns and the foreign influence concerns were either not established or were mitigated. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 16-03899.h1


Financial; Personal Conduct

12/20/2017

Applicant's evidence is insufficient to establish that he is financially responsible and that his financial problems have been resolved or are under control. Moreover, he deliberately falsified his 2015 security clearance application to cover up his financial problems and felony charges. The financial considerations and personal conduct security concerns are not mitigated. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-08828.h1


Foreign Influence, Foreign Preference, Financial

12/20/2017

Applicant mitigated the trustworthiness concerns about his connections to Colombia under Guideline B, foreign influence and Guideline C, foreign preference, and about his finances under Guideline F, financial considerations. Applicant's eligibility for access to sensitive information is granted. CASE NO: 15-07101.h1


Foreign Influence

12/20/2017

Applicant made donations to an IRS-recognized charity that was established by the Muslim Brotherhood, an entity which the U.S. Congress in 2017 considered for designation as a foreign terrorist group. Applicant stopped his contributions in 2013 when the organization was no longer involved in supporting a local youth program. He intends to never again make a charitable contribution to any U.S.-based nonprofit with ties to any foreign group. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 15-04903.h1


Financial

12/19/2017

Applicant has numerous delinquent debts that are unpaid and unresolved. He did not provide any evidence of resolving any of the debts. Applicant failed to mitigate Guideline F, financial considerations security concerns. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 17-01112.h1


Financial

12/19/2017

Applicant failed to mitigate the security concerns under Guideline F, financial considerations. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 17-00973.h1


Financial

12/19/2017

Applicant failed to mitigate the financial considerations security concerns due to a history of delinquent debts. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 17-00831.h1


Financial

12/19/2017

Applicant provided legitimate reasons for disputing the alleged accounts. Based on his overall financial record and testimony at hearing, it is unlikely Applicant incurred the delinquent debts alleged in the SOR. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 17-00393.h1


Financial; Personal Conduct

12/19/2017

Applicant incurred more than $22,000 in delinquent debt over the past four years, most of which she has been unable or unwilling to repay. She failed to demonstrate a workable plan to resolve her financial issues, or progress toward implementing one. She deliberately omitted relevant and material information on her Electronic Questionnaires for Investigations Processing (e-QIP). Resulting security concerns were not mitigated. National trustworthiness eligibility is denied. CASE NO: 17-00110.h1


Use of Information Technology; Handling Protected Information; Personal Conduct

12/19/2017

Applicant use of an information technology system from another government agency (AGA)-1 after she began her AGA-2 employment was authorized. She used the AGA-1 information technology system to benefit AGA-1. Use of information technology, handling protected information, and personal conduct concerns are mitigated. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 16-02899.h1


Financial

12/19/2017

Applicant mitigated the financial considerations security concerns. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 16-02491.h1


Foreign Influence

12/19/2017

Applicant presented sufficient evidence to mitigate security concerns raised by her familial and other ties to Turkey. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 16-02228.h1


Foreign Influence

12/19/2017

Applicant mitigated the security concerns under Guideline B, foreign influence relating to his familial contacts in Romania. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 16-02038.h1


Financial, Personal Conduct

12/19/2017

Applicant experienced a number of unrelated life events that had unexpected financial consequences. The events do not indicate a pattern of reckless or irresponsible behavior or bad judgment. Applicant has resolved all but one of the alleged debts. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 16-01989.h1


Financial

12/19/2017

Applicant's financial difficulties are due to circumstances beyond his control, including periods of unemployment, under-employment, and low income. Having found full-time employment, he is making responsible efforts to resolve his debts, through Chapter 13 bankruptcy, and his finances have stabilized. He has mitigated the financial considerations security concerns. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 16-01843.h1


Financial

12/19/2017

Applicant has demonstrated a track record of financial rehabilitation and reform. She has resolved 8 of the 13 accounts alleged accounts. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 15-06602.h1


Criminal; Personal Conduct; Financial

12/19/2017

Applicant was arrested and/or convicted for criminal conduct that he committed from 1998 until 2013. The conduct was crossed alleged also as personal conduct. Applicant admitted he used credit cards foolishly and unwisely. He has delinquent credit card debts that he has not resolved. He did not present sufficient information to show reasonable and responsible actions to resolve his financial problems. Applicant mitigated personal conduct security concerns; however, he failed to provide sufficient information to mitigate criminal, and financial security concerns. Eligibility for access to classified information denied. CASE NO: 14-06814.h1


Financial

12/19/2017

Applicant has numerous delinquent debts that are unpaid and unresolved. He did not file 2010 Federal and state tax returns or pay outstanding taxes. He failed to mitigate Guideline F, financial considerations security concerns. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 14-05205.h1


Alcohol

12/18/2017

Applicant presented sufficient evidence to mitigate security concerns raised by his past alcohol-related problems. He presented supporting documentary evidence, including from his probation officer, AA sponsor, and supervisor, showing that he has remained sober for nearly two years and is committed to his recovery. In light of the substantial evidence of true reform on the part of the Applicant, the likelihood that alcohol-related issues will recur is sufficiently low to warrant continuing his security clearance. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 17-00301.h1


Information Technology; Personal Conduct

12/18/2017

Applicant mitigated the security concerns raised by his misuse of information technology and a violation of a policy prohibiting photography at a work site, but he did not mitigate the security concerns raised by his lack of candor when questioned about his misconduct. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 16-03180.h1


Foreign Influence

12/18/2017

Applicant mitigated the foreign influence security concerns involving his family in Iraq. The Government did not establish the personal conduct security concern, involving Applicant’s failure to disclose his one-time provision of financial support to his family in Iraq on his 2015 security clearance application. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 16-02898.h1


Financial

12/15/2017

Applicant has not mitigated the security concerns raised by her delinquent debts and failure to timely file her federal income tax returns. CASE NO: 17-02394.h1


Financial

12/15/2017

There are four delinquent accounts alleged in the Statement of Reasons with a combined unpaid balance of $30,442, as well as two dismissed Chapter 13 bankruptcies. Applicant apparently made no efforts to address those accounts since they were placed for collection or charged off. In December 2016, during his interview with an investigator from the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, he indicated that his net income was a maximum of $2,720 per month, and he was paying up to $3,496 in monthly expenses, which was expected to increase by $365 once his student loan deferment ended in February 2017. Based on those figures, Applicant had no reasonable opportunity to pay all of the bills that he contended he was paying. Considering the lack of evidence regarding his current finances, and the absence of character evidence regarding Applicant’s honesty, integrity, and trustworthiness, I am unable to reach a positive conclusion pertaining to Applicant’s eligibility for a security clearance. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 17-01737.h1


Foreign Influence

12/15/2017

Applicant is 30 and was born in Afghanistan. He moved to the United States in 2007 and became a United States citizen in 2014. Applicant's ties to Afghanistan include his mother, father, and six brothers, who are all citizens and residents of Afghanistan. Applicant has been working as an interpreter for the military in total for 11 years, and he received very strong recommendations from United States military members. Applicant purchased a $500,000 house in the United States, and he plans to move his parents and some of his brothers here. Mitigation has been shown. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 17-00581.h1


Financial; Personal Conduct

12/15/2017

Applicant has not mitigated the trustworthiness concerns under the above financial guideline. She intentionally omitted material information on her security clearance application. She has not mitigated the concerns under the personal conduct guideline. Position of public trust is denied. CASE NO: 17-00491.h1


Drugs; Criminal Conduct; Alcohol; Personal Conduct

12/15/2017

Applicant has mitigated the security concern raised by his alcohol consumption. He has not mitigated the security concerns raised by his drug involvement, criminal conduct, and lack of candor during the security clearance process. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 16-03327.h1


Alcohol

12/15/2017

Applicant consumed alcohol at times to excess. He was arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) in 1973 and for domestic assault and DUI in July 2014. He resumed drinking after alcohol treatment programs in 1999, 2014, and 2015. Applicant has not consumed any alcohol since September 2016, and he is more committed to Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) than in the past. However, it is too soon to safely conclude that he will not again abuse alcohol. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 16-03272.h1


Financial; Alcohol; Criminal Conduct

12/15/2017

Applicant presented sufficient evidence to mitigate the security concern stemming from a history of financial problems. But he did not present sufficient evidence to explain, extenuate, or mitigate the security concern stemming from his record of alcohol-related criminal conduct, which includes a recent December 2016 arrest for driving under the influence of alcohol. Eligibility denied. CASE NO: 16-01492.h1


Financial

12/15/2017

Applicant has two delinquent mortgage debts that she resolved. She is current with one mortgage and she has no responsibility for the other mortgage. Applicant mitigated financial security concerns. Eligibility for access to classified information granted. CASE NO: 16-00753.h1


Financial

12/15/2017

Applicant mitigated the financial considerations security concerns. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 15-06033.h1


Criminal Conduct; Use of Information Technology; Use of Information Technology

12/15/2017

In 2001 Applicant took from a previous employer a computer that was scheduled to be recycled in 2001. He also committed some acts that were an abuse of his position as a Systems Administrator, which also occurred more than 15 years ago. The most recent violation was failing to turn off his computer when he left his desk, but this has not occurred since 2011. The evidence has established that he has received training and is far more aware of the correct actions he must take. Mitigation has been shown. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 15-05020.h1


Alcohol; Personal Conduct

12/15/2017

Given the severity of Applicant's alcohol use and her continued use after a diagnosis of alcohol dependence, she has not mitigated the alcohol consumption security concerns. Her failure to disclose both an alcohol-related job reprimand and a complete history of her alcohol rehabilitation treatment on her security clearance application constitute intentional, unmitigated omissions under the personal conduct security guideline. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 12-04298.h1


Foreign Influence

12/14/2017

Applicant mitigated the trustworthiness concerns about her family connections to Afghanistan under Guideline B, foreign influence. Applicant’s eligibility for access to sensitive information is granted. CASE NO: 17-01398.h1


Financial

12/14/2017

Applicant provided insufficient evidence that he was unable to make payments to two of the creditors on his statement of reasons (SOR). Financial considerations security concerns are not mitigated. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 16-03704.h1


Personal Conduct

12/14/2017

Applicant did not mitigate the security concerns raised under personal conduct. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 16-03618.h1


Financial

12/14/2017

Applicant mitigated the financial considerations trustworthiness concerns. National security eligibility for a position of trust is granted. CASE NO: 16-03508.h1


Alcohol; Criminal Conduct

12/14/2017

It has been over two years since Applicant's driving while intoxicated (DWI) arrest. There is no evidence of any subsequent alcohol-related incidents or issues of concern. He pleaded guilty and successfully participated in a substance abuse training program. He disclosed his misconduct to his supervisors and discussed the offense with a government investigator. He is remorseful about his DWI conviction, and promised not to repeat his behavior. He has learned his lesson from his past mistake. He mitigated the trustworthiness concerns under Guidelines G (alcohol consumption) and J (criminal conduct). Eligibility to hold a position of trust is granted. CASE NO: 16-01663.h1


Foreign Influence

12/14/2017

Applicant did not satisfy the "very heavy burden" of persuasion to show that his family members in the People's Republic of China and Taiwan and his foreign financial interests were not a means through which he could be subjected to coercion or exploitation. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-07460.h1


Alcohol Consumption; Criminal Conduct; Personal Conduct

12/14/2017

Applicant has had a history of several alcohol related incidents including two DUIs, the last of which occurred in 2009. Applicant abstained from alcohol consumption for many years, but she has begun consuming alcohol again. However, she testified credibly that she never consumes more than one alcoholic drink during any one occasion and she will never drive after drinking again. Mitigation has been shown. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 15-06278.h1


Financial

12/14/2017

Applicant has delinquent debt because of medical issues and unemployment that she resolved. She presented sufficient information to show her reasonable and responsible actions to resolve the financial problems. She disputed medical debts because they were covered by health insurance and the debts were removed from her credit reports. She presented sufficient information to establish that the remaining debts were paid. Applicant mitigated financial security concerns. Eligibility for access to classified information granted. CASE NO: 15-03749.h1


Financial

12/13/2017

Applicant mitigated the security concerns under Guideline F, financial considerations. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 17-01840.h1


Foreign Influence; Personal Conduct

12/13/2017

Applicant has mitigated the security concerns raised by his family ties to Iraq and his responses to questions about his family in his two security clearance applications. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 17-00717.h1


Alcohol; Personal Conduct

12/13/2017

Applicant had multiple alcohol-related incidents between 2005 and 2015. While he did not intentionally falsify his security clearance application (SF-86), he failed to mitigate the security concerns related to his alcohol use. Based on a review of the evidence, national security eligibility is denied. CASE NO: 16-03185.h1


Financial

12/13/2017

Applicant has not mitigated the security concerns raised by her delinquent debts. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 16-03057.h1


Financial

12/13/2017

Applicant used credit cards to maintain a desired life style. He has delinquent debts that he has not resolved. He did not present sufficient information to show reasonable and responsible actions to resolve his financial problems. Applicant failed to provide sufficient information to mitigate financial security concerns. Eligibility for access to classified information granted. CASE NO: 15-01475.h1


Financial

12/12/2017

Applicant accumulated nine delinquent consumer debts exceeding $25,000 that he has failed to address. Financial concerns are not mitigated. Eligibility to hold a security clearance is denied. CASE NO: 16-03050.h1


Financial; Personal Conduct

12/12/2017

Applicant has not presented sufficient evidence to mitigate the security concerns under the financial considerations guideline. The Government withdrew the Personal Conduct allegation. Eligibility for a security clearance is denied. CASE NO: 16-01329.h1


Financial

12/12/2017

Applicant did not mitigate the financial considerations security concerns. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 16-00164.h1


Financial

12/12/2017

Applicant presented insufficient information to establish that he is financially responsible and that his financial problems have been resolved or are under control. The financial considerations security concerns are not mitigated. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-05840.h1


Financial

12/12/2017

Applicant mitigated the financial considerations security concerns. National security eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 15-05743.h1


Criminal Conduct; Financial

12/12/2017

Applicant did not submit sufficient information to overcome the security concerns raised by his criminal conduct and financial problems. His request for eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 15-00524.h1


Foreign Influence

12/12/2017

Applicant’s evidence is insufficient to mitigate foreign influence security concerns raised by his prior Russian military service, his previous possession of a Russian security clearance, and having immediate family members who are citizens and residents of Russia. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-10903.h1


Drug Involvement and Substance Misuse

12/11/2017

Security concerns were raised under Guideline H, involving Applicant's use of marijuana, including while holding a Department of Defense security clearance. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 17-01578.h1


Financial

12/11/2017

Applicant has not mitigated the security concerns under the financial considerations security concern. She did not provide any documentary evidence to show that she has resolved or is in the process of resolving her delinquent debts. Eligibility for a security clearance is denied. CASE NO: 16-03909.h1


Drugs

12/11/2017

Applicant used marijuana on a recurrent basis between 1973 and 2016 and has too little time in sustained abstinence (less than two years) to ensure safe predictions that she will not return to marijuana use in the future. Illegal drug use concerns are not mitigated. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 16-02218.h1


Personal Conduct, Drugs

12/11/2017

Applicant mitigated the drug involvement security concerns under Guideline H, but failed to mitigate the security concerns raised under Guideline E, personal conduct. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 15-04722.h1


Financial; Foreign Influence

12/08/2017

Applicant has not mitigated the security concerns under the financial considerations guideline. He mitigated the foreign influence security concerns. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 17-01562.h1


Financial

12/08/2017

Applicant failed to mitigate the security concerns raised by his problematic financial history. Eligibility denied. CASE NO: 16-04076.h1


Financial; Personal Conduct

12/08/2017

Applicant did not mitigate the security concerns raised under financial considerations and personal conduct. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 16-03471.h1


Guideline F

12/08/2017

Applicant cites to the bankruptcy code in support of his challenge to the Judge's analysis. However, even if Applicant is correct as a matter of law that all of the SOR debts were covered, it would not compel a favorable result. Furthermore, as Department Counsel notes, Applicant has not explained the circumstances in which the delinquencies arose. Although debts may have been paid or discharged in bankruptcy, a Judge may still consider the underlying circumstances for what they may reveal about an applicant's judgment and reliability. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 16-02246.a1


Guideline F

12/08/2017

Applicant challenges the Judge's decision not to consider the summary of interview and argues the summary contains information beneficial to him. In a previous case, we considered a similar issue and, based on the facts in that case, concluded the best resolution was to remand the case to the Judge to consider the summary of interview and issue a new decision. In this case, however, the Judge's decision to exclude the summary of interview was inconsequential. In particular, the summary of interview does not establish that Applicant satisfactorily resolved any of the alleged debts. Exclusion of that document from consideration likely had no affect on the outcome of the case. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 16-01715.a1


Financial

12/08/2017

Applicant has delinquent debts that she has resolved. She presented sufficient information to show her reasonable and responsible actions to resolve the financial problems. Two debts are duplicates. She paid three debts. She could not identify the creditor to pay for two debts, and she is making payments on two debts. Applicant mitigated financial security concerns. Eligibility for access to classified information granted. CASE NO: 15-08858.h1


Foreign Influence

12/08/2017

Applicant has family members who are citizens and residents of India. Applicant's contacts with her relatives are close and frequent, creating a heightened risk security concern. Applicant has such strong ties to the United States that she can be expected to resolve any conflict of interest in favor of U.S. interests. Applicant has presented sufficient information to mitigate security concerns based on foreign influence. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 15-07588.h1


Drugs

12/08/2017

Applicant did not present sufficient evidence to mitigate security concerns raised by his extensive history of illegal drug use and substance misuse, including while in the military and after being granted a security clearance. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-07295.h1


Drugs

12/08/2017

Applicant illegally used marijuana between 2007 and 2010 while possessing a clearance. He disclosed his substance misuse in his 2015 security clearance application (SCA). There is no evidence of substance misuse after 2010. He is committed to not using any illegal drugs in the future. He signed a statement of intent to abstain from illegal drug involvement, and understands that any future illegal drug involvement would be grounds for revocation of his clearance eligibility. Guideline H security concerns are mitigated. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 15-06044.h1


Financial

12/07/2017

Applicant has not filed state or federal tax returns for tax years 2012 to 2015. He has not provided sufficient information that the returns are being prepared for filing. He did not present sufficient information of reasonable and responsible actions to resolve the tax return filing problems. Applicant did not mitigate financial security concerns. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 17-01360.h1


Financial; Personal Conduct

12/07/2017

Applicant has an extensive history of financial problems, originally with 12 delinquent debts totaling approximately $25,000. Initially, he denied any delinquencies, and then he modified his position when he said he had not listed his financial delinquencies because he believed the accounts were outside the seven-year window, and he was not aware that they were "as current as they are." Applicant acknowledged having received telephone calls and collection letters from his creditors or collection agents. Considering the lack of evidence regarding his current finances, and the absence of character evidence regarding Applicant's honesty, integrity, and trustworthiness, I am unable to reach a positive conclusion pertaining to Applicant's eligibility for a security clearance. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 17-01335.h1


Financial

12/07/2017

Applicant's delinquent debts totaling approximately $37,000 remain owing. Applicant has experienced a divorce and a period of unemployment which has caused her to struggle financially. Her debts are delinquent and she is unable to pay them. There is insufficient evidence of mitigation or rehabilitation. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 17-00487.h1


Guideline B

12/07/2017

As Applicant notes, the Government's responsibility to produce substantial evidence of security concern arises with regard to allegations that have been controverted. In the case before us, Applicant admitted the allegation that his "mother, [siblings]... and mother-in-law are citizens of Iraq." Therefore, the Government bore no duty to produce evidence regarding the foreign citizenship and residency of these relatives, although, in fact, items in the Government's File of Relevant Material constitute such evidence. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 17-00257.a1


Alcohol

12/07/2017

Applicant failed to mitigate the alcohol consumption security concerns. National security eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 16-03049.h1


Drugs; Financial

12/07/2017

Applicant mitigated the drug involvement and substance misuse concerns, but she failed to mitigate the financial considerations concerns. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 16-03043.h1


Criminal Conduct, Alcohol, Financial

12/07/2017

Applicant has a history of alcohol-related arrests and delinquent Federal tax debts. He mitigated the resulting financial and alcohol security concerns, but failed to mitigate the criminal conduct security concerns. National security eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 16-02617.h1


Financial; Personal Conduct

12/07/2017

Applicant did not mitigate the financial considerations or personal conduct security concerns. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 16-02205.h1


Financial

12/07/2017

Applicant has not resolved her past-due commercial indebtedness. Based on a review of the pleadings and exhibits, national security eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 16-01679.h1


Guideline F

12/07/2017

Applicant also asserts that he did not provide information about his financial situation "because it was not asked of to provide any of that information." and "[he] can provide that information." A review of the record indicates that Applicant received a copy of the FORM, accompanied by a DOHA cover letter. The cover letter in particular stated that Applicant could submit "any material you wish the Administrative Judge to consider [.]" The FORM itself advised Applicant that his response could set forth "objections, rebuttal, extenuation, mitigation, or explanation as appropriate." Accordingly, Applicant received the due process afforded by the Directive and his failure to make a response to the FORM cannot fairly be attributed to inadequate notice of his right to do so. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 15-07882.a1


Alcohol; Personal Conduct

12/07/2017

Applicant was involved in four alcohol-related incidents, including three arrests for driving while impaired in 2005, 2007, and 2011. He falsified his 2013 security clearance application to cover two alcohol-related offenses, a handgun violation, and that he was fired from his job for being absent while serving a prison sentence. Alcohol consumption concerns are mitigated. The personal conduct security concerns are not mitigated. Clearance denied. CASE NO: 15-00669.h1


Guideline F

12/06/2017

Applicant contends that his circumstances do not raise disqualifying condition 19(c) arguing that he does not have a history of not meeting financial obligations. We resolve this issue adversely to Applicant. Failure to have filed, and in some instances failure to have paid, income taxes over a course of several years constitutes a history within the meaning of the Directive. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 15-06731.a1


Guideline F; Guideline E

12/06/2017

From our review of the record, the Judge's material findings regarding the falsification allegation are based on substantial evidence or constitute reasonable inferences or conclusions that could be drawn from the evidence. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 15-05344.a1


Financial

12/06/2017

There are two delinquent accounts alleged in the Statement of Reasons with a combined unpaid balance of $20,089. Applicant apparently made no efforts since they were charged off in 2014 to address them. There is no evidence that Applicant acted responsibly under the circumstances. Her unsubstantiated comments that she contacted her creditors and a collection agent to resolve them, without more, are simply insufficient to prove that she made any of those good-faith efforts. There is no evidence of financial counseling or a budget. Applicant offered no evidence to indicate that her financial situation is now under control. Considering the lack of evidence regarding her current finances, and the absence of character evidence regarding Applicant's honesty, integrity, and trustworthiness, I am unable to reach a positive conclusion pertaining to Applicant's eligibility for a security clearance. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 14-04450.h1


Financial

12/05/2017

Applicant mitigated the financial considerations security concerns. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 16-02237.h1


Guideline F

12/05/2017

As the Judge noted, Applicant did not submit corroborating evidence with her response to the SOR, nor did she submit a response to the FORM. Applicant states on appeal that she submitted evidence to the DoD CAF and has attached documents to the Appeal Brief. One of them is an email to the DoD CAF, which shows that she sent at least one document to them. However, this document predates the FORM and thus cannot be a response to the FORM. If it was the response to the SOR, that is already in the record. This submission does not refute the Judge's finding that Applicant's response to the SOR included no corroborating evidence. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 16-01237.a1


Drug Involvement

12/05/2017

Applicant presented sufficient evidence of mitigation to satisfy the security concern under Guideline H. He has carried his burden of proof. Eligibility for a security clearance is granted. CASE NO: 16-00842.h1


Guideline F

12/05/2017

Applicant's appeal brief contains no assertion of harmful error on the part of the Judge. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 15-08174.a1


Financial

12/05/2017

This is a remand decision based on an appeal of the original decision denying Applicant's security clearance. Applicant alleged in her appeal that post-hearing evidence was not included in the record when the Administrative Judge issued the denial decision. On remand, Applicant mitigated the financial considerations security concerns. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 15-05691.h2


Financial

12/04/2017

Applicant mitigated the security concerns under Guideline F, financial considerations. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 17-00270.h1


Financial

12/04/2017

Applicant failed to mitigate the security concerns under Guideline F, financial considerations. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 16-03778.h1


Financial

12/04/2017

Applicant failed to mitigate the security concerns under Guideline F, financial considerations and Guideline E, personal conduct. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 16-03546.h1


Alcohol

12/04/2017

Applicant consumed alcohol at times to excess despite four alcohol-related incidents in ten years. He has abstained from alcohol since approximately March 2017, has never been diagnosed with alcohol use disorder, and has only one conviction for drunk driving on his record. The alcohol consumption security concerns are not yet fully mitigated. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 16-03171.h1


Guideline F; Guideline E

12/04/2017

Applicant's appeal brief contains no assertion of harmful error on the part of the Judge. Rather, it contains new evidence. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 15-08349.a1


Guideline F

12/04/2017

In the decision, the Judge indicated that Applicant submitted no post-hearing matters. In her appeal brief, Applicant provided an email that she sent to Department Counsel on April 7, 2017. The email had a file attached that apparently contained a number of documents. Given these circumstances, we conclude the best resolution of this appeal is to remand the case to the Judge for further processing consistent with the Directive. Adverse decision remanded. CASE NO: 15-05691.a1


Financial

12/01/2017

Available information is not sufficient to mitigate the trustworthiness concerns raised by Applicant's financial problems. Her request for eligibility to occupy a position of trust is denied. CASE NO: 17-01896.h1


Financial

12/01/2017

Applicant has not mitigated the security concerns under the financial guideline. Eligibility for clearance is denied. CASE NO: 17-01807.h1


Alcohol, Drugs, Criminal Conduct

12/01/2017

Applicant did not mitigate the alcohol consumption and criminal conduct security concerns alleged in the Statement of Reasons. He did mitigate the drug use concerns. Eligibility is denied. CASE NO: 17-01560.h1


(CAC) Misconduct or Negligence in Employment, False Statement

12/01/2017

Applicant mitigated the Common Access Card (CAC) eligibility concerns under Supplemental Adjudicative Standards, Paragraphs 1 and 3. Eligibility for CAC is granted. CASE NO: 17-00922.h1


Financial; Alcohol

12/01/2017

Applicant failed to mitigate the security concerns raised by his problematic financial history and his alcohol consumption. Eligibility denied. CASE NO: 17-00879.h1


Guideline H

12/01/2017

Applicant used marijuana three times a week from 1983 until early 2015. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 16-01687.a1


Financial

12/01/2017

Applicant failed to mitigate the financial considerations security concerns. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 16-00598.h1


Financial

12/01/2017

Applicant is seriously delinquent on student-loan balances totaling approximately $21,943. She also owes medical collection debt totaling $1,978, a credit card collection debt of $480, and a past-due insurance debt of $78. While unemployment compromised her finances, more progress is needed toward resolving her delinquent debts. Eligibility for a public trust position is denied. CASE NO: 16-00360.h1


Financial

12/01/2017

Applicant did not submit sufficient information to overcome the security concerns raised by his financial problems. His request for eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 16-00062.h1


Financial, Personal Conduct

12/01/2017

Applicant has a history of delinquent debts. He did not disclose them or information about previous investigations in security clearance applications. He failed to mitigate the resulting financial and personal conduct security concerns. National security eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 15-06533.h1


Guideline F

12/01/2017

We note that the Directive does not permit a Judge to act as an investigator for either party. Consequently, a Judge is not authorized to contact independently individuals listed as character references to obtain information from them. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 15-05310.a1


Financial, Personal Conduct

12/01/2017

Applicant's failure to timely file his Federal income tax returns between 2012 and 2014 was based on his misunderstanding of the filing deadlines applicable to U.S. citizens living overseas. He has since filed all outstanding Federal income tax returns, with no additional taxes due. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 15-02757.h1


Financial

11/30/2017

Applicant failed to mitigate the security concerns raised by his problematic financial history. Eligibility denied. CASE NO: 17-01332.h1


Financial; Personal Conduct

11/30/2017

Applicant accumulated delinquent debts (including an outstanding judgment and child support order) that he failed to settle or resolve. Financial concerns over his accumulation of delinquent debts are not mitigated. Additional security concerns over his e-QIP omissions are not mitigated either. Eligibility to hold a security clearance is denied. CASE NO: 17-01182.h1


Financial

11/30/2017

Applicant had numerous delinquent debts that were unpaid and unresolved for several years despite continued employment. He paid the four smallest debts after receipt of the SOR. The largest and most significant debt is unresolved. He failed to mitigate Guideline F, financial considerations security concerns. Eligibility for access to sensitive information is denied. CASE NO: 17-00185.h1


(CAC) Misconduct or Negligence in Employment

11/30/2017

Applicant mitigated the CAC eligibility concerns under Supplemental Adjudicative Standards, Paragraph 1. Eligibility for CAC is granted. CASE NO: 17-00069.h1


Financial; Personal Conduct

11/30/2017

Applicant failed to mitigate the security concern raised by his state tax lien. He also intentionally failed to report his state tax lien on his May 2016 security clearance application. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 16-03953.h1


Drug Involvement; Personal Conduct

11/30/2017

Applicant's use of marijuana while holding a security clearance in 2014, and his failure to list this marijuana use in response to a question on his security clearance application has not been mitigated. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 16-03429.h1


Alcohol

11/30/2017

Applicant failed to mitigate the alcohol consumption security concern. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 16-03137.h1


Drugs; Personal Conduct

11/30/2017

Applicant has not mitigated the security concerns raised by his drug involvement and personal conduct. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 16-02219.h1


Financial

11/30/2017

Applicant has not mitigated the security concerns raised by his repeated failures to timely file his federal income tax returns and pay the taxes due. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 16-01950.h1


Foreign Influence

11/30/2017

Applicant did not provide sufficient information to mitigate the foreign influence security concerns raised by his family connections to Afghanistan. Applicant's eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 16-01593.h1


Financial

11/30/2017

Applicant has numerous delinquent debts that are unpaid and unresolved. He failed to mitigate Guideline F, financial considerations security concerns. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 16-01584.h1


Financial

11/30/2017

Applicant failed to mitigate the alleged financial trustworthiness concerns. Based on a review of the testimony, pleadings and exhibits, national security eligibility for a position of trust is denied. CASE NO: 16-01389.h1


Financial

11/30/2017

Applicant's bankruptcy was more than a decade ago, and he has addressed all of his admitted past-due indebtedness. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 16-01331.h1


Financial

11/30/2017

Applicant has yet to file his Federal and state income tax returns, and has significant past-due indebtedness. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-08847.h2


Financial; Personal Conduct

11/30/2017

Applicant's excessive indebtedness and his multiple and deliberate falsifications on his security clearance application concerning his finances and his police record have not been mitigated. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-08430.h1


Personal Conduct

11/30/2017

Applicant failed to mitigate the personal conduct concerns raised by his intentional falsification of three questionnaires for investigations processing and his deliberate false statements in two background interviews between 2012 and 2015. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-07438.h1


Sexual Behavior; Information Technology; Personal Conduct

11/30/2017

Applicant failed to mitigate both the sexual behavior, information technology and personal conduct security concerns. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 15-07356.h1


Personal Conduct

11/30/2017

Applicant falsified his 2012 security clearance application (SCA) and made misleading statements to a government investigator during an interview in December 2012. He is still vulnerable to exploitation, manipulation, and duress for the same information that led him to falsify his 2012 SCA and to provide misleading information. The personal conduct security concerns are not mitigated. Clearance denied. CASE NO: 15-04029.h1


Financial

11/30/2017

Applicant made great progress in repaying delinquent taxes and filed all required tax returns after suffering a business downturn. He has demonstrated rehabilitation and mitigated the financial concerns under Guideline F. Eligibility for access to sensitive information is granted. CASE NO: 15-02679.h1


Personal Conduct

11/30/2017

Personal conduct security concerns persist because of his lack of candor about his illegal drug involvement, and his alcohol and drug-related offenses on two security clearance applications. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 14-06283.h1


Financial

11/29/2017

Applicant mitigated the financial considerations security concerns alleged in the Statement of Reasons. Eligibility is granted. CASE NO: 17-01470.h1


Financial

11/29/2017

Applicant incurred delinquent debts after he left the Army and was unemployed. Applicant presented sufficient information of reasonable and responsible actions to resolve the financial problems. Applicant mitigated financial security concerns. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 17-01397.h1


Drug Involvement

11/29/2017

Applicant used marijuana over a long period of time and while working for a defense contractor. He used marijuana while possessing a security clearance and after he submitted his SCA. He failed to mitigate Guideline H, drug involvement security concerns. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 17-00258.h1


Personal Conduct

11/29/2017

Applicant used marijuana while being eligible for access to classified information. She provided inaccurate and false information concerning her marijuana use on her security clearance application and to a security investigator. Applicant failed to mitigate security concerns for personal conduct. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 17-00228.h1


Foreign Influence

11/29/2017

Applicant mitigated the foreign influence security concerns raised by his girlfriend's Turkish citizenship and her family in Turkey, including her mother's and sister's employment with the Turkish government. CASE NO: 16-03990.h1


Alcohol; Criminal Conduct

11/29/2017

Applicant failed to mitigate the security concerns under Guidelines G and J. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 16-03915.h1


Financial

11/29/2017

Applicant has delinquent debts that are unpaid and unresolved. His indebtedness has increased over time. He failed to mitigate Guideline F, financial considerations security concerns. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 16-03229.h1


Financial; Personal Conduct

11/29/2017

Applicant cashed in 401(k) assets and obtained loans to transfer $428,000 at the direction of a person he did not know for a promised $900,000 return not received. He owed about $100,000 in federal and state tax debt for tax year 2015 because the retirement withdrawals were taxable as income on his returns. A $38,547 credit card debt was cancelled by a creditor in 2013. Applicant is making payments on his defaulted loans and income tax delinquency, but serious doubts persist about his judgment and reliability. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 16-02409.h1


Foreign Influence; Personal Conduct

11/29/2017

Applicant mitigated foreign influence concerns allegedly raised by his past connections to Thailand through an ex-girlfriend, and his present connections to Indonesia through his in-laws. He also refuted the allegation that the financial support he provided an ex-girlfriend and his current wife raise a security concern under the personal conduct guideline. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 16-02409.h1


Financial

11/29/2017

Applicant presented sufficient evidence to mitigate security concerns raised by his past financial issues. He began experiencing financial trouble shortly after he and his wife of 28 years divorced. He started taking action to address his past-due debts several years ago. He presented substantial documentation showing that he has resolved the majority of the debts that he incurred following the divorce. His present financial situation does not raise a concern about his security clearance eligibility. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 16-02274.h1


Financial; Personal Conduct

11/29/2017

Applicant has not resolved the vast majority of his past-due commercial indebtedness. He did not intentionally falsify a government questionnaire. Based on a review of the pleadings and exhibits, national security eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 16-02203.h1


Financial; Personal Conduct; Criminal Conduct

11/29/2017

Applicant incurred more than $16,000 in delinquent debt over the past six years, most of which he has been unable or unwilling to repay. He failed to demonstrate a workable plan to resolve his financial issues, or progress toward implementing one. He falsified two answers on his Electronic Questionnaires for Investigations Processing (e-QIP), and was arrested on criminal charges four times from 2013 through 2016. Resulting security concerns were not mitigated. National security eligibility is denied. CASE NO: 16-02096.h1


Drugs; Personal Conduct

11/29/2017

Applicant briefly used marijuana over a limited time in 2012 and 2013. She mitigated her false answers on a Government questionnaire due to a prompt, good-faith attempt to correct them. National security eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 15-08269.h1


Foreign Influence; Personal Conduct

11/29/2017

Applicant has not mitigated the security concerns raised by his family ties to Iraq and his lack of candor during the security clearance process. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-04902.h1


Financial

11/28/2017

Applicant has not mitigated the security concerns raised by his federal student loan debt. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 17-00186.h1


Financial

11/28/2017

Applicant has not mitigated the security concerns raised by his financial indebtedness. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 17-00085.h1


Drug Involvement

11/28/2017

Applicant has successfully completed substance abuse counseling and has abstained from marijuana use for more than two and a half years. I conclude he has mitigated the drug involvement security concern. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 16-03592.h1


Foreign Influence

11/28/2017

Applicant's ties to India are outweighed by his deep and longstanding relationships and loyalties in the United States. Foreign influence security concerns are mitigated. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 16-03561.h1


Financial

11/28/2017

Applicant has not mitigated the security concerns raised by her failure to pay delinquent federal taxes. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 16-03072.h1


Financial

11/28/2017

Applicant failed to mitigate the security concerns raised by his $28,000 delinquent debt, none of which had been resolved. Clearance denied. CASE NO: 16-02957.h1


Financial

11/28/2017

Applicant did not provide sufficient documented evidence to mitigate the security concerns under Guideline F, financial considerations. Applicant's eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 16-02850.h1


Financial

11/28/2017

Applicant did not mitigate the concerns raised under the financial considerations guideline. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 16-02715.h1


Financial

11/28/2017

Applicant failed to mitigate the security concerns raised by her $58,000 delinquent debt, where she did not document any of her claimed creditor contacts, payments on the payment arrangements she made after receiving the SOR, or her lack of liability for a delinquent first mortgage. CASE NO: 16-02556.h1


Financial

11/28/2017

Applicant did not mitigate the concerns raised under the financial considerations guideline. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 16-02497.h1


Financial

11/28/2017

Applicant failed to mitigate the security concerns raised by his $20,000 delinquent debt, only one account of which had been resolved. Clearance denied. CASE NO: 16-01758.h1


Financial

11/28/2017

Applicant did not provide sufficient documentary evidence to mitigate the security concerns under Guideline F, financial considerations. Applicant's eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 16-00599.h1


Financial

11/28/2017

Applicant's wife handled the family's finances, including taxes, while he concentrated on work. She did not file their income tax returns or pay their taxes when they were due. All returns are now filed and all taxes are paid. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 16-00452.h1


Foreign Influence

11/27/2017

Applicant failed to mitigate the security concerns under Guideline B, foreign influence, due to his familial contacts in Somalia. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 17-01758.h1


Financial

11/27/2017

Applicant's financial problems were caused by circumstances beyond his control, and he is working with a credit collection agency to rehabilitate his finances. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 16-03215.h1


Financial

11/27/2017

Applicant mitigated the financial considerations security concerns by resolving financial delinquencies. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 15-06170.h1


Financial

11/27/2017

Applicant failed to mitigate the security concerns raised by his problematic financial history. Eligibility denied. CASE NO: 15-04263.h1


Financial

11/27/2017

Applicant mitigated the financial considerations security concerns by resolving financial delinquencies. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 15-02091.h1


Financial

11/24/2017

Applicant failed to timely file and pay his 2014 and 2015 Federal and state taxes. However, he has since filed and paid his taxes and taken proactive steps to prevent future tax-related issues. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 16-03923.h1


Financial

11/24/2017

Applicant's record of delinquency includes now resolved state tax liens of $1,481 and $6,639 from 2013 and a $36,174 mortgage delinquency. He has been repaying a federal tax delinquency totaling $51,669 for tax years 2006 through 2013 under an installment agreement since October 2016, but more progress is needed to fully mitigate the security concerns raised by his failure to pay his taxes on time for several years. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-08908.h1


Financial

11/24/2017

Although Applicant's financial issues arose from conditions largely beyond his control, the majority of his debt remains unresolved and his financial issues are recent and ongoing. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 15-06560.h1


Financial

11/22/2017

Applicant has delinquent debts that he has not resolved. He did not present sufficient information of reasonable and responsible actions to resolve the financial problems. Applicant did not mitigate financial security concerns. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 17-01064.h1


Foreign Influence; Foreign Preference

11/22/2017

Applicant mitigated any foreign influence security concerns raised by his connections and ties to Israel. His possession of an Israeli passport does not raise foreign preference security concerns under the adjudicative guidelines that became effective on June 8, 2017. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 17-00536.h1


Financial

11/22/2017

Applicant has not mitigated the security concerns under the above guideline. He has satisfied one judgment, but he has not provided documentation that he has addressed or resolved any of the other delinquent accounts. He provided insufficient documentation to carry his burden. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 17-00489.h1


Alcohol

11/22/2017

Applicant is currently on probation stemming from a conviction for driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI) in 2016. Consequently, it is too soon to conclude that she has mitigated the alcohol consumption security concern. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 17-00087.h1


Financial

11/22/2017

Applicant failed to mitigate the financial considerations security concerns generated by his delinquent debt. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 16-03517.h1


Financial

11/22/2017

Applicant failed to mitigate the financial consideration security concerns. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 16-03138.h1


Financial

11/22/2017

Applicant's financial problems resulted from unemployment and underemployment. He settled and paid the four debts alleged in the Statement of Reasons. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 16-02176.h1


Criminal Conduct; Personal Conduct; Drug Involvement

11/22/2017

Applicant's history of drug abuse and criminal conduct render him an unacceptable security risk. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 16-02052.h1


Guideline F; Guideline E

11/22/2017

The Judge had no authority to serve as an investigator in the case and contact the bank or the collection attorneys. To do so would be inconsistent with her role as an independent fact finder. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 16-01787.a1


Financial

11/22/2017

Applicant has unresolved delinquent debts. The record does not provide sufficient information for mitigation of the financial security concerns. Eligibility for a security clearance is denied. CASE NO: 16-01474.h1


Financial; Personal Conduct

11/22/2017

Applicant did not mitigate the financial considerations or personal conduct security concerns. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 16-01170.h1


Alcohol Consumption. Personal Conduct; Criminal Conduct

11/22/2017

Applicant was arrested, charged, and convicted of two alcohol-related offenses in 2011 and 2014, respectively. He is credited with successfully completing the ordered probation conditions and two-plus years of alcohol abstention. However, he provided insufficient evidence of corrective steps to avert recurrent incidents. Alcohol consumption, personal conduct, and criminal conduct concerns are not mitigated. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 16-00781.h1


Guideline F; Guideline E

11/22/2017

The Judge found that Applicant had a lengthy history of not meeting financial obligations, including failing to file Federal income tax returns from 2009 to 2012; an IRS garnishment of wages in about 2013 or 2014; a Chapter 7 discharge in bankruptcy in 2011; and a subsequent vehicle repossession and delinquent accounts. In light of the foregoing, the Judge could reasonably conclude that Applicant's "financial issues are recent and ongoing." and the evidence "does not completely mitigate the judgement issues raised by Applicant's failure to comply with the tax laws." Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 15-08684.a1


Drugs

11/21/2017

Applicant self-reported her three-time marijuana use that occurred during college and shortly after graduating from college. She submitted a signed statement of intent to refrain from all drug involvement and substance abuse, acknowledging that any future involvement or misuse is grounds for revocation of national security eligibility. Additionally, a sufficient period of abstinence has elapsed since her last marijuana use. Drug involvement and substance misuse concerns are mitigated. CASE NO: 17-01385.h1


Drugs

11/21/2017

Applicant used marijuana between April 1992 and May 2016. The recentness of his marijuana use, combined with his inconsistent statements regarding that use, cast doubt on his current reliability and trustworthiness. Applicant has not mitigated the Guideline H (Drug Involvement and Substance Misuse) concern. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 17-00734.h1


Financial

11/21/2017

Applicant's Statement of Reasons alleges 19 delinquent debts in excess of $32,000, consisting of student loans and consumer debts. He did not provide any documentation that he paid or otherwise resolved any of his debts. Applicant failed to mitigate financial considerations concerns. Public trust position is denied. CASE NO: 17-00385.h1


Personal Conduct, Financial

11/21/2017

Applicant mitigated the security concerns related to two job terminations and delinquent debts. Based upon evaluation of the testimony, pleadings and exhibits, national security eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 16-03574.h1


Foreign Influence

11/21/2017

Applicant has greater connections to the United States than to India. Applicant, his spouse, and his two children are citizens and residents of the United States. They are not citizens or residents of India. His financial connections to the United States, not including his U.S. employment, are about five times greater than his financial connection to India. In 2000, his father retired from his Indian Government employment in tax collection. Foreign influence security concerns are mitigated. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 16-02199.h1


Financial

11/21/2017

Applicant has not resolved his past-due commercial indebtedness, or filed or paid his back taxes. Based on a review of the pleadings and exhibits, national security eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 16-01685.h1


Financial

11/21/2017

Applicant did not present sufficient evidence to explain, extenuate, or mitigate the security concern stemming from a history of tax problems consisting of two state tax liens and approximately $185,000 in back taxes owed to a state tax authority. Eligibility denied. CASE NO: 16-00897.h1


Financial

11/21/2017

Applicant provided sufficient evidence of progress towards resolution of his financial issues. All of Applicant's debts are current except for one debt for $25,070 for solar panels. He disputed the amount of the debt. His dispute is reasonable and made in good faith. Financial considerations security concerns are mitigated. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 15-08178.h1


Guideline F

11/21/2017

The Judge based his adverse decision in large part on the fact that Applicant had provided no documentation or details concerning his Chapter 7 bankruptcy proceedings, his monthly income and expenses, his family's current finances, or his residual tax debt issues. The Board has previously noted that it is reasonable to expect applicants to present that type of corroborating documentation. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 15-07062.a1


Financial

11/21/2017

Due to circumstances largely beyond his control, Applicant experienced financial difficulties, but mitigated the concern by acting responsibly under the circumstances. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 15-06813.h1


Guideline B; Guideline E

11/21/2017

The presence of some mitigating evidence does not alone compel the Judge to make a favorable security clearance decision. As the trier of fact, the Judge has to weigh the evidence as a whole and decide whether the favorable evidence outweighs the unfavorable evidence, or vice versa. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 15-06559.a1


Foreign Influence; Foreign Preference

11/21/2017

Applicant mitigated the security significance of his minimal family contacts with Russia, Israel and Jordan. His use of a foreign passport before being employed in the defense industry has no current security significance. National security eligibility for a security clearance is granted. CASE NO: 15-03397.h1


Financial; Criminal Conduct

11/20/2017

Applicant has mitigated the security concern raised by his criminal conduct, but he has not mitigated the security concern raised by his delinquent debts. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 17-01225.h1


Financial

11/20/2017

Applicant mitigated the security concerns alleged in the SOR. Eligibility is granted. CASE NO: 17-00942.h1


Financial Considerations

11/20/2017

Applicant did not submit sufficient information to overcome the security concerns raised by his financial problems. His request for eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 16-01373.h1


Financial; Criminal Conduct

11/20/2017

Applicant did not mitigate the financial considerations and criminal conduct security concerns. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 16-01305.h1


Drugs; Personal Conduct

11/20/2017

Applicant did not mitigate the security concerns raised by his use of marijuana and by his deliberate false statements to a government investigator. Applicant's request for eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 16-00602.h1


Alcohol; Criminal; Financial

11/20/2017

Although Applicant has addressed his financial concerns, he is still under the driving restrictions imposed as a result of his third and most resent DUI. He also continues to consume alcohol, which has proved to be problematic in the past. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-07673.h1


Financial

11/20/2017

Applicant mitigated the security concerns under Guideline F, financial considerations. Applicant attributes her delinquent debts to serious illness. Eligibility is granted. CASE NO: 15-07167.h1


Criminal or Dishonest Conduct; Drugs

11/20/2017

Applicant has a longstanding history of criminal conduct, with felony convictions for armed robbery and drug offenses. There is no evidence of any drug involvement after 2005, but he was still on parole as of August 2015. CAC eligibility is denied. CASE NO: 15-06085.h1


Financial

11/17/2017

Applicant has not mitigated the financial considerations security concerns. He has not addressed his delinquent debts. Eligibility for a security clearance is denied. CASE NO: 17-00848.h1


Financial

11/17/2017

Applicant's delinquent debts totaling approximately $100,000 have not been mitigated. Applicant states that he was the victim of an identity theft in 2011, and failed to show how that incident applied to any of the delinquent debts listed in the SOR. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 17-00541.h1


Financial

11/17/2017

Applicant has unresolved financial problems, including a significant amount of unpaid taxes and delinquent debts. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 17-00384.h1


Financial; Personal Conduct

11/17/2017

Applicant's delinquent debts totaling approximately $48,000, have not been mitigated. He stated that he is making payments but provided nothing more. He also deliberately failed to reveal his financial history in response to questions on his security clearance application dated May 1, 2015. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 17-00264.h1


Financial; Personal Conduct

11/17/2017

Applicant's Statement of Reasons alleges 11 delinquent debts totaling $29,429, consisting of student loans and consumer debts. She did not provide any documentation that she paid or otherwise resolved any of her debts. Applicant failed to mitigate financial considerations concerns; however, she did mitigate personal conduct concerns relating to falsifying her security clearance application. Public trust position is denied. CASE NO: 17-00216.h1


Foreign Influence; Foreign Preference

11/17/2017

Applicant's many family ties in Taiwan/China pose a significant security risk to the national security. He has renounced his Taiwanese citizenship and cancelled his Taiwanese passport, and the Foreign Preference guideline is found in his favor. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 16-03684.h1


Financial

11/17/2017

Applicant's delinquent debts totaling approximately $63,000, that he deliberately failed to reveal in response to questions on his security clearance application dated February 22, 2016, have not been mitigated. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 16-03668.h1


Financial

11/17/2017

Applicant established that circumstances beyond his control contributed to his financial problems and that he has been acting responsibly under the circumstances. With his employment income, disability pay, and his wife's income, their combined earnings should be sufficient to pay for his family's living expenses and current debts. His financial problems are being resolved. Clearance granted. CASE NO: 16-03473.h1


Financial

11/17/2017

Applicant underwent a period of financial difficulties caused by unemployment and divorce. Resulting security concerns were fully mitigated. Based upon evaluation of the testimony, pleadings and exhibits, national security eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 16-03322.h1


Handling Protected Information; Personal Conduct

11/17/2017

Applicant mitigated the security concerns under Guideline K, handling protected information, and Guideline E, personal conduct. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 16-01333.h1


Financial

11/17/2017

Available information is not sufficient to mitigate the trustworthiness concerns raised by Applicant's financial problems. His request for eligibility to occupy a position of trust is denied. CASE NO: 16-00629.h1


Financial

11/17/2017

Applicant's financial irresponsibility spanned at least the last nine years, including multiple failed bankruptcies, and continues to date. He offered insufficient evidence of responsible efforts to resolve his debts, or to establish rehabilitation. Resulting security concerns were not mitigated. National security eligibility is denied. CASE NO: 16-00141.h1


Financial; Personal Conduct

11/17/2017

Applicant mitigated the trustworthiness concern raised by her problematic financial history. She did not, however, mitigate the trustworthiness concern about her personal conduct. Eligibility denied. CASE NO: 15-07469.h1


Financial

11/17/2017

Applicant did not submit sufficient information to overcome the security concerns raised by his financial problems. His request for eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 15-04415.h1


Financial, Drugs, Personal Conduct

11/17/2017

Applicant has eight delinquent debts totaling approximately $80,342. Although he claimed that he was making payments on his accounts, he failed to submit documentary evidence to support his claimed debt payments. He used marijuana from about 2005 until at least January 2015. He tested positive for marijuana in a job-related incident; was arrested for possession of marijuana in 2008; and again in 2011. After each arrest, he stated an intention not to use marijuana in the future, but he failed to abide by his stated intention. In July 2014, he told an investigator that he had stopped using marijuana in January 2014, and that he had no intention of using it in the future. Those statements were also false, for he later admitted that he had continued using marijuana until January 2015. When Applicant completed his two security clearance applications he deliberately lied in response to questions pertaining to his financial record, police record, and the illegal use of drugs or drug activity. His actions under the circumstances cast doubt on his current reliability, trustworthiness, and good judgment. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 15-01845.h1


Financial

11/17/2017

Applicant was alleged to have two delinquent debts totaling $43,558. He resolved both of his delinquencies to the satisfaction of the creditors. Based upon a review of the pleadings and exhibits, national security eligibility is granted. CASE NO: 14-05302.h2


Guideline F

11/16/2017

Applicant's appeal brief contains no assertion of harmful error on the part of the Judge. Rather, it contains a request "for the Appeal Board to take a look at [his] case again." Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 16-00302.a1


Guideline B; Guideline E

11/16/2017

The Judge found Applicant tested positive for illegal drug use while possessing a security clearance in 2012, intentionally lied about details of an arrest during a background interview in 2011, and falsified responses to questions in two SCAs in 2011. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 15-08246.a1


Foreign Influence

11/16/2017

Applicant's in-laws are citizens and residents of Taiwan. Applicant and his wife each had a bank account in Taiwan that are now closed. Applicant's contact with his in-laws is infrequent and casual. Applicant mitigated security concerns for foreign influence. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 15-05481.h1


Financial

11/15/2017

Applicant has not mitigated the security concerns raised by many years of late tax filings under the financial considerations guideline. Eligibility for a security clearance is denied. CASE NO: 17-00317.h1


Financial

11/15/2017

Applicant accumulated eight delinquent educational, medical, and consumer debts exceeding $22,000 in the aggregate that she has only partially addressed to date. Financial concerns are not mitigated. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 16-03714.h1


Guideline G; Guideline J

11/15/2017

Applicant cites to some Hearing Office cases that he believes support his effort to obtain a clearance. We give these cases due consideration as persuasive authority. However, each case must be decided on its own merits. Moreover, Hearing Office decisions are not binding on other Hearing Office Judges or on the Appeal Board. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 16-03219.a1


Guideline B

11/15/2017

Applicant argues that he has "shown that he is completely loyal to the United States[.]" As the Judge noted, Executive Order 10865 emphasized that adverse decisions "shall in no sense be a determination as to the loyalty of the applicant concerned." Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 16-01434.a1


Financial

11/15/2017

Applicant mitigated the financial considerations security concern. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 16-01158.h1


Criminal or Dishonest Conduct

11/15/2017

Applicant has a long criminal history, including domestic violence charges and numerous charges of driving without a valid license. CAC eligibility is denied. CASE NO: 15-08117.h1


Alcohol; Criminal Conduct

11/15/2017

Applicant did not present sufficient evidence of reform and rehabilitation to explain, extenuate, or mitigate the security concern stemming from a pattern of failure to conform his behavior to the law, as shown by multiple arrests, charges, and convictions for alcohol-related incidents. Eligibility denied. CASE NO: 15-01467.h1


Guideline F

11/15/2017

New national security adjudicative guidelines became effective on June 8, 2017, which was 21 days before Applicant's hearing was held. Applicant claims that he first became aware of the new adjudicative guideline when he read the Judge's decision. We conclude the best course of action is to remand the case to the Judge for him to determine whether Applicant was provided adequate notice of the new adjudicative guidelines prior to the hearing. Adverse decision remanded. CASE NO: 12-09421.a1


Financial

11/14/2017

Applicant incurred more than $35,000 in delinquent debt over the past eight years, which he discharged in Chapter 7 bankruptcy. Resulting security concerns were not mitigated. Based upon a review of the pleadings, testimony, and exhibits, national security eligibility is denied. CASE NO: 16-03760.h1


Financial

11/14/2017

Applicant made progress towards resolution of her financial issues. She has paid about $15,000 towards her student loans, and her student loans were removed from her credit report, leaving her with about $6,900 of non-student-loan delinquent debt. Due to her limited financial resources, she was unable to make greater progress on her finances. Financial considerations security concerns are mitigated. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 16-02730.h1


Financial

11/14/2017

Applicant did not mitigate the security concerns under Guideline F, financial considerations because of his failure to pay federal and state income taxes. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 16-01828.h1


Foreign Influence

11/14/2017

Applicant's family connections to in-laws in the People's Republic of China are close and continuing. The People's Republic of China aggressively seeks classified and protected information from the United States. Foreign influence security concerns are not mitigated. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 16-01456.h1


Alcohol; Personal Conduct; Criminal Conduct

11/14/2017

Applicant committed four alcohol-related criminal offenses from 2005 to 2014, the most recent of which resulted in conviction for Driving Under the Influence. He was diagnosed as Alcohol Dependent, but failed to complete a prescribed treatment program and resumed regular alcohol consumption. Resulting security concerns were not mitigated. National security eligibility is denied. CASE NO: 16-00623.h1


Personal Conduct

11/14/2017

Applicant frequently used marijuana from 1999 to 2003, and in May 2007, he used marijuana and was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and driving while impaired. He completed March 15, 2004, and October 21, 2014 Questionnaires for National Security Positions (SF 86) or security clearance applications (SCA), and he did not disclose the negative information about marijuana involvement or his May 2007 arrest and charges. Personal conduct security concerns are not mitigated. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 16-00258.h1


Financial

11/14/2017

Applicant lost her home to foreclosure because she was unemployed for four years after an accident at work in June 2008. Additional medical bills from an illness in late 2013 also compromised her finances. She disputes all but $370 of some $4,547 in collection debt on her credit record, although she presented no documentation to disprove her liability. She did not file her federal and state income tax returns for tax years 2014 and 2015 until April 2017, but she intends to comply with her tax filing obligations in the future. She also intends to address the collection debt on her record with the help of an attorney. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 15-08689.h1


Financial

11/14/2017

Applicant's financial problems were primarily related to medical bills. He established that he has a plan to resolve his financial problems, and he took significant action to implement that plan. Financial considerations security concerns are mitigated. CASE NO: 15-08500.h1


Financial

11/14/2017

Applicant presented sufficient information that he is current with his Chapter 13 bankruptcy payments, and his mortgage is current. However, he did not present sufficient evidence to establish that he is resolving consumer debts and traffic tickets. He has sufficient discretionary income to resolve these debts. Applicant failed to present sufficient information to establish that he has arrangements to pay the debts or that he made significant payments on the debts. His lack of responsible action fails to mitigate financial security concerns. Eligibility for access to sensitive information is denied. CASE NO: 15-07726.h1


Foreign Preference; Foreign Influence

11/14/2017

Applicant's mother is a citizen and resident of Taiwan, and Applicant maintains a bank account there. Resulting security concerns were not mitigated. National security eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 15-02998.h1


Financial

11/14/2017

Applicant owes more than $18,000 in delinquent debt. He offered insufficient evidence of efforts or means to resolve his debts, or to establish rehabilitation. Resulting security concerns were not mitigated. National security eligibility is denied. CASE NO: 15-02074.h1


Financial

11/13/2017

Applicant established that circumstances beyond his control contributed to his financial problems and that he was financially responsible under the circumstances. He disclosed his financial problems in his 2016 security clearance application. His financial problems are being resolved. Clearance granted. CASE NO: 16-02782.h1


Alcohol; Criminal Conduct

11/13/2017

Applicant did not present sufficient evidence of reform and rehabilitation to explain, extenuate, or mitigate the security concern stemming from a pattern of failure to conform his behavior to the law, as shown by multiple arrests, charges, and convictions for alcohol-related incidents during 2010-2015. Eligibility denied. CASE NO: 16-01119.h1


Financial; Personal Conduct

11/13/2017

Applicant did not present sufficient evidence to mitigate security concerns raised by her financial situation. She also did not mitigate concerns raised by her dishonesty during the security clearance process. Notably, Applicant deliberately falsified her security clearance application by failing to report over $50,000 in judgments and liens for unpaid federal income taxes. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-08649.h1


Alcohol, Criminal Conduct

11/13/2017

Applicant mitigated the alcohol and criminal conduct allegations related to two charges of driving under the influence of alcohol. Based upon a review of the pleadings, remand order, and exhibits, national security eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 15-06018.h2


Financial

11/13/2017

Applicant accumulated delinquent debts (mostly medical) during a period of involuntary unemployment accompanied by serious medical issues. Applicant has since addressed most of her medical and consumer debts with payments and a debt consolidation plan. Financial concerns over her accumulation of delinquent debts are mitigated. Eligibility to hold a security clearance is granted. CASE NO: 15-03231.h1


Foreign Influence

11/09/2017

Applicant mitigated the security concerns raised by Iraqi family members. Based upon a review of the pleadings and exhibits, eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 17-00583.h1


Guideline F

11/09/2017

Department Counsel advised the Judge that he had explained to Applicant that he had an "absolute right" to receive 15 days notice of the hearing, and Applicant agreed to waive that right. Upon questioning from the Judge, Applicant agreed that he waived that right and acknowledged that he had sufficient time to prepare for the hearing. Due to Applicant's waiver of the 15-day notice, the Judge also left the record open for a month. Applicant was adequately informed of his 15-day notice of hearing right, and he knowingly and intelligently waived that right. The record contains no basis for Applicant to have assumed that he was entitled to a favorable outcome or that his waiver for the 15-day notice requirement would have resulted in any particular outcome. He was not denied the due process that the Directive affords. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 16-03485.a1


Financial

11/09/2017

Applicant's Statement of Reasons alleges eight delinquent debts totaling $19,877. His indebtedness was attributable to several periods of unemployment. Since being employed full-time, Applicant has paid or otherwise resolved seven of those debts and is in the process of resolving the remaining debt. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 16-03437.h1


Financial

11/09/2017

Applicant did not mitigate the financial considerations security concerns. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 16-02445.h1


Financial

11/09/2017

Applicant presented insufficient information to mitigate the financial considerations security concerns. Eligibility for a security clearance is denied. CASE NO: 16-02404.h1


Financial

11/09/2017

Applicant did not mitigate the security concerns raised under financial considerations. Access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 16-02058.h1


Guideline B

11/09/2017

The Board notes that we have previously discussed the value of such mitigating evidence for purposes of a whole-person analysis. In this case, the Judge discussed the pertinent evidence in various parts of her decision, including in her whole-person analysis. Therefore, there is no reason to remand the decision. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 16-00024.a1


Financial

11/09/2017

Applicant claimed that six state tax liens entered against him in 2014 and a bank debt placed for collection in 2015 were not his valid debts, but offered insufficient proof to substantiate a basis to dispute their legitimacy. These delinquent debts total $19,706 and remain unresolved. Financial security concerns were not mitigated. National security eligibility is denied. CASE NO: 15-07517.h1


Financial

11/09/2017

Applicant presented insufficient information to establish that he is financially responsible and that his financial problems have been resolved or are under control. The financial considerations security concerns are not mitigated. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-06468.h1


Financial

11/08/2017

Applicant did not mitigate the security concerns under Guideline F, financial considerations. Eligibility is denied. CASE NO: 17-00281.h1


Alcohol; Drugs

11/08/2017

Applicant is still under the driving restrictions imposed as a result of his second and most resent DUI. He also used marijuana after being granted a security clearance, and has provided nothing showing he will not use marijuana in the future. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 16-02990.h1


Foreign Influence

11/08/2017

Applicant's foreign connections, are clearly outweighed by his continued service and loyalty to the United States. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 16-02979.h1


Foreign Influence

11/08/2017

Applicant failed to mitigate the security concerns under Guideline B, foreign influence, due to his familial contacts in Kyrgyzstan. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 16-02605.h1


Financial

11/08/2017

Applicant's financial problems began in 2012. Since then, he has not acted responsibly in addressing his debts. Applicant failed to provide information sufficient to mitigate the resulting security concerns about his finances. Accordingly, his request for a security clearance is denied. CASE NO: 16-00664.h1


Guideline F

11/08/2017

An appealing party must set forth his or her claims of error with specificity. In this case, Applicant has failed to set forth a claim of error with sufficient specificity to establish a prima facie case that he was denied due process. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 15-07366.a1


Drugs; Personal Conduct

11/08/2017

Applicant used marijuana from 1999 to at least 2017, and cocaine from approximately 2004 to 2015. He also falsified a Government questionnaire. National security eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 15-07127.h1


Drug Involvement; Personal Conduct; Financial

11/08/2017

Applicant did not mitigate the security concerns raised by information about his illegal drug involvement, his personal conduct, and his financial problems. Accordingly, his request for a security clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-06881.h1


Guideline F

11/08/2017

Regarding the earlier grant of a clearance, prior favorable adjudications do not undermine the legal sufficiency of a Judge's subsequent adverse decision. The government is not estopped from making an adverse clearance decision when there were prior favorable adjudications. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 15-05047.a1


Financial

11/07/2017

Applicant has unresolved delinquent debt and failed to timely file her Federal and state income tax returns from 2010 to 2015. She provided no documentation to support payment of any of the debts. She intends to pay her delinquent debts, and to file her taxes. She stated that she filed the income tax returns, but provided no evidence to confirm the assertion. Her efforts are not sufficient to mitigate the security concerns. Eligibility for a security clearance is denied. CASE NO: 17-00626.h1


Financial

11/07/2017

Applicant failed to timely file his federal income tax returns for the tax years 2008 and 2010, as required. There are three debts that Applicant has admitted having. Two went to judgment and one was charged off. He made little effort to resolve them until he received the SOR, and he is now on a payment plan with two of the creditors. He substantiated his contentions that the federal tax lien was not filed against him, but rather was filed against someone else with a different name and Social Security Number. Considering the relative lack of evidence regarding his current finances, and the absence of character evidence regarding Applicant's honesty, integrity, and trustworthiness, I am unable to reach a positive conclusion pertaining to Applicant's eligibility for a security clearance. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 16-03850.h1


Financial; Personal Conduct

11/07/2017

Applicant failed to mitigate the financial considerations and personal conduct security concerns generated by his delinquent debt and his failure to disclose it, as required, on his 2015 security clearance application. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 16-01934.h1


Drugs; Personal Conduct

11/07/2017

Applicant illegally used and purchased steroids, intermittently, beginning in 2008 to about December 2013. He has not used or purchased steroids in nearly four years and he no longer associates with those that do. But in 2014 he made a series of false statements about his illegal steroid use. Eligibility denied. CASE NO: 16-01047.h1


Guideline F

11/07/2017

Applicant has not raised an issue of harmful error by the Judge. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 16-00481.a1


Drug Involvement

11/07/2017

This case involves security concerns raised under Guideline H involving Applicant's use and purchase of marijuana, including while holding a DOD security clearance. Applicant has shown an appropriate understanding of the consequences of his actions, renewed maturity, and dedication to a drug-free lifestyle. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 15-07789.h1


Financial

11/07/2017

Applicant mitigated the financial considerations security concerns by resolving her sole financial delinquency. Eligibility for access to sensitive information is granted. CASE NO: 15-06919.h1


Guideline F

11/07/2017

The Board does not review cases de novo. The Appeal Board's authority to review a case is limited to cases in which the appealing party has alleged the Judge committed harmful error. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 15-04572.a1


Guideline F

11/07/2017

Applicant also argues he "was discriminated against based on disability, which prevented him from the ability to respond to the FORM." However, there is no evidence in the record that Applicant was disabled. It is unclear how the Judge could have discriminated against him on the basis of disability if the Judge was not aware of his claimed disability. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 15-03621.a1


Financial

11/07/2017

Applicant mitigated concerns raised by his decision to default on his mortgage loan in 2013. He has since settled the deficiency balance, which the creditor accepted as satisfaction of the debt. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 15-03551.h1


Foreign Influence

11/06/2017

Applicant mitigated the foreign influence security concerns. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 17-00772.h1


Foreign Influence; Foreign Preference

11/06/2017

Applicant mitigated the Guideline C, foreign preference security concerns, but failed to mitigate the security concerns under Guideline B, foreign influence, due to his ties to Bangladesh. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 16-03601.h1


Financial

11/06/2017

Applicant has not yet established a sufficient record of corrective action and financial stability in response to her financial problems. Accordingly, she has not mitigated the security concerns about her debts, and her request for a security clearance is denied. CASE NO: 16-01627.h1


Drug Involvement and Personal Conduct

11/06/2017

This case involves security concerns raised under Guidelines H and E, involving Applicant's use illegal drugs, including while holding a DOD security clearance. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 16-01339.h1


Financial

11/06/2017

Applicant did not present sufficient evidence to mitigate security concerns raised by his financial situation. His financial problems are related to divorce and protracted and costly child custody litigation after he was accused of sexually assaulting his minor daughter. He has repeatedly promised to address and resolve his past-due debts, but presented no documentation showing he had taken corrective action. His financial situation remains a security concern. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-08729.h1


Guideline H; Guideline E

11/06/2017

Applicant has used marijuana off and on from about 1976 to about 2013. The Judge estimated the total number of uses during this period to be between 250 and 300. Applicant first obtained a clearance in about 2005 and held it until 2007. Applicant used marijuana while holding a clearance. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 15-08688.a1


Foreign Influence; Foreign Preference

11/06/2017

Applicant presented sufficient evidence to mitigate alleged foreign influence security concerns. She rebutted the legal presumption that she is close to her foreign relatives and the evidence raises favorable inferences about her ability and willingness to follow rules and regulations regarding the proper handling and safeguarding of sensitive and classified information. Foreign preference security concerns were withdrawn. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 15-08146.h1


Guideline F

11/06/2017

The Board does not review a case de novo. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 15-03904.a1


Guideline F

11/06/2017

The Board's authority to review a case is limited to cases in which the appealing party has alleged the Judge committed harmful error. Applicant has not made an allegation of harmful error on the part of the Judge. Therefore, the decision of the Judge is affirmed. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 14-05477.a1


Drug Use and Personal Conduct

11/03/2017

Applicant has not mitigated his illegal use of marijuana while holding a security clearance. He mitigated the personal conduct concerns. Eligibility for a security clearance is denied. CASE NO: 17-00530.h1


Financial

11/03/2017

Applicant has been in a payment plan to resolve his tax issues since at least September 2015. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 16-03661.h1


Financial

11/03/2017

Applicant mitigated the security concerns under the financial considerations security concern. She provided documentary evidence to show that she has resolved or is in the process of resolving her delinquent debts. Eligibility for a security clearance is granted. CASE NO: 16-01068.h1


Financial

11/03/2017

Applicant failed to timely file her 2008-2011 federal and state income tax returns and accumulated federal tax liens covering taxes owed for 2009-2013. She has since filed her federal and state tax returns for the 2008-2011 tax periods and paid the Federal Government all federal taxes owed. Applicant currently owes no federal or state taxes. Financial concerns are mitigated. Eligibility to hold a public trust position is granted. CASE NO: 16-00540.h1


Guideline F

11/03/2017

Applicant's arguments on appeal are not enough to rebut the presumption that the Judge considered all of the evidence in the record. Neither is it enough to show that the Judge weighed the evidence in a manner that was arbitrary, capricious, or contrary to law. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 15-08779.a1


Guideline M; Guideline E

11/03/2017

Applicant challenges the Judge's conclusion that he intentionally falsified his responses to the SCA questions. He argues that his SCA omissions were out of character and not something that he would knowingly or deliberately do. We do not find Applicant's argument persuasive. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 15-08162.a1


Financial

11/03/2017

Since January 2015, Applicant has been making payments toward the resolution of his largest debt, $19,300 in medical expenses incurred by his four children. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 15-03921.h1


Guideline F

11/03/2017

Applicant's explanation about his period of underemployment as well as his explanations about other matters that he is providing for the first time in his appeal constitute new evidence that the Appeal Board is prohibited from considering. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 14-05996.a1


Personal Conduct

11/02/2017

Applicant did not mitigate the personal conduct security concerns alleged in the SOR including failure to disclose membership in an outlaw motorcycle club. Eligibility is denied. CASE NO: 17-01105.h1


Financial

11/02/2017

Applicant failed to mitigate the security concerns under Guideline F, financial considerations. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 17-00394.h1


Financial

11/02/2017

Applicant failed to mitigate the security concerns under Guideline F, financial considerations. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 17-00303.h1


Financial; Personal Conduct

11/02/2017

Applicant failed to mitigate the security concerns raised by his delinquent debts. While he unintentionally failed to list his delinquent debts, he intentionally failed to report his foreign contact on his November 2012 security clearance application. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 17-00212.h1


Financial

11/02/2017

Applicant failed to resolve delinquent debts, including student loans, caused by her medical problems. Access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 16-04040.h1


Financial

11/02/2017

Applicant mitigated the security concerns raised by his problematic financial history. Eligibility granted. CASE NO: 16-03691.h1


Financial

11/02/2017

Applicant has unresolved financial problems, and for years he shirked his responsibility to file his tax returns. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 16-02935.h1


Financial; Personal Conduct

11/02/2017

Applicant refuted security concerns under Guideline E, personal conduct. He failed to timely file federal and state income tax returns for 2009, 2010, and 2011. He is unable to pay his delinquent debts. Applicant failed to mitigate the security concerns under Guideline F, financial considerations. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 16-02639.h1


Financial

11/02/2017

Applicant presented insufficient information to establish that she is financially responsible and that her financial problems have been resolved or are under control. The financial considerations security concerns are not mitigated. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 16-01065.h1


Financial

11/02/2017

Applicant resolved his Federal tax issues for tax years 2006 through 2010, and his other delinquent debts. However, he failed to properly file or pay his Federal taxes for tax years 2011 through 2014. Applicant did not mitigate the security concerns raised under Guideline F (Financial Considerations). Access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 16-00469.h1


Financial

11/02/2017

Applicant has significant delinquent debt that he demonstrated neither the willingness nor the means to resolve. Resulting trustworthiness concerns were not mitigated. Eligibility for access to sensitive ADP information is denied. CASE NO: 15-06929.h1


Foreign Influence

11/02/2017

Applicant presented sufficient evidence to mitigate alleged foreign influence security concerns. He immigrated to the United States nearly 20 years ago. The record evidence clearly reflects that, whether measured from a professional, social, or economic perspective, Applicant and his wife are firmly entrenched in the United States. He has worked as a defense contractor for over 15 years, and has a favorable track record of handling and safeguarding sensitive information. He can reasonably be expected to resolve any potential conflict of interest raised by his foreign familial connections in favor of U.S. national security interests. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 15-06923.h1


Financial

11/02/2017

Applicant provided sufficient evidence of progress towards resolution of his financial issues. Circumstances beyond his control harmed his finances. In the past three years, Applicant paid over $100,000 to address the debts on his statement of reasons (SOR). All SOR debts are resolved. Financial considerations security concerns are mitigated. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 15-05364.h1


Financial; Personal Conduct

11/01/2017

Applicant failed to mitigate the security concerns under Guideline F, financial considerations and Guideline E, personal conduct. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 17-01586.h1


Financial

11/01/2017

Applicant failed to demonstrate financial rehabilitation or a track record of debt repayment. Eligibility to occupy a position of trust is denied. CASE NO: 17-00086.h1


Financial

11/01/2017

Applicant has had two delinquent debts totaling approximately $20,000, due to periods of unemployment. He has settled one of his debts and is making payments toward the other debt. Mitigation has been shown. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 16-03521.h1


Criminal Conduct; Drugs

11/01/2017

Applicant used marijuana from 2008 to at least 2016, while holding a security clearance. He also was arrested and charged with illegal drug possession in 2001. Finally, Applicant indicated that he intends to continue using marijuana in the future. Mitigation has not been shown. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 16-02976.h1


Financial

11/01/2017

Applicant has had a history of financial difficulties. While some of his delinquent debt is due to circumstances beyond his control, no independent evidence was introduced to establish that any of his significant overdue debt has been resolved or reduced. Additionally, no evidence was introduced to establish that Applicant will be able to be more financially responsible in the future. Mitigation has not been shown. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 16-02939.h1


Financial

11/01/2017

Applicant has had a history of financial difficulties due to gambling issues over many years, which have occurred as recently as 2016, despite Applicant receiving treatment for his gambling problems. Mitigation has not been shown. Access to a sensitive position is denied. CASE NO: 16-02157.h1


Financial; Personal Conduct

11/01/2017

Applicant has had a history of delinquent debts, and no independent evidence was introduced to establish that any of Applicant's debts has been resolved or reduced. Additionally, no evidence was introduced to establish that Applicant will be more financially responsible in the future. Finally, Applicant knowingly failed to list any of the 15 delinquent debts, listed on his SOR, on his Security Clearance Application. Mitigation has not been shown. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 16-02152.h1


Financial

11/01/2017

Applicant has steadily been making payments into a Chapter 13 bankruptcy plan for more than two and a half years. In sum, he has reduced his debts by approximately $36,000, nearly half of the amount that was originally delinquent. Under these circumstances, I conclude that Applicant has mitigated the financial considerations security concerns. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 16-02106.h1


Alcohol

11/01/2017

This case involves security concerns raised under Guideline G, Alcohol Consumption. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 16-01799.h1


Financial

11/01/2017

Applicant incurred more than $66,000 in delinquent debt over the past nine years, most of which he has been unable or unwilling to repay. Resulting security concerns were not mitigated. Based upon a review of the pleadings, testimony, and exhibits, national security eligibility is denied. CASE NO: 16-01712.h1


Financial

11/01/2017

Applicant failed to mitigate the financial consideration security concerns. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 16-01381.h1


Financial

11/01/2017

Applicant failed to mitigate the trustworthiness concerns under Guideline F, financial considerations. Eligibility for access to sensitive information is denied. CASE NO: 16-01042.h1


Alcohol Consumption; Personal Conduct; Financial

11/01/2017

Applicant has had three alcohol related incidents and several separations from employment under less than favorable conditions. Additionally, Applicant has had a history of financial difficulties, the majority of which have not been resolved. Mitigation has not been shown. Access to a sensitive position is denied. CASE NO: 16-00345.h1


Financial; Criminal Conduct

11/01/2017

Applicant has had a history of financial difficulties, and no evidence was introduced to establish that any of the debts have been resolved or reduced. Applicant was arrested and convicted for DUI in 2014, and he is on probation until December 2019. Additionally, no independent evidence was introduced to establish that Applicant has been compliant with the court ordered requirements from the DUI conviction. Mitigation has not been shown. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-08461.h1


Financial

11/01/2017

Applicant has had a history of financial difficulties consisting of delinquent debts. While Applicant contended that all but one of the SOR debts listed on the credit reports were not incurred by him, no independent evidence was submitted to explain how all of these debts were incorrectly attributed to him, and no evidence was offered to establish that the debts had been resolved. Mitigation has not been shown. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-04027.h1


Financial

11/01/2017

Applicant has had a history of financial difficulties due to illness, unemployment and divorce. His delinquent debts have now been resolved or reduced. Mitigation has been shown. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 12-11509.h1


Financial

10/31/2017

Applicant has resolved all of the SOR accounts. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 16-03999.h1


Financial

10/31/2017

Applicant owes approximately $15,000 in unresolved delinquent debt. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 16-03961.h1


Financial

10/31/2017

Applicant failed to mitigate the security concerns raised by his failure to timely file federal and state tax returns as required. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 16-03632.h1


Financial

10/31/2017

Applicant mitigated the financial considerations security concerns. Applicant's eligibility for a security clearance is granted. CASE NO: 16-03374.h1


Personal Conduct

10/31/2017

Applicant has not mitigated the security concerns raised by his pattern of criminal misconduct, and his lack of candor about his DUI history on two security clearance applications and during two security clearance interviews. CASE NO: 16-02673.h1


Financial

10/31/2017

Applicant and her then-husband incurred debt during their marriage. They separated when her husband left her and did not pay any of the marital debts. Applicant paid or is paying the debts attributed to her. She is waiting for the divorce proceedings to determine who is responsible for paying the remaining debts. Applicant presented sufficient information to establish her financially responsible actions towards her finances. Her responsible action mitigates financial trustworthiness concerns. Eligibility for access to sensitive information is granted. CASE NO: 16-02013.h1


Financial

10/31/2017

Applicant mitigated the security concerns raised by his failure to pay his Federal income taxes as required. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 16-01726.h1


Financial; Personal Conduct

10/31/2017

Available information is sufficient to overcome the security concerns raised by the Government's adverse information about her financial problems and personal conduct. Applicant's request for eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 16-01106.h1


Financial

10/31/2017

Applicant failed to timely file his federal and state income tax returns for the tax years 1999, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013, as required. As a result, he incurred indebtedness to the IRS totaling approximately $30,396.88, including a tax lien. He has made minimal efforts to resolve his federal indebtedness, and no efforts to address the state income tax issues. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 16-00945.h1


Alcohol

10/31/2017

Applicant disclosed his three alcohol-related incidents in his 2015 SCA. He learned from his mistakes, has matured, and is now a more responsible adult who consumes alcohol in moderation. He has not been involved in any additional alcohol-related misconduct since January 2015. The record evidence supports a determination of increased maturity, reliability, and trustworthiness. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 16-00531.h1


Financial

10/31/2017

Applicant failed to timely file his 2008-2013 federal income tax returns and failed to file his 2007-2011 state income tax returns. Additionally, he accumulated numerous consumer debts that he has only partially addressed. While Applicant has made material progress in stabilizing his finances, he has not taken enough corrective actions to date to mitigate financial concerns. Financial concerns are not mitigated. Clearance is denied. There is insufficient evidence of mitigation or rehabilitation. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-08905.h1


Financial

10/31/2017

Despite Applicant's good-faith efforts to resolve her delinquent debts, she failed to establish a track record of debt repayment or financial rehabilitation. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-08719.h1


Financial

10/31/2017

Applicant's largest delinquent debt remains owing. His failure to truthfully answer questions on his security clearance application concerning his finances show poor judgment and unreliability. There is insufficient evidence of mitigation or rehabilitation. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-08541.h1


Financial; Alcohol Consumption; Personal Conduct

10/31/2017

Applicant's delinquent debts; his failure to file his Federal and state income tax returns for tax years 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012; his history of alcohol abuse involving two arrests for DUI, and a diagnosis of alcohol dependence; and his poor personal conduct evidenced by all of this, including a charge for criminal contempt, shows poor judgment and unreliability. There is insufficient evidence of mitigation or rehabilitation. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-07879.h1


Foreign Influence

10/31/2017

Applicant met his burden to present sufficient evidence to explain and mitigate the foreign influence concern stemming from his family ties to and financial interests in India. Eligibility granted. CASE NO: 15-07144.h1


Foreign Influence

10/31/2017

The information about Applicant's possession of a Romanian passport is no longer disqualifying. Applicant's request for eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 15-06783.h1


Financial

10/31/2017

Applicant has significant delinquent debt that she demonstrated neither the willingness nor the means to resolve. Resulting security concerns were not mitigated. Access to sensitive ADP information is denied. CASE NO: 15-06005.h1


Foreign Influence

10/31/2017

Applicant has spent most of his career living and working abroad. He has mitigated the security concerns raised by his foreign-based assets and his friendships with individuals who are citizens and residents of Ukraine. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 15-05886.h1


Financial

10/31/2017

Applicant failed to pay his Federal income taxes for 2006, 2007, and 2012. Resulting tax liens totaling $36,150 remain unresolved. In 2008 he discharged $13,928 in earlier unpaid taxes and $11,229 in unsecured debts through a Chapter 13 bankruptcy. Financial security concerns were not mitigated. National security eligibility is denied. CASE NO: 15-04239.h1


Financial

10/31/2017

Applicant accumulated a number of delinquent consumer debts between 2010 and 2012 which he has addressed only in part. Financial concerns are not mitigated. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-03003.h1


Financial

10/31/2017

Applicant failed to timely file Federal and state income tax returns for 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011. He failed to timely pay required taxes for those years. He also incurred three delinquent debts during that time. Resulting security concerns were not mitigated. Based upon a review of the pleadings and exhibits, national security eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 15-02777.h1


Financial

10/31/2017

Applicant failed to file Federal income tax returns for 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2011, and 2012, and owes at least $9,000 in outstanding taxes. He has six delinquent debts that he has not resolved. Resulting security concerns were not mitigated. Based upon a review of the pleadings and exhibits, national security eligibility is denied. CASE NO: 15-02463.h1


Foreign Influence

10/31/2017

Applicant mitigated the trustworthiness concerns about his family connections to India under Guideline B, foreign influence. Applicant's eligibility for access to sensitive information is granted. CASE NO: 14-06533.h1


Criminal or Dishonest Conduct; Misconduct or Negligence in Employment; Material, Intentional False Statement, Deception, or Fraud

10/30/2017

Applicant mitigated Common Access Card (CAC) credentialing concerns raised under the supplemental adjudicative standards for criminal or dishonest conduct; misconduct or negligence in employment; and material, intentional false statement, deception, or fraud. CAC eligibility is granted. CASE NO: 16-03736.h1


Financial

10/30/2017

Applicant failed to mitigate the financial considerations security concerns due to a history of delinquent debts. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 16-03463.h1


Financial; Personal Conduct

10/30/2017

Applicant has mitigated the security concerns raised by his pattern of misconduct, but not those raised by his failure to pay delinquent tax and other debts. CASE NO: 16-03292.h1


Financial; Alcohol; Drugs, and Personal Conduct

10/30/2017

Applicant did not mitigate the security concerns under Guideline F (financial considerations), Guideline G (alcohol consumption), Guideline H (drug involvement and substance misuse) or Guideline E (personal conduct). Applicant's eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 16-03189.h1


Financial

10/30/2017

Applicant did not mitigate the security concerns about her debts. Applicant's request for a security clearance is denied. CASE NO: 16-02833.h1


Foreign Preference; Foreign Influence

10/30/2017

Applicant mitigated the security concerns under Guideline C, foreign preference, and Guideline B, foreign influence. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 16-02130.h1


Financial

10/30/2017

Applicant mitigated the financial considerations security concerns by resolving financial delinquencies. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 16-01696.h1


Guideline H; Guideline E

10/30/2017

In his recitation of the policies required for clearance adjudications and in his statement of his ultimate conclusion, the Judge cited to the correct standard. We find no reason to conclude that his various references to Applicant's estimable qualities mean that he failed to apply the standard mandated by Egan and by the Directive. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 16-00276.a1


Financial; Personal Conduct

10/30/2017

There is insufficient evidence for a determination that Applicant intentionally falsified questions about his finances on his 2014 Questionnaire for National Security Positions. However, he has unresolved financial problems. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-06405.h1


Foreign Influence

10/30/2017

This case involves security concerns raised under Guideline B (Foreign Influence). Applicant's close ties to family members, combined with his substantial foreign financial interests, create a risk of divided allegiance. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 15-06272.h1


Guideline K; Guideline M; Guideline E

10/30/2017

Once it is established that an applicant has committed security violations, he or she has a "very heavy burden" of persuasion as to mitigation. Such violations "strike at the heart of the industrial security program." Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 15-06050.a1


Financial

10/27/2017

Applicant has not mitigated the security concerns under the financial considerations security concern. He did not provide any documentary evidence to show that he has resolved or is in the process of resolving his delinquent debts. Eligibility for a security clearance is denied. CASE NO: 17-00714.h1


Financial; Criminal Conduct

10/27/2017

Applicant mitigated the financial considerations security concerns. He filed his overdue tax returns and paid his taxes. He filed his recent tax returns and received a refund or had a zero balance. His financial situation is under control and it is unlikely similar issues will reoccur. He also mitigated the criminal conduct concern involving an October 2016 disorderly conduct conviction. Applicant's eligibility for a security clearance is granted. CASE NO: 16-03498.h1


Financial

10/27/2017

Applicant's Statement of Reasons alleges 17 delinquent debts consisting of a mortgage account and 16 consumer accounts. He has since paid or otherwise resolved all 16 consumer accounts and after unsuccessfully attempting to refinance and short sell his home, he is consulting an attorney to negotiate a settlement for his mortgage account. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 16-03120.h1


Financial; Drugs

10/27/2017

Applicant failed to file returns or pay his Federal and state income taxes, as required, for 2012 through 2014. He illegally used marijuana daily from February 1999 through November 2014. Resulting security concerns were not mitigated. National security eligibility is denied. CASE NO: 16-01921.h1


Financial

10/27/2017

Applicant did not mitigate the financial considerations security concern. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 16-01913.h1


Drugs; Personal Conduct

10/27/2017

Applicant failed to mitigate the security concerns raised by his use of marijuana, cocaine, and his personal conduct. Eligibility denied. CASE NO: 16-01537.h1


Financial

10/27/2017

Applicant did not mitigate the financial considerations security concern. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 16-01197.h1


Personal Conduct

10/27/2017

Applicant was convicted of drunk-driving five times between 1989 and 2002. He was discharged from the military after testing positive for marijuana in 1998. In March 2006, he was caught driving on a revoked license. He was paid for work performed for his stepfather's business in 2014 and 2015 and deliberately omitted that employment from his security clearance application. His exercise of poor judgment in several adjudicative issue areas makes him an unacceptable security risk. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 16-00159.h1


Financial

10/27/2017

Applicant, who has a history of unpaid tax liens, owes more than $29,000 in medical collection debt. An unexpected medical emergency compromised his finances, but he has made little progress toward resolving his past-due debts. He demonstrates an unwillingness to satisfy debts. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-08268.h1


Financial

10/27/2017

Applicant mitigated the security concerns raised by the untimely filing of a federal income tax return and his federal and state tax debts, but he did not mitigate the security concerns raised by other debts. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-07237.h1


Foreign Influence

10/27/2017

Applicant's parents, siblings, and parents-in-law are citizens and residents of China. Resulting security concerns were not mitigated. Based upon a review of the pleadings and exhibits, national security eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 15-04389.h1


Financial; Personal Conduct

10/27/2017

Applicant did not deliberately falsify his security clearance application, but he has not mitigated the security concerns raised by his failure to pay delinquent tax and other debts. CASE NO: 15-04158.h1


Financial

10/26/2017

Applicant provided insufficient evidence of resolution of his financial issues. Financial considerations security concerns are not mitigated. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 16-03378.h1


Financial

10/26/2017

Applicant has satisfied his tax liens, and has successfully completed his payments pursuant to a Chapter 13 bankruptcy. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 16-02918.h1


Financial

10/26/2017

This case involves trustworthiness concerns raised under Guideline F (Financial Considerations). Eligibility for access to sensitive information is denied. CASE NO: 16-01998.h1


Financial

10/26/2017

Applicant has mitigated the security concerns raised by an unsatisfied judgment and failure to timely file federal and state income tax returns. CASE NO: 16-01882.h1


Financial

10/26/2017

Applicant has not mitigated the security concerns raised by her failure to pay delinquent debts. CASE NO: 16-01155.h1


Information Technology; Personal Conduct

10/26/2017

The Government produced insufficient evidence to establish the alleged disqualifying conditions, or in the alternative, Applicant mitigated both the information technology and personal conduct security concerns. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 16-00779.h1


Financial

10/26/2017

Applicant has offered nothing to establish that he has addressed his outstanding judgments, tax liens, and past-due debts. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-05453.h1


Foreign Influence; Drugs; Personal Conduct

10/26/2017

Alleged drug use and personal conduct security concerns were mitigated or unsupported by the record evidence. However, Applicant did not present sufficient evidence to mitigate foreign influence security concerns. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-04498.h1


Drugs; Criminal Conduct

10/26/2017

Applicant illegally used controlled substances. He grew marijuana, which led to his arrest and conviction of the felony offenses of possession with intent to distribute and possession of a controlled substance. Eligibility for access to sensitive information is denied. CASE NO: 15-04418.h1


Guideline F; Guideline J

10/25/2017

The Judge examined the relevant evidence and articulated a satisfactory explanation for the decision. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 17-00238.a1


Financial

10/25/2017

Applicant has mitigated the security concerns raised by his past-due payments on a mortgage loan and unsatisfied state tax liens. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 16-02613.h1


Financial

10/25/2017

Applicant's delinquent debts totaling approximately $40,000 remain owing. Applicant has had periods of under-employment, relocation, and caring for ill family members, and he is unable to pay his excessive delinquent indebtedness. There is insufficient evidence of mitigation or rehabilitation. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 16-01781.h1


Financial

10/25/2017

Applicant's delinquent debts brought on by medical problems beyond her control, have been mitigated by a good faith effort to resolve her debts. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 16-01763.h1


Financial; Personal Conduct

10/25/2017

Applicant's delinquent debts totaling approximately $84,000, have not been sufficiently resolved. His deliberate attempt to falsify his security clearance by concealing his property liens has also not been mitigated. There is insufficient evidence of mitigation or rehabilitation. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 16-01307.h1


Financial

10/25/2017

Applicant has not mitigated the security concerns raised by his delinquent debts. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 16-01253.h1


Financial

10/25/2017

Applicant has failed to submit documentary evidence of compliance with a payment agreement for two unsatisfied judgments and resolution of a delinquent medical debt. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 16-01238.h2


Financial

10/25/2017

Applicant was unable to overcome her extensive history of financial difficulties that includes two Chapter 7 bankruptcies filed in 2000 and 2014 for which she received discharges in 2001 and 2015, respectively. Since receiving her 2015 Chapter 7 discharge, she incurred $10,784 delinquent debt. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 16-01169.h1


Drug Involvement and Personal Conduct

10/25/2017

This case involves security concerns raised under Guidelines H and E, involving the use of illegal drugs, including while holding a DOD security clearance. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 16-00950.h1


Financial

10/25/2017

Applicant's delinquent debts totaling approximately $6,100, resulting from unforeseen circumstances beyond her control, have not been mitigated. Applicant has failed to provide documentation to substantiate her mere claims of arranging payment. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 16-00528.h1


Financial; Personal Conduct

10/25/2017

Applicant owes more than $16,000 in delinquent debt, was debarred from government employment for seven years, and falsified his security clearance application. He offered no evidence of efforts or means to resolve his debts, or establishing rehabilitation. Resulting security concerns were not mitigated. National security eligibility is denied. CASE NO: 16-00063.h1


Guideline E; Guideline J

10/25/2017

It is foreseeable that an applicant who fails to answer SCA questions according to their reasonable and accepted meanings may well fail to disclose other significant matters that should be brought to the attention of the Government, which is a requirement of those who have access to classified information. In addition, the Judge did not address inconsistent statements that Applicant made regarding his failure to have disclosed his mental health counseling. Although an applicant might decline to answer a question that he believes to be inculpatory, the Constitutional privilege against self-incrimination does not excuse or justify making objectively false statements to the Government. Favorable decision reversed. CASE NO: 15-08163.a1


Foreign Influence

10/25/2017

Applicant presented sufficient evidence to mitigate foreign influence security concerns. He has worked as a translator for the U.S. military for over 10 years. Senior U.S. military officers who have worked with Applicant vouch for his reliability, trustworthiness, and loyalty to the United States. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 15-07895.h1


Financial; Criminal Conduct

10/25/2017

Applicant was convicted of felony wire fraud and accumulated more than $80,000 in delinquent debts over the past decade. He did not mitigate resulting trustworthiness concerns. National security eligibility to occupy a sensitive public trust position is denied. CASE NO: 15-07842.h1


Guideline F; Guideline J

10/25/2017

Applicant's brief includes new evidence, which we cannot consider. Otherwise, it constitutes a challenge to the Judge's weighing of the evidence. However, an ability to argue for a different interpretation of the evidence is not sufficient to show that the Judge weighed the evidence in a manner that was arbitrary, capricious, or contrary to law. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 15-07654.a1


Financial; Personal Conduct

10/25/2017

Applicant has significant delinquent debt that he demonstrated neither the willingness nor the means to resolve. He did not falsify a Government questionnaire, or make a false statement to an investigator, concerning his financial situation. Resulting security concerns were not mitigated. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-06927.h1


Financial

10/25/2017

Applicant's excessive indebtedness, which includes three Federal tax lines, one state tax lien, a judgment for a second mortgage account, and several delinquent consumer debts have been mitigated. Applicant has either resolved the debt, or has set up payments plans that he is following to get it resolved. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 15-06889.h1


Financial

10/25/2017

Applicant has significant unresolved delinquent debts, and made little to no effort to resolve them before the hearing, despite being gainfully employed with ample assets. His post-hearing efforts were not sufficient to mitigate the security concerns under Guideline F, financial considerations. Applicant's eligibility for continued access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 15-06357.h1


Financial

10/25/2017

Applicant has mitigated the security concerns raised by her failure to timely file state and federal income tax returns and pay state and federal income taxes, and her failure to pay two medical debts totaling $2,129. CASE NO: 15-05376.h1


Financial

10/25/2017

Applicant's mortgage-loan account and income tax delinquencies persisted for several years, and he has not provided any documentary evidence of payments, debt-resolution efforts, or demonstrated that he has acted in a financially responsible manner in addressing his delinquent debts. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-03913.h1


Financial

10/25/2017

Applicant did not provide sufficient evidence to mitigate his history of financial problems and delinquent debts. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-03712.h1


Financial

10/25/2017

Applicant failed to mitigate the security concerns under Guideline F, financial considerations. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 15-02728.h1


Financial; Personal Conduct

10/25/2017

Although Applicant's wife's unemployment contributed to their delinquent debts, he has not demonstrated a meaningful track record of payments or debt-resolution efforts. Furthermore, he deliberately omitted his delinquent debts on his security questionnaire. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-01321.h1


Financial

10/25/2017

Applicant's delinquent debts totaling approximately $41,000, which he attributes to his divorce in 2010, remain owing, despite the fact that Applicant has been employed with his current employer since 2006. There is insufficient evidence of mitigation or rehabilitation. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 14-00784.h1


Financial

10/25/2017

Applicant incurred significant student loans without determining if he could find employment to enable him to repay the student loans. Even though he accepted student loans, he did not complete his course of study and receive a degree. Applicant did not present sufficient information of his reasonable and responsible actions to repay student loans and resolve his financial obligations. Applicant did not mitigate financial security concerns. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 12-11453.h1


Financial

10/24/2017

Applicant failed to file and pay Federal and state income taxes for multiple years between 2006 and 2012. She also accumulated debts during this time that remained delinquent. Resulting trustworthiness concerns were not mitigated. National security eligibility for a position of trust is denied. CASE NO: 15-06762.h1


Financial

10/24/2017

Applicant has numerous unresolved delinquent debts, including student loans. Resulting security concerns were not mitigated. National security eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 16-03092.h1


Financial

10/24/2017

Applicant mitigated the financial considerations security concerns by resolving delinquent debts. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 16-02914.h1


Drugs; Personal Conduct

10/24/2017

Applicant was unable to mitigate drug involvement concerns. He used marijuana from 1992 to 2013. Of note, a portion of his marijuana use occurred after he was granted a security clearance in May 2003. Personal conduct concerns stemming from the purported falsification of his security clearance application are unsubstantiated. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 16-02704.h1


Drugs; Personal Conduct; Foreign Preference

10/24/2017

Applicant has used marijuana for at least 14 years. He experimented with hallucinogenic mushrooms and cocaine before 2009, and took Vicodin that was not prescribed for him in January 2010. He has provided some financial support for his girlfriend, who is a resident citizen of the Philippines, but he does not exhibit a preference for the Philippines. Drug involvement and related personal conduct security concerns persist because of his drug activity and his failure to clearly and convincingly commit to discontinue his marijuana use. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 16-02364.h1


Foreign Influence

10/24/2017

Applicant presented sufficient evidence to mitigate foreign influence security concerns. He has worked as a translator for the U.S. military for over 10 years and has repeatedly placed his personal safety at risk in support of the U.S. mission in Afghanistan. U.S. military officers who have worked with Applicant vouch for his reliability, honesty, conscientiousness in handling and safeguarding sensitive U.S. information, and loyalty to the United States. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 16-01734.h1


Financial

10/24/2017

Applicant has not mitigated the security concerns raised by his delinquent debts. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 16-00698.h1


Financial

10/24/2017

Applicant did not mitigate the security concerns alleged in the SOR including delinquent student loans. Applicant's eligibility for a security clearance is denied. CASE NO: 16-00342.h1


Financial

10/24/2017

Applicant owes more than $26,000 in unresolved debt. Resulting security concerns were not mitigated. Based upon a review of the pleadings and exhibits, national security eligibility is denied. CASE NO: 15-08755.h1


Criminal or Dishonest Conduct

10/24/2017

Applicant mitigated Common Access Card (CAC) credentialing concerns raised under supplemental adjudicative standards for criminal or dishonest conduct. CAC eligibility is granted. CASE NO: 15-05870.h1


Foreign Influence

10/24/2017

Applicant did not present sufficient evidence to mitigate foreign influence security concerns. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-04736.h1


Financial; Personal Conduct

10/24/2017

Applicant mitigated the security concerns raised by her financial history and personal conduct. Eligibility granted. CASE NO: 15-04452.h1


Financial, Personal Conduct

10/24/2017

Applicant failed to file and pay Federal and state income taxes for years 2008 through 2013. He also accumulated debts during that time, some of which remain delinquent. He deliberately failed to disclose many financial problems in his security clearance application. Resulting security concerns were not mitigated. National security eligibility for a security clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-03898.h1


Financial

10/24/2017

Applicant has offered nothing to establish that he has filed his 2013 Federal income tax return, or paid a past-due $3,000 debt to a state agency. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-03511.h1


Financial

10/23/2017

Applicant has mitigated the security concerns raised by her financial indebtedness. CASE NO: 16-03568.h1


Financial

10/23/2017

Applicant provided sufficient documented evidence that he made a good-faith effort to resolve his delinquent debts, which occurred after a job loss and a reduction in income. He mitigated the security concerns under Guideline F, financial considerations. Applicant's eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 16-03104.h1


Financial; Personal Conduct

10/23/2017

Applicant did not mitigate the security concerns about his debts. He also deliberately omitted adverse information about his finances from his security clearance application. Applicant's request for a security clearance is denied. CASE NO: 16-02741.h1


Financial; Personal Conduct

10/23/2017

Applicant did not mitigate the security concerns about her debts. She also deliberately omitted adverse information about her finances from her security clearance application. Her request for a security clearance is denied. CASE NO: 16-02296.h1


Financial

10/23/2017

Applicant has not mitigated the security concerns raised by her history of financial indebtedness. CASE NO: 16-01869.h1


Financial

10/23/2017

Applicant still owes a significant amount for federal tax liens. He has other unresolved delinquent debts that he has not paid. His wages were garnished. However, he did not present sufficient information to mitigate the security concerns under the financial considerations guideline. Eligibility for a security clearance is denied. CASE NO: 16-01168.h1


Alcohol, Criminal Conduct

10/23/2017

Applicant mitigated the alleged criminal conduct concern, but did not present sufficient evidence to mitigate security concerns raised by his excessive consumption of alcohol. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 16-00901.h1


Drugs; Personal Conduct

10/23/2017

Applicant admitted using marijuana three times a year from August 1987 to at least January 2015. He admitted using marijuana from August 1987 until January 1989 while having eligibility for access to classified information. Applicant did not present sufficient information to mitigate drug involvement. Personal conduct security concerns ae resolved for Applicant. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 16-00807.h1


Financial

10/23/2017

Applicant's former employer significantly reduced her wages due to a business downturn, before laying her off. She turned in two vehicles that she could no longer afford for voluntary repossession, and fell behind on some consumer debts. Since gaining her current employment she has made arrangements to repay her former delinquencies and documented payments made under those agreements, mitigating security concerns. National security eligibility is granted. CASE NO: 16-00729.h1


Financial

10/23/2017

Applicant failed to timely file his federal income tax returns for tax years 2012 through 2014 due to procrastination. He claims without any corroboration that his delinquent tax returns have been filed. There is insufficient assurance that he will comply with his tax filing and tax payment obligations in the future. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 16-00551.h1


Financial

10/23/2017

Applicant incurred some delinquent medical debts and defaulted on a home equity loan after experiencing unexpected medical issues. Most of those debts have been or are close to being resolved, and his financial situation is stable. Resulting security concerns were mitigated. National security eligibility is granted. CASE NO: 16-00539.h1


Financial

10/23/2017

Applicant has an unpaid judgment against him for $29,637. He failed to timely file his federal income tax returns for tax years 2010, 2012, and 2013. He did not timely file his state tax return for tax year 2010. He has substantial unpaid federal income taxes from tax years 2006 and 2010. He did not establish his financial responsibility. Financial considerations security concerns are not mitigated. Access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 16-00173.h1


Drugs; Personal Conduct

10/23/2017

Applicant admitted using marijuana three times a year from August 1987 to at least January 2015. He admitted using marijuana from August 1987 until January 1989 while having eligibility for access to classified information. Applicant did not present sufficient information to mitigate drug involvement and personal conduct security concerns. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 15-08485.h1


Foreign Influence

10/23/2017

Since obtaining a divorce in August 2017, Applicant no longer has ties to Ukraine through his ex-wife, her son, and her parents. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 15-07069.h1


Foreign Influence

10/23/2017

Applicant failed to mitigate the security concerns raised by his family contacts in the People's Republic of China. Guideline B, foreign influence security concerns were not mitigated. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 15-06817.h1


Drugs

10/23/2017

Applicant admitted using marijuana three times from April 2014 until April 2015. He also admitted that he would use marijuana in the future if it was declared to be a legal drug. Applicant has not presented sufficient information to mitigate drug involvement security concerns. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 15-06571.h1


Alcohol; Personal Conduct

10/20/2017

Applicant had five alcohol-related driving arrests, most recently in April 2016 for which he remains on probation. He attempted to conceal the April 2016 arrest when he was interviewed for his background investigation in August 2016. He did not mitigate the concerns raised by his alcohol consumption and personal conduct. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 17-00282.h1


Financial

10/20/2017

Applicant provided sufficient evidence of progress towards resolution of his financial issues. In the past 12 months, Applicant paid $24,589 to a law firm to address his delinquent debts. The law firm is making payments to address four debts listed in his statement of reasons. Financial considerations security concerns are mitigated. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 16-03479.h1


Financial; Personal Conduct

10/20/2017

Applicant failed to mitigate the security concerns raised by his problematic financial history and personal conduct. Eligibility denied. CASE NO: 16-03267.h1


Financial

10/20/2017

Applicant did not present sufficient evidence to mitigate security concerns raised by his financial situation. He defaulted on his student loan obligations and, despite earning a six-figure salary, his student loans remain in collection. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 16-02852.h1


Drugs; Personal Conduct

10/20/2017

Applicant was unable to mitigate drug involvement concerns because of his using marijuana with varying frequency from 2004 to 2013. In particular, a portion of his marijuana use occurred after he was granted a security clearance in October 2010. Cross-alleged personal conduct concerns because of Applicant's marijuana use were mitigated. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 16-02450.h1


Financial

10/20/2017

Applicant lost her W-2 income reports from her employer and could not file her federal income tax returns for 2002 and 2003. She made payments on her taxes while she waited to receive copies of the income reports. After receiving the income reports, Applicant filed her federal income tax returns for the years in question. She received refunds since she made payments in excess of the amount owed. Applicant mitigated security concerns for financial issues. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 16-02444.h1


Financial; Personal Conduct

10/20/2017

Applicant owes more than $25,000 in unresolved consumer and medical debt. Resulting security concerns under financial considerations were not mitigated. She did not intentionally fail to disclose her delinquent debt on her security clearance application (e-QIP), and as a result no valid security concerns arose under personal conduct. Based upon a review of the pleadings and exhibits, national security eligibility is denied. CASE NO: 16-02412.h1


Financial

10/20/2017

Applicant did not present sufficient evidence to mitigate security concerns raised by his financial problems. After his last security clearance investigation in 2008 was completed, Applicant stopped paying the mortgages on his home, which resulted in a foreclosure; he did not file his income tax returns; and he amassed over $50,000 in delinquent debt. He has made repeated promises to address his past-due debts and tax returns, but failed to submit any evidence that he has taken any such action. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 16-02399.h1


Financial

10/20/2017

Applicant mitigated the financial considerations security concerns by filing overdue tax returns. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 16-02322.h1


Foreign Influence

10/20/2017

Applicant forged deep and longstanding relationships with U.S. government and military personnel as a linguist in combat environments for over a decade. Notwithstanding his relatives in Afghanistan, he can be expected to resolve any conflict of interest in favor of the U.S. interest, should any conflict arise. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 16-02229.h1


Alcohol; Personal Conduct

10/20/2017

This case alleges security concerns raised under Guidelines G (Alcohol Consumption); and E (Personal Conduct). Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 16-02221.h1


Drug Use

10/20/2017

Applicant failed to mitigate the drug involvement and substance misuse security concerns alleged in the SOR. Eligibility is denied. CASE NO: 16-01257.h1


Guideline F; Guideline E

10/20/2017

Applicant contends that the Judge did not consider all of the evidence. However, a Judge is presumed to have considered all of the evidence in the record, and Applicant's brief is not sufficient to rebut that presumption. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 16-00076.a1


Financial

10/20/2017

Applicant has not resolved her substantial past-due commercial indebtedness. Based on a review of the pleadings and exhibits, national security eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 15-08892.h1


Financial

10/20/2017

Applicant's unemployment and underemployment contributed to his delinquent debts. He has demonstrated a meaningful track record of payments and has taken steps to reduce the likelihood that his financial problems will recur. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 15-08837.h1


Sexual Behavior; Personal Conduct; Criminal Conduct; Use of Information Technology

10/20/2017

Applicant viewed pornography, including child pornography, on his company computer. He failed to mitigate the sexual behavior, criminal conduct, use of information technology, and personal conduct security concerns. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-08346.h1


Financial

10/20/2017

Applicant provided insufficient evidence of resolution of his financial issues. Financial considerations security concerns are not mitigated. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 15-07426.h1


Guideline F; Guideline E

10/20/2017

Applicant's appeal brief contains no assertion of harmful error on the part of the Judge. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 15-05438.a1


Financial

10/20/2017

Applicant provided sufficient evidence of progress towards resolution of her financial issues. She paid two debts, and two debts are in established payment plans. She did not intentionally fail to disclose her delinquent debts on her Questionnaire for National Security Positions (SF 86) or security clearance application (SCA) with intent to deceive. Financial considerations and personal conduct security concerns are mitigated. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 15-04970.h1


Financial

10/19/2017

Applicant was not at home but out of the country when he was required to file his 2012 to 2014 federal income tax returns. He did not receive copies of his income statement to permit him to file the returns. He had additional funds withheld from his pay to cover his anticipated tax requirement. When he finally received his income reports, he hired a professional tax preparer and filed his reports and received a significant refund. Applicant provided sufficient information to mitigate financial security concerns. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 16-02123.h1


Financial

10/19/2017

Applicant owes three collection debts that totaled $45,343 as of February 2016. Some difficult financial circumstances outside of his control compromised his finances, and he is making timely payments on his open accounts, including his mortgage. However, more progress is needed toward addressing his collection debts. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 16-01937.h1


Financial

10/19/2017

Applicant has offered nothing to establish that he has addressed 13 admitted past-due debts. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 16-01145.h1


Foreign Influence

10/19/2017

Applicant's foreign connections are clearly outweighed by his obvious loyalty to the United States. This loyalty is evidenced by three of letters of recommendation by those who have served with Applicant in Iraq. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 15-06981.h1


Financial

10/19/2017

Applicant has offered nothing to establish that he has addressed 10 admitted past-due debts. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-03680.h1


Criminal Conduct; Sexual Behavior

10/19/2017

Applicant failed to mitigate the criminal conduct and sexual behavior security concerns. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 16-02884.h1


Financial

10/19/2017

Applicant has not mitigated the security concerns raised by his failure to pay delinquent debts. CASE NO: 16-02854.h1


Financial

10/19/2017

Applicant has not mitigated the security concerns raised by his delinquent debts. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 16-02414.h1


Personal Conduct, Drugs

10/19/2017

Applicant's improper entry of work hours and her one-time marijuana use while holding a security clearance are not likely to recur and do not cast doubt on her current reliability, trustworthiness, or judgment. Applicant has mitigated the Guidelines E and H security concerns. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 16-02352.h1


Financial

10/19/2017

Applicant has not mitigated the financial considerations security concern. Eligibility for a security clearance is denied. CASE NO: 16-01893.h1


Financial

10/19/2017

Applicant provided insufficient evidence of resolution of his financial issues. Financial considerations security concerns are not mitigated. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 16-01058.h1


Financial

10/19/2017

Applicant did not provide sufficient evidence to mitigate concerns raised by his financial situation. Eligibility for a public trust position is denied. CASE NO: 16-00272.h1


Guideline B

10/19/2017

Viewed as a whole, the Judge's material findings are based upon "such relevant" evidence as a reasonable mind might accept as adequate to support a conclusion in light of all the contrary evidence in the same record. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 15-07079.a1


Financial

10/19/2017

Applicant presented persuasive evidence supporting that his delinquent debts are being resolved and that his finances are under control. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 15-06773.h1


Guideline F

10/19/2017

The Appeal Board's authority to review a case is limited to cases in which the appealing party has alleged the Judge committed harmful error. This decision is sustainable because Applicant's appeal brief contains no assertion of harmful error on the part of the Judge. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 15-06575.a1


Financial

10/19/2017

Applicant failed to properly file his tax returns and pay his taxes for multiple years, and was ultimately assessed with a Federal tax lien. However, he has filed all past-due returns, is participating in a repayment plan, and has timely filed and paid all Federal tax obligations since 2012. He will continue to comply with all Federal tax requirements. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 15-05316.h1


Financial

10/18/2017

Applicant mitigated the concerns raised under financial considerations. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 17-01297.h1


Financial

10/18/2017

Applicant has not mitigated the security concerns raised by his failure to pay delinquent debts. CASE NO: 16-03685.h1


Drug Involvement and Substance Abuse

10/18/2017

This case involves security concerns raised under Guideline H, involving the use of marijuana, to include after applying for a DOD security clearance. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 16-03278.h1


Financial

10/18/2017

Applicant mitigated security concerns raised by the accumulation of delinquent debt, which was primarily attributable to matters beyond his control. He submitted evidence demonstrating that he responsibly addressed his financial situation by satisfying or paying his past-due debts. Applicant is currently managing his finances within his means in a responsible manner. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 16-02952.h1


Financial

10/18/2017

Applicant did not present sufficient evidence to explain, extenuate, or mitigate the security concern stemming from an automobile loan, for which he cosigned, that ended with a repossession of the vehicle and a charged-off account balance of nearly $11,000. Eligibility denied. CASE NO: 16-02832.h1


Financial; Personal Conduct

10/18/2017

Applicant's Statement of Reasons alleges five delinquent debts totaling $21,760. He paid two smaller debts; however, he did not address his three larger remaining debts totaling $20,996. Applicant was able to rebut a personal conduct concern that he deliberately provided false information on his security clearance application. In short, he was able to rebut personal conduct concerns, but was unable to mitigate financial considerations concerns. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 16-02722.h1


Drugs

10/18/2017

Applicant mitigated the security concerns under Guideline H, drug involvement and substance misuse. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 16-02720.h1


Alcohol

10/18/2017

Applicant did not present sufficient evidence to mitigate security concerns raised by four drunk driving arrests. He continues to drink and drive. Security concerns regarding his alcohol consumption remain. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 16-02592.h1


Financial

10/18/2017

Applicant has not mitigated the security concerns raised by his failure to timely file his federal and state income tax returns. CASE NO: 16-01542.h1


Security Violations; Personal Conduct

10/18/2017

Applicant presented sufficient evidence to mitigate security concerns raised by his security violations. The personal conduct allegations have been sufficiently mitigated or are inapplicable. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 16-01149.h1


Criminal Conduct, Financial, Personal Conduct

10/18/2017

Applicant failed to mitigate the security concerns under Guideline J, criminal conduct, and Guideline F, financial considerations. He successfully refuted the security concerns under Guideline E, personal conduct. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 16-01132.h1


Financial

10/18/2017

Applicant presented sufficient evidence to mitigate security concerns raised by his financial situation. His recent financial problems were, in part, related to the financial fallout from a divorce. He took responsible action to resolve his financial problems by filing for Chapter 13 bankruptcy. He is adhering to the court-approved Chapter 13 plan. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 16-00904.h1


Financial

10/18/2017

Applicant did not mitigate the financial considerations security concerns. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 16-00701.h1


Drug Involvement and Substance Abuse

10/18/2017

This case involves security concerns raised under Guideline H, involving the use of marijuana, to include after applying for a DOD security clearance. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 16-00693.h1


Financial

10/18/2017

Applicant failed to file state tax returns for tax years 2006-2011 and accumulated a delinquent state tax debt, for which she has not addressed by any documented means. She has not mitigated the Government's financial concerns. Security concerns over Applicant's past marijuana use in limited situations with friends is mitigated by the passage of time. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-08767.h1


Financial

10/18/2017

Applicant has not resolved his past-due debts. Based on a review of the pleadings and exhibits, national security eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 15-06587.h1


Financial

10/18/2017

Applicant failed to mitigate the alleged financial trustworthiness concerns. National security eligibility for a position of trust is denied. CASE NO: 15-05703.h1


Financial Considerations

10/18/2017

Applicant failed to mitigate the financial considerations security concerns. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-04850.h1


Financial

10/17/2017

Applicant's Statement of Reasons alleges eight delinquent debts consisting of a mortgage and seven consumer accounts. He sought financial counseling and has implemented the debt stacking method. Using that method, Applicant has rehabilitated his mortgage loan, paid two smaller debts, and is making progress on the remaining debts. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 16-03127.h1


Alcohol; Financial

10/17/2017

Applicant pleaded guilty to a lesser charge following her arrest in April 2004 for driving while intoxicated (DWI). She was convicted of an April 2015 DWI, for which she served 12 months of community supervision and was fined. She incurred delinquent debt after a 2006 bankruptcy that has been discharged in a 2016 Chapter 7 bankruptcy. Concerns persist about her alcohol consumption and her financial judgment. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 16-03126.h1


Financial

10/17/2017

Applicant presented sufficient information to mitigate security concerns raised by his tax-related financial problems. Eligibility for a security clearance is granted. CASE NO: 16-03082.h1


Financial

10/17/2017

Applicant failed to mitigate the security concerns under Guideline F, financial considerations. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 16-02448.h1


Financial

10/17/2017

Applicant's financial problems resulted from unemployment and underemployment, followed by the dissolution of her marriage. She established that she has a plan to resolve her financial problems, and she took significant action to implement that plan. Financial considerations security concerns are mitigated. CASE NO: 16-02356.h1


Foreign Preference; Foreign Influence

10/17/2017

No foreign preference security concerns are raised by Applicant's surrendered Indian passport. Applicant mitigated the foreign influence security concerns raised by her family in India, to include her father's retired service with the Indian army. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 16-02347.h1


Financial

10/17/2017

Although Applicant filed a Chapter 13 bankruptcy petition, she has not provided any evidence of payments in accordance with the bankruptcy plan, of debt-resolution efforts, or demonstrating that she has acted in a financially-responsible manner in addressing her delinquent debts. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 16-01463.h1


Financial

10/17/2017

Applicant failed to mitigate the security concerns under Guideline F, financial considerations, including failure to file income tax returns. Eligibility for a security clearance is denied. CASE NO: 16-01355.h1


Financial

10/17/2017

Applicant failed to mitigate the security concerns raised by his delinquent debts. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 16-00325.h1


Financial

10/17/2017

Applicant failed to mitigate the security concerns under Guideline F, financial considerations. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 15-08870.h1


Financial

10/17/2017

Applicant owes $160,000 for an unpaid judgment that was entered against him in 2010. He offered no evidence of either efforts or means to resolve this debt. Resulting security concerns were not mitigated. National security eligibility is denied. CASE NO: 15-08481.h1


Financial

10/17/2017

Applicant did not provide sufficient evidence to mitigate the security concerns under Guideline F, financial considerations. Applicant's eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 15-08144.h1


Foreign Influence; Foreign Preference

10/17/2017

The Government failed to establish foreign preference security concerns raised by Applicant's Canadian passport. Applicant did not mitigate the foreign influence security concerns raised by his family in China. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-06934.h1


Financial

10/17/2017

Applicant incurred delinquent student loan and consumer debts that have no paid or otherwise resolved. Applicant's financial issues are not mitigated. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-06746.h1


Drug Involvement and Substance Misuse; Personal Conduct

10/17/2017

Applicant's illegal drug use, including while possessing a security clearance, violated state and federal laws and DOD policies and constituted a serious breach of trust bestowed on those entrusted with classified information. Applicant did not present evidence sufficient to demonstrate reform and rehabilitation. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-05229.h1


Financial

10/17/2017

Applicant did not provide sufficient evidence to mitigate the trustworthiness concerns under Guideline F, financial considerations, about her tax issues and other delinquent debts. Applicant's eligibility for a public trust position is denied. CASE NO: 12-07005.h1


Financial

10/16/2017

Applicant established that circumstances beyond his control contributed to his financial problems and that he was financially responsible under the circumstances. He disclosed his financial problems in his 2015 security clearance application. His financial problems are being resolved. Clearance granted. CASE NO: 16-03442.h1


Financial

10/16/2017

Applicant failed to mitigate the security concerns raised by her problematic financial history. Eligibility denied. CASE NO: 16-01927.h1


Financial

10/16/2017

Applicant presented sufficient mitigation, due to circumstances beyond his control, that he has resolved the majority of his delinquent debt. Eligibility for a security clearance is granted. CASE NO: 16-01303.h1


Financial

10/16/2017

Applicant has a history of financial problems, which includes a past-due mortgage loan, charged-off credit card accounts, and back taxes owed to state and federal tax authorities for multiple tax years. Although he has made progress in resolving these matters, his tax problems are too much, went on too long, and are too recent to justify a favorable clearance decision. Eligibility denied. CASE NO: 16-00517.h2


Financial; Personal Conduct

10/16/2017

Applicant did not mitigate the financial considerations security concerns. He did not falsify his e-QIP. Applicant's eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 15-07273.h1


Personal

10/16/2017

Applicant failed to list six past-due debts, totaling in excess of $1,000, on his e-QIP. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-06990.h1


Financial

10/16/2017

Applicant has offered nothing, other than his bare averments, to establish that he has addressed three outstanding judgments and four other past-due debts. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-06406.h1


Financial

10/16/2017

Applicant accumulated delinquent debts between 2011 and 2015. She resolved many of them and has a plan to continue resolving them. Resulting security concerns were mitigated. Based upon a review of the pleadings and exhibits, national security eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 15-05180.h1


Financial

10/16/2017

Applicant's Statement of Reasons lists three allegations under this concern – a credit card collection account for $4,759; a medical collection account for $707; and that he failed to file and pay his Federal income tax returns for tax years 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013. Applicant provided no documentation that mitigated these allegations. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-04604.h1


Financial

10/16/2017

Applicant has not resolved her substantial past-due student loan debts. Based on a review of the pleadings and exhibits, national security eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 15-03931.h1


Financial, Personal Conduct

10/16/2017

Applicant failed to mitigate the security concerns under Guideline F, financial considerations. Guideline E concerns were not established. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 12-04865.h1


Financial; Foreign Influence

10/14/2017

Applicant mitigated the security concerns raised by his problematic financial history and his ties to the Philippines. Eligibility granted. CASE NO: 16-03677.h1


Foreign Influence; Personal Conduct

10/13/2017

Applicant served honorably as a U.S. linguist in a dangerous environment for about five years, and he has made substantial contributions to the national security of the United States. Applicant has substantial connections to the United States. During his December 23, 2015 Office of Personnel Management personal subject interview, he corrected the false information about his employment history in his November 24, 2015 Questionnaire for National Security Positions (SF 86) or security clearance application. Foreign influence and personal conduct security concerns are mitigated, and eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 16-03997.h1


Financial

10/13/2017

Applicant failed to mitigate the security concerns raised by his repeated failures to timely file his federal income tax returns. Eligibility denied. CASE NO: 16-03678.h1


Financial

10/13/2017

Applicant's Statement of Reasons lists 14 debts totaling approximately $195,000, including a $56,390 tax lien. Applicant provided little, if any, evidence that he has attempted to resolve any of these debts that have been ongoing since at least 2012. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 16-03403.h1


Financial

10/13/2017

Applicant failed to mitigate the security concerns raised by his problematic financial history. Eligibility denied. CASE NO: 16-03377.h1


Foreign Influence

10/13/2017

Applicant mitigated the foreign influence security concerns. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 16-02970.h1


Financial

10/13/2017

Applicant failed to mitigate the security concerns arising under Guideline F, Financial Considerations. She failed to timely pay quarterly Federal business taxes, medical debts, and consumer debts. National security eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 16-02526.h1


Drugs; Personal Conduct

10/13/2017

Applicant did not mitigate the security concerns under Guideline H (drug involvement and substance misuse) or Guideline E (personal conduct). Applicant's eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 16-02012.h1


Drugs

10/13/2017

Applicant is 31 years old. He stopped smoking marijuana in June 2015. He mitigated the drug involvement and substance misuse security concerns. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 16-01935.h1


Financial

10/13/2017

Applicant provided sufficient evidence of resolution of her financial issues. Her husband's unemployment and a change in her own employment were the primary causes of her financial problems. She rehabilitated her student loans, which constituted about two thirds of the $33,318 debt alleged in her statement of reasons (SOR). She disputed several debts, paid four debts, and plans to pay her verified debts through a debt-consolidation plan. Financial considerations security concerns are mitigated. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 16-01898.h1


Criminal Conduct; Drugs; Personal Conduct

10/13/2017

Applicant mitigated the security concerns stemming from an arrest in January 2015 for public intoxication and marijuana possession, a conviction in March 2015 for DUI, and a one-time use of marijuana in January 2015 after he had been granted a DOD security clearance. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 16-00833.h1


Financial

10/13/2017

Applicant's unpaid federal tax liens and delinquent debts have persisted for several years. Applicant has not provided any documentary evidence of any payments, debt-resolution efforts, or other financially-responsible efforts to address his delinquent debts. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 16-00090.h1


Financial

10/13/2017

Applicant provided insufficient evidence of resolution of his financial issues. Financial considerations security concerns are not mitigated. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 15-08881.h1


Criminal Conduct; Sexual Behavior; Financial; Personal Conduct

10/13/2017

The Government did not establish the criminal conduct and sexual behavior security concerns. Applicant has not provided any documentary evidence of any debt-resolution efforts or demonstrating that he filed his unfiled tax returns. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-08578.h1


Financial, Personal Conduct

10/13/2017

Applicant mitigated the financial considerations and personal conduct security concerns. Applicant's eligibility for a security clearance is granted. CASE NO: 15-08334.h1


Financial

10/13/2017

Applicant accumulated delinquent federal tax and consumer debts over a period several years that have not been addressed. Financial concerns are not mitigated. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-06774.h1


Foreign Influence; Personal Conduct

10/13/2017

Applicant has not mitigated her close familial ties to citizens of and residents in China, and her brother's and husband's connections and dealings with the Chinese government and with Chinese nationals and businesses in the technology sector; or her deliberate omission of security-significant facts from two security clearance applications. CASE NO: 15-03255.h1


Drugs; Personal Conduct

10/12/2017

Applicant used marijuana in edible form one time in May 2016, while he possessed a security clearance and knowing it was illegal under federal law and contrary to his security clearance eligibility. He did not purchase the drug and intends no future drug involvement. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 16-03252.h1


Financial

10/12/2017

Applicant accumulated two delinquent time-share debts that have not been addressed since they became delinquent and remain outstanding. Applicant's financial issues have not been mitigated. Eligibility for a security clearance is denied. CASE NO: 16-03236.h1


Financial

10/12/2017

Applicant mitigated the security concerns under the financial considerations guideline. He had some personal difficulties, and he has taken reasonable actions to address his debts. Eligibility for a security clearance is granted. CASE NO: 16-02321.h1


Financial; Foreign Influence

10/12/2017

Applicant failed to mitigate the financial considerations or the foreign influence security concerns. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 16-01936.h1


Financial

10/12/2017

Applicant owes more than $394,893 in unresolved consumer, educational, and medical debt. Additionally, he failed to pay his 2009 and 2010 Federal income taxes, and his 2010 state income taxes. He further failed to file his 2012 and 2013 Federal and state income tax returns or pay the resulting taxes, as required. Resulting security concerns were not mitigated. Based upon a review of the pleadings and exhibits, national security eligibility is denied. CASE NO: 16-01761.h1


Financial

10/12/2017

Applicant provided insufficient evidence of resolution of his financial issues. Financial considerations security concerns are not mitigated. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 16-01559.h1


Financial

10/12/2017

Applicant mitigated the financial considerations security concern. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 16-01444.h1


Financial

10/12/2017

Applicant did not provide sufficient evidence to mitigate her history of financial problems and delinquent debts. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 16-01237.h1


Financial

10/12/2017

Applicant had several accounts placed for collection or charged off. He filed his federal income tax return for 2014 late. His $1,400 in federal tax delinquency has been satisfied by involuntary garnishment. Applicant has paid a $496 education debt and some medical collection debts, but he lacks repayment plans for some debts. Applicant has not yet fully mitigated the concerns about his financial judgment. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 16-00591.h1


Financial

10/12/2017

Applicant failed to mitigate security concerns raised under Guideline F, Financial Considerations, arising from his failure to timely pay 2005 Federal and state income taxes. National security eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 16-00569.h1


Guideline F

10/12/2017

Applicant contends that she met her burden of proof by showing that only a few of her alleged debts were still listed on her most recent credit report. Citing to the Fair Credit Reporting Act, she argues that she did not need to explain whether she paid or disputed a debt because either one of those actions must have occurred for the debts to be deleted from her credit report. She also asserts that her more recent credit report was entitled to greater weight than the credit reports submitted by Department Counsel. As the Board has previously noted, the absence of debts from a credit report is not meaningful evidence of debt resolution for trustworthiness adjudication purposes. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 16-00203.a1


Financial

10/12/2017

Applicant was alleged to be indebted to four creditors in the approximate amount of $13,702. He failed to document any of his SOR-listed debts have been resolved. Based upon a review of the pleadings and exhibits, national security eligibility is denied. CASE NO: 15-08554.h1


Financial

10/12/2017

Applicant failed to mitigate the security concerns raised under Guideline F (Financial Considerations). Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 15-08027.h1


Foreign Influence; Financial; Personal Conduct

10/12/2017

Applicant is a native of Iraq whose spouse, youngest daughter, and other family members are Iraqi resident citizens. He incurred some delinquent debts after he was granted a Chapter 7 bankruptcy discharge in January 2003. When he applied for security clearance eligibility, he was not fully candid about some foreign ties and contacts, including his spouse's employment with Iraq's government, or about his past-due debts. The foreign influence, financial considerations, and personal conduct security concerns are not mitigated. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-07313.h1


Financial

10/12/2017

Applicant is indebted to 15 creditors in the approximate amount of $27,443. He previously discharged debt through a March 1995 Chapter 7 bankruptcy. He failed to produce documentation to show he resolved any of his delinquencies. Based upon a review of the pleadings and exhibits, eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 15-07153.h1


Financial

10/12/2017

Applicant incurred more than $13,000 in newly delinquent debt after discharging previous debt through Chapter 7 bankruptcy in 2007. Resulting security concerns were not mitigated. National security eligibility is denied. CASE NO: 15-06882.h1


Financial

10/12/2017

Applicant experienced financial difficulties which arose under circumstances largely beyond his control, but mitigated the potential security concerns raised under Guideline F (Financial Considerations.) Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 15-05394.h1


Drugs; Alcohol; Criminal Conduct; Personal Conduct

10/12/2017

Applicant illegally used and purchased prescription drugs, primarily opiates, from January 2004 to December 2012, including after he had been granted a security clearance. He abused alcohol on occasion with two drunk-driving offenses in August 2007 and April 2013. He reports no illegal use or misuse of opiates since December 15, 2012, but he continued to consume alcohol after being court ordered to abstain. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-05370.h1


Financial; Personal Conduct

10/12/2017

Applicant failed to show sufficient progress resolving some of the delinquent debts listed on her statement of reasons. Applicant admitted that she deliberately failed to disclose financial information, criminal conduct, and employment information on her Questionnaire for National Security Positions (SF 86) or security clearance application. Financial considerations and personal conduct security concerns are not mitigated. Access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 15-05287.h1


Financial

10/12/2017

Applicant did not file her federal and state income taxes for tax years 2009-2011 and failed to pay or otherwise resolve her delinquent and consumer debts covered in the issued Statement of Reasons. Financial concerns were not mitigated. Elgibility to hold a public trust position is denied. CASE NO: 15-02445.h1


Guideline E

10/12/2017

The Directive presumes there is a nexus between proven circumstances under any of its guidelines and an applicant's security eligibility. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 15-02407.a1


Financial

10/12/2017

Applicant has not resolved the vast majority of his past-due commercial indebtedness. Based on a review of the pleadings and exhibits, national security eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 12-11573.h1


Financial; Personal Conduct

10/11/2017

Applicant has adduced no evidence that shows a documented effort to resolve her debts. In September 2015, she demonstrated poor judgment by deliberately concealing from the Government relevant information about her financial history. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 17-00244.h1


Financial

10/11/2017

Applicant's Statement of Reasons listed six debts under this concern – a charged-off credit card account for $15,207; a charged-off credit card account for $4,158; a collection account for $262; a charged-off account for $361; and two cell phone collection accounts for $143 and $460. She provided insufficient documentation to mitigate these debts. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 16-03454.h1


Financial

10/11/2017

There are 13 delinquent accounts alleged in the Statement of Reasons with a combined unpaid balance of $11,498. Although Applicant was questioned about the delinquent accounts by an investigator in December 2015, and she promised to resolve them within six months, she apparently made no efforts since that time to address any of those delinquent accounts, including ones with the modest sums of $20, $30, and $72. Her unsubstantiated comments that "a financial plan is in place" for the accounts are simply insufficient to prove that she made any good-faith efforts. She also failed to timely file a federal income tax return for the tax year 2015. In the absence of a Personal Financial Statement to reflect her net monthly income; monthly expenses; and any monthly remainder that might be available for discretionary spending or savings, it is difficult to determine if her financial situation is now under control. Her actions under the circumstances cast doubt on her current reliability, trustworthiness, and good judgment. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 16-03416.h1


Financial

10/11/2017

Applicant's statement of reasons lists six debts – two student loan collection accounts for $21,071 and $12,397, a collection account for $368, and three medical collection accounts – one for $273 and two for $35. She has paid, is paying, or has otherwise resolved all of her debts. Eligibility for a public trust position is granted. CASE NO: 16-03323.h1


Financial

10/11/2017

Applicant filed the delinquent income tax returns and paid his back taxes in 2013. Since 2012, he has timely filed and paid his taxes. He established a track record of financial responsibility sufficient to mitigate the financial considerations concerns. He understands that he has to maintain his financial responsibility to be eligible for a clearance. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 16-02862.h1


Financial

10/11/2017

Applicant did not mitigate the security concerns alleged in the SOR. Eligibility is denied. CASE NO: 16-02642.h1


Financial

10/11/2017

Applicant did not mitigate the financial considerations security concerns. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 16-02194.h1


Drugs; Alcohol; and Personal Conduct

10/11/2017

Applicant failed to mitigate the security concerns raised by his use of marijuana, alcohol consumption, and personal conduct. Eligibility denied. CASE NO: 16-02060.h1


Guideline F

10/11/2017

An ability to argue for an alternative weighing of the evidence is not sufficient to show that the Judge weighed the evidence in a manner that was arbitrary, capricious, or contrary to law. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 16-01750.a1


Alcohol; Criminal Conduct; Personal Conduct

10/11/2017

Applicant did not present sufficient evidence to explain, extenuate, or mitigate the security concern stemming from an ingrained pattern of failure to conform his behavior to the law, as shown by multiple arrests and charges for driving under the influence of alcohol from 1979 to 2015. Eligibility denied. CASE NO: 16-01397.h1


Financial

10/11/2017

This case involves trustworthiness concerns raised under Guideline F (Financial Considerations). Eligibility for access to sensitive information is denied. CASE NO: 16-00846.h1


Financial

10/11/2017

Applicant did not provide sufficient evidence to mitigate his history of financial problems and delinquent debts. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-06523.h1


Financial

10/11/2017

Applicant failed to mitigate the financial considerations security concerns due to a history of failure to pay student loans and other debts. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 15-05226.h1


Guideline F

10/11/2017

Applicant has not raised an issue of harmful error by the Judge. Our scope of review is limited to cases in which the appealing party raises an issue of harmful error. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 15-03935.a1


Foreign Influence

10/10/2017

Applicant, an Afghan translator/linguist, did not provide sufficient evidence to mitigate the foreign influence security concerns raised by his parents and siblings living in Afghanistan. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 16-01653.h1


Financial; Personal Conduct

10/10/2017

There is insufficient evidence that Applicant intentionally falsified his 2015 Questionnaire for National Security Positions. However, he has unresolved tax problems. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 16-01057.h1


Drugs

10/10/2017

Applicant last used marijuana about two and a half years ago. He also experimented with cocaine, mushrooms, and ecstasy. His eschewing the future use of illegal substances is not convincing. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 16-00674.h1


Foreign Influence

10/10/2017

No foreign influence security concerns have been raised by Applicant's husband's past involvement in politics in the Republic of Guinea. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 15-08316.h1


Financial

10/10/2017

Applicant provided sufficient documented evidence that he is making a good-faith effort to resolve his delinquent debts, which largely occurred following several job losses, reductions in income, and a divorce. He mitigated the security concerns under Guideline F, financial considerations. Applicant's eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 15-07572.h1


Financial

10/10/2017

Applicant has set up payment plans to address his Federal and state tax liens. He has also made a good-faith effort to address the remaining past-due debts. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 15-07239.h1


Financial

10/10/2017

Applicant did not mitigate the security concerns raised under the guideline for financial considerations. National security eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 15-06663.h1


Drugs

10/10/2017

Applicant mitigated the potential security concerns raised by his marijuana use from 1979 to 1984 and from November 2013 to June 2014, while holding a security clearance. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 15-05251.h1


Financial

10/10/2017

Applicant's Statement of Reasons lists five allegations under this concern – a Chapter 13 bankruptcy filed in June 2015 and dismissed in August 2015; a $29,158 past-due mortgage loan; a $2,078 student loan placed in collections; a $95 delinquent medical bill; and a $7,436 past-due consolidated student loan that includes the $2,078 student loan. She provided no documentation that mitigated these allegations. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 12-02851.h1


Finances

10/06/2017

In 2012, a judgment was filed against Applicant in the amount of $73,758.66. Because of his failure to take any positive action to address the judgment, it appears that he is unwilling to do so. Applicant admitted that the judgment remains unresolved. Applicant failed to submit any evidence pertaining to his current finances, or character evidence regarding his reputation for honesty, integrity, and trustworthiness. His actions under the circumstances cast doubt on his current reliability, trustworthiness, and good judgment. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 16-03502.h1


Foreign Influence

10/06/2017

Applicant was born in Iran in 1954. He moved to the United States in 1977 and became a United States citizen in 1986. Applicant's has ties to Iran, but they are not significant. He has some relatives who are Iranian citizens and residents, but are not connected to the Iranian government. However, his ties to the United States, including his wife and two children, who are United States citizens and residents, and his property interests in the United States, outweigh any potential interest he could have in Iran. Mitigation has been shown. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 16-03468.h1


Financial; Personal Conduct

10/06/2017

Applicant did not present sufficient evidence to mitigate security concerns raised by his financial situation and refusal to take a drug screen. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 16-02608.h1


Personal Conduct; Drugs; Criminal Conduct

10/06/2017

Applicant used marijuana from 2000 to August 2014. He has not used marijuana after August 2014. He did not hold a security clearance when he used marijuana. He does not associate with known marijuana users; he avoids locations where marijuana is being used; and he promised not to use marijuana in the future. Drug involvement and substance abuse, criminal conduct, and personal conduct security concerns are mitigated. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 16-02528.h1


Financial

10/06/2017

Applicant has unpaid federal and state taxes, as well as other delinquent debts. He promises to pay his delinquent debts and his taxes, but he did not provide any evidence to show his plan. He has not met his burden of proof in this case. Eligibility for a security clearance is denied. CASE NO: 16-02485.h1


Financial; Personal Conduct

10/06/2017

The Statement of Reasons (SOR) alleges that Applicant intentionally falsified specific questions about her finances on her 2014 Questionnaire for National Security Positions. There is insufficient evidence that she intentionally falsified the specific questions alleged in the SOR. However, she has unresolved financial problems. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 16-02154.h1


Financial

10/06/2017

Applicant did not provide sufficient documentary evidence to establish that he is making a good-faith effort to repay overdue creditors or otherwise resolve delinquent debts. Nor did he provide documented proof to substantiate the basis of disputes of several debts. Eligibility denied. CASE NO: 16-01715.h1


Financial

10/06/2017

Applicant mitigated the security concerns about her delinquent debts. Applicant's eligibility for a security clearance is granted. CASE NO: 16-01616.h1


Financial

10/06/2017

Applicant provided insufficient evidence of resolution of his financial issues. Financial considerations security concerns are not mitigated. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 16-01554.h1


Financial

10/06/2017

Applicant did not provide sufficient documentary evidence to explain, extenuate, or mitigate the security concern stemming from three charged-off students loans for about $66,000. Eligibility denied. CASE NO: 16-01310.h1


Financial

10/06/2017

Applicant failed to file his federal income tax returns for tax years 2012, 2013, and 2014 until April 18, 2016. He did not establish his financial responsibility. Financial considerations security concerns are not mitigated. Access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 16-01139.h1


Foreign Preference; Drugs

10/06/2017

Applicant mitigated the security concerns raised under Guideline C, Foreign Preference; and Guideline H, Drug Involvement and Substance Misuse. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 16-01070.h1


Drugs; Personal Conduct

10/06/2017

Applicant was arrested for possession of marijuana after being granted a security clearance. He failed to mitigate the security concerns related to his drug involvement and personal conduct. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 16-00812.h1


Foreign Influence; Financial

10/06/2017

Applicant's wife, step-daughter and mother-in-law are citizens and residents of Columbia. However, during Applicant's entire life he has been loyal to the United States, as has been shown by his 21 years of service to the United States Air Force, and because Applicant's mother and six brothers and sisters are United States citizens and residents. Applicant has had a history of financial difficulties, in large part because of the failure of his ex-wife to pay the debts she was ordered to pay after their divorce. All of his delinquent debt has now been resolved or reduced. Mitigation has been shown. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 15-08883.h1


Financial

10/06/2017

Applicant did not present sufficient evidence to mitigate security concerns raised by his delinquent debts. Although a number of issues largely beyond his control have negatively impacted his finances over the years, he has displayed an unwillingness to repay his creditors despite the ability to do so. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-08455.h1


Financial

10/06/2017

Applicant did not mitigate the financial considerations trustworthiness concerns. Eligibility for access to sensitive information is denied. CASE NO: 15-07882.h1


Foreign Influence

10/06/2017

Applicant was born in Afghanistan. He moved to the United States in 2003 and became a United States citizen in 1997. Applicant's ties to Afghanistan are not significant. He has some relatives who are Afghan citizens and residents and others who are citizens and residents of other countries, but his ties to the United States, including three sons, who are United States citizens and residents, and his property interests in the United States outweigh any potential interest he could have in any other country. Mitigation has been shown. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 15-07129.h1


Financial

10/06/2017

Applicant has had a history of financial difficulties. No independent evidence was introduced to establish that any of her delinquent debt has now been resolved or reduced. Additionally, no evidence was introduced to establish that Applicant will be able to be more financially responsible in the future. Mitigation has not been shown. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-06570.h1


Foreign Influence

10/06/2017

Applicant has greater connections to the United States than to India. Applicant, his spouse, and his two children are citizens and residents of the United States. They are not citizens or residents of India. His financial connections to the United States, not including his U.S. employment, are about four times greater than his connections to India. Foreign influence security concerns are mitigated. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 15-04803.h1


Foreign Influence

10/06/2017

Applicant incurred some delinquent debts after leaving military service, while pursuing professional education for several years. Most of those debts have been resolved since he began his current employment, and his financial situation is stable. Resulting security concerns were mitigated. National security eligibility is granted. CASE NO: 15-02785.h1


Guideline F

10/05/2017

Applicant's argument is, in effect, a disagreement with the Judge's weighing of the evidence, which is not enough to show that the Judge weighed the evidence in a manner that was arbitrary, capricious, or contrary to law. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 16-03438.a1


Financial

10/05/2017

Applicant did not mitigate the security concerns raised under financial considerations. Access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 16-03286.h1


Foreign Influence

10/05/2017

Applicant mitigated the foreign influence security concerns. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 16-02629.h1


Financial

10/05/2017

Applicant has unresolved delinquent debts. He provided no documentary evidence to show that he is addressing the debts or has a plan to do so. Eligibility for a security clearance is denied. CASE NO: 16-02303.h1


Financial

10/05/2017

Applicant did not produce sufficient information to explain, extenuate, or mitigate the concern stemming from her problematic financial history, which is ongoing. Eligibility denied. CASE NO: 16-01067.h1


Drugs

10/05/2017

Applicant used marijuana between 2009 at least 2015, after having been granted a security clearance. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 15-07107.h1


Drugs, Financial, Alcohol, Personal Conduct

10/05/2017

Applicant mitigated the security concerns raised under the guidelines for financial considerations and personal conduct, but not those raised under the guidelines for drug involvement and substance misuse, and alcohol consumption. Based upon a review of the pleadings and exhibits, national security eligibility is denied. CASE NO: 15-07059.h1


Guideline F

10/05/2017

Applicant was notified that, should he choose a decision on the written record, Applicant would have an opportunity to present additional written or documentary evidence to the Judge. There is nothing in the record that would have led a reasonable person to believe that some additional in-person interview was upcoming. Indeed, Applicant's own SOR Answer, made it clear that he did not want or expect a hearing unless somebody else decided it was needed. Applicant was not denied the due process afforded by the Directive. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 15-06494.a1


Finances

10/05/2017

There are 11 delinquent accounts alleged in the Statement of Reasons with a combined unpaid balance of $16,004. Although Applicant was questioned about the delinquent accounts by an investigator in March 2015, he made no efforts since that time to address any of his delinquent accounts, including one with the modest sum of $38. He failed to dispute the accounts. It appears that he simply ignored his delinquent debts. Applicant failed to submit any evidence pertaining to his current finances, or character evidence regarding his reputation for honesty, integrity, and trustworthiness. His actions under the circumstances cast doubt on his current reliability, trustworthiness, and good judgment. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 15-05634.h1


Financial

10/05/2017

Applicant has not resolved the vast majority of his past-due commercial indebtedness, or his back taxes. Based on a review of the pleadings and exhibits, national security eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 15-05582.h1


Financial

10/05/2017

Applicant presented insufficient evidence to establish that he is financially responsible and that his financial problems are resolved or under control. The financial considerations security concerns are not mitigated. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-05298.h1


Foreign Influence

10/05/2017

Applicant presented sufficient evidence to mitigate foreign influence security concerns allegedly raised by his connections to distant relatives who live in Kazakhstan, as well as his two-years of compulsory military service in the Soviet military and the work he did for the U.S. Government at a Russian lab over two decades ago. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 15-02652.h1


Guideline F

10/05/2017

Applicant has mitigated the foreign influence security concerns. He is a naturalized U.S. citizen who was born in Thailand. He lives with his wife and two children in the United States. He has some relatives in Thailand, but he mitigated the security concern in this case. Foreign preference was withdrawn. Eligibility for a security clearance is granted. CASE NO: 15-01447.h1


Financial

10/04/2017

Applicant did not provide sufficient information about her efforts and intentions to mitigate the financial considerations security concerns. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 16-02779.h1


Drugs

10/04/2017

Applicant failed to mitigate the drug involvement and substance misuse security concerns. National security eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 16-02763.h1


Financial

10/04/2017

Applicant did not mitigate the financial considerations trustworthiness concerns including late filing of income tax returns for four years. Eligibility denied. CASE NO: 16-02439.h1


Financial, Personal Conduct

10/04/2017

Applicant failed to mitigate the security concerns under Guideline F, financial considerations, and Guideline E, personal conduct. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 16-02037.h1


Guideline E; Guideline D; Guideline J

10/04/2017

The Judge's overall conclusions were based principally on the facts underlying the charge of statutory rape and on Applicant's continued registration as a sex offender. Applicant's arguments are not enough to show that the Judge weighed the evidence in a manner that was arbitrary, capricious, or contrary to law. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 16-01829.a1


Financial

10/04/2017

Applicant did not mitigate the financial considerations security concerns. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 16-01751.h1


Drugs

10/04/2017

Applicant failed to mitigate the drug involvement concerns. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 16-01449.h1


Financial; Personal Conduct

10/04/2017

Applicant has unresolved financial problems, and he intentionally provided false information about his finances on his 2015 Questionnaire for National Security Positions. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 16-01413.h1


Drugs

10/04/2017

Applicant failed to mitigate the drug involvement concerns. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 16-00980.h1


Financial

10/04/2017

Applicant failed to mitigate the security concerns under Guideline F, financial considerations. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 16-00896.h1


Financial

10/04/2017

Applicant did not provide documented proof to substantiate the basis of the disputes she asserts for two delinquent credit card accounts for a total of about $18,000. Nor did she provide evidence of actions taken to resolve the two accounts. Eligibility denied. CASE NO: 16-00681.h1


Drugs; Personal Conduct

10/04/2017

Applicant used marijuana regularly while holding a security clearance, and he intentionally provided false information on two security clearance applications. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 16-00458.h1


Financial

10/04/2017

Applicant failed to mitigate the financial considerations security concerns due to a history of failure to pay student loans and a small medical debt. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 16-00131.h1


Financial

10/04/2017

Applicant did not file her Federal income tax returns for tax years 2004 to 2012. She mistakenly believed that she was not required to file returns if she was due a refund. Once Applicant received correct guidance, she immediately filed all required returns. She also resolved several small past-due debts. Applicant has mitigated the security concerns pertaining to Guideline F. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 15-07140.h1


Guideline F; Guideline E

10/04/2017

Applicant's appeal brief contains no assertion of harmful error on the part of the Judge. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 15-07064.a1


Financial

10/04/2017

Applicant failed to present sufficient evidence to explain, extenuate, or mitigate the security concern stemming from a history of tax problems consisting of a repeated failure to timely file tax returns and approximately $425,000 in back taxes, penalties, and interest owed to state and federal tax authorities. Eligibility denied. CASE NO: 15-06626.h1


Financial

10/04/2017

Applicant mitigated the security concerns raised by his delinquent debts. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 15-04162.h1


Alcohol

10/04/2017

Applicant mitigated the alcohol consumption security concern. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 15-04095.h1


Finances

10/03/2017

There are ten delinquent accounts alleged in the Statement of Reasons, including a tax lien from 2008, with a combined unpaid balance of $126,331. Applicant made no efforts to address any of the accounts, including ones with modest balances of $65 and $75. He failed to dispute the accounts. It appears that he simply ignored his delinquent debts. Applicant failed to submit any evidence pertaining to his current finances, or character evidence regarding his reputation for honesty, integrity, and trustworthiness. His actions under the circumstances cast doubt on his current reliability, trustworthiness, and good judgment. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 16-03358.h1


Financial

10/03/2017

Applicant did not mitigate the financial considerations security concerns including numerous tax liens. Eligibility denied. CASE NO: 16-03117.h1


Finances

10/03/2017

There are two delinquent accounts alleged in the SOR with a combined unpaid balance of $17,120. Although Applicant was questioned about the delinquent accounts by an investigator in May 2016, he made no efforts since that time to address either account. He failed to dispute either account. It appears that he simply ignored both accounts. Applicant failed to submit any evidence pertaining to his current finances, or character evidence regarding his reputation for honesty, integrity, and trustworthiness. His actions under the circumstances cast doubt on his current reliability, trustworthiness, and good judgment. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 16-03052.h1


Financial

10/03/2017

Applicant accumulated delinquent debts exceeding $14,000 that she failed to pay or otherwise resolve. Financial concerns are not mitigated. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 16-02948.h1


Financial

10/03/2017

Applicant has delinquent unresolved debts, a federal tax lien, and student loans. He provided no evidence that he has addressed the financial issues or has a concrete plan to address his past-due debts. He has not mitigated the financial considerations security concern. Eligibility for a security clearance is denied. CASE NO: 16-02780.h1


Financial

10/03/2017

Applicant did not provide sufficient evidence to mitigate the security concerns under Guideline F, financial considerations. Applicant's eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 16-01048.h1


Financial

10/03/2017

Applicant did not provide sufficient evidence to mitigate her history of financial problems, which included unpaid taxes and delinquent debts. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 16-00296.h1


Drugs; Personal Conduct

10/03/2017

Applicant purchased, possessed, and used marijuana from July 2004 until at least April 2015. He deliberately omitted and concealed his lengthy period of marijuana use when he falsely answered drug-related questions in 2015 and again in 2016. At no point did Applicant ever state that he had no intention to use marijuana in the future; or that he would no longer associate with the friend with whom he used marijuana or to whom he contributed the funds to enable his friend to purchase the marijuana they smoked. His actions under the circumstances cast doubt on his current reliability, trustworthiness, and good judgment. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 15-08615.h1


Finances

10/03/2017

There are eight delinquent accounts alleged in the SOR with a combined unpaid balance of $11,707. Although Applicant was questioned about the delinquent accounts by an investigator in September 2015, he made no efforts since that time to address any of the accounts, including one with the modest balance of $112. He failed to dispute the accounts. It appears that he simply ignored his delinquent debts. Applicant failed to submit any evidence pertaining to his current finances, or character evidence regarding his reputation for honesty, integrity, and trustworthiness. His actions under the circumstances cast doubt on his current reliability, trustworthiness, and good judgment. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 15-08151.h1


Handling Protected Information

10/03/2017

Applicant mitigated the security concerns about his four security infractions. Applicant's eligibility for a security clearance is granted. CASE NO: 15-05825.h1


Alcohol; Financial

10/03/2017

Applicant mitigated the security concerns raised by his alcohol consumption, but he did not mitigate the security concerns raised by his delinquent debts. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-04420.h1


Financial

10/03/2017

Applicant did not provide sufficient evidence to mitigate the security concerns under Guideline F, financial considerations. Applicant's eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 15-01278.h1


Foreign Influence

10/02/2017

Applicant's foreign family members in China cannot influence the Applicant and do not pose a security risk for the U.S. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 16-03867.h1


Foreign Influence; Financial

10/02/2017

Applicant's foreign family connections in South Korea, that include herself, her husband, her children, her mother, her in-laws, and her extended family do not pose a security risk. Her failure to file Federal income tax returns for tax years 2011 through 2015 has been mitigated. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 16-03768.h1


Guideline H

10/02/2017

The 2014 SCA was discussed in some detail in government Exhibit (GE) 2. Accordingly, evidence about this document was part of the record. Applicant did not object to the admission of GE 2 or to Department Counsel's questions about the 2014 SCA during cross examination. Accordingly, Applicant has forfeited objection to the Judge's consideration of the SCA. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 16-02877.a1


Financial; Personal Conduct

10/02/2017

Applicant's delinquent mortgage account was foreclosed upon. The foreclosure has resolved the mortgage loan. Applicant has paid all of the taxes and fees associated therewith. He no longer has a debt problem. His behavior concerning his security infractions and company rule violations have been mitigated. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 16-01487.h1


Financial

10/02/2017

Applicant has addressed all of his alleged past-due debts. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 16-01062.h1


Financial

10/02/2017

Applicant failed to present sufficient evidence to explain, extenuate, or mitigate the security concern stemming from a history of financial problems or difficulties. Eligibility denied. CASE NO: 16-00887.h1


Foreign Influence

10/02/2017

Applicant's foreign connections, who, except for his oldest sister and oldest brother, either have permanent U.S. resident status or that status has been sought on their behalf, are clearly outweighed by his loyalty to the United States. This loyalty is evidenced by numerous U.S. military accolades, and by letters of recommendation by those who knew Applicant when he worked for the U.S. forces in Afghanistan. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 16-00367.h1


Financial

10/02/2017

Applicant has not addressed an outstanding judgment and a significant portion of his admitted past-due debts. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-07593.h1


Guideline F

10/02/2017

From 2009 to 2013, Applicant did not have any Federal or state taxes withheld and also did not file Federal or state income tax returns. IRS filed a tax lien against Applicant for about $98,000, and he established an installment agreement with the IRS in which he agreed to pay $66 per month on his Federal tax debt for 2009-2013. Decision reversed. CASE NO: 15-05478.a1


Financial

10/02/2017

Applicant has done little to address his admitted past-due debts. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-05460.h1


Financial, Personal Conduct

10/02/2017

Applicant experienced financial difficulties due to circumstances largely beyond her control, but mitigated the concern by acting responsibly. Her omission on her security clearance application was unintentional. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 15-01335.h1


Financial

10/01/2017

Applicant has unresolved delinquent debts. He provided no documentation to show that he is resolving any of the debts. The record provides insufficient information for mitigation of the financial security concerns. Eligibility for a security clearance is denied. CASE NO: 16-02910.h1


Financial

10/01/2017

Applicant failed to mitigate the security concerns raised by his problematic financial history. Eligibility denied. CASE NO: 16-02845.h1


Foreign Influence

09/29/2017

Applicant is a dual citizen of Turkey and the United States since his U.S. naturalization in July 2014. Applicant's parents and sister and his spouse's parents are resident citizens of Turkey. The foreign influence security concerns raised by his close bonds to, and contacts with family members in Turkey are not fully mitigated. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 16-03238.h1


Financial

09/29/2017

Applicant presented sufficient evidence to mitigate security concerns raised by her overdue tax returns. After her brother died while serving in the U.S. military, Applicant became overwhelmed dealing with her grief and handling numerous other issues. She received counseling and started addressing her overdue tax returns three years ago. All overdue tax returns have been filed and any taxes owed have been paid. Applicant has filed her tax returns over the past two years on time. Her financial situation is under control, and it is unlikely that similar financial issues will recur. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 16-01848.h1


Foreign Influence; Foreign Preference

09/29/2017

Applicant presented sufficient evidence to mitigate foreign influence security concerns. The Government withdrew the foreign preference allegation. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 16-00455.h1


Financial

09/29/2017

Applicant presented sufficient evidence to mitigate security concerns raised by his overdue tax returns. A number of issues outside of his control negatively impacted his ability to prepare and timely file his tax returns, including his wife's diagnosis and treatment for cancer and unanticipated tax consequences from the state's decision to use eminent domain to take his wife's former property. Applicant addressed his overdue tax filings by securing the services of a certified public accountant in 2015. His financial situation is under control and it is unlikely that similar financial issues will reoccur. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 15-06517.h1


Financial

09/29/2017

Applicant, a direct-hire NATO employee, has mitigated the security concerns arising from his failure to file and pay federal income taxes between 2004 and 2011. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 15-04265.h1


Foreign Influence; Outside Activities; Personal Conduct

09/29/2017

Applicant no longer works for a wholly-owned subsidiary of an Israeli company, and his failure to disclose Israeli contacts to a facility security officer (FSO), with whom he worked in 2014, was not intentionial. I conclude that he has mitigated the security concerns. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 15-04103.h1


Guideline F

09/29/2017

Applicant's brief raises no allegation of harmful error by the Judge. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 15-00404.a1


Guideline F

09/29/2017

Although, as the Judge found, one of Applicant's credit reports describes this debt as a credit card, the SOR erroneously stated that it arose from a mortgage agreement. Adverse decision remanded. CASE NO: 14-05302.a1


Financial

09/28/2017

Applicant has mitigated the security concerns raised by his delinquent debts. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 17-00196.h1


Financial

09/28/2017

Applicant filed his 2011 through 2013 federal income tax returns before the Statement of Reasons (SOR) was issued. He paid, settled, or otherwise resolved a majority of the debts in the SOR. He credibly testified that he will continue his efforts to resolve his financial problems. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 16-01883.h1


Financial

09/28/2017

Applicant has a long history of shirking his tax responsibilities. He did not file his tax returns until after he received the Statement of Reasons, and he did not pay his taxes until days before the hearing. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 16-01639.h1


Financial

09/28/2017

Applicant mitigated the security concerns raised by her delinquent debts. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 16-01326.h1


Guideline F

09/28/2017

In his Answer to the SOR, Applicant stated "See payment plan attached" in responding to the allegations. The Judge acknowledged Applicant's statements about having a payment plan for both of those debts, but noted no documents were attached to his answer. In his appeal brief, Applicant provided a copy of a payment plan that predates the SOR and contends that he provided it with his SOR Answer. Adverse decision remanded. CASE NO: 16-01238.a1


Financial

09/28/2017

Applicant underwent a period of financial hardship caused by serious health problems, unemployment, divorce, and the collapse of the real estate market. He has resolved all formerly delinquent debts, and is performing exceptional work in a position that has restored his financial solvency. Resulting security concerns were fully mitigated. National security eligibility is granted. CASE NO: 16-01136.h1


Foreign Influence; Foreign Preference

09/28/2017

The Government withdrew the foreign preference security concern and Applicant mitigated the foreign influence security concerns. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 15-08309.h1


Guideline F

09/28/2017

The concern under Guideline F is that failure to meet financial obligations may indicate unwillingness to abide by rules and regulations, thereby raising questions about an applicant's ability to protect sensitive information. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 15-06852.a1


Financial; Personal Conduct

09/28/2017

Applicant has an extensive history of financial problems that commenced in about 2004. Numerous accounts, including student loans, became delinquent. Her debts were placed for collection or charged off. Two accounts went to judgment. A vehicle was repossessed. Her child support arrearage is or was over $34,000. She failed to timely file federal and state income tax returns for the tax years 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015, and as of the closing of the record, still had not filed those tax returns. When asked about her finances while completing her most recent e-QIP, Applicant falsified and concealed the truth about her finances. Although she was offered the opportunity to submit documentation pertaining to her debts, as well as her purported efforts to resolve them, with some exceptions, she failed to do so. Her Personal Financial Statement reflects that she has a monthly deficit of $1,946.44, and is essentially unable to pay a significant portion of her normal monthly bills. She is clearly unable to address any of her delinquent accounts. Her actions under the circumstances cast doubt on her current reliability, trustworthiness, and good judgment. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 15-04496.h1


Financial

09/28/2017

Applicant mitigated the concerns raised under the financial considerations guideline. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 15-04235.h1


Financial

09/28/2017

Applicant established that circumstances beyond his control contributed to his financial problems and that he was financially responsible under the circumstances. He disclosed his financial problems in his 2013 security clearance application. With his two jobs and his wife's income, their combined income is sufficient to pay for his family's living expenses and current debts. His financial problems are being resolved. Clearance granted. CASE NO: 15-02116.h1


Foreign Preference; Foreign Influence

09/28/2017

Applicant mitigated the foreign influence security concerns and the foreign preference concern was unfounded. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 15-01641.h1


Financial

09/28/2017

Although Applicant's financial problems were largely caused by circumstances beyond his control, he failed to establish either that they are being resolved or that they are currently under control. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-00562.h1


Financial; Criminal Conduct; Personal Conduct

09/28/2017

Applicant falsified his Security Clearance Application (SCA) in 2009 and the answers he provided in his 2012 investigative interview. He has had multiple debts, but produced no documentation that the SOR allegations had been paid. He relied on the fact that the accounts were not on his 2017 credit report. From 1995 through 2012, Applicant had a pattern of civil and criminal violations. He has not received financial counseling. Eligibility for a security clearance is denied. CASE NO: 14-06880.h1


Financial

09/27/2017

Applicant did not provide sufficient evidence to mitigate the security concerns under Guideline F, financial considerations. Applicant's eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 16-03886.h1


Foreign Influence

09/27/2017

Applicant mitigated foreign influence security concerns raised by family members in Lebanon. His past behavior demonstrates he can resolve any potential conflict of interest in favor of the United States. His allegiance to the United States was corroborated by his renunciation of his Lebanese citizenship, and by his dependability and performance while supporting U.S. forces even under enemy fire. U.S. military service members who served with him endorsed his eligibility for a clearance. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 16-02044.h1


Foreign Influence

09/27/2017

Applicant failed to mitigate the foreign influence concerns. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 16-01364.h1


Financial

09/27/2017

Applicant has mitigated the trustworthiness concerns raised by her delinquent debts. Eligibility for a public trust position is granted. CASE NO: 16-01203.h1


Foreign Influence

09/27/2017

Applicant has mitigated the concerns raised by his sister's employment by the Canadian government, and his familial ties to citizens of and residents in Lebanon. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 15-08501.h1


Financial

09/27/2017

Applicant mitigated the security concerns raised by an unpaid debt. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 15-08424.h1


Guideline H; Guideline E

09/26/2017

Applicant contends the record contains no evidence to support the Judge's statement that Applicant's employer "presumably had a drug-free workplace policy." We note the Drug-Free Workplace Act requires Federal contractors with a contact over $100,000 to establish certain drug-free workplace policies. Since Applicant works for a major defense contractor, we find no error in the Judge's statement that her employer presumably has such policies. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 16-00578.a1


Foreign Influence

09/26/2017

Applicant mitigated the concerns raised under foreign influence. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 15-06593.h1


Guideline F

09/26/2017

The Judge left the record open for over three weeks. The Judge found that Applicant ultimately submitted nothing. Although Applicant has provided us with documents that she claimed she submitted, she did not supply any evidence to show that she either mailed the documents or submitted them electronically. We resolve this issue adversely to Applicant. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 15-05097.a1


Financial

09/25/2017

Applicant took steps to forestall or avoid any financial difficulties by reducing expenses and volunteering for service in a dangerous combat zone in Iraq to generate additional income. Although he had voluntarily surrendered a motorcycle to the dealer, Applicant was unaware that there was a deficiency remaining. Once he learned of the reported deficiency amount, he disputed that amount, and the account was removed from his Equifax credit report. Negotiations then ensued with the collection agent. The charged-off amount was $18,660, but negotiations promptly reduced the proposed settlement amount to approximately $5,600. The matter is pending. Applicant promptly resolved two medical accounts. He has no other delinquent accounts. Applicant's finances are in order. His actions under the circumstances no longer cast doubt on his current reliability, trustworthiness, and good judgment. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 16-04042.h1


Drugs, Personal Conduct

09/25/2017

Applicant did not mitigate the security concerns under Guideline H, drug involvement, which included frequent marijuana use while holding a security clearance, and he did not mitigate the security concerns under Guideline E, personal conduct, concerning his deliberate failure to disclose the full extent of his marijuana use on his security clearance application and in his background interview. Applicant's eligibility for continued access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 16-03179.h1


Financial

09/25/2017

Applicant failed to mitigate the security concerns under Guideline F, financial considerations. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 16-00059.h1


Foreign Influence and Foreign Preference

09/25/2017

Applicant mitigated the security concerns raised by foreign influence and foreign preference. Eligibility granted. CASE NO: 15-08593.h1


Guideline F

09/25/2017

Applicant has not rebutted the presumption that the Judge considered all of the evidence in the record. Neither has he shown that the Judge weighed the evidence in a manner that was arbitrary, capricious, or contrary to law. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 15-07696.a1


Foreign Influence; Foreign Preference

09/25/2017

Applicant mitigated the foreign influence and preference security concerns raised by his contacts in Israel and his service in the Israeli military. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 12-01787.h1


Guideline D; Guideline E; Guideline J

09/25/2017

Applicant cites to favorable evidence, such as his military career and the decorations that he earned in service to the U.S. Applicant's arguments are not enough to rebut the presumption that the Judge considered all of the evidence in the record. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 12-11687.a1


Financial

09/22/2017

Applicant did not provide sufficient evidence to mitigate his history of financial problems and delinquent debts. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 16-03441.h1


Foreign Influence

09/22/2017

Applicant mitigated the foreign influence security concerns. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 16-02285.h1


Financial

09/22/2017

Applicant resolved his delinquent debt by filing a joint Chapter 7 bankruptcy petition and the debts were discharged in January 2017. He was unemployed after leaving the military. He provided for his wife and four children, but due to the unemployment he could not maintain his expenses. Eligibility for a security clearance is granted. CASE NO: 16-01847.h1


Financial

09/22/2017

Applicant cosigned a number of student loans for his niece, which were not repaid in accordance with the loan agreement. He failed to mitigate the security concerns under Guideline F, financial considerations. His eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 16-01832.h1


Alcohol; Financial; Personal Conduct

09/22/2017

Applicant failed to mitigate the alcohol consumption and financial security concerns. He mitigated the personal conduct security concerns. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 16-01755.h1


Guideline F

09/22/2017

The Board cannot receive or consider any new evidence on appeal. Applicant has not made an allegation of harmful error on the part of the Judge. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 16-00316.a1


Financial

09/22/2017

Applicant did not mitigate the security concerns alleged in the SOR. Applicant's eligibility for a security clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-07772.h1


Guideline F; Guideline E

09/22/2017

The Board cannot consider any new evidence on appeal. Additionally it has no authority to grant an applicant an extension for the purpose of obtaining more evidence. The Board's authority to review a case is limited to cases in which the appealing party has alleged the Judge committed harmful error. Applicant has not made an allegation of harmful error on the part of the Judge. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 15-06535.a1


Personal Conduct

09/22/2017

Applicant received 31 suspensions, reprimands, or warnings from his employer from 2011 through 2015 for violating various rules. His July 18, 2014 electronic Questionnaire for National Security Positions (SF 86) or security clearance application (SCA) did not include the negative information about his employer's disciplinary actions against Applicant; however, Applicant did not intentionally omit this information from his electronic SCA with intent to deceive. Personal conduct security concerns are not mitigated. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 15-05714.h1


Guideline F

09/22/2017

Applicant's appeal brief contains no assertion of harmful error on the part of the Judge. The Appeal Board is prohibited from considering new evidence on appeal. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 15-05157.a1


Criminal Conduct

09/22/2017

Between December 2010 and November 2015, Applicant was arrested three times (burglary/theft, marijuana use and possession, and driving while intoxicated (DWI)) and convicted once for DWI. It has been almost two years since his last offense. The passage of time without additional incidents of security concern, his performance at work and school, and his positive community involvement, are sufficient to establish his successful rehabilitation. Clearance granted. CASE NO: 14-02785.h1


Guideline F

09/22/2017

The Board cannot receive or consider any new evidence on appeal. Applicant has not made an allegation of harmful error on the part of the Judge. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 12-04740.a1


Personal Conduct

09/21/2017

During the period in which Applicant was required by the Military Selective Service Act to register with the Selective Service System (SSS) (from the age of 18 until the age of 26), he failed to do so. The failure was associated with his determination that he had no intent on joining the U.S. military, and although Applicant offered some commentary to the contrary, it was a knowing and willful failure to register. Had that conduct simply ended there, there might not be further significant interest in this case. However, the conduct did not cease. Instead, when questioned in his security clearance application and by an Office of Personnel Management (OPM) investigator, Applicant tarnished his previously outstanding reputation for honesty and truthfulness, and he lied as to the reasons for not having registered with the SSS. He then continued with the false scenarios by lying in his answers to the interrogatories, when responding in the Answer to the SOR, and again during the hearing. Not only did he lie, he also contended that the OPM investigator had falsified his comments pertaining to the reasons why the non-registration took place. The OPM investigator had no reason to make false statements; Applicant did. Applicant's actions, under the circumstances, cast doubt on his current reliability, trustworthiness, and good judgment. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 17-01331.h1


Financial; Personal Conduct

09/20/2017

Applicant provided insufficient evidence of resolution of his financial issues, including his long-standing federal income tax debt. He did not intentionally provide false information about his finances on his November 4, 2015 Questionnaire for National Security Positions (SF 86) or security clearance application. Personal conduct security concerns are mitigated; however, financial considerations security concerns are not mitigated. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 16-03670.h1


Alcohol

09/20/2017

Applicant failed to mitigate the alcohol consumption security concern. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 16-02486.h1


Financial; Personal Conduct

09/20/2017

Applicant has not mitigated the security concerns raised by his delinquent debts and his falsification of his security clearance application. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 16-02086.h1


Foreign Influence

09/20/2017

Applicant has mitigated the security concerns under this guideline. He is a linguist serving in Iraq. Eligibility for a security clearance is granted. CASE NO: 16-02049.h1


Financial; Personal Conduct

09/20/2017

Applicant did not mitigate the financial considerations or the personal conduct trustworthiness concerns. Eligibility for access to sensitive information is denied. CASE NO: 16-01394.h1


Drugs; Personal Conduct

09/20/2017

Applicant used marijuana in July 2015 while he held a security clearance. He indicated that he would continue to use marijuana if it was legalized under federal law. There is an unacceptable risk of recurrence, given he used marijuana with his cohabitant girlfriend, and she continued to use marijuana at times in his presence. Applicant was not fully candid on his December 2015 security clearance questionnaire in that he concealed that he had been placed on probation at work in 2014 for making an unauthorized change to software code, but the personal conduct concerns have been mitigated. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 16-01252.h1


Foreign Preference

09/20/2017

Applicant's participation in Brazilian elections and use of a Brazilian passport for travel to and from Brazil do not raise any disqualifying conditions under this guideline. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 16-00905.h1


Foreign Influence

09/20/2017

Applicant has mitigated the foreign influence concerns raised by his ties to citizens and residents of Israel, and by his assets in Israel. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 16-00594.h1


Guideline F

09/20/2017

Given the record that was before him, the Judge did not err in his analysis of Applicant's security concerns, nor did his failure to have made explicit findings about Applicant's wife's circumstances draw into question the way in which he evaluated Applicant's case for mitigation. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 16-00495.a1


Financial

09/20/2017

Applicant has not mitigated the security concerns raised by her failure to timely file her federal tax returns. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 16-00377.h1


Financial

09/20/2017

Applicant presented sufficient information to mitigate the security concern stemming from his problematic financial history. Eligibility granted. CASE NO: 15-08566.h1


Guideline F; Guideline B

09/20/2017

Applicant's arguments do not undermine the Judge's conclusion that his financial problems were generally the result of his own conduct and that Applicant had the financial means to address his problems before resorting to bankruptcy. The Judge's material findings of security concern are based upon substantial evidence or constitute reasonable interpretations of the evidence. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 15-04918.a1


Financial

09/19/2017

Applicant owes a significant amount in delinquent federal and state income taxes. She is currently in Chapter 13 bankruptcy, but her tax debt remains significant and unresolved. She did not mitigate the financial considerations security concerns. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 16-03320.h1


Financial

09/19/2017

Applicant has two unpaid judgment and three other delinquent accounts, which, together, total approximately $17,500. Additionally, he failed to disclose his financial problems when he completed his October 2015 security questionnaire. He has failed to mitigate the security concerns under Guideline F, financial considerations and Guideline E, personal conduct. Applicant's eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 16-01983.h1


Financial

09/19/2017

Applicant provided sufficient evidence of resolution of his financial issues. He paid two of the debts on his statement of reasons (SOR), and the other three SOR debts are in payment plans. Financial considerations security concerns are mitigated. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 16-01872.h1


Financial

09/19/2017

Applicant mitigated the financial considerations security concerns alleged in the Statement of Reasons. Eligibility is granted. CASE NO: 16-01204.h1


Financial

09/19/2017

Applicant mitigated the security concerns under Guideline F, financial considerations, by demonstrating that his delinquent debts have now been paid or otherwise resolved, and similar financial issues are unlikely to recur. Applicant's eligibility for continued access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 16-00738.h1


Financial

09/19/2017

Applicant has unresolved delinquent debt and failed to timely file his Federal and state income tax returns from 2001 to 2016. He provided no documentation to support payment of any of the debts. He was sincere and credible that he intends to pay his delinquent debts, and to file his taxes. His efforts are not sufficient to mitigate the security concerns. Eligibility for a security clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-01454.h1


Financial, Personal Conduct, Foreign Influence

09/18/2017

Applicant mitigated the alleged financial considerations, personal conduct, and foreign influence security concerns. National security eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 16-03270.h1


Drugs; Personal Conduct

09/18/2017

Applicant used opiates that were not prescribed for him from approximately December 2008 to December 2011. He received treatment from about September 2011 to November or December 2014 for opium addiction and severe depression. The drug involvement security concerns are mitigated by the passage of time with no intention of any future drug involvement. Personal conduct security concerns raised by his lack of candor about his drug abuse on his security clearance application are not mitigated. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 16-03067.h1


Financial

09/18/2017

Applicant owed five delinquent debts totaling $16,782 as of June 2016. Some factors outside of his control contributed to his financial difficulties, but his financial situation remains tenuous. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 16-00706.h1


Financial

09/18/2017

Applicant incurred more than $17,000 in delinquent debt over the past nine years, some of which he has been unable or unwilling to repay. He failed to demonstrate a workable plan to resolve his financial issues, or progress toward implementing one. Resulting security concerns were not mitigated. National security eligibility is denied. CASE NO: 16-00612.h1


Guideline F

09/18/2017

Applicant's brief, viewed in its totality, does not make an assertion of harmful error by the Judge. Our jurisdiction is limited to those cases in which the appealing party alleges such an error. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 16-00556.a1


Foreign Preference; Foreign Influence

09/18/2017

Applicant mitigated alleged foreign preference security concerns, but her evidence is insufficient to mitigate foreign influence concerns. Her closest living relatives, her parents, are citizens and residents of Pakistan, which exposes her to the potential of adverse foreign influence from hostile armed groups that operate somewhat freely within parts of Pakistan. Granting her a clearance under the present circumstances, and thereby placing the security of this nation's secrets potentially at risk, would not be clearly consistent with the interest of national security. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 16-00299.h1


Guideline F

09/18/2017

Applicant's appeal brief contains no assertion of harmful error on the part of the Judge. Rather, it contains new evidence in the form of a narrative statement and a document that post-dates the Judge's decision. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 15-08409.a1


Financial; Personal Conduct

09/15/2017

Applicant mitigated the security concerns alleged in the SOR. There was no specific intent to falsify his SCA. The financial considerations were mitigated. Eligibility is granted. CASE NO: 16-04068.h1


Guideline G; Guideline J

09/15/2017

The Directive does not prescribe a defined period of abstinence or good behavior for alcohol offenses. Rather, each case must be evaluated upon its own merits. In the case before us, several years elapsed between Applicant's second DUI in 2010 and his most recent. Given that much less time elapsed between the latest one and the close of the record, and given that Applicant remains on probation, we find no reason to disturb the challenged conclusion. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 16-01390.a1


Foreign Influence

09/15/2017

Applicant's entire life is now centered in the United States. This is where she was born, where she graduated from high school, where she obtained two degrees, and where she has worked. Her deep relationship with the United States weighs against a security concern for the rather distant relationships she has with an uncle and cousin who are Chinese citizen-residents. She can be expected to resolve any conflict of interest in favor of the U.S. interest. Her parents and half-sister, all naturalized U.S. citizens, reside in the United States. Applicant's values are U.S. values. Applicant's situation, under the circumstances, does not cast doubt on her current reliability, trustworthiness, and good judgment. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 16-00401.h1


Guideline F; Guideline E

09/15/2017

We find nothing in the record, or in Applicant's appeal brief, to show or intimate that Applicant was denied a fair opportunity to present his case for mitigation. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 15-02955.a1


Financial

09/15/2017

Applicant incurred more than $40,000 in delinquent debt. His defaulted federal student loans have been repaid through involuntary wage garnishment, but several seriously past-due accounts are still outstanding. He failed to demonstrate financially responsible behavior in several aspects. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-02820.h1


Guideline F; Guideline E

09/15/2017

The Judge made no attempt to reconcile how an intelligent person could represent he was not arrested during an incident when he was tasered, handcuffed (Government Exhibit (GE) 7 at 3 and 5), given the opportunity to go to jail or get help (Tr. At 81-82), chose to get help, and was transported to the hospital for evaluation. In making his credibility assessment, the Judge did not discuss three other apparent instances in which Applicant did not disclose required information on his SCA. While the Board gives deference to a Judge's credibility determinations, that deference is not without limits. Adverse decision reversed. CASE NO: 14-05005.a1


Financial

09/14/2017

Applicant mitigated the financial considerations security concerns. Clearance is granted. CASE NO:16-02843.h1


Financial

09/14/2017

Applicant owed delinquent credit card debt totaling $16,167, past-due utility services (electric and gas) debt of $730, a charged-off bank debt of $795, and a $91 cable services debt in collection as of October 2016. More progress is needed toward resolving her past-due debts. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 16-02788.h1


Drugs, Criminal, Personal Conduct, Financial

09/14/2017

Applicant did not mitigate the security concerns under Guideline H, drug involvement; Guideline J, criminal conduct; Guideline E, personal conduct; or Guideline F, financial considerations. Applicant's eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 15-07285.h1


Financial

09/14/2017

Applicant has resolved all of the past-due debts and tax issues in the SOR, and his current financial condition is stable. Based on a review of the testimony, pleadings and exhibits, national security eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 15-06782.h1


Financial

09/14/2017

Applicant is resolving the past-due mortgage debt alleged in the SOR, and his current financial condition is stable. Based on a review of the testimony, pleadings and exhibits, national security eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 15-06644.h1


Foreign Influence

09/14/2017

Applicant presented sufficient evidence to mitigate foreign influence security concerns. After being granted a security clearance seven years ago, he established a favorable track record of reliability, trustworthiness, and conscientiousness in his ability to handle and safeguard classified information. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 15-06480.h1


Foreign Influence; Foreign Preference

09/14/2017

Applicant's mother, father, brother, sister, father-in-law, and mother-in-law are Nigerian citizen-residents with no affiliation with the Nigerian government or its military or intelligence services. Nigeria does not engage in economic espionage and military intelligence activity directed toward the United States. There are insurgent groups, terrorists, and radicalized ISIL sympathizers operating within the borders of Nigeria that might heighten the risk for Applicant's family members still residing in Nigeria, all of whom maintain a low profile, and reside in areas relatively distant from publicized terrorist activities. Applicant was born in the United States to Nigerian citizens who were in the United States attending a U.S. university. As such, he is a native-born U.S. citizen as well as a dual Nigerian citizen through his parents' citizenship. Once the security concerns of possessing and using his Nigerian passport were made known to him, Applicant surrendered not only his own Nigerian passport, but also the Nigerian passports of his wife and children to his facility security officer. Applicant has expressed a willingness to renounce his Nigerian citizenship. Applicant is well respected by his friends and colleagues. Applicant's situation, under the circumstances, does not cast doubt on his current reliability, trustworthiness, and good judgment. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 15-04105.h1


Financial

09/14/2017

Applicant has mitigated the security concerns raised by her financial indebtedness and failure to timely pay her taxes. CASE NO: 15-03691.h1


Guideline F

09/14/2017

Applicant's appeal brief contains no assertion of harmful error on the part of the Judge. Rather, it contains a detailed narrative statement by the Applicant explaining that he is currently working with a debt consolidation agency, and that once he gets a contract with that company he could possibly submit it to the Appeal Board as evidence. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 15-01834.a1


Guideline F

09/14/2017

The Judge's findings about the ongoing nature of Applicant's delinquent debts are based upon substantial evidence. Even if an applicant has paid his debts, however, a Judge may still consider circumstances underlying those debts for what they reveal about the applicant's judgement, reliability, and willingness to abide by rules and regulations, qualities essential to protecting classified information. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 15-01137.a1


Guideline B; Guideline E

09/14/2017

The Judge concluded that Applicant had not mitigated the concerns arising from her foreign contacts, misconduct, and false statements. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 14-05994.a1


Financial

09/13/2017

Applicant provided sufficient evidence of resolution of his financial issues. His SOR lists four delinquent debts. He paid three SOR debts, and he received a mortgage modification to bring the other SOR debt to current status. Financial considerations security concerns are mitigated. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 16-03644.h1


Financial

09/13/2017

Applicant was alleged to be delinquent on a Federal tax lien entered against him in 2014, in the amount of $38,114. He was also alleged to have failed to satisfy a collection account in the amount of $1,395. He has resolved his Federal tax debt and the collection account. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 16-02908.h1


Financial

09/13/2017

Applicant failed to mitigate the security concerns under Guideline F, financial considerations. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 16-02227.h1


Foreign Influence

09/13/2017

Foreign influence concerns were raised as a result of Applicant having a sister and in-laws living in China as well as having a wife, sister, and stepdaughter living in the United States who are Chinese citizens. Additionally, Applicant and his wife have property assets in China valued at $430,000, his wife has a bank account in China valued at $52,000, and his wife received a monthly pension of $1,240 from her former Chinese employer. Applicant was unable to overcome the heightened risk concerns raised by the evidence. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 16-01918.h1


Personal Conduct

09/13/2017

Applicant mitigated the personal conduct security concern. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 16-00113.h1


Foreign Influence

09/13/2017

Applicant's mother, sister, brother, mother-in-law, and brother-in-law are Indian citizens residing in India in areas relatively distant from publicized terrorist activities. All but his brother and brother-in-law have never had any affiliation with the Indian Government or intelligence service. Applicant's brother retired from the Indian military, and his brother-in-law is a scientific officer employed by the Indian Government. India engages in economic espionage and military intelligence activity directed toward the United States. There are insurgent groups, terrorists, and radicalized ISIL sympathizers operating within the borders of India that might heighten the risk for Applicant's family members still residing in India, all of whom maintain a relatively low profile. Since becoming naturalized U.S. citizens, Applicant and his wife's entire lives are now centered in the United States. This is where their two daughters were born and are growing up. Applicant is well respected by his friends and colleagues. Applicant maintains some modest financial interests in India, but when compared with his financial interests in the United States, they are relatively insubstantial. Applicant's situation, under the circumstances, does not cast doubt on his current reliability, trustworthiness, and good judgment. Eligibility is for a public trust position is granted. CASE NO: 15-05717.h1


Financial

09/13/2017

Applicant failed to mitigate the financial considerations security concerns due to a history of failure to pay debts and failing to file and pay income taxes when due. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 15-05691.h1


Financial

09/13/2017

Applicant provided insufficient evidence of resolution of his financial issues, and financial considerations security concerns are not mitigated. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 15-04014.h1


Financial

09/13/2017

Applicant failed to mitigate the financial considerations security concerns due to a history of failure to pay corporate and personal taxes, and other debts. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 15-02923.h1


Financial

09/12/2017

Applicant has had financial problems for several years. He did not submit any information that shows he is addressing his debts. His request for eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 16-00315.h1


Financial

09/12/2017

Applicant failed to mitigate the security concerns under Guideline F, financial considerations. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 15-07692.h1


Guideline H; Guideline E

09/12/2017

Applicant cites to favorable evidence, such as her five years of sobriety, her employment record, and her letters of reference. Applicant has not rebutted the presumption that the Judge considered all of the evidence in the record, nor has she shown that the Judge weighed the evidence in a manner that was arbitrary, capricious, or contrary to law. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 15-07644.a1


Personal Conduct; Financial

09/12/2017

Applicant mitigated the concerns raised under Personal Conduct and Financial Considerations. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 15-07505.h1


Financial

09/12/2017

Applicant presented sufficient information to explain, extenuate, or mitigate the security concern stemming from her problematic financial history. Eligibility granted. CASE NO: 15-07469.h1


Guideline F

09/12/2017

Applicant's brief does not raise an issue of harmful error. Rather, it includes new evidence concerning his state tax obligations, his child support debt, etc. We cannot consider new evidence on appeal. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 15-07119.a1


Financial

09/12/2017

Applicant is repaying his past-due taxes and has resolved three other delinquent debts to the same credit card company. His request to be eligible for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 15-01847.h1


Guideline F

09/12/2017

We note that the Judge's calculation of Applicant's discretionary income does not account for Federal or state income taxes or other standard payroll deductions. It was error to conclude that Applicant had $3,000 of monthly discretionary income without accounting for those taxes and deductions. Adverse decision remanded. CASE NO: 15-00842.a1


Financial

09/11/2017

Applicant failed to mitigate the security concerns under Guideline F, financial considerations. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 16-00359.h1


Financial

09/11/2017

Applicant incurred more than $121,000 in delinquent debt over the past 25 years, most of which she has been unable or unwilling to repay despite repeated statements that she would do so. Resulting security concerns were not mitigated. National security eligibility is denied. CASE NO: 16-00103.h1


Guideline F

09/11/2017

The Judge made findings of fact about much of the record evidence that Applicant discusses in his appeal. His arguments are neither enough to rebut the presumption that the Judge considered all of the record evidence nor sufficient to show that the Judge weighed the evidence in a manner that was arbitrary, capricious, or contrary to law. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 16-00088.a1


Guideline F

09/11/2017

Applicant filed his 2010-2012 Federal income tax returns on the same day he submitted his response to interrogatories. He filed his 2009-2014 state income tax returns around the time he submitted his SOR response. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 15-03321.a1


Financial

09/08/2017

Applicant has paid the one past-due debt alleged in the SOR, is resolving his tax issues, and his current financial condition is stable. Based on a review of the testimony, pleadings and exhibits, national security eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 16-01060.h1


Guideline F

09/08/2017

We remand the case to the Judge for him to give the parties an opportunity to address the potential applicability of Encl. 2, App. A ¶ 20(g) and issue a new Decision in accordance with the Directive. Other issues raised by Applicant are not ripe for consideration. Adverse decision remanded. CASE NO: 16-00517.a1


Guideline F

09/08/2017

We conclude that Applicant made a good-faith effort to request additional time and that he had documents that he believed would assist in demonstrating mitigation. We conclude that the best resolution of this appeal is to remand the case to the Judge for him to consider the documents. Adverse decision remanded. CASE NO: 15-08847.a1


Guideline H

09/08/2017

The doctrine of ineffective assistance of counsel is not applicable in DOHA proceedings. Applicant has not identified a harmful error in the Judge's findings. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 15-08068.a1


Financial

09/08/2017

Applicant did not present sufficient evidence to mitigate security concerns raised by his financial circumstances. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-07265.h1


Financial

09/08/2017

Applicant has paid all but one of the past-due debts alleged in the SOR, is resolving her tax issues, and her current financial condition is stable. Based on a review of the testimony, pleadings and exhibits, national security eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 15-07011.h1


Alcohol; Personal Conduct

09/08/2017

Applicant presented sufficient evidence to mitigate concerns raised by three drunk driving arrests, the last of which occurred over seven years ago. He has made significant lifestyle changes since then and has not repeated the poor decisions involving alcohol that he made in his twenties. Eligibility for a public trust position is granted. CASE NO: 15-05527.h1


Financial

09/08/2017

Applicant did not mitigate the security concerns raised by her history of financial problems, which included unpaid taxes and a defaulted student loan. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-05060.h1


Financial

09/08/2017

Applicant has not mitigated the trustworthiness concerns under the above guideline. Position of public trust is denied. CASE NO: 15-04862.h1


Foreign Influence

09/07/2017

Applicant's connections to India are through her birth in India, and her and her husband's relatives who are citizens and residents of India. She and her husband have frequent contacts with some of her Indian relatives. She owns no properties in India, and none of her family members listed on the statement of reasons are employees of the Indian government. Applicant, her spouse, and her children are not citizens of India. They are citizens and residents of the United States. Applicant's connections to the United States are greater than her connections to India. Foreign influence security concerns are mitigated. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 16-03970.h1


Drugs

09/07/2017

Applicant's history of illegal drug use and his misuse of prescription drugs has been mitigated. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 16-03455.h1


Financial

09/07/2017

Applicant did not mitigate the financial considerations security concerns. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 16-03439.h1


Financial; Personal Conduct

09/07/2017

Applicant's history of indebtedness has not been mitigated. Furthermore, he deliberately failed to disclose the truth about his financial history on his security clearance application. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 16-01787.h1


Financial; Personal Conduct

09/07/2017

Applicant mitigated the concerns raised under financial considerations and personal conduct. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 16-00586.h1


Criminal Conduct

09/07/2017

Applicant was arrested and convicted of DUI in 2013. It was a one-time isolated incident that will not be repeated, and he no longer remains on probation. There is sufficient evidence of mitigation or rehabilitation. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 15-08794.h1


Financial; Personal Conduct

09/07/2017

Applicant did not intentionally provide false information about his finances on his 2015 Questionnaire for National Security Positions or during his background interview, but he has a history of financial problems including a bankruptcy petition, late tax returns, unpaid taxes, and repossessed vehicles. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-08684.h1


Financial

09/07/2017

Applicant's history of indebtedness has not been mitigated. He is a real estate investor who owns several properties in the Philippines. He strategically defaulted on a rental property mortgage in the U.S. allowing it to be foreclosed upon, because the rental market became difficult, even though he could have afforded to pay the loan. This conduct shows unreliability and untrustworthiness. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-03610.h1


Financial; Criminal Conduct

09/07/2017

Applicant mitigated the criminal conduct concerns due to passage of time. She did not mitigate the financial security concerns, as she provided no documentation that she paid or resolved any delinquent debts. Eligibility for a security clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-03568.h1


Financial; Personal Conduct

09/07/2017

Applicant has refuted the allegation that he intentionally falsified his security clearance application, but he has not mitigated the security concerns raised by his delinquent debts. CASE NO: 15-01968.h1


Foreign Influence; Outside Influence; Financial

09/07/2017

The Appeal Board remanded this case for a new decision. See ISCR Case No. 12-10335 (App. Bd. July 21, 2017). Foreign influence and outside influence security concerns are mitigated for the reasons stated in ISCR Case No. 12-10335 (A.J. Apr. 21, 2017). Applicant failed to timely file several federal and state tax returns, and after filing them in October 2016, he learned he owed substantial tax debt. He made some payments to address his tax debt; however, he continues to owe about $30,000 in tax debt. He also owes one large non-tax debt, which is not resolved. He did not establish his financial responsibility. Financial considerations security concerns are not mitigated. Access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 12-10335.h2


Financial

09/06/2017

Applicant mitigated the financial considerations security concerns. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 17-00467.h1


Financial, Alcohol, Criminal Conduct, Personal Conduct

09/06/2017

Applicant mitigated the security concerns under Guidelines G, alcohol consumption and J, criminal conduct. He has a history of financial problems including unpaid federal taxes. The personal conduct concerns were sufficiently addressed in the other guidelines' analyses. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 16-00665.h1


Criminal or Dishonest Conduct; Misconduct or Negligence in Employment; Falsification

09/06/2017

Applicant refuted Common Access Card (CAC) credentialing concerns raised under supplemental adjudicative standards for criminal or dishonest conduct; misconduct or negligence in employment; and material, intentional false statement, deception, or fraud. CAC eligibility is granted. CASE NO: 16-00433.h1


Financial; Personal Conduct

09/06/2017

Applicant failed to mitigate the financial considerations and personal conduct security concerns. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 16-00076.h1


Financial

09/06/2017

Applicant failed to mitigate Guideline F, financial considerations security concerns due to unresolved debts and her failure to file and pay 2013 federal and state income taxes. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 15-08742.h1


Personal Conduct

09/06/2017

Applicant did not present sufficient evidence to mitigate personal conduct security concerns. She resumed engaging in a pattern of self-destructive and questionable behavior shortly after having her clearance reinstated in 2006. She failed to recognize the security significance of her past criminal conduct, does not take full responsibility for her recent criminal conduct, and is unwilling to get the necessary professional help to prevent future recurrence of similar conduct. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-04217.h1


Financial

09/05/2017

Applicant's statement of reasons lists 13 debts totaling $25,622. Applicant successfully mitigated one of her debts, a $1,536 student loan collection account. However, she provided no documentation that she addressed the remaining 12 debts, claiming they had fallen off her credit report. Apart from the one debt she mitigated, no mitigating conditions apply. Eligibility for a public trust position is denied. CASE NO: 16-00727.h1


Foreign Influence

09/05/2017

Applicant has mitigated the security concerns raised by his family ties in Kyrgyzstan. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 16-00268.h1


Financial

09/01/2017

When he discovered his brother-in law was stealing the rental income from their five rental properties, Applicant exercised good judgment in taking control of the rentals. After the rentals were vacated, he prepared the properties for sale and was able to sell three of the five parcels while settling the mortgage account of the fourth property. Overall, Applicant(s evidence in mitigation warrants a finding in his favor under the guideline for financial considerations. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 15-05863.h1


Financial, Personal Conduct

09/01/2017

Applicant mitigated the trustworthiness concerns raised under the guidelines for financial considerations and personal conduct. National security eligibility for a position of trust is granted. CASE NO: 16-03657.h1


Foreign Influence

09/01/2017

Applicant failed to mitigate the security concerns arising from his continuing family connections in Iraq, and threats he and they received while he was working with U.S. forces there. National security eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 16-01434.h1


Financial, Personal Conduct

09/01/2017

Applicant mitigated security concerns raised by an isolated arrest in 2013 and his failure to timely file his state and federal income tax returns in 2014. However, concerns raised by his unresolved delinquent debt remain. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 16-00941.h1


Financial

09/01/2017

Applicant is indebted to seven creditors in the approximate amount of $88,000. He failed to produce documentation to show he resolved any of his delinquencies. Based upon a review of the pleadings and exhibits, eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 16-00694.h1


Financial

09/01/2017

Applicant is making a good-faith effort to resolve his delinquent debt. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 16-00478.h1


Financial; Personal Conduct

09/01/2017

Applicant has not mitigated the security concerns under the financial considerations guideline due to unresolved debt and tax liens. He did not falsify his security clearance application. Personal conduct security concerns were not established. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-08558.h1


Foreign Influence

09/01/2017

Applicant, a naturalized U.S. citizen from India, has mitigated the foreign influence concerns raised by his familial and social relationships with individuals who are citizens and residents of that country, as well as those concerns raised by his financial interests there. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 15-08322.h1


Drugs; Personal Conduct

09/01/2017

Applicant failed to mitigate concerns related to her history of illegal drug use and purchase. She also failed to mitigate the concerns related to her intentional falsification of a 2006 security clearance. Although Applicant did not knowingly use illegal drugs after being granted a security clearance, she did use illegal drugs while employed in public safety and law enforcement positions. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-06443.h1


Financial; Personal Conduct

09/01/2017

Applicant mitigated the financial considerations security concern. Personal conduct concerns were not established. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 15-04154.h1


Financial

09/01/2017

Although Applicant's financial problems were caused largely by circumstances beyond her control, she failed to provide enough evidence to carry her burden of proving that she was in the process of resolving her financial problems. Applicant's application for eligibility to occupy an automated data processing (ADP) position is denied. CASE NO: 15-03904.h1


Criminal or Dishonest Conduct

08/31/2017

Applicant was arrested twice for driving while intoxicated. He is remorseful for his actions. He credibly testified that he learned his lesson and he will never drink and drive again. Common Access Card (CAC) eligibility is granted. CASE NO: 16-03838.h1


Financial

08/31/2017

Applicant has had a history of financial difficulties. While some of his delinquent debt is due to circumstances beyond his control, no independent evidence was introduced to establish that any of his significant overdue debt has been resolved or reduced. Additionally, no evidence was introduced to establish that Applicant will be able to be more financially responsible in the future. Mitigation has not been shown. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 16-02196.h1


Financial

08/31/2017

Applicant has had a history of financial difficulties. He failed to file Federal and State A tax returns for tax year 2014. While he has now engaged the services of a law firm to help him resolve his significant delinquent debt, no independent evidence was introduced to establish that any of this debt has been resolved or reduced. Additionally, no evidence was introduced to establish that Applicant will be more financially responsible in the future. Mitigation has not been shown. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 16-01892.h1


Criminal Conduct, Personal Conduct, Financial

08/31/2017

Applicant failed to mitigate the security concerns under Guideline J, criminal conduct, Guideline E, personal conduct, and Guideline F, financial considerations. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 16-00711.h1


Financial

08/31/2017

Applicant has had a history of financial difficulties. While some of her delinquent debt has now been resolved, a significant amount remains unresolved. Additionally, no evidence was introduced to establish that Applicant will be more financially responsible in the future. Mitigation has not been shown. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 16-00708.h1


Use of Information Technology; Personal Conduct

08/31/2017

Applicant is 49. She was terminated from Company A for allegedly using the company computer to consult and work for other businesses. Applicant testified credibly that she had a continuing arrangement from the time she began her employment at Company A that she could engage in this conduct, and she never received any written or oral notice that she should cease this conduct. She testified that she would have stopped the conduct immediately if she had been so instructed. Applicant also was separated from Company B but the evidence suggests that she was laid off not terminated. The evidence did not establish that she had violated any rules when she lost her employment. Mitigation has been shown. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 16-00467.h1


Financial

08/31/2017

Applicant did not mitigate the financial considerations security concerns. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 16-00281.h1


Financial

08/31/2017

Applicant failed to mitigate concerns raised by her history of financial problems evidenced by approximately $25,000 in unresolved delinquent debt. Her request for eligibility to occupy a position of trust is denied. CASE NO: 15-07990.h1


Foreign Influence

08/31/2017

Applicant's father, stepmother, sister, father-in-law, and mother-in-law are Indian citizens residing in India in areas relatively distant from publicized terrorist activities. They have never had any affiliation with the Indian government or intelligence service. India engages in economic espionage and military intelligence activity directed toward the United States. There are insurgent groups, terrorists, and radicalized ISIL sympathizers operating within the borders of India that might heighten the risk for Applicant's family members still residing in India, all of whom maintain a low profile. Since becoming a naturalized U.S. citizen in 2009, Applicant's entire life is now centered in the United States. This is where his son grew up and where Applicant, his wife, and son have friends and involvement in community and school affairs. Applicant is well respected by his friends and colleagues. Applicant's situation, under the circumstances, does not cast doubt on his current reliability, trustworthiness, and good judgment. Eligibility is granted. CASE NO: 15-07307.h1


Financial

08/31/2017

Applicant presented sufficient information to explain, extenuate, or mitigate the security concern stemming from her problematic financial history. Eligibility granted. CASE NO: 15-06748.h1


Foreign Influence; Personal Conduct

08/31/2017

Applicant is 41 and was born in Afghanistan. He moved to the United States in 2004 and became a United States citizen in 2008. Applicant's ties to Afghanistan are significant. They include his father, to whom he has sent money in support, two brothers, and three sisters, who are citizens and residents of Afghanistan. His only ties to the United States are his wife and son, who are United States citizens and his mother-in-law, who is an Afghan citizen residing in the United States. Applicant was involved in altercation while working in Afghanistan, but the evidence of the incident does not definitively establish that Applicant was at fault. Mitigation has not been shown regarding Foreign Influence. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-06559.h1


Financial

08/31/2017

Applicant did not present sufficient information to explain, extenuate, or mitigate the security concern stemming from her problematic financial history. Eligibility denied. CASE NO: 15-04397.h1


Financial

08/31/2017

Applicant has addressed all of the alleged past-due indebtedness. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 15-03553.h1


Financial, Personal Conduct

08/31/2017

This case alleges security concerns raised under Guideline F (Financial Considerations) and Guideline E (Personal Conduct). Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 15-02704.h1


Financial, Personal Conduct

08/31/2017

Applicant failed to mitigate the alleged financial and personal conduct trustworthiness concerns. National security eligibility for a position of trust is denied. CASE NO: 15-01602.h1


Alcohol; Criminal Conduct

08/30/2017

Applicant failed to mitigate the alcohol consumption and criminal conduct security concerns. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 16-03219.h1


Financial, Drugs

08/30/2017

Applicant has unresolved delinquent debts. Her misuse of prescription drugs remains a concern. Applicant failed to mitigate the security concerns under Guideline F, financial considerations and Guideline H, drug involvement. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 16-02040.h1


Financial

08/30/2017

Applicant mitigated the security concerns under Guideline F, financial considerations. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 16-01767.h1


Financial

08/30/2017

Applicant has not mitigated the security concerns raised by his failure to file his state income tax return and to pay his state income taxes and other delinquent debts. CASE NO: 16-00669.h1


Financial

08/30/2017

Applicant did not present sufficient evidence to explain, extenuate, or mitigate the security concern stemming from her failure to timely file state and federal individual income tax returns for tax years 2011-2014. Eligibility denied. CASE NO: 16-00463.h1


Financial

08/30/2017

Applicant failed to mitigate the trustworthiness concerns under Guideline F, financial considerations. Eligibility for a public position of trust is denied. CASE NO: 15-08833.h1


Financial

08/30/2017

Applicant has a history of financial problems including multiple bankruptcy petitions, late tax returns, unpaid taxes, a defaulted student loan, a repossessed vehicle, and other delinquent debts. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-07645.h1


Personal Conduct, Financial, Drugs, Criminal

08/30/2017

Applicant has unresolved delinquent debts. He deliberately failed to disclose on his security clearance application that he was arrested and charged with carrying a concealed weapon and drug possession. Applicant mitigated the Guideline H, drug involvement, and Guideline J, criminal conduct concerns, but failed to mitigate the security concerns under Guideline F, financial considerations and Guideline E, personal conduct. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 15-05436.h1


Financial

08/30/2017

Applicant has not mitigated the security concerns raised by his history of delinquent debts. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-05047.h1


Financial; Personal Conduct

08/30/2017

Applicant home went into foreclosure and the mortgage company charged off more than $84,000. Additionally, he had seven accounts placed for collection, which totaled more than $35,000, none of which have been paid. He also failed to disclose his financial problems when he completed his March 2013 security questionnaire. He has failed to mitigate the financial considerations and personal conduct security concerns. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-04405.h1


Criminal Conduct; Personal Conduct

08/29/2017

Applicant mitigated the security concerns under Guideline J, criminal conduct, and Guideline E, personal conduct. He established that it is clearly consistent with the interests of national security that he be granted access to classified information. Applicant's eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 16-03771.h1


Financial

08/29/2017

Applicant mitigated the concerns raised under financial considerations. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 16-02648.h1


Financial

08/29/2017

Applicant mitigated the security concerns raised by three predatory student loans and a delinquent medical debt. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 16-02224.h1


Foreign Influence; Financial

08/29/2017

Applicant married a citizen of the Philippines who still resides in the Philippines with their daughter and his stepson, and there is the possibility of terrorist actions in the Philippines that might be directed at Applicant's family members. Applicant allowed two minor medical accounts, totaling $448.53, to become delinquent, which he promptly resolved. He created some controversy by not filing his federal income tax returns while he is still stationed overseas. An honorably retired U.S. Air Force veteran, Applicant has been overseas with his employer since September 2004. He has held a top-secret security clearance since 2009. Upon learning that he had two delinquent accounts, Applicant promptly paid them off. He has no other delinquent accounts. With regard to his federal income tax returns, Applicant is still a civilian acting under the directions of U.S. Armed Forces at an overseas location, and he has IRS-approved extensions to file his returns. In addition to his income tax return filing extensions, Applicant also has substantial tax exemptions while working overseas. Applicant's actions, under the circumstances, do not cast doubt on his current reliability, trustworthiness, and good judgment. Eligibility is granted. CASE NO: 16-01626.h1


Foreign Influence; Personal Conduct

08/29/2017

Applicant has not mitigated the security concerns raised by his criminal conduct, for which he is on probation. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-08246.h1


Criminal Conduct

08/29/2017

Applicant has not mitigated the security concerns raised by his criminal conduct, for which he is on probation. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-08141.h1


Financial

08/29/2017

Applicant has delinquent debt which has not been resolved. He did not present sufficient evidence to mitigate his tax issues which also form the security concerns under the financial considerations guideline. Eligibility for a security clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-07520.h1


Criminal Conduct; Personal Conduct

08/28/2017

Applicant has mitigated the security concerns raised by her criminal conduct, cross-alleged as personal conduct. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 16-00134.h1


Financial; Criminal Conduct

08/28/2017

Applicant took out loans to cover earlier loans. His failure to satisfy all of his debts allowed them to become delinquent. Accounts were placed for collection or charged off. At least one automobile was repossessed. He submitted no documentary evidence to support any good-faith efforts to address his debts. Applicant's only proven action was to engage the support of a credit repair company to dispute nearly all of the accounts appearing in Applicant's credit report. There is no reasonable basis to dispute the legitimacy of the past-due debts, and there is no documented proof to substantiate that disputes were made or, if they were, the bases of those disputes. There is no evidence of financial counseling. There are also two incidents in March 2013 and September 2014 involving actions by Applicant that resulted in intervention by local authorities. They both involved his exercise of parental visitation, kicking his ex-wife or squeezing his daughter to calm her down, and they both resulted in Applican's court-mandated attendance at anger management classes. His criminal conduct is mitigated. However, his financial action, or inactions, under the circumstances cast doubt on his current reliability, trustworthiness, and good judgment. Eligibility is denied. CASE NO: 15-04407.h1


Financial; Personal Conduct

08/28/2017

Applicant was discharged from the Navy under other than honorable conditions after he misused a government credit card for personal purposes. His financial delinquencies are ongoing and remain unresolved. Applicant did not mitigate the security concerns under Guideline F, financial considerations, or Guideline E, personal conduct. Applicant's eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 15-04097.h1


Foreign Influence; Personal Conduct

08/28/2017

Applicant's sister, parents-in-law, and father are citizens and residents of South Korea. He frequently communicates with his sister and to a lesser extent with his other relatives. He had casual and infrequent contacts with an important official in the South Korean Government from 2011 to 2015, and there is no reason for his contacts with the official to resume. He has resided in the United States for 50 years and been a U.S. citizen for 40 years. Foreign influence security concerns are mitigated by his strong connections to the United States. Allegations of falsification of his May 16, 2013 Questionnaire for National Security Positions are refuted, and personal conduct security concerns are mitigated. Access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 15-02170.h1


Financial

08/25/2017

Applicant has not mitigated the security concerns raised by his failures to timely file his Federal and state income tax returns. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 16-03381.h1


Foreign Influence

08/25/2017

Applicant's spouse is a dual citizen of her native Russia and of the United States since her U.S. naturalization in April 2017, but her parents and sister are resident citizens of Russia. Applicant and his spouse also have some friends with Russian citizenship, who are legal U.S. permanent residents. Applicant's lifelong ties to the United States, which include over a decade as a U.S. military officer, mitigate the risk of undue foreign influence raised by his family ties to Russia. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 16-03361.h1


Financial

08/25/2017

Applicant's statement of reasons (SOR) alleges eight delinquent debts totaling $28,439. He paid three debts totaling about $1,000, and his five student loan debts totaling $27,479 debts are in a payment plan. He has established his financial responsibility. Financial considerations security concerns are mitigated. He credibly stated that he thought his student loans were deferred, and he forgot to include his delinquent SOR debts on his June 18, 2015 Questionnaire for National Security Positions (SF 86) or security clearance application (SCA). Personal conduct security concerns are mitigated. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 16-02686.h1


Financial

08/25/2017

Applicant's financial problems arose from circumstances beyond her control. She established that she has acted responsibly under the circumstances in addressing her debts. Applicant's financial difficulties are not reflective of her judgment and reliability. She has mitigated the security concerns about her debts, and her request for a security clearance is granted. CASE NO: 16-02643.h1


Personal Conduct

08/25/2017

Applicant failed to mitigate the personal conduct allegation regarding falsification of investigative reports. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 16-02187.h1


Financial, Personal Conduct

08/25/2017

Applicant failed to mitigate the alleged financial and personal conduct security concerns. National security eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 16-02162.h1


Financial

08/25/2017

Applicant discharged his business debts through Chapter 7 bankruptcy filed in 2010, as a result of his business going defunct after an accident occurred. Since the discharge in 2011, he has paid or is paying on all of his debts. Based upon a review of the pleadings and exhibits, eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 16-00287.h1


Foreign Influence

08/25/2017

Applicant provided sufficient evidence to explain, extenuate, or mitigate the security concerns stemming his ties to the Republic of India. Access granted. CASE NO: 15-08772.h1


Criminal Conduct; Personal Conduct

08/25/2017

Applicant is a felon who took advantage of his position of trust to commit a crime against the Government. Considering the evidence as a whole, I find that Applicant's criminal behavior continues to cast serious doubt on his reliability, trustworthiness, and good judgment. Clearance denied. CASE NO: 15-08527.h1


Financial

08/25/2017

Applicant has not mitigated the security concerns raised by her financial indebtedness, or by her failure to timely file income tax returns and pay income taxes. CASE NO: 15-08174.h1


Financial

08/25/2017

Applicant provided insufficient evidence of resolution of his financial issues, and financial considerations security concerns are not mitigated. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 15-08060.h1


Financial

08/25/2017

Applicant has mitigated the security concerns raised by his financial indebtedness and failure to timely pay his taxes. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 15-07688.h1


Financial

08/25/2017

Applicant discharged her debts through Chapter 7 bankruptcies filed in 2006 and 2015. However, she failed to show she has mitigated the financial concern raised by her long history on indebtedness. Evidence shows that despite the discharge of debts through Chapter 7 bankruptcy, she continues to spend more than she earns each month. Based upon a review of the pleadings and exhibits, eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 12-10817.h1


Personal Conduct

08/24/2017

In 2015, Applicant violated the privacy of a fellow employee, misused company assets, and overcharged his employer for time spent on non-work matters. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 16-01300.h1


Financial; Personal Conduct

08/24/2017

Applicant did not intentionally provide false information about her finances on her 2015 Questionnaire for National Security Positions, but she has a history of tax problems culminating in a $70,063 federal tax lien. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 16-00292.h1


Guideline F

08/24/2017

Applicant testified that his current Federal tax debt is about $98,000. Applicant's tax debts are recent, and have been unresolved since at least 2008. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 15-08711.a1


Financial

08/24/2017

Applicant did not mitigate the financial considerations security concerns. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 15-08387.h1


Guideline E

08/24/2017

Applicant's brief does not raise an issue of harmful error by the Judge. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 15-06854.a1


Financial

08/24/2017

Applicant contests the Department of Defense's intent to deny his eligibility for a public trust position to work in the defense industry. Applicant failed to timely file and pay his Federal and state income taxes for tax years 2007 through 2014. Applicant failed to mitigate the trustworthiness concerns arising from his non-filing of taxes and nonpayment of income tax. Eligibility for access to sensitive information is denied. CASE NO: 15-05835.h1


Financial; Personal Conduct

08/24/2017

Applicant has one past-due debt she has failed to address, and she was not candid about her financial difficulties on her March 2015 SCA. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-05438.h1


Financial

08/24/2017

Applicant did not mitigate the financial considerations security concerns. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 15-05179.h1


Financial

08/23/2017

Applicant has not mitigated the security concerns raised by his delinquent debts and his failure to timely file Federal and state income tax returns. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 16-03119.h1


Financial

08/23/2017

Applicant accrued delinquent debts in an unsuccessful attempt to keep her real estate businesses afloat after the real estate market collapsed. She submitted sufficient evidence to mitigate the security concerns raised by those debts. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 16-02025.h1


Financial

08/23/2017

Applicant's record of delinquency includes a federal tax lien of $22,166 from 2010, deficiency balances of $3,852 and $3,301 on loans for repossessed vehicles, and a $536 collection debt. Applicant began repaying his income tax delinquency in August 2010 in varying amounts depending on the installment agreement. He still owes approximately $8,371 in federal tax debt and has yet to address one of the car loans, which had accrued to $5,056 as of April 2016. While he has made significant progress toward addressing his federal tax issues, he continues to display questionable financial judgment. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 16-01875.h1


Financial

08/23/2017

Applicant mitigated the financial security concerns related to delinquent student loans and a 2010 bankruptcy. National security eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 16-01398.h1


Financial

08/23/2017

Applicant did not mitigate the financial considerations security concerns. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 16-01029.h1


Criminal Conduct; Personal Conduct

08/23/2017

Applicant has mitigated the Guideline E concerns surrounding his 2010 employment issues, but not the Guideline J and E security concerns raised by his criminal misconduct. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 16-00943.h1


Financial

08/23/2017

Applicant resolved the untimely filing of Federal and state income tax returns and has no delinquent debt. This was a result of circumstances beyond her control and she acted diligently in contacting the tax authorities and complying with her plan to file and pay taxes. Eligibility for a security clearance is granted. CASE NO: 15-08304.h1


Financial, Alcohol

08/23/2017

Applicant mitigated the security concerns under Guideline G, alcohol consumption, but failed to mitigate Guideline F, financial considerations security concerns. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 15-06983.h1


Financial

08/23/2017

Applicant mitigated the financial security concerns concerning his collection account, which was resolved in 2012. Eligibility for a security clearance is granted. CASE NO: 15-05732.h1


Financial; Personal Conduct

08/23/2017

Applicant's finances were adversely affected by his children's medical problems, his wife's unemployment, and the loss of tenants at his rental property. He worked in Afghanistan for a year as a means of earning extra money to pay his debts. All of the delinquent debts have been paid, settled, in good standing and being paid, or otherwise resolved. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 15-04281.h1


Guideline F

08/22/2017

Applicant has debts to the Federal and to his state government for unpaid taxes and child support. He failed to file Federal and state income tax returns in a timely fashion for 2009 and for 2011 through 2013. He filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy and was discharged in 2016. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 16-02473.a1


Financial

08/22/2017

Applicant did not file a timely federal income tax return for tax year 2013. He estimated his tax debt at $5,000. He defaulted on his federal student loans because of insufficient income, but he made some payments on his private student loans. He has likely resolved a credit card collection debt, but a credit card judgment of $1,409 from 2012 is still outstanding. Although Applicant is not required to fully resolve his debts, more documented progress is needed toward resolving his tax and student loan issues to fully mitigate the financial considerations security concerns. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 16-02343.h1


Drug Involvement

08/22/2017

Applicant did not mitigate the security concerns raised by his extensive use of marijuana. Applicant's request for eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 16-01944.h1


Financial

08/22/2017

Applicant is indebted to 13 creditors in the approximate amount of $17,046. He failed to produce documentation to show he resolved any of his delinquencies to the satisfaction of his creditors. Based upon a review of the pleadings and exhibits, eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 16-01779.h1


Financial

08/22/2017

Applicant has had financial problems for several years. He did not submit sufficient information to overcome the security concerns engendered by his ongoing debts. His request for eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 16-01582.h1


Guideline F

08/22/2017

The Appeal Board's authority to review a case is limited to cases in which the appealing party has alleged the Judge committed harmful error. Applicant has not made an allegation of harmful error on the part of the Judge. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 16-00759.a1


Financial

08/22/2017

Applicant has a long history of failing to file federal and state income tax returns and resolving delinquent debts. He did not mitigate the resulting financial security concerns. National security eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 16-00135.h1


Guideline F; Guideline E

08/22/2017

When he completed his security clearance application (SCA), Applicant did not disclose that he had charged-off debts. During his subsequent interview, the investigator asked Applicant about his financial situation, and Applicant answered each question negatively. When reminded that he was under oath and when confronted with his credit record, Applicant admitted his delinquent debts. He stated that he had intentionally falsified his SCA and lied about his financial difficulties because he was embarrassed. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 15-08255.a1


Drug Involvement; Criminal Conduct

08/22/2017

The security concerns about Applicant's drug use and criminal conduct are mitigated by the passage of time and change in circumstances. Applicant's request for eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 15-04738.h1


Financial; Personal Conduct

08/22/2017

Applicant did not provide sufficient information to mitigate the financial considerations security concerns. Applicant mitigated the personal conduct security concerns due to the passage of time. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 15-02574.h1


Financial

08/21/2017

Applicant mitigated the security concerns under Guideline F, financial considerations. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 16-00395.h1


Financial

08/21/2017

Applicant did not provide sufficient evidence to mitigate his delinquent debts. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 16-00302.h1


Financial

08/21/2017

Applicant did not submit any information to overcome the security concerns raised by the Government's adverse information about his financial problems. Applicant's request for eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 15-07872.h1


Financial

08/21/2017

Applicant did not submit any information that would mitigate the security concerns raised by the Government's adverse information about his financial problems. Applicant's request for eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 15-07427.h1


Personal Conduct; Financial

08/21/2017

Applicant presented sufficient evidence to mitigate financial considerations security concerns allegedly raised by less than $4,000 of delinquent debt. However, his dishonesty during the security clearance process and other dishonest conduct raises significant security concerns. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-06734.h1


Financial

08/21/2017

Applicant has made a good-faith effort to resolve all of her past-due indebtedness. Based on a review of the pleadings and exhibits, national security eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 15-05953.h1


Financial

08/21/2017

Applicant did not provide sufficient evidence to mitigate her delinquent debts. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-04572.h1


Financial

08/21/2017

Applicant accumulated a number of delinquent debts that he has not addressed while fully employed. Security concerns related to his finances are not mitigated. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-01241.h1


Security Violations; Information Technology

08/18/2017

Applicant did not present sufficient evidence to mitigate security concerns raised by his repeated failure to follow security rules and regulations for the handling of classified and other sensitive information. His misuse of information technology systems also remains a security concern. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 16-03495.h1


Foreign Influence, Personal Conduct

08/18/2017

Applicant was born and educated in Iraq. Security concerns raised under the foreign influence guideline relating to his connections and travel there are not mitigated. He mitigated the personal conduct security concerns raised by his failure to disclose trips to Iraq. National security eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 16-02241.h1


Financial; Drugs; Criminal Conduct; Alcohol

08/18/2017

Applicant has mitigated the security concerns raised by his drug involvement, but not as to his financial indebtedness, excessive alcohol consumption, and criminal misconduct. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 16-02024.h1


Drugs; Personal Conduct

08/18/2017

Applicant used ecstasy in 2006 and marijuana in 2013 while having eligibility for access to classified information. Applicant knew he had a security clearance when he used controlled substances even though he did not think about the status of his security clearance. Applicant failed to mitigate drug involvement and personal conduct security concerns. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 16-00276.h1


Financial

08/18/2017

Applicant remains indebted to a creditor on a vehicle loan she co-signed for her daughter in the approximate amount of $2,183. Additionally, she failed to file Federal and state income tax returns for tax years 2008 through 2013. She failed to produce documentation to show she resolved the vehicle loan or delinquent tax returns. Based upon a review of the pleadings and exhibits, eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 15-08863.h1


Guideline F

08/18/2017

Applicant takes issue with some of the Judge's findings, which, he contends, put him in an inappropriately bad light. We have considered the totality of Applicant's arguments and conclude that the Judge's material findings satisfy the requirements of the Directive for factual sufficiency. Applicant has not cited to any error in the findings that would be likely to change the outcome of the case. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 15-07118.a1


Financial

08/18/2017

Applicant has not mitigated the security concerns under the financial considerations guideline. He failed to file Federal tax returns timely from 2008 to 2011. There is no information concerning the filing of his state income tax return for those years. Eligibility for a security clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-05824.h1


Financial

08/18/2017

Applicant is indebted to ten creditors in the approximate amount of $12,854. He failed to produce documentation to show he resolved any of his delinquencies to the satisfaction of his creditors. Based upon a review of the pleadings and exhibits, eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 15-05023.h1


Guideline F

08/18/2017

Applicant contends that the Judge erred in finding the state does not allow him to place his state taxes in abeyance. In support of this contention, Applicant cites to IRS publication 3. A reading of IRS publication 3 reflects that it is directed at the deadlines for filing tax returns with, or making tax payments to, the IRS (i.e., the Federal Government) and does not address the granting of extensions for state tax requirements. Also, Applicant testified that the combat zone "abeyance" applied to his Federal taxes, but not apply to his state taxes. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 14-04724.a1


Financial

08/17/2017

Applicant presented sufficient evidence of the reasonable and responsible actions he took to resolve the financial problems. Applicant mitigated financial security concerns. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 16-01781.h1


Foreign Influence; Personal Conduct

08/17/2017

Applicant mitigated the foreign influence and personal conduct security concerns alleged in the SOR. Eligibility is granted. CASE NO: 16-01576.h1


Financial; Personal Conduct

08/17/2017

Applicant adequately explained the circumstances and resolved any security concern stemming from his past financial history. He did not falsify his security clearance application when he failed to disclose delinquent financial accounts of which he was then unaware. Eligibility granted. CASE NO: 16-01244.h1


Personal Conduct; Financial

08/17/2017

An investment property Applicant owned was foreclosed around 2006. He did not provide documentation showing the mortgage debt was resolved through the foreclosure. Applicant's September 22, 2015 Questionnaire for National Security Positions (SF 86) or security clearance application (SCA) asked whether he had a property foreclosed in the previous seven years. Applicant did not disclose the foreclosure because he believed the foreclosure occurred more than seven years before he completed his SCA. Personal conduct security concerns are mitigated; however, financial considerations security concerns are not mitigated. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 16-00448.h1


Foreign Influence

08/17/2017

Applicant provided sufficient evidence to explain, extenuate, or mitigate the security concerns stemming her ties to the country of Russia. Access granted. CASE NO: 16-00061.h1


Financial

08/17/2017

Applicant did not provide sufficient evidence to mitigate her history of financial problems and delinquent debts. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-08467.h1


Guideline F

08/17/2017

Applicant's appeal brief contains new evidence in the form of a narrative statement, debt payment plan, and portions of credit reports. The Appeal Board cannot consider new evidence on appeal. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 15-07663.a1


Financial

08/17/2017

Four state or federal tax liens totaling $37,530 were filed against Applicant from 2008 to 2011, and she has not filed her state and federal income tax returns for tax years 2006 and 2007. She did not provide sufficient evidence of resolution of her financial issues. Financial considerations trustworthiness concerns are not mitigated. Eligibility for access to sensitive information is denied. CASE NO: 15-07461.h1


Financial

08/17/2017

Applicant mitigated the financial considerations security concerns. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 15-07368.h1


Financial; Personal Conduct

08/17/2017

Applicant has unresolved delinquent debts. He deliberately failed to disclose an arrest on his security clearance application. Applicant failed to mitigate the security concerns under Guideline F, financial considerations and Guideline E, personal conduct. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 15-05344.h1


Guideline F

08/17/2017

Applicant failed to timely file his Federal income tax returns for 2009 and 2010. He has an outstanding tax lien against him by his state. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 15-05158.a1


Financial

08/17/2017

Applicant did not mitigate the financial considerations security concerns. Applicant's eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 15-05091.h1


Drug Involvement; Criminal Conduct

08/17/2017

Applicant purchased, possessed, and used Oxycodone without a prescription from January 2002 until November 2009. He was diagnosed as opioid dependent, continuous. He was arrested and convicted in 2006 and 2013 for drug-related charges. He stopped using Oxycodone nearly eight years ago when he decided to seek medical assistance. Applicant does not have any cravings for Oxycodone. Applicant has dissociated himself from known drug users. He has provided substantial evidence of actions he has taken to overcome his drug problem, and he has established a clear pattern of abstinence. Applicant has presented a stable lifestyle with his wife and child, as well as a satisfactory employment record. He is within three months of being released from unsupervised probation. Despite the negative aspects of his earlier behavior and actions, his more recent positive actions – abstinence for the past eight years, and no criminal behavior or arrests for nearly four years – establish his current reliability, trustworthiness, and good judgment. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 15-04976.h1


Financial

08/17/2017

Applicant did not mitigate the security concern raised under the guideline for financial considerations. National security eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 15-00230.h1


Guideline H

08/16/2017

Applicant points out that the Judge made errors in the listing of his children. We find such errors were harmless because they likely had no affect on the Judge's ultimate decision. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 16-02402.a1


Financial

08/16/2017

Applicant mitigated the financial considerations security concern. He filed his 2013 tax returns. He did not owe any Federal or state taxes. Eligibility for a security clearance is granted. CASE NO: 16-01862.h1


Drugs

08/16/2017

Applicant admits using marijuana three times a week from June 1983 until January 2015. He did not present sufficient information to mitigate his use of a controlled substance. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 16-01687.h1


Guideline F

08/16/2017

The Hearing Office should verify whether Applicant received a complete and accurate copy of the hearing transcript and, if such action did not occur, take appropriate corrective action. Furthermore, the Judge should issue a new decision that clarifies whether Applicant received a complete and accurate copy of the transcript and ensures the faulty transcript was not considered in rendering his decision. Adverse decision remanded. CASE NO: 16-01209.a1


Personal Conduct

08/16/2017

Personal conduct security concerns relating to a 2011 drug offense, a 2014, firearms offense, and omission of an arrest on his 2014 prescreening-security questionnaire are mitigated. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 15-08882.h1


Financial; Personal Conduct

08/16/2017

Applicant has unresolved delinquent debts. She deliberately failed to disclose derogatory financial information on her security clearance application. Applicant failed to mitigate the security concerns under Guideline F, financial considerations and Guideline E, personal conduct. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 15-08550.h1


Guideline F; Guideline E

08/16/2017

A Judge may consider non-alleged debts (a) in assessing an applicant's credibility; (b) in evaluating an applicant's evidence of extenuation, mitigation, or changed circumstances; (c) in considering whether the applicant has demonstrated successful rehabilitation; and (d) in applying the whole-person concept. Our review of the decision reveals that the Judge only discussed the alleged debts in evaluating Applicant's evidence in mitigation and change of circumstances. We find no basis for concluding that the Judge considered non-alleged debts in an inappropriate manner. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 15-07369.a1


Drugs; Alcohol; Personal Conduct

08/16/2017

Applicant used marijuana on multiple occasions from 2008 to November 2016 while holding a security clearance. He was arrested three times for driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI) from 1984 to 2013, and he continues to drink alcohol to intoxication about twice a week. Applicant failed to disclose his marijuana use and two of his DUIs on his December 19, 2014 Questionnaire for National Security Positions or security clearance application; however, he made prompt voluntary disclosures during his follow-on Office of Personnel Management personal subject interview. Personal conduct security concerns are mitigated; however, drug involvement and alcohol consumption security concerns are not mitigated. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 15-07298.h1


Financial

08/16/2017

Applicant provided sufficient evidence of resolution of his financial issues, and financial considerations security concerns are mitigated. All of his delinquent debts are either paid or in established payment plans. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 15-06017.h1


Financial

08/16/2017

Applicant provided insufficient evidence of resolution of her financial issues, and financial considerations security concerns are not mitigated. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 15-05861.h1


Financial

08/16/2017

Applicant failed to mitigate the security concerns under Guideline F, financial considerations. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 14-05996.h1


Personal Conduct; Handling Protected Information

08/16/2017

Applicant mitigated the security concerns under Guideline E, personal conduct, and Guideline K, handling protected information, due to the isolated nature of the incident and the passage of time without evidence of recurrence. Applicant's eligibility for continued access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 14-02814.h1


Financial

08/15/2017

Applicant did not timely file state and federal income tax returns for 2011 and 2013, and owes state taxes for previous years. Applicant did not present sufficient information of any reasonable and responsible actions he took to file his tax returns, pay taxes owed, or resolve the financial problems. Applicant did not mitigate financial security concerns. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 16-01714.h1


Alcohol

08/15/2017

Applicant mitigated the security concerns under Guideline G, alcohol consumption. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 16-01427.h1


Drugs; Financial

08/15/2017

Applicant used marijuana from February 2015 to December 2016 under his state's medical marijuana program, including after he had informed the Department of Defense that he had no intention to use marijuana in the future. After losing his home to foreclosure in 2012, he owed a charge-off balance on a second mortgage. While his financial situation has stabilized, he has not provided documentation showing that his old delinquencies have been resolved. The financial considerations and drug involvement security concerns are not yet fully mitigated. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 16-01422.h1


Financial

08/15/2017

Applicant did not present sufficient evidence to explain, extenuate, or mitigate the security concern stemming from his history of financial problems, which includes bankruptcies, noncompliance with state and federal income tax obligations, unpaid judgments, and delinquent accounts. Eligibility denied. CASE NO: 16-01126.h1


Financial

08/15/2017

Applicant presented sufficient evidence to mitigate security concerns raised by his past financial problems. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 16-00618.h1


Guideline F

08/15/2017

It is well established, however, that a security clearance adjudication does not turn simply on a finding that one or more of the mitigating conditions apply to the particular facts of a case. Rather, an adjudication requires the exercise of sound discretion in light of the record evidence as a whole. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 16-00396.a1


Financial

08/15/2017

Applicant's history of excessive financial indebtedness has not been mitigated. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 16-00375.h1


Financial

08/15/2017

Applicant mitigated the delinquent student loan security concerns under Guideline F, financial considerations. Eligibility is granted. CASE NO: 16-00344.h1


Financial

08/15/2017

Applicant failed to mitigate the security concerns under Guideline F, financial considerations. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 16-00303.h1


Drug Involvement

08/15/2017

Applicant cultivated, purchased, possessed, and used marijuana from August 2010 until at least October 2015. He was aware that growing marijuana plants at his home and using marijuana are illegal under federal law, and he knowingly ignored the law. For eight months, he worked at a marijuana dispensary. He used marijuana for a variety of reasons: socially while with friends; because it makes him feel better when he is depressed or unhappy; and to relieve physical pain from an earlier sports injury. Applicant initially stated that he intended to use marijuana in the future, because marijuana is much better for him than prescriptions or alcohol. He subsequently purportedly changed his mind and said he would no longer use marijuana. However, other than his statement, there is no evidence of abstinence, and there is no signed statement of intent to abstain from all drug involvement and substance misuse. Applicant refused to disassociate himself from his drug-using friends, associates, and contacts. His actions under the circumstances cast doubt on his current reliability, trustworthiness, and good judgment. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 16-00212.h1


Financial; Personal Conduct

08/15/2017

Applicant's student loans and many other accounts became delinquent as early as 2010, and he had one vehicle repossessed. The SOR alleged that 26 debts became delinquent. Without documentation to support his claimed resolution efforts, the vast majority of his debts, including those as miniscule as $30 or $32 are still unresolved, despite Applicant's claims that his financial house is in order. He attributed losing a job, without describing which job, or how it negatively impacted him, withdrawing from school, his family falling on hard times, without otherwise describing the hard times, and identity theft supposedly perpetrated by his mother, as the reasons for his financial issues. When asked about his finances while completing his security clearance application, Applicant falsified and concealed the truth about his finances. His actions under the circumstances cast doubt on his current reliability, trustworthiness, and good judgment. Eligibility is denied. CASE NO: 15-07633.h1


Guideline F; Guideline E

08/15/2017

We find no reason to disturb the Judge's conclusion that Applicant had not satisfied the mitigating conditions. Among other things, relying upon an option such as bankruptcy is not the same as actually paying debts when due. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 15-06707.a1


Foreign Influence

08/15/2017

Applicant mitigated any foreign influence security concerns raised by his father-in-law in Venezuela. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 14-06234.h1


Financial

08/14/2017

Applicant's failure to file his Federal and state income tax returns for tax years 2006 through 2012, have resulted in tax liens for 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009 that have not been paid or otherwise resolved. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 16-03485.h1


Financial

08/14/2017

Applicant's failure to his Federal and state income tax returns for tax years 2014 and 2015 have been mitigated. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 16-00366.h1


Financial

08/14/2017

Applicant failed to mitigate the security concerns under Guideline F, financial considerations. Applicant's eligibility for a public trust position is denied. CASE NO: 15-08830.h1


Foreign Influence

08/14/2017

Applicant did not present sufficient evidence to mitigate the heightened security concerns raised by her familial connections to Libya. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-08696.h1


Financial

08/14/2017

Applicant's history of excessive indebtedness and bankruptcies, while possessing multiple properties and cars, taking exotic vacations, and even having disposal income rather than paying her Federal and state taxes has not been mitigated. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-08561.h1


Financial; Personal Conduct

08/14/2017

Applicant has unresolved delinquent debts. He deliberately failed to disclose two judgments on his security clearance application. Applicant failed to mitigate the security concerns under Guideline F, financial considerations and Guideline E, personal conduct. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 15-08180.h1


Personal Conduct; Use of Information Technology

08/14/2017

Applicant violated company policy when he accessed adult pornography on his company laptop computer. That conduct is mitigated. However, his intentionally false information about that conduct on his Questionnaire for National Security Positions is not mitigated. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-08162.h1


Financial

08/14/2017

Applicant mitigated the security concerns under Guideline F, financial considerations. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 15-07347.h1


Financial; Personal Conduct

08/14/2017

Applicant has not mitigated the security concerns under the financial considerations guideline. He did not falsify his 2014 security clearance application and has mitigated the personal conduct security concern. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-07061.h1


Financial

08/14/2017

Applicant failed to mitigate the security concerns raised by his $15,000 delinquent debt, which he had neither explained nor addressed. Clearance denied. CASE NO: 15-05248.h1


Financial

08/14/2017

Applicant's delinquent debts totaling approximately $21,000, resulting from unforeseen circumstances beyond his control, have not been mitigated. Applicant has failed to provide documentation to substantiate his mere claims of payment. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-04605.h1


Financial

08/11/2017

Applicant's finances were adversely affected by unemployment, underemployment, and a costly custody battle. She has taken reasonable steps to address the resulting financial problems. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 17-01063.h1


Financial

08/11/2017

Applicant failed to timely file his 2013 federal income tax return. He mitigated the resulting security concern. National security eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 16-03277.h1


Financial; Personal Conduct

08/11/2017

Applicant was an authorized user on a $225 charged-off credit card debt from October 2013, which has been paid. His and his spouse's home loan was $34,882 past due as of August 2015. They averted foreclosure through a modification in 2016 and have made timely loan payments since the modification. Applicant did not disclose these debts on his security clearance application, but it was not established that he intentionally omitted them. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 16-01092.h1


Foreign Influence

08/11/2017

Applicant mitigated any foreign influence security concerns raised by his connections and ties to Thailand. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 16-00940.h1


Financial; Personal Conduct

08/11/2017

During an unspecified period before 2004, Applicant sometimes lived beyond her means. Her inability to satisfy all of her debts allowed them to become delinquent. In June 2004, most of her debts were discharged in bankruptcy. Applicant was laid off and unemployed from July 2014 until November 2014, before being brought back by her employer. A state tax lien was filed, student loans went into default, and another account became delinquent. When Applicant learned of her husband's mismanagement of their finances, she took control over them – before the SOR was issued. She contacted her creditors in a good-faith effort to resolve her delinquent accounts, and she either set up repayment arrangements or paid the outstanding balances. Applicant's efforts resulted in the successful resolution of two of the three listed SOR accounts. The one remaining, and largest account, is in a repayment plan. There is also no evidence of other delinquent accounts. She candidly acknowledged having a financial issue when she completed her e-QIP, and she did not knowingly or intentionally falsify her responses regarding the SOR-related delinquent accounts. Her actions under the circumstances do not cast doubt on her current reliability, trustworthiness, and good judgment. Eligibility is granted. CASE NO: 16-00682.h1


CAC

08/11/2017

Applicant contends that the Judge erred in finding that he had killed the child. We conclude that the challenged finding is supported by substantial evidence. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 16-00427.a1


Foreign Influence

08/11/2017

Applicant has refuted the allegations of foreign financial interests in Egypt, and he has mitigated the security concerns raised by his family ties to Egypt and Saudi Arabia. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 16-00080.h1


Drug Involvement

08/11/2017

Applicant is a naval yard laborer who used marijuana from his mid-teens until he served in the military. After returning to civilian life, he again used the drug while he went back and forth between periods of unemployment and self-employment. About four years ago, he became a father and decided to find a stable employment situation. As a result, he quit using marijuana for good and has no intent to use illegal drugs again. He is now settled in a new relationship, drug-free, and committed to a more stable and professional future. Drug involvement and substance misuse security concerns are mitigated. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 15-08838.h1


Foreign Influence; Foreign Preference

08/11/2017

Virtually all of Applicant's close personal and financial interests are in Australia; and as such, Foreign Influence is found against Applicant. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-07876.h1


Financial

08/11/2017

Applicant admits he has delinquent debts and he failed to timely file federal and state income tax returns from 2008 until 2014. He did not present sufficient information concerning the actions he took or plans he made to resolve his delinquent debts. Applicant failed to provide sufficient documentation to mitigate financial security concerns. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 15-07366.h1


Financial

08/11/2017

Applicant did not provide sufficient evidence to mitigate the security concerns under Guideline F, financial considerations, about his unfiled tax returns, unpaid past-due taxes, and other delinquent debts. Applicant's eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 15-07190.h1


Financial

08/11/2017

Applicant did not file his Federal income tax returns for tax years 2005 to 2014. He mistakenly believed that he was not required to file returns if he was due a refund. Once Applicant received correct guidance, he immediately filed all required returns and received refunds for the last three years. Applicant has mitigated the security concerns pertaining to Guideline F. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 15-06440.h1


Drugs

08/11/2017

Applicant failed to mitigate the security concerns raised by his 35 years of occasional-to-regular marijuana use. Clearance denied. CASE NO: 15-06008.h1


Guideline F; Guideline E

08/11/2017

The Appeal Board, however, does not have authority to grant an interim, conditional, or probationary clearance. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 15-05699.a1


Foreign Influence; Foreign Preference

08/11/2017

Applicant mitigated the foreign influence security concerns in this case. The Government withdrew the allegation under Guideline C (Foreign Preference). Eligibility for a security clearance is granted. CASE NO: 15-04810.h1


Financial

08/11/2017

Applicant mitigated the security concerns raised by her $45,000 delinquent debt, by demonstrating that they were all either paid, in long-standing repayment plans, or newly-established repayment plans. Fully half the SOR debts had been resolved by the time the SOR was issued. Clearance granted. CASE NO: 15-04523.h1


Financial

08/11/2017

Applicant has done nothing to address his admitted past-due debts. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-03856.h1


Financial

08/11/2017

Applicant did not provide sufficient evidence to mitigate the security concerns under Guideline F, financial considerations. Applicant's eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 15-00313.h1


Financial

08/11/2017

Applicant did not mitigate the financial considerations security concerns. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 14-05477.h1


Financial

08/11/2017

Applicant did not mitigate the financial considerations security concerns. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 12-03278.h1


Guideline F

08/10/2017

Acknowledging the extent of her financial problems, Applicant contends that she has exhibited responsible action in regard to them. Applicant is, in effect, arguing for an alternative interpretation of the evidence, which is not enough to show that the Judge weighed the evidence in a manner that was arbitrary, capricious, or contrary to law. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 16-01430.a1


Financial

08/10/2017

Applicant is indebted to eight creditors in the approximate amount of $32,000. He failed to produce documentation to show he resolved any of his delinquencies to the satisfaction of his creditors. Based upon a review of the pleadings and exhibits, eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 16-01368.h1


Financial

08/10/2017

Applicant resolved one debt to the satisfaction of the creditor, and brought another debt current. He contested two other debts. However, he failed to introduce documentation to show his state tax debt is adequately being addressed. His history of financial delinquencies remains a concern. Based upon a review of the pleadings and exhibits, eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 15-08624.h1


Guideline F

08/10/2017

Applicant owes back taxes to the IRS for 2013 through 2015. He also had five collection accounts and a charged-off account. These allegations are supported by Applicant's admissions. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 15-06525.a1


Foreign Influence

08/10/2017

Based on a review of the pleadings and exhibits, I conclude that Applicant failed to mitigate the concerns related to foreign influence raised by his relatives in India. His request for a security clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-05864.h1


Guideline H

08/09/2017

We give due consideration to the Hearing Office cases that Applicant has cited, but they are neither binding precedent on the Appeal Board nor sufficient to undermine the Judge's decision. Additionally, we find no basis for concluding the Judge erred in his whole-person analysis. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 16-01941.a1


Guideline G; Guideline J; Guideline E

08/09/2017

Applicant has not rebutted the presumption that the Judge considered all of the evidence in the record, nor has he shown that the Judge weighed the evidence in a manner that was arbitrary, capricious, or contrary to law. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 16-01684.a1


Financial

08/09/2017

Applicant mitigated the financial considerations security concerns. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 16-01547.h1


Alcohol, Criminal Conduct

08/09/2017

Applicant failed to mitigate the alcohol and criminal conduct security concerns involving four criminal charges related to the consumption of alcohol. He remains on probation until March 2019 for the last felony conviction. National security eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 16-01161.h1


Financial

08/09/2017

Applicant failed to file federal and state income tax returns for 2013 and 2014, and resolve two delinquent debts. Resulting financial security concerns were not mitigated. National security eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 15-07915.h1


Financial

08/09/2017

Applicant has not mitigated the security concerns raised by his failure to timely file his federal and state income tax returns. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-06731.h1


Guideline G; Guideline J

08/09/2017

Under the facts of this case we conclude that the best resolution is to remand the case to the Judge to consider the documents that Applicant has attached to his appeal brief. Adverse decision remanded. CASE NO: 15-06018.a1


Financial

08/09/2017

Applicant presented insufficient information to establish that she is financially responsible and that her financial problems have been resolved or are under control. The financial considerations security concerns are not mitigated. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-03405.h1


Financial; Personal Conduct

08/09/2017

Applicant's extensive history of financial problems commenced before she filed for Chapter 13 bankruptcy in 2006. She wrote eight worthless checks in 2008, and she opened, used, and subsequently ignored 25 accounts that became delinquent. Her debts were placed for collection or charged off, or filed as judgments. During her most recent period of unemployment, Applicant was supported by her boyfriend and unemployment compensation, and essentially spent her time watching television. She made no mention of searching for a job. When asked about her finances while completing her security clearance application, and subsequently by an OPM investigator, Applicant falsified and concealed the truth about her finances. Her actions under the circumstances cast doubt on her current reliability, trustworthiness, and good judgment. Eligibility is denied. CASE NO: 15-01972.h1


Criminal Conduct; Personal Conduct

08/09/2017

Applicant has a pattern of criminal involvement from 2002 to 2013. Despite the fact that some charges were later dismissed, he has not mitigated the criminal conduct concern. He falsified his 2013 security clearance application by omitting some of his arrests. Eligibility for a security clearance is denied. CASE NO: 14-04034.h1


Financial; Personal Conduct

08/08/2017

Applicant did not provide sufficient evidence of resolution of his financial issues, and financial considerations security concerns are not mitigated. He failed to disclose his repossessed vehicle and debts in collection on his December 18, 2015 Questionnaire for National Security Positions. Personal conduct security concerns are not mitigated. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 16-02516.h1


Financial

08/08/2017

Applicant did not file her Federal and state income tax returns for tax years 2012 through 2014. During this timeframe, she was the victim of identity theft and experienced financial hardship. Applicant has since filed her 2012 through 2014 Federal and state tax returns and received refunds for all three years from both the IRS and state tax authorities. Eligibility for a public trust position is granted. CASE NO: 16-02263.h1


Foreign Influence; Personal Conduct

08/08/2017

Applicant is a highly regarded linguist who has immediate and extended family members who are citizens and residents of Afghanistan. While Afghanistan continues to present a heightened country risk, Applicant mitigated foreign influence concerns by virtue of his demonstrated loyalty to the United States and his ability to minimize any potential foreign influence risks associated with his family members presence in Afghanistan. Personal conduct concerns raised over Applicant's alleged omissions of his providing financial support to a brother in Afghanistan and owning property in the country were not substantiated. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 16-01335.h1


Financial and Personal Conduct

08/08/2017

Applicant did not provide sufficient evidence to mitigate his history of financial problems and his personal conduct in completing his security clearance application. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-08515.h1


Financial; Personal Conduct

08/08/2017

Applicant mitigated concerns raised by her failure to list her past-due debts on her application for a public trust position, but her financial situation continues to raise a concern. Eligibility for a public trust position is denied. CASE NO: 15-08342.h1


Financial

08/08/2017

Applicant's statement of reasons alleges his debts were discharged under Chapter 7 of the Bankruptcy Code in 2008, and he has five delinquent debts totaling $8,189. Three debts are paid, and he is making payments on two debts. The SOR debt total is now $2,414. He has established his financial responsibility. Financial considerations security concerns are mitigated. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 15-08303.h1


Foreign Influence

08/08/2017

Applicant is 38 and was born in India. She moved to the United States in 2002 and became a United States citizen in 2010. Applicant's ties to India are significant. They include Applicant's parents and her husband's parents, all of whom they support financially, and her three siblings. All are citizens and residents of India. Applicant and her husband also have substantial financial and property interest in India worth more than $600,000. Her only familial ties in the United States are her husband, who is a citizen of India, and her two children, who are United States born citizens. Mitigation has not been shown. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-07079.h1


Foreign Influence

08/08/2017

Applicant is a highly regarded linguist who has immediate and extended family members who are citizens and residents of Afghanistan. While Afghanistan continues to present a heightened country risk, Applicant mitigated foreign influence concerns by virtue of his demonstrated loyalty to the United States and his ability to minimize any potential foreign influence risks associated with his family members presence in Afghanistan. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 15-06976.h1


Financial, Alcohol

08/08/2017

Applicant experienced financial issues and alcohol problems after her divorce. She made a good faith effort to pay or resolve her debts, and mitigated the financial considerations security concerns. She took steps to curtail her alcohol issues, and they are unlikely to recur. She mitigated the alcohol involvement security concerns. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 15-06555.h1


Guideline F; Guideline G; Guideline E

08/07/2017

We will consider new evidence insofar as it bears upon threshold issues such as due process. Applicant has not shown that he actually submitted documents to the Judge that were not received and considered. We find no reason to conclude that Applicant was denied the due process afforded by the Directive. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 16-01129.a1


Financial; Alcohol

08/07/2017

Applicant's financial situation was essentially caused by his sister's failure to manage – under a power of attorney - his finances, especially while he was serving overseas in combat zones in Iraq and Afghanistan. She failed to pay his state income tax for the tax year 2012, and a lien was filed; and four accounts were placed for collection or charged off. He eventually took control of his finances and resolved the delinquent accounts. Applicant has no other delinquent accounts. He has a substantial monthly remainder, and his financial situation is under control. He was arrested and charged with DUI and open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle in January 2017. However, that incident appears to be aberrant conduct in that Applicant's consumption of alcohol over a decade has been minimal at most, and it is not indicative of the true Applicant. There is no evidence of a continuing or current alcohol problem. His actions under the circumstances do not cast doubt on his current reliability, trustworthiness, and good judgment. Eligibility is granted. CASE NO: 16-00806.h1


Guideline F

08/07/2017

A Judge has no authority to promise an applicant a clearance or to advise an applicant on the quantum of evidence that would mitigate the concerns in his or her case. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 16-00420.a1


Financial

08/07/2017

Applicant presented insufficient information to establish that he is financially responsible and that his financial problems have been resolved or are under control. The financial considerations security concerns are not mitigated. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-08636.h1


Financial; Personal Conduct

08/07/2017

Applicant presented sufficient evidence to explain, extenuate, or mitigate the security concern stemming from a history of financial problems. She did not falsify her security clearance application when she failed to disclose her financial problems. Eligibility granted. CASE NO: 15-08005.h1


Financial; Criminal Conduct

08/07/2017

There was insufficient evidence of his criminal offenses, and criminal conduct security concerns are mitigated. Applicant did not provide sufficient evidence of resolution of his financial issues, and financial considerations security concerns are not mitigated. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 15-07654.h1


Financial

08/07/2017

Applicant paid the three alleged past-due debts in 2015, filed both of his delinquent tax returns, and paid all of his back taxes. Based on a review of the pleadings and exhibits, eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 15-02866.h1


Financial

08/04/2017

In October 2014, in an effort to consolidate his debts to reduce his total monthly payments, Applicant obtained a $23,031 loan. At that time, his annual salary was about $90,000. Applicant was unemployed from August 2015 until October 2015, and his finances were negatively impacted. He made no payments on the loan, preferring to focus on other accounts. The account became delinquent, was placed for collection, charged off, and sold. Even after he obtained a new position, with a substantial salary, he continued to ignore the one delinquent account. Instead, he chose to pay off his truck loan. Applicant made no effort to contact the creditor until the day of the hearing – six months after the SOR was received. Mere hours before the hearing, Applicant called the current creditor to set up a repayment plan. He has made repeated required payments to the creditor and is adhering to a good-faith effort to do so. With no other delinquent debts, Applicant's finances are under control. His actions under the circumstances no longer cast doubt on his current reliability, trustworthiness, and good judgment. Eligibility is granted. CASE NO: 16-03452.h1


Financial; Personal Conduct

08/04/2017

Applicant's evidence is insufficient to establish that he is financially responsible and that his financial problems have been resolved or are under control. Moreover, he deliberately falsified his 2015 security clearance application to cover his financial problems. The financial considerations and personal conduct security concerns are not mitigated. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-08349.h1


Criminal or Dishonest Conduct

08/04/2017

Applicant has rehabilitated her delinquent student loans. The allegation relating to a 2013 domestic battery charge was unsubstantiated. Applicant's request for Common Access Credentialing eligibility is granted. CASE NO: 15-07613.h1


Guideline F

08/04/2017

Applicant has not identified any harmful error in the Judge's findings of fact or in the decision. The Judge examined the relevant evidence and articulated a satisfactory explanation for the decision. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 15-06841.a1


Financial

08/04/2017

On remand. Applicant is alleged to be delinquent on eight debts, in a total exceeding $16,000. He remains indebted to three creditors in the amount of $11,252. In 2003, he filed Chapter 13 bankruptcy, which was discharged in 2007. Applicant failed to introduce documentation to show that his history of financial delinquencies does not cast doubt on his current judgment. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 15-05243.h2


Guideline F

08/04/2017

A Judge must consider not only the extent to which an applicant has actually resolved his debts but also the circumstances underlying them for what they may reveal about his judgement and reliability. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 15-03778.a1


Financial

08/03/2017

Applicant did not present sufficient evidence to mitigate security concerns raised by his tax-related financial problems. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 16-02145.h1


Alcohol

08/03/2017

Applicant continues to consume alcohol after completing alcohol rehabilitation programs for diagnosed alcohol dependence. An unacceptable security risk persists, even though he has had no adverse involvement with law enforcement or his employer because of his drinking. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 16-01189.h1


Personal Conduct

08/03/2017

Applicant failed to submit sufficient evidence to mitigate the Guideline E (personal conduct) trustworthiness concerns raised by her marriage and cohabitation with an illegal alien and her lack of concern for U.S. law. Eligibility to hold a position of public trust is denied. CASE NO: 16-00371.h1


Financial

08/03/2017

Applicant failed to mitigate the financial considerations security concerns. National security eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 16-00172.h1


Guideline F

08/03/2017

Once the government presents evidence raising security concerns, the burden shifts to the applicant to establish mitigation. Applicant had not sought financial counseling and "[n]o information was provided regarding the current status of the SOR debts or her current financial condition." Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 15-08130.a1


Foreign Influence

08/03/2017

Applicant has mitigated the foreign influence security concerns that were raised by some family members living in Pakistan. Eligibility for a security clearance is granted. CASE NO: 15-07655.h1


Foreign Influence

08/03/2017

Applicant presented sufficient evidence to explain and mitigate the foreign influence concern based on his family ties to Iran via his marriage to an Iranian citizen who is living and working in the United States as a lawful immigrant. Eligibility granted. CASE NO: 15-07472.h1


Alcohol

08/03/2017

Applicant returned to the consumption of alcohol two times, after being diagnosed as suffering from Alcohol Dependency in 1996 and again in 2010. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-06690.h1


Guideline F

08/03/2017

A person who fails repeatedly to fulfill his or her legal obligations, such as paying taxes when due, does not demonstrate the high degree of good judgement and reliability required of those granted access to classified information. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 15-06534.a1


Financial

08/03/2017

Applicant encountered a number of financial issues in 2014, causing him to be temporarily unable to pay his mortgage. He obtained a loan modification in 2015 and has since made all payments as required. Resulting security concerns were mitigated. National security eligibility is granted. CASE NO: 15-04733.h1


Financial

08/03/2017

Applicant had 26 past-due, collection, or charged-off delinquent obligations, which totaled more than $40,000. He has yet to address the majority of his delinquent financial obligations. He has not mitigated the financial considerations security concerns. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-02632.h1


Foreign Influence

08/02/2017

Applicant mitigated the foreign influence security concerns. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 16-03571.h1


Financial

08/02/2017

In September 2008, Applicant was laid off and he remained unemployed for an extensive period, factors that were largely beyond his control. He did the best he could to pay his county property taxes for a vacant property he owned after he was laid off. After he obtained his new position, Applicant approached the county tax collector to resolve the property tax issue, but his efforts were repeatedly rebuffed when the county demanded that he make a lump-sum payment of the entire outstanding balance. He had insufficient funds to do so. In an effort to resolve his taxes, Applicant put the property up for sale on three separate occasions. There was no interest and there were no offers. In March 2017, Applicant paid the county revenue division $34,937.47, resolving the delinquencies. His actions under the circumstances do not cast doubt on his current reliability, trustworthiness, and good judgment. Eligibility is granted. CASE NO: 16-03284.h1


Financial; Personal Conduct

08/02/2017

Applicant presented sufficient evidence to mitigate security concerns allegedly raised by the debt that he incurred when he was younger, primarily, student loan debt. After being hired by his current employer, marrying, and becoming a father, Applicant took steps to address his student loan debt and take control of his finances. He currently manages his finances in a responsible fashion. He did not falsify his security clearance application. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 16-03283.h1


Financial; Personal Conduct

08/02/2017

Applicant did not intentionally provide false information about his finances on his 2015 Questionnaire for National Security Positions, but he has done nothing to resolve more than $170,000 in defaulted student loans. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 16-02103.h1


Financial

08/02/2017

Applicant mitigated the security concerns under Guideline F, financial considerations. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 16-02034.h1


Financial

08/02/2017

Applicant presented sufficient information to explain, extenuate, or mitigate the security concern stemming from her problematic financial history. Eligibility granted. CASE NO: 16-01901.h1


Alcohol; Personal Conduct

08/02/2017

Applicant has not mitigated the security concerns raised by his history of excessive alcohol consumption (including four DUI convictions between 1992 and 2014), and his deliberate omission of security-significant information from his security clearance application. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 16-01771.h1


Drugs

08/02/2017

Applicant mitigated the security concerns raised by his seven years of infrequent marijuana use by stopping his marijuana use after he was laid off from a previous job, by ending contacts with the people and places where he used illegal drugs in the past, by abstaining from illegal drug use for over two years, and by executing the statement of intent contemplated by the Directive. Clearance granted. CASE NO: 16-00056.h1


Financial

08/02/2017

Applicant was unable to mitigate financial considerations concerns as a result of failing to timely file his 2012 and 2013 Federal and state tax returns as well as having 11 delinquent debts totaling $24,223. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-06617.h1


Guideline J

08/02/2017

Applicant contends that the Judge's decision "was not completed efficiently" and argues the Judge should have "followed through" to determine he was released from probation. Having admitted the sole SOR allegation, the burden was on Applicant to present such evidence in mitigation. The Directive does not authorize a Judge to act as an investigator for either party. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 15-06434.a1


Financial

08/02/2017

Applicant failed to mitigate the security concerns under Guideline F, financial considerations. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 15-06159.h1


Guideline F; Guideline E

08/02/2017

In summary, Applicant has consistently maintained that he stored and transferred the gold as a favor for his friend. His explanation for the conduct in question remains uncontradicted. The evidence fails to establish any wrongdoing. The Judge's adverse conclusions to the contrary were based wholly on speculation. From our review of the record, we conclude that the Judge's decision failed to consider important aspects of the case and runs contrary to the weight of the record evidence. Accordingly, it was arbitrary, capricious, and contrary to law for the Judge to conclude based on the evidence in this case that Applicant was not eligible for a security clearance. Adverse decision reversed. CASE NO: 15-05565.a1


Personal Conduct, Alcohol, Criminal Conduct

08/02/2017

Applicant has been arrested numerous times for alcohol-related offenses. He deliberately failed to disclose information on two security clearance applications. He failed to mitigate the security concerns under Guidelines G, alcohol consumption, J, criminal conduct, and E, personal conduct. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 15-04753.h1


Alcohol

08/01/2017

Applicant mitigated the security concerns under Guideline F, financial considerations, including state tax issues. Applicant attributes his delinquent debts to sporadic employment. Eligibility is granted. CASE NO: 17-00183.h1


Alcohol

08/01/2017

Applicant failed to mitigate the alcohol trustworthiness concerns related to his history of excessive consumption. National security eligibility for a position of trust is denied. CASE NO: 16-01362.h1


Guideline F; Guideline E

08/01/2017

On appeal, Applicant makes no assertion of harmful error on the part of the Judge. The Board cannot consider Applicant's new evidence on appeal. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 15-08474.a1


Financial

08/01/2017

Applicant failed to mitigate the trustworthiness concerns raised by her $15,000 in delinquent debt, none of which had been resolved. Eligibility for public trust position denied. CASE NO: 15-07346.h1


Guideline F

08/01/2017

Once the government presents evidence raising security concerns, the burden shifts to the applicant to establish mitigation. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 15-07047.a1


Financial

08/01/2017

Applicant successfully mitigated financial considerations concerns pertaining to filing bankruptcy in 2012 and accruing over $95,000 in debt. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 15-06675.h1


Financial

07/31/2017

Applicant did not provide sufficient evidence of resolution of her financial issues, and financial considerations security concerns are not mitigated. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 16-02941.h1


Financial

07/31/2017

Applicant failed to timely file Federal and State A tax returns for three tax years, 2013, 2104, and 2015, as legally required. While he has now filed the tax returns for those tax years, it was done only after he completed a Security Clearance Application and then received a Statement of Reasons, citing his failure to timely file his tax returns as the reason that he would not receive a security clearance. Mitigation has not been shown. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 16-01617.h1


Financial

07/31/2017

Applicant failed to mitigate the security concerns raised by the Government's information about his financial problems. Although Applicant's response to the SOR was plausible, he did not provide any documentation to corroborate his claims of payment or other resolution of his debts. His request for a security clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-08639.h1


Foreign Influence

07/31/2017

Applicant is 31 and was born in Afghanistan. He moved to the United States in 2008 and became a United States citizen in 2014. Applicant's ties to Afghanistan are significant. They include his mother, to whom he gives $300 to $500 a month, a brother, four sisters, three brothers-in-law and one sister-in-law, and an uncle, who are all citizens and residents of Afghanistan. His only ties to the United States are his wife and son, neither of whom is currently a United States citizen. Mitigation has not been shown. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-06891.h1


Financial

07/31/2017

Applicant admitted responsibility for 12 delinquent statement of reasons debts totaling $11,949. She did not provide sufficient evidence of resolution of her financial issues. Financial considerations security concerns are not mitigated. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 15-06404.h1


Financial

07/31/2017

Applicant paid the one alleged past-due debt in 2011, and filed both of his delinquent tax returns. Based on a review of the pleadings, testimony, and exhibits, eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 15-05064.h1


Financial

07/31/2017

Applicant had delinquent obligations, which he has not satisfactorily addressed. He was arrested in 2009 and 2012 for driving under the influence and had bench warrants issued against him in 2013 and 2014. He has not mitigated the Government's security concerns under the financial considerations, criminal conduct, or alcohol consumption guidelines. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-03319.h1


Financial

07/31/2017

Applicant has had a history of financial difficulties, in large part because of the loss of income of him and his wife. All of his delinquent debt has now been resolved. Mitigation has been shown. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 15-03120.h1


Financial

07/31/2017

Applicant has a lengthy multi-year history of failing to timely file her federal income tax returns and pay her income taxes. She did not recall her reasons for her failures other than that she was scared of making mistakes. She also failed to maintain some accounts in a current status and they were placed for collection or charged off. Applicant contended she eventually filed her delinquent tax returns, entered into installment agreements, paid some delinquent debts, and is in the process of paying her delinquent taxes, but she offered no documentary evidence to support her contentions. Rather than addressing most of her delinquent debts, Applicant purportedly provided financial support for family members. Christmas expenditures also took priority over delinquent accounts and taxes. Based on the evidence presented, Applicant failed to take significant or timely positive action to resolve her accounts. There is no documentary evidence of a budget, financial counseling, or that her finances are under control. Her actions under the circumstances cast doubt on her current reliability, trustworthiness, and good judgment. Eligibility is denied. CASE NO: 15-02816.h2


Financial

07/31/2017

Applicant has a lengthy multi-year history of failing to timely file her federal income tax returns and pay her income taxes. She did not recall her reasons for her failures other than that she was scared of making mistakes. She also failed to maintain some accounts in a current status and they were placed for collection or charged off. Applicant contended she eventually filed her delinquent tax returns, entered into installment agreements, paid some delinquent debts, and is in the process of paying her delinquent taxes, but she offered no documentary evidence to support her contentions. Rather than addressing her delinquent debts, Applicant purportedly provided financial support for family members. Christmas expenditures also took priority over delinquent accounts and taxes. Based on the evidence presented, Applicant failed to take any positive action to resolve her accounts. There is no documentary evidence of a budget, financial counseling, or that her finances are under control. Her actions under the circumstances cast doubt on her current reliability, trustworthiness, and good judgment. Eligibility is denied. CASE NO: 15-02816.h1


Financial

07/31/2017

Applicant failed to mitigate the security concerns raised by his $26,000 delinquent debt, none of which had been addressed. Clearance denied. CASE NO: 15-01381.h1


Foreign Influence; Foreign Preference

07/28/2017

Applicant presented sufficient evidence to mitigate alleged security concerns raised by his relatives and financial interests in the United Kingdom. He also mitigated alleged foreign preference concerns. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 16-02099.h1


Financial

07/28/2017

Applicant's history of delinquent student loans and other debts began in 2010. He failed to mitigate the resulting financial security concerns. National security eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 16-01888.h1


Financial

07/28/2017

Applicant built his company into a very successful enterprise that employed approximately 35 employees and grossed $5,000,000 between 2005 and 2011. Deterioration followed. His financial situation was caused by a combination of circumstances, most of which were largely beyond Applicant's control, that are unlikely to recur: the unsteady national economy; competitive underbidding by other contractors because of the unsteady economy; poor weather conditions that resulted in reworking multiple projects at additional costs; his wife's chaotic record system; and his wife's deteriorating medical condition. He failed to timely file federal and state income tax returns for three tax years; his financial liabilities were discharged by his 2013 Chapter 7 bankruptcy; and his business property mortgage was foreclosed. He sought professional guidance. He filed his federal and state income tax returns, and he paid his income taxes. Applicant's financial problems are now under control, and he has a monthly remainder for discretionary spending or savings. His actions under the circumstances do not cast doubt on his current reliability, trustworthiness, and good judgment. Eligibility is granted. CASE NO: 16-00468.h1


Financial

07/28/2017

Applicant's record of delinquency includes federal and state income taxes from 2011 and student loan debts exceeding $50,000. He has been granted some relief through a Chapter 7 bankruptcy discharge in December 2015, but his student loans are not dischargeable. He has yet to show that he can handle his personal finances responsibly. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-08642.h1


Financial

07/28/2017

Applicant failed to mitigate the security concerns raised by her $17,000 in delinquent debt, none of which had been resolved. Clearance denied. CASE NO: 15-08264.h1


Guideline C; Guideline B

07/28/2017

The Judge's adverse findings under Guideline C only involved Applicant voting in a foreign election. The adjudicative guidelines in the Directive were revised in June 2017. U.S. citizen's exercise of any right or privilege of foreign citizenship without an objective showing of a conflict or attempt at concealment is not disqualifying. As part of that revision, voting in a foreign election is no longer listed as disqualifying condition under Guideline C. Given this recent change in the guidelines, we are treating the Judge's adverse findings under Guideline C as a nullity. The Judge's adverse findings under Guideline B are sustainable on this record. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 15-08250.a1


Alcohol, Financial

07/28/2017

Applicant did not mitigate the security concerns raised under the guidelines for alcohol consumption and financial considerations. National security eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 15-05134.h1


Financial

07/28/2017

Applicant failed to resolve the majority of his delinquent debts. His current financial status is unknown. He did not mitigate the financial considerations security concerns. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 15-03991.h1


Guideline B

07/28/2017

Applicant argues that the Judge improperly focused on his wife's contacts in China rather than his foreign contacts. Applicant's argument is unpersuasive. As a matter of common sense and human experience, there is a rebuttable presumption that an applicant has ties of affection for, or obligation to, the immediate family members of his or her spouse. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 15-03801.a1


Financial

07/28/2017

Applicant has delinquent debt which has not been resolved. He also has not filed Federal and state tax returns for a number of years. He intends to pay his debts and file his tax returns. He has had periods of unemployment, but he has not taken positive action to address the financial considerations security concerns. He has not mitigated the security concerns under the financial considerations guideline. Eligibility for a security clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-03775.h1


Financial

07/28/2017

Applicant presented sufficient evidence to establish that she is making a good-faith effort to repay overdue creditors. Eligibility granted. CASE NO: 15-03713.h1


Financial

07/27/2017

Although Applicant failed to file and pay his state and federal income taxes as required on two occasions in the last seven years, his conduct does not indicate a pattern of behavior that suggests an unwillingness to follow rules or regulations or irresponsibility. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 16-01841.h1


Drugs

07/27/2017

Applicant mitigated concerns related to his marijuana use and purchases between 1976 and 2015. Sufficient passage of time and change in Applicant's circumstances make future use unlikely to recur. He also submitted a signed statement of intent with automatic revocation for any future use of marijuana. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 16-00882.h1


Financial

07/27/2017

Applicant did not present sufficient information concerning reasonable and responsible actions taken or plans contemplated to resolve his delinquent debts. Applicant failed to provide sufficient documentation to mitigate financial security concerns. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 16-00481.h1


Foreign Influence

07/27/2017

Applicant's foreign connections, who, except for her sister, either have permanent resident status or that status has been sought on their behalf, are clearly outweighed by her loyalty to the United States. This loyalty is evidenced by seven letters of recommendation by those who know Applicant in the workplace. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 16-00104.h1


Financial

07/27/2017

Applicant failed to mitigate concerns raised by her failure to file federal income tax returns for several years. She also owes over $7,000 in unpaid federal taxes and $960 in other delinquent debts. Her request for eligibility to occupy a position of trust is denied. CASE NO: 15-08784.h1


Financial

07/27/2017

When Applicant retired from the U.S. Marine Corps, despite having gone through a transition readiness seminar, he experienced an unanticipated major loss of income. He was unemployed for two months immediately post-retirement, and then underemployed for three years as a laborer helper. The SOR identified 20 purportedly delinquent debts that had been placed for collection, charged off, or filed as judgments, totaling approximately $66,039. Although he made some very limited efforts to resolve a few accounts, he acknowledged that he had made no effort to resolve the vast majority of the delinquent debts because he has insufficient funds to do so. It appears that Applicant's finances are far from being under control, especially since June 2016 when he obtained a new position. Applicant's actions, and inactions, cast substantial doubt on his current reliability, trustworthiness, and good judgment. Eligibility is denied. CASE NO: 15-07861.h1


Financial

07/27/2017

Applicant had delinquent obligations totaling approximately $63,000, which have yet to be satisfactorily addressed. Applicant has not sufficiently rebutted or mitigated the government's security concerns under the financial considerations guideline. Eligibility for access to sensitive information is denied. CASE NO: 15-06852.h1


Financial

07/27/2017

Applicant had delinquent obligations which have yet to be satisfactorily addressed. Applicant has not sufficiently rebutted or mitigated the government's security concerns under the financial considerations guideline. Applicant's eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 15-05966.h1


Financial

07/27/2017

Applicant had delinquent obligations, which he has satisfactorily addressed. He has mitigated the government's security concerns under the financial considerations guideline. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 15-03540.h1


Personal

07/27/2017

Applicant continues to engage in extramarital affairs, without the knowledge of his wife. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-02407.h1


Financial; Personal Conduct

07/27/2017

Applicant owes approximately $41,000 in unresolved delinquent debt, which he intentionally failed to disclose on his security clearance application. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-01728.h1


Financial

07/27/2017

Applicant did not mitigate the security concerns under Guideline F, financial considerations. Applicant's eligibility is denied. CASE NO: 15-00404.h1


Foreign Influence; Foreign Preference; Personal Conduct

07/27/2017

Applicant presented sufficient evidence to mitigate security concerns raised by his familial ties to relatives who are citizens and residents of Turkey and Lebanon. He also mitigated the alleged foreign preference and personal conduct concerns. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 14-05698.h1


Personal Conduct, Alcohol; Criminal Conduct

07/27/2017

Applicant failed to mitigate the personal conduct, alcohol consumption, and criminal conduct concerns raised by his 12-year history of criminal conduct. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 12-05876.h1


Financial

07/26/2017

Applicant has unresolved delinquent debts. He failed to mitigate the security concerns under Guideline F, financial considerations. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 16-03438.h1


Financial

07/26/2017

Applicant failed to mitigate the security concerns under Guideline F, financial considerations. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 16-02611.h1


Sexual Behavior; Personal Conduct; Criminal Conduct

07/26/2017

Applicant committed the felony crime of third-degree rape. He is required by his state to annually register as a sex offender. He failed to mitigate the sexual behavior, criminal conduct, and personal conduct security concerns. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 16-01829.h1


Financial

07/26/2017

Applicant has not mitigated the security concerns raised by his failure to pay delinquent debts. CASE NO: 16-00419.h1


Financial

07/26/2017

Applicant did not present sufficient evidence to explain, extenuate, or mitigate the concern stemming from her history of financial problems. Eligibility denied. CASE NO: 16-00026.h1


Financial

07/26/2017

Applicant is in default of approximately $46,070 in student loan debt and $1,711 in consumer debt. Eight months of unemployment from August 2014 to March 2015 compromised his finances, but there is no evidence of any efforts by Applicant to address his delinquencies. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-08613.h1


Financial; Foreign Influence

07/26/2017

Applicant has mitigated the security concerns raised by his delinquent debts and his family connections to Sudan. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 15-08585.h1


Financial; Personal Conduct

07/26/2017

Applicant and his ex-wife intentionally defaulted on a mortgage loan so the mortgage lender would foreclose on their marital home. He did not disclose the delinquency on his September 2015 security clearance application. While he denies any intentional concealment, he presented little evidence to rebut the reasonable inference of deliberate falsification. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-08522.h1


Guideline F

07/26/2017

Applicant's appeal brief contains no assertion of harmful error on the part of the Judge. Rather, it contains a narrative statement in which Applicant references her excellent employment history and her ongoing efforts to resolve her financial problems. The Board cannot consider any new evidence on appeal. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 15-07971.a1


Guideline F

07/26/2017

The Board cannot consider Applicant's new evidence on appeal. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 15-03098.a1


Criminal Conduct; Alcohol

07/26/2017

Applicant failed to mitigate the security concerns regarding his judgment, reliability, and trustworthiness raised by his 2012 conviction and 2013 arrest for driving under the influence. CASE NO: 15-01717.h1


Guideline F; Guideline E

07/26/2017

Applicant contends that his financial record does not support a conclusion that he is unable or unwilling to pay his debts. However, evidence that Applicant has had delinquent debts for several years, including one for Federal taxes, is sufficient to raise a concern under Guideline F that Applicant may be deficient in the reliability expected of those with access to classified information. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 14-04693.a1


Financial

07/25/2017

Applicant failed to comply with his income tax reporting obligations between 2006 and 2013. Although his employer did not report what he paid Applicant in those years, it was still incumbent on Applicant to contact the IRS for guidance on how to report his income. Applicant also failed to address his past-due debts in a timely fashion. After the hearing, he paid several overdue medical bills, but he has yet to resolve several remaining delinquencies or document his claimed disputes with other creditors. Applicant did not mitigate the security concerns about his debts, and his request for a security clearance is denied. CASE NO: 16-01192.h1


Guideline F

07/25/2017

Applicant claims the two unresolved debts were "taken care of," but does not point to any evidence in the record that supports that proposition. He also cites to various conditions that have contributed to his financial problems. Applicant's arguments, however, are neither sufficient to rebut the presumption that the Judge considered all of the evidence in the record nor enough to show that the Judge weighed the evidence in a manner that was arbitrary, capricious, or contrary to law. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 16-00844.a1


Financial; Personal Conduct

07/25/2017

Applicant's statement of reasons alleges two bankruptcies, a delinquent mortgage, delinquent federal taxes, and two delinquent medical debts. The tax debt was paid, and debts resolved through the bankruptcies were caused by circumstances beyond her control. She did not provide sufficient evidence of resolution of her financial issues. Applicant failed to disclose three delinquent debts on her September 17, 2015 Questionnaire for National Security Positions (SF 86) or security clearance application. Financial considerations and personal conduct security concerns are not mitigated. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 16-00574.h1


Financial

07/25/2017

Applicant did not mitigate the security concerns alleged in the SOR. She avers that her ex-husband should have paid their delinquent joint debts, with no proof. Eligibility is denied. CASE NO: 15-08779.h1


Financial; Alcohol Consumption; Personal Conduct

07/25/2017

Applicant failed to mitigate the security concerns raised by his $27,000 delinquent debt, for which he had provided no documentation of claimed payments, and his alcohol-related incidents. Clearance denied. CASE NO: 15-07884.h1


Financial

07/25/2017

Applicant failed to mitigate the security concerns raised by his $13,000 delinquent debt, which had been included in a Chapter 13 bankruptcy plan confirmed in May 2016, but for which Applicant provided no proof of plan payments. Clearance denied. CASE NO: 15-07850.h1


Financial

07/25/2017

Applicant failed to mitigate the security concerns raised by her $20,000 delinquent debt, for which she provided no proof of claimed payments. Clearance denied. CASE NO: 15-07091.h1


Financial

07/25/2017

Between 2009 and 2012, Applicant incurred more than $100,000 of delinquent debt. Although she is paying some through a garnishment, she has not addressed the overwhelming majority of the debt. Under these circumstances, Applicant has not mitigated the financial considerations security concerns. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-07010.h1


Guideline E

07/25/2017

Applicant was charged with Felony Rape of a Child. He was 22 at the time and the alleged victim was about 16. Applicant pled guilty to a misdemeanor, Communication with a Minor for Immoral Purposes. He maintained his innocence during the hearing. In completing his SCA, Applicant answered "no" to the following question: "Have you EVER been charged with any felony offense." Decision reversed. CASE NO: 15-07009.a1


Financial

07/25/2017

Applicant failed to mitigate the security concerns raised by his $14,000 delinquent debt, for which he provided no proof of claimed payments. Clearance denied. CASE NO: 15-06575.h1


Foreign Influence

07/25/2017

Applicant has mitigated the security significance of his family members in Pakistan. His financial holdings in Pakistan are minimal compared to his holdings in the United States. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 15-06527.h1


Financial

07/25/2017

Applicant failed to mitigate the security concerns raised by his $129,000 delinquent debt, for which he provided no proof of claimed payments. Clearance denied. CASE NO: 15-06494.h1


Financial

07/25/2017

Applicant failed to mitigate the security concerns raised by her $27,000 delinquent debt, none of which had been resolved. Clearance denied. CASE NO: 15-05164.h1


Drugs; Personal Conduct

07/25/2017

Applicant's statement of reasons alleges he used marijuana on multiple occasions from 2008 to at least April 2014. He has held a security clearance since October 2011. He tested positive for marijuana in April 2014 on his employer's urinalysis test. Applicant failed to disclose his marijuana use on his August 7, 2011 Questionnaire for National Security Positions. Drug involvement and personal conduct security concerns are not mitigated. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 15-04309.h1


Guideline K; Guideline E

07/25/2017

The Judge stated that any evidence must be in the form of documents, including photographs. However, she stated that she could not accept videos or other media devices because she was not permitted to use external media on a DoD computer. She advised that he could testify as to what was on the videos, but he did not offer any testimony in that regard. The Judge would not be able to preserve a record that included evidence presented in a format that could not be accessed through DoD computer systems. Other than this, the Judge admitted the evidence that Applicant offered, including a document sent to her after the hearing. Her evidentiary rulings were not arbitrary, capricious, or contrary to law. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 15-03162.a1


Financial

07/25/2017

Applicant's statement of reasons alleges, and he admitted he has 10 delinquent debts totaling $38,223, not including foreclosure of his residence. He did not provide sufficient evidence of resolution of his financial issues, and financial considerations security concerns are not mitigated. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 15-03076.h1


Financial

07/25/2017

Applicant failed to mitigate the security concerns under Guideline F, financial considerations, including state tax issues. Applicant's eligibility for a security clearance is denied. CASE NO: 14-07059.h1


Drugs; Personal Conduct

07/24/2017

Applicant used marijuana infrequently from 1991 to August 2012. He has held a security clearance since 1995. He failed to disclose his marijuana use on his December 14, 2015 Questionnaire for National Security Position (SF 86) or security clearance application. Drug involvement security concerns are mitigated because his marijuana use is not recent; however, personal conduct security concerns are not mitigated. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 16-03070.h1


Drugs; Personal Conduct

07/24/2017

Applicant used marijuana four or five times from 2006 to 2009 and once in February 2014. In August 2014, Applicant stole two or three hydrocodone pills, and in December 2014, he stole two or three oxycodone pills. He consumed the pills. In August and December 2014, he was holding a security clearance. Personal conduct security concerns are mitigated; however, drug involvement security concerns are not mitigated. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 16-02558.h1


Financial

07/24/2017

Applicant failed to file his income tax returns for 2011 and 2012 as required. He has since filed those returns and is meeting all of his financial obligations. Applicant established that his debts do not reflect poor judgment and reliability. He has mitigated the security concerns about his debts, and his request for a security clearance is granted. CASE NO: 16-01920.h1


Guideline F

07/24/2017

Despite Applicant's arguments to the contrary, the Judge's findings and analysis are consistent with the record that was before her. Applicant has not rebutted the presumption that the Judge considered all of the evidence. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 16-00757.a1


Financial

07/24/2017

Applicant's financial problems arose from circumstances beyond his control. In response to his financial problems, he has paid several debts and embarked on a systematic plan to repay his remaining debts. Applicant established that his debts are not reflective of his judgment and reliability. He has mitigated the security concerns about his debts, and his request for a security clearance is granted. CASE NO: 16-00736.h1


Guideline F

07/24/2017

Failure to file tax returns when due in itself raises concerns about an applicant's willingness to abide by rules and regulations. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 15-08778.a1


Financial

07/24/2017

Applicant's statement of reasons alleges nine delinquent debts totaling $56,804. He did not provide sufficient evidence of resolution of his financial issues, and financial considerations security concerns are not mitigated. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 15-08519.h1


Alcohol; Personal Conduct

07/24/2017

Applicant committed three driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI) offenses. He failed to disclose information about his DUIs and alcohol-related counseling on two of his security clearance applications (SCAs). He failed to deliver the mail as required, and he received a reprimand. He did not disclose his reprimands on two of his SCAs. Alcohol consumption and personal conduct security concerns are not mitigated. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 15-05188.h1


Financial

07/24/2017

Applicant has Federal and state tax liens which he has not resolved, in addition to delinquent debt. He presented no information to mitigate the security concerns. Eligibility for a security clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-03621.h1


Guideline B; Guideline L; Guideline F

07/24/2017

In her appeal brief, Applicant asserted she submitted documents to Department Counsel on August 8, 2016, and provided a copy of the email that she sent to Department Counsel along with its five purported attachments. Adverse decision remanded. CASE NO: 15-02816.a1


Financial

07/21/2017

Applicant has not mitigated the security concerns under this guideline She has unresolved debt and failed to file federal and state tax returns. She has not provided documentation to meet her burden of proof. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 16-00515.h1


Financial

07/21/2017

Applicant mitigated the financial considerations security concerns. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 16-00300.h1


Guideline F; Guideline E

07/21/2017

As the trier of fact, the Judge has to weigh the evidence as a whole and decide whether the favorable evidence outweighs the unfavorable evidence , or vice versa. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 15-03911.a1


Guideline F

07/21/2017

In spite of the plain language to the contrary, Applicant asserts that he believed in June and July 2016 that Department Counsel was "working on my behalf." If Applicant misunderstood the nature of his rights, the blame cannot fairly be placed on DOHA or other DOD officials. Applicant was not denied adequate notice of his due process rights. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 15-03168.a1


Financial

07/21/2017

Applicant's history of delinquent debts began in 2008 with the construction of a new home. He failed to mitigate the resulting financial security concerns. National security eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 15-02972.h1


Financial; Personal Conduct

07/21/2017

Applicant has not mitigated the security concerns raised by his delinquent debts and falsification of his security clearance application. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-00970.h1


Guideline B; Guideline L; Guideline F

07/21/2017

We conclude that the Judge erred in denying admission of the CPA letter. In light of the above, we remand the case for the Judge to consider the CPA letter and issue a new decision. If the case is remanded to a different Judge, he or she should inquire of the parties whether a new hearing is required or whether the Judge can rely on the transcript of the hearing contained in the case file. In light of this holding, the other issues that Applicant has raised are not ripe for consideration. Adverse decision remanded. CASE NO: 12-10335.a1


Financial

07/21/2017

Thirteen accounts in Applicant's name became delinquent and were placed for collection or charged off. A vehicle was repossessed. Although she was employed in 2015, and again since April 2016, Applicant made only limited good-faith efforts relatively recently to resolve some of her debts, with little documentation to support them. Applicant believes that she is not responsible for accounts that are no longer in her credit reports, so, she has ignored those particular accounts. Her decision to prioritize her delinquent debts behind her current monthly needs, and to spend her available funds for other purposes, for a relatively lengthy period, indicates the absence of any intention to timely address those aging debts, and reflects questionable judgment. Her failure to proceed beyond a few telephone calls to one particular creditor – the Government – is indicative of her disinterest in resolving a delinquent account for $8,424. CASE NO: 12-09434.h1


Financial

07/20/2017

Applicant mitigated the financial considerations security concerns involving his unpaid federal taxes for tax year 2012 and his failure to file federal income tax returns for tax years 2012 through 2014, as required. Applicant's eligibility for a security clearance is granted. CASE NO: 16-01491.h1


Financial; Personal Conduct

07/20/2017

This case alleges security concerns raised under Guideline F (Financial Considerations) and Guideline E (Personal Conduct). Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 16-01365.h1


Foreign Influence

07/20/2017

Applicant mitigated foreign influence security concerns raised by family members, a bank account, and property interests in Iraq. His past behavior clearly demonstrates he can resolve any potential conflict of interest in favor of the United States. His undivided allegiance to the United States is corroborated by his dependability and performance while under enemy fire and facing grievous harm. U.S. military officers who served with him in Iraq endorse his eligibility for a security clearance. Additionally, he has developed deep and long-lasting bonds in the United States. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 16-01311.h1


Financial

07/20/2017

Applicant failed to present sufficient evidence to explain, extenuate, or mitigate the security concern stemming from a history of financial problems, which includes a 2009 Chapter 7 bankruptcy case and unreleased federal tax liens filed in September 2011 and March 2014 for $34,899 and $24,121, respectively. Eligibility denied. CASE NO: 15-08681.h1


Financial

07/20/2017

Applicant mitigated the concerns raised under the financial considerations guideline. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 15-07758.h1


Financial

07/20/2017

Applicant has not mitigated the security concerns raised by her failure to pay delinquent debt. CASE NO: 15-07225.h1


Financial

07/20/2017

Applicant failed to timely file federal and state tax returns for tax years 2010-2012, and incurred a mortgage foreclosure with no deficiency and two small delinquent debts. He has since filed his back federal and state tax returns, paid his two small debts, and is exposed to no deficiency liability relative to the foreclosure of his home. Security concerns over Applicant's finances are mitigated. Eligibility for a security clearance is granted. CASE NO: 15-07122.h1


Foreign Influence

07/20/2017

Applicant mitigated the security concerns about her family connections to Pakistan under Guideline B, foreign influence. Applicant's eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 15-05391.h1


Financial

07/20/2017

Applicant did not mitigate the security concerns raised under the guideline for financial considerations, which include an unresolved mortgage deficiency and unpaid student loans. National security eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 15-04658.h1


Financial; Alcohol

07/20/2017

Applicant owes delinquent federal and state income taxes for at least five tax years, and he did not timely file his federal and state income tax returns for tax years 2003 through 2015. He did not provide sufficient evidence of resolution of financial issues, and financial considerations security concerns are not mitigated. From 2001 to 2015, Applicant was arrested seven times for alcohol-related driving offenses. In the last three years, he did not attend any alcohol counseling or therapy, and he did not receive an alcohol-use diagnosis or prognosis. He continues to consume alcohol. Alcohol consumption security concerns are not mitigated. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 14-04538.h1


Financial

07/19/2017

Applicant mitigated the security concerns raised by his delinquent debts. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 16-03628.h1


Financial

07/19/2017

Although Applicant cited to a brief period of unemployment between January 2013 and April 2013 as the cause of her acquiring over $130,000 in delinquent debt, she provided no documentary evidence substantiating her claims regarding attempts to work with her creditors or her belief some of the cited debts are either duplicative or erroneous. Lacking documentation as to these issues, financial considerations remain unmitigated. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 16-01689.h1


Financial

07/19/2017

Applicant has paid or resolved all of his once past-due debts. Based on a review of the pleadings, testimony, and exhibits, eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 16-01135.h1


Financial

07/19/2017

Applicant's statement of reasons alleges a delinquent mortgage and three other delinquent debts totaling $6,400. The four debts are resolved. He has established his financial responsibility. Financial considerations security concerns are mitigated. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 16-00801.h1


Drugs

07/19/2017

Applicant failed to mitigate the drug involvement concerns. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 16-00538.h1


Financial

07/19/2017

Applicant has mitigated the security concerns raised by his financial indebtedness, and by his failure to timely file his income tax returns. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 16-00305.h1


Financial

07/19/2017

Applicant incurred delinquent debt because he did not file federal income tax returns on time when he was unemployed. He established a payment plan when employed and paid all taxes. He is current with his state and federal taxes. Applicant presented sufficient information to establish his reasonable and responsible actions to resolve his delinquent debts. Applicant mitigated financial security concerns. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 15-08537.h1


Foreign Influence; Foreign Preference

07/19/2017

Applicant had one arrest and conviction for prescription-drug-related reckless driving more than four years ago. He had work problems, most of which were directly related to a chronic medical condition. Applicant did not intentionally falsify his security clearance questionnaire. Security concerns were mitigated. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 15-08163.h1


Foreign Influence; Foreign Preference

07/19/2017

The Government failed to establish any foreign influence trustworthiness concern regarding Applicant's father, sister, and sons in the Netherlands, as well as any foreign preference trustworthiness concerns. Applicant has mitigated the foreign influence trustworthiness concern raised by his friend in the Netherlands who works for the Dutch government. Eligibility for access to sensitive information is granted. CASE NO: 15-07679.h1


Guideline H; Guideline E

07/19/2017

Applicant is arguing for an alternative interpretation of the evidence, which is not enough to show that the Judge weighed the evidence in a manner that was arbitrary, capricious, or contrary to law. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 15-06277.a1


Financial

07/19/2017

Applicant mitigated the financial considerations security concern. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 15-06258.h1


Financial

07/19/2017

Applicant has not mitigated the security concerns raised by her financial indebtedness and failure to timely pay federal taxes. CASE NO: 15-05097.h1


Financial

07/19/2017

Applicant's statement of reasons alleges one delinquent debt owed to a bank for $65,185. On January 4, 2016, the creditor wrote the debt was settled in full. He has established his financial responsibility. Financial considerations security concerns are mitigated. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 15-01857.h1


Guideline F

07/19/2017

The Judge noted evidence that Applicant believed that his mortgage loans for the house were bad for him. However, she noted his statement that he had the means to address his delinquent debts but believes that he is not responsible for doing so. She stated that merely because applicant decided that the loans for the house were not in his favor he was not justified in ignoring them. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 15-00906.a1


Personal Conduct; Sexual Behavior; Criminal Conduct

07/18/2017

Between 2009 and 2016, Applicant received sexual services during his visits to massage parlors. His wife is unaware of his infidelity. His conduct raised security concerns under the guidelines for personal conduct, sexual behavior, and criminal conduct. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 16-03426.h1


Financial

07/18/2017

Applicant did not mitigate the trustworthiness concerns raised under the guidelines for financial considerations and personal conduct. National security eligibility for a position of trust is denied. CASE NO: 16-01745.h1


Financial

07/18/2017

Applicant has not mitigated the security concerns raised by her delinquent debts. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 16-01125.h1


Financial

07/18/2017

Applicant's statement of reasons (SOR) alleges 27 delinquent debts totaling $49,787. He mitigated two debts totaling $1,494. He did not provide sufficient evidence of resolution of financial issues or inability to make greater progress. Financial considerations security concerns are not mitigated. His alcohol-related criminal offenses and alcohol consumption security concerns are mitigated because the offenses are not recent. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 15-07651.h1


Financial; Personal Conduct

07/18/2017

Between December 2008 and December 2014, Applicant incurred close to $56,000 in debts. She attempted to conceal the indebtedness in her security questionnaire in October 2014. Her evidence in mitigation fails to meet her ultimate burden of persuasion under the guidelines for financial considerations and personal conduct. Eligibility for a public trust position is denied. CASE NO: 15-07064.h1


Financial

07/18/2017

Applicant did not provide sufficient information to mitigate the security concerns under Guideline F, financial considerations. Applicant's eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 15-07062.h1


Guideline F

07/18/2017

Based on the record that was before him, the Judge's conclusion that Applicant "has a substantial and recurring financial problem that he has not resolved and cannot with his available resources" and "[i]t is highly likely his financial difficulties will continue for some time" is sustainable. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 15-06160.a1


Financial; Foreign Influence

07/18/2017

Applicant incurred delinquent debts as a result of unemployment. He resolved his tax lien with the IRS. He has not ignored his creditors. He made good-faith efforts to resolve his debts. He mitigated the security concerns under the financial considerations guideline. Applicant also mitigated the foreign influence concerns. Eligibility for a security clearance is granted. CASE NO: 15-05083.h1


Guideline F

07/18/2017

A Judge should consider not only the extent to which an applicant may have resolved his or her debts but also the underlying circumstances for what they reveal about the applicant's judgement and reliability. In addition to the combined total amount of Applicant's mortgage debt, the Judge relied on a paucity of record evidence of financial reform by Applicant and on Applicant's failure to explain why he continued to amass delinquent debt despite having stopped making mortgage payments. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 15-03916.a1


Drugs; Personal Conduct

07/17/2017

Applicant mitigated the financial considerations security concern. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 16-03901.h1


Drugs; Personal Conduct

07/17/2017

Applicant purchased and misused cocaine weekly from April 1993 until June 2012. She deliberately did not include her substance misuse on an October 2003 Security Clearance Applicant. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 16-02047.h1


Financial

07/17/2017

Applicant did not present sufficient information on any reasonable and responsible actions she has taken to resolve her delinquent debts. Applicant failed to provide sufficient documentation to mitigate financial security concerns. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 16-00963.h1


Alcohol; Criminal

07/17/2017

On May 24, 2015, Applicant was arrested for driving while intoxicated (DWI) by alcohol. On January 21, 2016, she pleaded guilty. She completed all court-ordered requirements. She ended her alcohol consumption in October 2015, expressed remorse, and completed an alcohol-education program. Alcohol consumption and criminal conduct security concerns are mitigated. Access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 16-00640.h1


Drug Involvement; Personal Conduct

07/17/2017

Applicant's use of marijuana from 2008 to 2013 while holding a security clearance and his failure to admit this use on his security clearance application has not been mitigated by sufficient evidence of reform and rehabilitation. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 16-00627.h1


Financial

07/17/2017

In April 2014, because of a reduction in force, Applicant's employer laid him off. He remained unemployed from April 2014 until August 2015, and he currently has a position contingent on his obtaining a security clearance. Applicant exhausted his savings making payments to his creditors, but at some point, not otherwise specifically identified, various accounts became delinquent due to his having insufficient funds to continue doing so. Applicant addressed a number of accounts to prevent them from becoming delinquent. He also resolved other accounts. Applicant's September 2015 credit report reflects 6 derogatory or delinquent accounts along with 26 current accounts. His e-QIP also identified several allegedly delinquent accounts. Despite being unemployed, Applicant initiated and continues to adhere to a good-faith effort to repay his overdue creditors or otherwise resolve his debts. Despite his unemployment, Applicant's efforts resulted in the successful resolution of a number of accounts. Although he has not received any financial counseling, it appears that Applicant's financial problems are under control. His actions under the circumstances do not cast doubt on his current reliability, trustworthiness, and good judgment. Eligibility is granted. CASE NO: 16-00153.h1


Financial; Personal Conduct

07/17/2017

Applicant did not deliberately falsify his SCA, but he has not mitigated the security concerns raised by his financial indebtedness. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-08337.h1


Financial

07/17/2017

Applicant's statement of reasons alleges 19 delinquent debts totaling $39,611. He did not provide sufficient evidence of resolution of his financial issues, and financial considerations security concerns are not mitigated. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 15-07042.h1


Foreign Influence

07/17/2017

Applicant's foreign connections, the vast majority of whom are immigrating or will soon immigrate to the United States, are clearly outweighed by his obvious loyalty to the United States. This loyalty is evidenced by a plethora of letters of recommendation by those who have served with Applicant in the field on combat missions. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 15-04750.h1


Financial

07/17/2017

Applicant did not provide sufficient information to mitigate the financial considerations security concerns. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 15-04131.h1


Foreign Influence

07/17/2017

Applicant grew up in the United States unaware that the woman whom he considered his mother was actually his adoptive mother, not his biological mother. He also did not know that his actual birth mother and several half-siblings lived in Pakistan. Although he has since become acquainted with his family members living in Pakistan, his emotional bond remains stronger with his adoptive mother. This fact, considered together with Applicant's deep and longstanding ties to the United States show that he would resolve any conflict of interest in favor of the United States. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 15-03561.h1


Financial

07/17/2017

Applicant failed to timely file federal and state income returns for tax years 2006-2012, and accumulated delinquent consumer and student loan debts that he has not resolved. Financial concerns are not mitigated. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 14-06983.h1


Financial

07/16/2017

Applicant is indebted to 22 creditors in the approximate amount of $36,000. Additionally, he failed to file Federal income tax returns for tax years 2011 through 2014, and state income tax returns for tax years 2010 through 2014. He failed to produce documentation to show he resolved any of his delinquencies or delinquent tax returns. Based upon a review of the pleadings and exhibits, eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 16-01578.h1


Financial

07/14/2017

Applicant's finances were adversely affected by unemployment and underemployment. Since he obtained his current job, he has paid, settled, or otherwise resolved about two thirds of the debts alleged in the Statement of Reasons. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 16-03384.h1


Criminal Conduct; Alcohol; Financial

07/14/2017

Between 2001 and 2011, Applicant was charged with multiple criminal offenses, many involving alcohol and drugs. He was convicted twice of driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI); once for driving under the influence of marijuana; and once for resisting, obstructing, or delaying a police officer. His criminal record raises unmitigated security concerns under the guideline for criminal conduct. His alcohol-related offenses raise unmitigated security concerns under the guideline for alcohol consumption. Applicant was additionally alleged to be delinquent on four debts totaling $10,731, which raise security concerns under the guideline for financial considerations. All of the alleged debts are unresolved. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 16-02906.h1


Guideline F; Guideline E

07/14/2017

Applicant does say it is wrong for the Judge to have looked at her past credit. In a Guideline F case it is necessary and appropriate for the Judge to review an applicant's financial history. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 16-02367.a1


Guideline F

07/14/2017

We conclude that the Judge's material findings are consistent with the record that was before her. Even if the Judge erred in some of her findings, any such errors are harmless in that they did not likely affect the outcome of the case. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 16-01871.a1


Financial; Alcohol; Personal Conduct

07/14/2017

Applicant has not mitigated the security concerns raised by his delinquent debts, excessive alcohol consumption, and falsifying material facts during an interview with a security investigator. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 16-01833.h1


Financial

07/14/2017

Applicant has not mitigated the security concerns raised by his delinquent debts. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 16-01238.h1


Financial

07/14/2017

Applicant is indebted to six creditors in the amount of $38,042. He has not resolved any of his delinquencies to the satisfaction of his creditors. Based upon a review of the pleadings and exhibits, eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 16-00723.h1


Financial

07/14/2017

Applicant did not mitigate the financial considerations trustworthiness concerns. Eligibility for access to sensitive information is denied. CASE NO: 15-08423.h1


Foreign Preference and Foreign Influence

07/14/2017

Applicant mitigated the security concerns raised by foreign preference and foreign influence. Eligibility granted. CASE NO: 15-07792.h1


Financial

07/14/2017

Applicant and her husband both had periods of unemployment after they were discharged from the military. She has taken reasonable steps to address the resulting financial problems. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 15-07272.h1


Guideline F

07/14/2017

A Judge has no authority to promise an applicant a clearance or to advise on the quantum of evidence that would mitigate the concerns in his or her case. In addition, actions in a clearance adjudication may have significant ramifications in other aspects of an applicant's life. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 15-05849.a1


Guideline F

07/14/2017

Though we give due consideration to the Hearing Office case that Applicant has cited in his brief, it does not provide a reason to disturb the Judge's adverse decision. In any event, Hearing Office decisions are binding neither on other Hearing Office Judges nor on the Board. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 15-03085.a1


Guideline F

07/14/2017

Applicant contends that the Judge did not consider his family's medical emergencies. However, the Judge made detailed findings about these matters and discussed them in his analysis. Applicant has not rebutted the presumption that the Judge considered all of the evidence in the record. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 15-01495.a1


Financial

07/14/2017

Applicant candidly acknowledged having some financial difficulties as the victim of identity theft with several creditors when he completed his e-QIP. A series of events that resulted in his financial problems commenced under such circumstances that it is unlikely to recur for they started before he was married and ended with his divorce. The lingering effects of his ex-wife's actions are still being felt in light of the slow actions and inaction by some of his creditors and the credit reporting agencies in complying with the law. Applicant hired two law firms to assist him in fighting the results of his identity theft. Their combined efforts resolved a number of non-SOR accounts as well as most of those alleged in the SOR. Only one such account remains unresolved. Although he has not received any financial counseling, it appears that Applicant's financial problems are under control. His actions under the circumstances do not cast doubt on his current reliability, trustworthiness, and good judgment. Eligibility is granted. CASE NO: 14-04616.h1


Financial

07/13/2017

Applicant has addressed all of her alleged past-due debts. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 17-00718.h1


Drug Involvement

07/13/2017

Applicant mitigated the drug involvement security concerns alleged in the SOR. CASE NO: 16-03929.h1


Alcohol, Criminal Conduct

07/13/2017

Applicant failed to mitigate the alcohol and criminal conduct security concerns related to three arrests and convictions for driving under the influence of alcohol. National security eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 16-01390.h1


Financial

07/13/2017

Applicant mitigated the concerns raised under the financial considerations guideline. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 16-00879.h1


Financial

07/13/2017

Applicant did not mitigate the financial considerations security concerns. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 12-05489.h1


Financial

07/12/2017

Applicant mitigated the financial considerations security concerns. Eligibility granted. CASE NO: 17-00826.h1


Guideline B; Guideline E

07/12/2017

Administrative notice may be taken of official documents posted by Federal departments and agencies on their websites. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 16-02522.a1


Guideline F

07/12/2017

The Judge was required to consider not only the actions Applicant had taken to resolve his financial problems, but also the circumstances underlying those problems that impugn his reliability and judgment. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 15-08751.a1


Foreign Influence

07/12/2017

Based on a review of the pleadings, testimony, and exhibits, I conclude that Applicant has not mitigated the concerns related to foreign influence raised by his mother and two brothers who are citizens and residents of Afghanistan. His request for a security clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-08272.h1


Financial

07/12/2017

Applicant's financial problems arose from circumstances beyond his control. However, he did not respond in a manner that reflects well on his judgment and reliability. Applicant did not mitigate the security concerns raised by the Government's information, and his request for a security clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-08266.h1


Financial

07/12/2017

Applicant did not mitigate the security concerns about his past-due or delinquent debts. His request for eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 15-06730.h1


Guideline F

07/12/2017

The security concerns under Guideline F are broader than the possibility that an applicant might knowingly compromise classified information in order to raise money to satisfy his or her debts. Financial problems may also raise concerns about an applicant's self-control, judgment, and other qualities essential to protecting classified information. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 15-05049.a1


Financial

07/11/2017

While circumstances beyond Applicant's control contributed to his financial problems, he has not acted responsibly in addressing his debts. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 16-01445.h1


Foreign Preference; Foreign Influence; Financial

07/11/2017

Available information is sufficient to mitigate the security concerns about Applicant's Pakistani passports, as well as his ties to Pakistani family members and interests in Pakistan. Applicant also mitigated the security concerns about his financial problems that resulted from an extended period of underemployment and unemployment. His request for a security clearance is granted. CASE NO: 16-00101.h1


Drugs; Personal Conduct

07/11/2017

Applicant used marijuana on an occasional basis from approximately 1977 to 2013. He also falsified two Government questionnaires and lied to a Government investigator. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 15-08688.h1


Financial

07/11/2017

Applicant petitioned on multiple occasions between 2003 and 2015 for Chapter 13 relief in response to financial strains attributable to periods of unemployment and significant financial burdens placed on her in caring for her children. She has since established good track record in meeting her monthly trustee payments on her most recent Chapter 13 petition, and she documented strong payment histories on her modified mortgage and student loan. Financial concerns are mitigated. Eligibility to hold a public trust position is granted. CASE NO: 15-06503.h1


Financial

07/11/2017

Applicant mitigated the financial considerations security concern involving a delinquent student loan, but did not mitigate his failure to file federal income tax returns for tax years 2011 through 2014, as required. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-05983.h1


Guideline F

07/11/2017

Applicant contends the Judge erred in making certain findings of fact. Specifically, Applicant notes that the Judge found that the debts in SOR 1.a and 1.c were unresolved when a credit report reflects both of those accounts were paid. Applicant also notes the Judge incorrectly listed the amount of the debt in the SOR 1.e, i.e, listing it as $8,097, instead of $1,523 as reflected in the SOR. Adverse decision remanded. CASE NO: 15-05243.a1


Financial

07/11/2017

Applicant did not mitigate the security concerns about his past-due or delinquent debts. His request for eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 15-05157.h1


Guideline F

07/11/2017

It is well established that promises to pay off delinquent debts in the future are not a substitute for a track record of timely debt repayment. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 15-02823.a1


Financial

07/11/2017

Applicant accumulated a number of delinquent debts that she failed to address with meaningful good-faith repayment initiatives. Applicant's actions are insufficient to facilitate safe predictions that she will be able to manage her finances prudently in the foreseeable future. Financial concerns are not mitigated. Eligibility to hold a public trust position is denied. CASE NO: 15-01081.h1


Financial; Personal Conduct

07/10/2017

While Applicant's periods of unemployment contributed to her financial problems, she has not acted responsibly in addressing her debts. She also deliberately omitted her arrest, criminal charge, and probation on her security questionnaire. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 16-02962.h1


Drugs

07/10/2017

Applicant used marijuana for medical purposes between July 2011 and 2016, and he expressed an intention to continue doing so in the future. He did not mitigate the resulting security concerns under Guideline H, drug involvement. Applicant's eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 16-00631.h1


Foreign Influence; Outside Activities

07/07/2017

The routine, casual, and limited nature of Applicant's foreign contacts and outside activities has not established a potential conflict of interest. Applicant's deep and longstanding relationships in the United States are such that he can be expected to resolve any potential conflict in favor of the U.S. interest. CASE NO: 16-02954.h1


Financial

07/07/2017

Applicant failed to present sufficient evidence to explain, extenuate, or mitigate the security concern stemming from an unpaid judgment for $28,567, filed in June 2008, based on a delinquent credit card account. He did not present sufficient documentation to establish that he contacted he creditor who received the judgment and made arrangements to pay or settle what he owes. Eligibility denied. CASE NO: 16-01585.h1


Financial

07/07/2017

Applicant's statement of reasons (SOR) alleges, and the record establishes Applicant has seven delinquent debts totaling $23,360. He did not provide sufficient evidence of resolution of financial issues or inability to make greater progress. Financial considerations security concerns are not mitigated. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 16-01147.h1


Foreign Preference; Foreign Influence

07/07/2017

Applicant exercised French rights and privileges of voting and travel as a dual citizen of France after becoming a U.S. citizen. Exercise of these rights and privileges by themselves is not disqualifying. Foreign preference concerns are mitigated. Raised foreign influence concerns over Applicant's mother and brother (both citizens and residents of France) involve minimal risk with a low-risk NATO ally and are mitigated. Eligibility to hold a public trust position is granted. CASE NO: 15-08245.h1


Financial

07/07/2017

Applicant's statement of reasons (SOR) alleges that he failed to timely file his federal tax returns for tax years 2012, 2013, and 2014. He received an extension for tax years 2012, 2013, and 2014, and his 2014 tax return was timely filed within the extension period. His 2013 federal tax return was about two months late, and his 2012 tax return was filed almost three years late. He received a refund for tax years 2012, 2013, and 2014. Financial considerations security concerns are mitigated. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 15-06367.h1


Guideline F; Guideline E

07/07/2017

Based on the record that was before her, the Judge's conclusion that Applicant had not demonstrated a track record of financial responsibility and that his financial problems were not fully resolved or under control, despite the discharge in bankruptcy is sustainable. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 15-01652.a1


Guideline F; Guideline E

07/07/2017

Applicant states the following: "I do not contend that the [J]udge's decision was in error." Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 15-01153.a1


Financial

07/07/2017

Applicant did not present sufficient evidence to mitigate security concerns raised by his financial circumstances. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 14-03810.h1


Financial

07/06/2017

Applicant mitigated the financial considerations security concern. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 17-00252.h1


Financial

07/06/2017

Applicant was delinquent on Federal tax debts for tax years 2008, 2010, 2011, 2013, and 2014, in a total exceeding $32,000. He failed to file his state and Federal taxes for at least 2012 through 2014, as required. He has resolved all of his Federal tax debt and filed all delinquent state and Federal tax returns. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 16-00953.h1


Drugs; Personal Conduct

07/06/2017

Applicant failed to present sufficient evidence to explain, extenuate, or mitigate the security concern stemming from her unlawful use of marijuana during 2014-2015, after being granted a security clearance in 2003. Eligibility denied. CASE NO: 16-00578.h1


Guideline B; Guideline E

07/06/2017

Applicant's arguments amount to a disagreement with the Judge's weighing of the evidence, which is not enough to show that the Judge weighed the evidence in a manner that was arbitrary, capricious, or contrary to law. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 15-08577.a1


Guideline B; Guideline C

07/06/2017

The Appeal Board's authority to review a case is limited to cases in which the appealing party has alleged the Judge committed harmful error. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 15-07728.a1


Financial

07/06/2017

Applicant was alleged to be delinquent on nine debts totaling $11,246. All of the alleged debts are resolved. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 15-04946.h1


Guideline F

07/06/2017

The Board cannot consider Applicant's new evidence on appeal and has no authority to grant Applicant an extension for the purpose of obtaining more evidence. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 15-03249.a1


Personal Conduct

07/06/2017

Applicant failed to mitigate the personal conduct security concerns. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 14-04863.h1


Financial

07/05/2017

Applicant's use and purchase of marijuana while holding a security clearance has not been mitigated. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 16-02877.h1


Financial

07/05/2017

Applicant's failure to file Federal and state income tax returns for tax years 2010 through 2016, have not been mitigated. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 16-02276.h1


Financial

07/05/2017

Applicant's history of delinquent tax indebtedness has not been mitigated by sufficient evidence of reform and rehabilitation. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 16-01750.h1


Financial

07/05/2017

Applicant resolved most of the SOR debts after receiving the SOR, but failed to resolve the largest debt and recently incurred additional debts. His current financial status is precarious. He did not mitigate the financial considerations security concern. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 16-01471.h1


Financial

07/05/2017

Applicant has a large federal tax lien that he recently began paying and unresolved delinquent debts. He failed to mitigate the security concerns under Guideline F, financial considerations. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 16-00880.h1


Financial

07/05/2017

Applicant's history of indebtedness has been mitigated, however her deliberate falsification of her security clearance application concerning her financial history has not been mitigated by sufficient reform and rehabilitation. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-08793.h1


Drugs; Personal Conduct

07/05/2017

Applicant used marijuana until his arrest for driving under the influence of marijuana in January 2014. The drug involvement security concerns are mitigated by the passage of time with no intention of any future drug involvement. Personal conduct security concerns persist because of his lack of candor about his illegal drug involvement on two security clearance applications. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-07309.h1


Financial

07/05/2017

Applicant's delinquent debt in the amount of $26,000 remains owing, despite the fact that Applicant has allowed the debt to fall off of his credit report. There is insufficient evidence of mitigation or rehabilitation. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-06708.h1


Financial; Personal Conduct

07/05/2017

Applicant's delinquent debts have not been resolved; and he deliberately was not truthful on his security clearance application regarding his financial history. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-06535.h1


Guideline F

07/05/2017

Applicant challenges the Judge's findings of fact. Among other things, he cites to evidence that he is currently married, and he argues that the record shows that he has in fact resolved the medical payments. After reviewing the Decision in light of the record as a whole, we conclude that the Judge's material findings of security concern are supported by substantial evidence or constitute reasonable inferences that could be drawn from the evidence. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 15-03800.a1


Guideline F

07/05/2017

The Judge does not address the extent to which Applicant's financial problems do not explain her failure to have filed her returns at all. Difficulty in meeting financial obligations do no provide a plausible excuse to failing to meet an important legal requirement, such as filing returns when due. Indeed, the Directive cites failure to file returns as a disqualifying condition in and of itself, irrespective of whether the underlying taxes have actually been paid. Favorable decision reversed. CASE NO: 15-03019.a1


Financial, Personal Conduct

07/05/2017

Applicant did not mitigate the security concerns under Guideline F, financial considerations. He did mitigate the security concerns under Guideline E, personal conduct. Eligibility is denied. CASE NO: 14-05727.h1


Financial

07/05/2017

Applicant failed to file his 2000 through 2005 federal and state income tax returns. The IRS began garnishing his wages in 2011 for a federal tax lien. He also has unresolved state tax liens. Applicant failed to mitigate the security concerns under Guideline F, financial considerations. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 12-08815.h1


Financial

07/03/2017

Applicant experienced financial difficulties due to circumstances largely beyond his control, but mitigated the concern by acting responsibly. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 15-07719.h1


Financial; Personal Conduct

07/03/2017

Applicant has not mitigated the security concerns raised by his financial indebtedness and his deliberate omission of security-significant derogatory information from his SF86. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-07536.h1


Financial

07/03/2017

As of February 2016, Applicant owed delinquent debt totaling $15,077 on five accounts. Alimony paid to his ex-wife caused financial strain. Applicant recently settled the debts, and he is repaying $15,000 in back taxes to the IRS. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 15-02761.h1


Guideline J; Guideline G

07/03/2017

Bias involves partiality for or against a party, predisposition to decide a case or issue without regard to the merits, or other indicia of a lack of impartiality. The standard is not whether a party personally believes a Judge was biased or prejudiced against that party or not whether a party can demonstrate the Judge committed a factual or legal error, but rather whether the record of the proceedings below contains any indication that the Judge acted in a manner that would lead a reasonable, disinterested person to question the fairness and impartiality of the Judge. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 15-01717.a1


Guideline G; Guideline F

07/03/2017

Applicant's appeal brief contains no assertion of harmful error on the part of the Judge regarding the Guideline F security concerns. Rather, it contains a brief statement by the Applicant that he has made a good-faith effort to correct his financial problems. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 14-02845.a1


Financial

06/30/2017

Applicant experienced financial difficulties due to circumstances largely beyond her control, but mitigated the concern by acting responsibly. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 16-01151.h1


Financial

06/30/2017

At the close of the record, Applicant's federal tax debts remain outstanding and he did not provide proof that he was making regular payments towards his delinquent federal tax debts. The concerns raised under financial considerations are not mitigated. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 16-00556.h1


Outside Activities; Foreign Influence

06/30/2017

Applicant mitigated the outside activities and foreign influence security concerns. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 15-08422.h1


Guideline F

06/30/2017

The Judge erred in finding that Applicant was married twice and that she has been employed full time since June 2015. The best course of action is to remand the case to the Judge for additional processing as appropriate. Adverse decision remanded. CASE NO: 15-07869.a1


Financial

06/30/2017

Applicant's statement of reasons alleges, and the record establishes: a federal tax lien filed in January 2015 for $30,677; unfiled federal income tax returns in 2011 and 2012; child support arrearage of $16,565; and several debts placed for collection. He did not provide sufficient evidence of resolution of financial issues, and financial considerations security concerns are not mitigated. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 15-06662.h1


Foreign Influence

06/30/2017

Applicant did not mitigate the foreign influence security concerns raised by his spouse's South Korean citizenship, and the South Korean citizenship and residency of his parents-in-law and brother-in-law. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-06586.h1


Criminal; Personal Conduct

06/30/2017

Applicant has a history of criminal conduct, and is currently on probation for his latest offense in January 2016. Under these circumstances, it is too soon to conclude that he has mitigated the security concerns. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-05826.h1


Financial

06/30/2017

Applicant's statement of reasons alleges, and the record establishes: he did not file his federal and state tax returns for tax years 1997 through 2013; he owes delinquent federal taxes for tax years 2009, 2012, and 2013; and he has five additional delinquent debts totaling approximately $80,000. He did not provide sufficient evidence of resolution of financial issues, and financial considerations security concerns are not mitigated. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 15-04180.h1


Financial

06/30/2017

Applicant had three delinquent mortgage debts, involving investment properties, which arose from circumstances beyond his control and were fully resolved in 2016. Resulting security concerns were mitigated. National security eligibility is granted. CASE NO: 15-03307.h1


Financial

06/30/2017

Applicant has not resolved his Federal and state tax issues. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 15-02634.h1


Guideline F

06/30/2017

Applicant cites to his candor in admitting his security-significant conduct and to his having held a clearance for several years without incident or concern. Applicant has not rebutted the presumption that the Judge considered all of the evidence in the record. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 15-00532.a1


Financial

06/29/2017

Applicant mitigated the financial considerations security concerns including delinquent state and federal income taxes, by demonstrating a payment plan and debt resolution. Eligibility is granted. CASE NO: 17-00314.h1


Financial

06/29/2017

Applicant did not mitigate the security concerns alleged in the SOR. Eligibility is denied. CASE NO: 16-01359.h1


Financial

06/29/2017

Applicant was unable to mitigate financial considerations concerns pertaining to 12 delinquent debts totaling $78,959. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 16-00316.h1


Financial

06/29/2017

Applicant was unable to mitigate financial considerations concerns pertaining to 19 delinquent debts totaling $24,636. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-08409.h1


Financial

06/29/2017

As of June 2016, Applicant owed a credit card collection debt of approximately $10,683 and past-due federal income taxes for 2013. Applicant has a history of borrowing against his retirement to pay his debts, but his past-due debts have been resolved through legal means, and his current income is sufficient to meet his obligations. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 15-07702.h1


Financial

06/28/2017

Applicant did not mitigate the financial considerations security concerns. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 16-02473.h1


Foreign Influence; Foreign Preference

06/28/2017

Applicant mitigated the foreign influence concerns raised by his fiancée, father, and mother, who are citizens and residents in Ukraine. He also mitigated the foreign preference concerns raised by his exercise of Ukrainian citizenship by traveling on his Ukrainian passport. His request for a security clearance is granted. CASE NO: 16-00830.h1


Financial

06/28/2017

This case involves trustworthiness concerns raised under Guideline F (Financial Considerations). Eligibility for access to sensitive information is denied. CASE NO: 15-08323.h1


Drugs; Personal Conduct

06/28/2017

Applicant did not mitigate the security concerns under Guideline H, drug involvement, due to his marijuana use while holding a security clearance, and his admitted intention to continue marijuana use. Under Guideline E, personal conduct, his failure to disclose his marijuana use on his security clearance application was not deliberately false. Applicant's eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 15-05270.h1


Finances

06/27/2017

Due to her extensive work travel schedule, Applicant failed to timely file her 2013 and 2014 federal tax returns. It was the first time in her lengthy career, and decades of maintaining a security clearance, that she was neglectful of this obligation. She has since filed those returns, received refunds, and committed herself to making timely tax return filing a priority in the future. Financial considerations security concerns are mitigated. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 16-02089.h1


Foreign Influence; Foreign Preference

06/27/2017

Applicant mitigated the foreign preference security concerns, but she did not mitigate the foreign influence security concerns raised by her family in Russia. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 16-02000.h1


Financial

06/27/2017

Applicant has not mitigated the trustworthiness concerns under the above guideline. Position of public trust is denied. CASE NO: 16-00203.h1


Financial

06/27/2017

Applicant did not mitigate the financial trustworthiness concerns alleged in the SOR. Applicant's eligibility for access to sensitive information or a public trust position is denied. CASE NO: 15-07196.h1


Financial

06/27/2017

Available information, including information considered on remand, is not sufficient to mitigate the security concerns about Applicant's unresolved delinquent debts. Applicant's request for a security clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-07050.h2


Foreign Influence

06/27/2017

Applicant mitigated the security concerns under the foreign influence guideline. She has met her burden in this case. Eligibility for a security clearance is granted. CASE NO: 15-04580.h1


Financial

06/27/2017

Applicant incurred more than $10,000 in delinquent debt over the past seven years that he remains unable or unwilling to repay. Resulting security concerns were not mitigated. National security eligibility is denied. CASE NO: 15-04090.h1


Alcohol; Criminal Conduct; Financial

06/26/2017

Applicant works for a defense contractor. He has five alcohol-related incidents from 2007 to 2013. He mitigated those incidents and has not had any problem since 2013. He filed Chapter 7 bankruptcy in 2016 when his debt from his former marital home and other obligations became excessive. Eligibility for a clearance is granted. CASE NO: 16-02844.h1


Financial

06/26/2017

Applicant has not mitigated the security concerns raised by his failure to timely file federal tax returns and pay federal taxes. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 16-02440.h1


Drugs

06/26/2017

Applicant failed to mitigate the security concerns raised by his purchase and use of marijuana. Eligibility denied. CASE NO: 16-00504.h1


Financial

06/26/2017

Applicant did not mitigate the security concerns raised under the guideline for financial considerations. National security eligibility is denied. CASE NO: 15-05329.h1


Financial; Foreign Influence

06/26/2017

The Government withdrew the foreign influence allegation. Applicant did not present sufficient evidence to mitigate security concerns raised by a history of reckless spending, which recently led him to file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy to discharge a substantial amount of past-due debt. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-04918.h1


Foreign Influence; Foreign Preference; Outside Activities

06/23/2017

Applicant is on an advisory board funded by a foreign government. She has strong connections to the United States; she has contributed to the welfare of the United States for 50 years; and the foreign government does not engage in espionage against the United States. Her immediate family are all citizens and residents of the United States. Foreign influence and foreign preference security concerns are mitigated; however, outside activities security concerns are not mitigated. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 16-03590.h1


Financial

06/23/2017

Applicant has demonstrated a good-faith effort to resolve his delinquent debts. He has resolved all but one of the accounts alleged in the SOR. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 16-02268.h1


Foreign Influence

06/23/2017

Applicant mitigated security concerns raised by his relationships with family members who are residents and citizens of India. Applicant's relatives are not in positions that are likely to create a conflict of interest for Applicant. Furthermore, his familial and financial ties to the United States are such that Applicant will likely resolve any potential conflict in favor of U.S. interest. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 16-00817.h1


Financial; Personal Conduct

06/23/2017

Applicant has a track record of financial responsibility and her financial problem is being resolved. She mitigated the Guideline F (financial considerations) concerns. Applicant deliberately omitted material financial information from her trustworthiness position application. She failed to mitigate the Guideline E (personal conduct) trustworthiness concerns. Eligibility to hold a position of public trust is denied. CASE NO: 15-07939.h1


Drug Abuse; Financial; Personal Conduct

06/23/2017

Applicant works for a defense contractor. He used marijuana once six years ago. He misunderstood his local tax obligations. He filed and paid his taxes. He mitigated all security concerns. Eligibility for a clearance is granted. CASE NO: 15-07595.h1


Financial

06/23/2017

Applicant works for a defense contractor. She has seven delinquent debts listed in the SOR. They total over $47,535. She did not resolve any of the delinquent debts. She filed a Chapter 7 bankruptcy to discharge these debts. Eligibility for a clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-07290.h1


Financial

06/23/2017

Applicant works for a defense contractor. He has 14 delinquent debts listed in the SOR. They total $65,665. He resolved six debts, including the substantial business tax debt which the business owner would not pay and for which Applicant was the business accountant. He has not resolved eight other small debts totaling $1,600 but has a regular saving plan with which he can pay those debts in a short time. Eligibility for a clearance is granted. CASE NO: 15-07003.h1


Guideline F; Guideline B

06/23/2017

Applicant's narrative statement and credit report constitute new evidence that the Appeal Board can neither receive nor consider. Applicant has failed to assert that the Judge committed any harmful error in his analysis of the record evidence. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 15-06811.a1


Financial

06/23/2017

Applicant had a tax lien, a judgment, and medical debts that he did not resolve. Applicant did not present sufficient information to establish that he has a plan to resolve the debts and is making payments on the debts. His lack of responsible actions fails to mitigate financial security concerns. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 15-05191.h1


Financial

06/23/2017

Applicant incurred 31 delinquent debts, totaling more than $27,000, most of which remain outstanding. She did not mitigate resulting trustworthiness concerns. National security eligibility to occupy a sensitive public trust position is denied. CASE NO: 15-04664.h1


Guideline E; Guideline D; Guideline J

06/23/2017

Applicant states that he was "blindsided" by Department Counsel's exhibits. The Judge gave Applicant an opportunity to examine Department Counsel's exhibits and offered to continue the hearing for 30 days in order to give him an opportunity to prepare. He also gave Applicant 30 days after the hearing to submit additional evidence. Applicant offered no objections to Department Counsel's exhibits when they were offered into evidence. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 15-02859.a1


Financial; Personal Conduct; Criminal; Drugs

06/22/2017

Applicant mitigated the personal conduct, criminal conduct, and drug involvement security concerns, but failed to mitigate the financial considerations security concerns. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 16-00364.h1


Financial

06/22/2017

Due to circumstances largely beyond her control, primarily a period of uncompensated disability, Applicant experienced financial difficulties, but mitigated the Guideline F concern by acting responsibly under the circumstances. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 16-00066.h1


Financial, Foreign Influence

06/22/2017

Applicant failed to timely file 2011 through 2014 federal and state income tax returns or timely pay federal taxes for 2012 and 2013. He has minimal contact with his ex-wife, who is a citizen of a foreign country. Applicant mitigated the security concerns raised under Guideline B, foreign influence, but failed to mitigate them under Guideline F, financial considerations. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-07865.h1


Guideline: G

06/22/2017

The Judge properly considered the evidence as a whole and did not view it in an isolated and piecemeal manner. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 15-07791.a1


Financial

06/22/2017

Applicant mitigated the security concerns under Guideline F, financial considerations, by demonstrating that his delinquent debts have now either been paid or are otherwise current and being resolved. Applicant's eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 15-07431.h1


Financial

06/22/2017

Applicant works for a defense contractor. He has 19 delinquent debts listed in the SOR. They total over $19,325. He also filed two Chapter 13 bankruptcies between 2001 and 2012 and dismissed them. He resolved five delinquent debts. He placed his student loans with a government collector for a $5 monthly payment that stays any collection action for another six months. He has not resolved four other delinquent debts. Applicant has a 14 year history of delinquent debts. Eligibility for a clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-06241.h1


Financial

06/22/2017

Applicant incurred significant retail and consumer credit card debt. Applicant did not present sufficient information to establish that she has arrangements to pay the debts or that she made significant payments on the debts. Her lack of responsible action fails to mitigate financial trustworthiness concerns. Eligibility for access to sensitive information is denied. CASE NO: 15-05296.h1


Financial; Personal Conduct

06/22/2017

Applicant did not present sufficient information to explain, extenuate, or mitigate the trustworthiness concern stemming from her delinquent debts. Nor did she mitigate her failure to disclose her delinquent debts. Eligibility denied. CASE NO: 14-06209.h1


Guideline F

06/22/2017

Applicant's appeal brief contains no assertion of harmful error on the part of the Judge. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 14-05768.a1


Financial

06/21/2017

Applicant has not mitigated the security concerns raised by his delinquent debts and his failure to timely file federal and state income tax returns. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 16-03630.h1


Financial

06/21/2017

Applicant has mitigated the security concerns raised by his delinquent debts and failure to pay the federal taxes due on an early withdrawal from a retirement account. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 16-01831.h1


Foreign Preference; Foreign Influence

06/21/2017

Applicant seeks a security clearance to work for a defense contractor. She is a U.S. citizen, as is her son. She was born in Romania and lived there until she was 17 years old. Her father is a retired Romanian military officer. Her mother is a retired bank employee. Her brother lives and works in Romania. She mitigated the foreign preference and foreign influence security concerns by her clear preference for the United States. Eligibility for a clearance is granted. CASE NO: 16-01544.h1


Financial

06/21/2017

Applicant's layoffs and consequent periods of unemployment contributed to his financial problems. While he has unresolved SOR debts, Applicant's track record of repayment demonstrates a commitment to continue resolving his remaining debts. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 16-01388.h1


Financial

06/21/2017

Applicant has unresolved delinquent debts. She failed to mitigate the trustworthiness concerns under Guideline F, financial considerations. Eligibility for access to sensitive information is denied. CASE NO: 16-01054.h1


Guideline F

06/21/2017

Applicant argues that the Decision devoted unreasonable attention to the one remaining tax lien at the expense of all the positive aspects of his record. We conclude that Applicant has not rebutted the presumption that the Judge considered all of the evidence in the record, nor has he shown that the Judge weighed the evidence in a manner that was arbitrary, capricious, or contrary to law. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 15-08885.a1


Financial

06/21/2017

Applicant incurred more than $106,315 in delinquent credit card, medical, and mortgage debt over the past four years that he remains unable to repay. Resulting security concerns were not mitigated. Based upon a review of the pleadings and exhibits, national security eligibility is denied. CASE NO: 15-08343.h1


Financial

06/21/2017

Applicant incurred more than $11,000 in delinquent credit card, medical, and utility debt over the past eight years that he remains unable to repay. Resulting security concerns were not mitigated. National security eligibility is denied. CASE NO: 15-04318.h1


Financial; Personal Conduct

06/21/2017

Applicant works for a defense contractor. She has 17 delinquent debts listed in the SOR totaling $18,112. She paid two debts, is paying on her own a third debt, and placed the remaining 14 debts into a not-for-profit debt management program. She did not deliberately falsify her financial answers on her security clearance application. Eligibility for a clearance is granted. CASE NO: 15-03588.h1


Financial

06/21/2017

Applicant failed to make monthly mortgage payments between March 2012 and July 2014, without apparent justification. He filed for Chapter 13 bankruptcy protection in order to stop the resulting foreclosure proceedings. Resulting security concerns were not mitigated. National security eligibility is denied. CASE NO: 15-02090.h1


Financial

06/21/2017

Applicant did not present sufficient evidence to explain, extenuate, or mitigate the concern stemming from her failure to timely file state and federal income tax returns for tax years 2005 through 2012. Eligibility denied. CASE NO: 14-06904.h1


Financial

06/21/2017

Applicant was alleged to have two delinquent debts totaling $43,558. He resolved one of his delinquencies to the satisfaction of the creditor, but failed to introduce documentation to show that the second debt was resolved. Based upon a review of the pleadings and exhibits, national security eligibility is denied. CASE NO: 14-05302.h1


Guideline F

06/21/2017

Applicant received adequate notice that, if he wanted the Judge to consider matters beyond those contained in the FORM, he needed to submit those matters. Applicant did not submit a response to the FORM. From our review of the record, we conclude that Applicant has failed to establish a prima facie case that he was denied due process. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 14-05290.a1


Financial

06/20/2017

Applicant mitigated the security concerns under Guideline F, financial considerations. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 16-02721.h1


Financial

06/20/2017

Applicant's financial problems were caused by his divorce as well as an extensive period of unemployment and underemployment. He has made a good-faith effort to repay his creditors and has engaged a credit-repair service. Although many debts remain unresolved, Applicant has demonstrated a track record of repayment. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 16-01904.h1


Guideline B

06/20/2017

Applicant's brief is not enough to rebut the presumption that the Judge considered all of the evidence in the record. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 16-01733.a1


Foreign Influence; Foreign Preference

06/20/2017

Based on a review of the pleadings, testimony, and exhibits, I conclude that Applicant has mitigated the concerns related to foreign influence and foreign preference raised by his Greek citizenship, Greek property, and contacts with both Greece and the Republic of Korea (South Korea). His request for a security clearance is granted. CASE NO: 16-01115.h1


Financial

06/20/2017

Applicant presented sufficient evidence to mitigate security concerns raised by his past financial problems. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 15-07994.h1


Drugs and Personal Conduct

06/20/2017

Applicant failed to mitigate the security concerns raised by his use of marijuana, but he did mitigate the allegation that he deliberately failed to disclose his marijuana use in his security clearance application. Eligibility denied. CASE NO: 15-07825.h1


Guideline F

06/20/2017

The Judge's material findings are sustainable. Applicant has cited to no harmful error in the findings. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 15-01544.a1


Financial

06/20/2017

Applicant presented sufficient evidence to mitigate security concerns raised by his past financial problems. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 15-00788.h1


Foreign Influence

06/20/2017

Applicant mitigated the concerns raised under foreign influence. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 14-02545.h1


Financial; Personal Conduct

06/19/2017

Applicant's history of indebtedness has not been mitigated. He deliberately failed to disclose the truth about his financial history on his security clearance application. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 16-02707.h1


Financial

06/19/2017

Applicant did not mitigate the trustworthiness concerns raised under the guideline for financial considerations. National security eligibility is denied. CASE NO: 16-01489.h1


Financial

06/19/2017

Applicant's history of indebtedness has not been mitigated by sufficient reform and rehabilitation. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 16-00088.h1


Financial

06/19/2017

Applicant is alleged to be delinquent on two debts, in a total exceeding $79,634. Both debts are resolved. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 15-07031.h1


Financial

06/19/2017

Applicant's delinquent debts totaling approximately $83,000 remain owing, despite the fact that Applicant has been employed since 2014. There is insufficient evidence of mitigation or rehabilitation. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-06464.h1


Foreign Influence

06/19/2017

Applicant's foreign contacts with Russia that include his mother, his father, (who works for the Russian Government), a brother, and a half-sister all pose a significant security risk that has not been mitigated. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-06342.h1


Financial

06/19/2017

Applicant's delinquent credit card in the amount of $26,002 remains owing, despite the fact that Applicant has been employed since 2014. There is insufficient evidence of mitigation or rehabilitation. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-06239.h1


Financial

06/19/2017

Applicant's delinquent debts have not been sufficiently mitigated. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-05878.h1


Financial; Personal Conduct

06/19/2017

Applicant failed to submit sufficient evidence to show that she has a track record of financial responsibility, that she does not have a financial problem, or that her financial problem is being resolved or is under control. She deliberately omitted material financial information from her trustworthiness position application. She failed to mitigate the Guidelines F (financial considerations) and E (personal conduct) trustworthiness concerns. Eligibility to hold a position of trust is denied. CASE NO: 15-05283.h1


Financial; Personal Conduct; Foreign Influence

06/19/2017

Applicant failed to file required Federal income returns, or pay various taxes, between 2008 and 2014. His residence with a person he knew to be engaged in criminal activity, false answers on his clearance application, and pattern of traffic-related offenses indicate poor judgment and untrustworthiness. Resulting security concerns were not mitigated. National security eligibility is denied. CASE NO: 15-04804.h1


Guideline F; Guideline E

06/19/2017

Applicant cites to a Hearing Office case that she believes supports her effort to obtain a clearance. However, each case must be decided on its own merits, and Hearing Office decisions are not binding on other Hearing Office Judges or on the Appeal Board. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 15-01826.a1


Financial; Personal Conduct

06/19/2017

Applicant accumulated delinquent debts following her bankruptcy discharge in February 2010, which she attributes to financial burdens associated with caring for her mother and three children residing with her as a single parent. She provided no documentation of addressing her post-bankruptcy debts with payments and payment plans, or of disputed debts. Financial concerns are not mitigated. Applicant is credited with refuting allegations of falsifying her security clearance application. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-00161.h1


Guideline F

06/19/2017

Applicant has not rebutted the presumption that the Judge considered all of the evidence in the record. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 12-06259.a1


Foreign Influence

06/16/2017

Applicant mitigated any foreign influence security concerns raised by his connections and ties to Pakistan. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 16-01243.h1


Financial; Criminal

06/16/2017

Applicant has mitigated the security concerns raised by his personal conduct and criminal conduct. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 16-01179.h1


Financial

06/16/2017

Applicant is alleged to be delinquent on 15 debts, in a total exceeding $38,000. He is making payments on one debt, but the rest remain unresolved. Applicant failed to introduce documentation to show that his history of financial delinquencies does not cast doubt on his current judgment. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 16-01075.h1


Financial

06/16/2017

As of late June 2016, Applicant owed delinquent debt on four accounts exceeding $60,000. He was granted a Chapter 7 bankruptcy discharge in November 2016 that relieved him of legal liability for repayment. His financial situation is improving, and he is resolved not to repeat his financial mistakes. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 16-00869.h1


Foreign Preference

06/16/2017

Applicant's possession and use of a valid French passport is not in conflict with U.S. national security interests. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 16-00600.h1


Financial

06/16/2017

Applicant did not mitigate the financial considerations security concerns. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 16-00495.h1


Criminal Conduct; Material False Statements

06/16/2017

Applicant mitigated the criminal conduct concerns, but he did not mitigate the material false statements concern. CAC eligibility is denied. CASE NO: 16-00116.h1


Financial

06/16/2017

Applicant is a longtime clearance holder who failed to file timely federal and state income tax returns for tax years 2011 and 2012. His spouse was very ill at the time. He filed his delinquent tax returns in October 2015 and has shown reform by filing his income tax returns for subsequent tax years on time. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 15-08616.h1


Financial

06/16/2017

Applicant has filed his 2012 and 2013 Federal income tax returns; and as a result, received a substantial refund from the IRS. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 15-08240.h1


Drugs; Personal Conduct

06/16/2017

Applicant did not present sufficient evidence to mitigate security concerns raised by her history of illegal use of controlled substances and dishonesty on two separate applications for access to sensitive information. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-07644.h1


Foreign Influence

06/16/2017

Based on a review of the pleadings, testimony, and exhibits, I conclude that Applicant has mitigated the concerns related to foreign influence raised by his sister's citizenship and residence in the Philippines; his mother's residence in the Philippines; and his property located in the Philippines. National security eligibility is granted. CASE NO: 15-07319.h1


Financial

06/16/2017

Applicant failed to mitigate the security concerns under Guideline F, financial considerations. Applicant's eligibility for a security clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-05505.h1


Guideline H

06/16/2017

As the Judge stated, there is no "bright line" rule on the question of recency. The extent to which security concerns have become mitigated through the passage of time is a question that must be resolved based on the evidence as a whole. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 15-03924.a1


Guideline F; Guideline E

06/16/2017

Applicant's appeal brief contains no assertion of harmful error on the part of the Judge. Rather, his submission contains a narrative statement discussing the evidence presented below and improvements in his financial situation that have occurred subsequent to the hearings. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 15-03052.a1


Sexual Behavior, Personal and Criminal Conduct

06/16/2017

Applicant has not mitigated the sexual behavior, personal conduct and criminal conduct security concerns. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 12-11687.h1


Financial

06/15/2017

Applicant has mitigated the security concerns under the financial considerations guideline raised. Eligibility for a security clearance is granted. CASE NO: 16-01172.h1


Criminal Conduct, Drugs

06/15/2017

Applicant mitigated the security concerns raised under the guideline for drug involvement and substance abuse, but not those raised under the guideline for criminal conduct. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 16-01033.h1


Financial

06/15/2017

Applicant admitted that she was young and stupid about quitting jobs without having another job. She voluntarily quit jobs to be a stay-at-home mother. She repeatedly found herself with delinquent accounts. Two judgments were filed against her; she was evicted from two apartments for non-payment of rent; and a vehicle was repossessed. Although Applicant stated that she would take immediate action to validate and resolve her 23 debts within a year, she waited for another 12 months before even writing her creditors. She failed to submit any documentation to support her contentions regarding any of her purported resolution efforts. She has not received any financial counseling. There are clear indications that Applicant's financial problems are no closer to being under control. Her actions under the circumstances do cast doubt on her current reliability, trustworthiness, and good judgment. Eligibility for a position of public trust is denied. CASE NO: 15-08726.h1


Foreign Influence

06/15/2017

Applicant has mitigated the security concerns under the foreign influence guideline. He has provided sufficient documentation to support mitigation. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 15-07564.h1


Financial; Personal Conduct

06/15/2017

Applicant accumulated delinquent debt after leaving the Army and divorcing in 2012. He has been gainfully employed since June 2013. Applicant did not present any information of a plan to pay or any payment of his delinquent debts. He failed to provide sufficient information to mitigate financial security concerns. He also failed to provide full, complete, and accurate information on his security clearance application concerning the extent of his delinquent debt. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 15-05699.h1


Foreign Influence, Personal Conduct

06/15/2017

Applicant mitigated the security concerns raised under the guideline for foreign influence, related to her work in Iraq. She did not mitigate the security concerns raised under the guideline for personal conduct, related to allegations of falsification, previous criminal incidents, and employment problems. Her eligibility for a security clearance is denied. CASE NO: 14-05994.h1


Financial

06/14/2017

Applicant did not mitigate the financial considerations security concerns. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 16-02294.h1


Financial

06/14/2017

Applicant works for a defense contractor. He has 23 delinquent debts listed in the SOR. They total over $20,260. He has not resolved his delinquent debts. Eligibility for a clearance is denied. CASE NO: 16-00978.h1


Financial

06/14/2017

Applicant did not mitigate the financial considerations trustworthiness concerns. Eligibility for access to sensitive information is denied. CASE NO: 15-08846.h1


Foreign Influence; Foreign Preference

06/14/2017

Applicant mitigated security concerns raised under Foreign Influence and Foreign Preference. Eligibility for a security clearance is granted. CASE NO: 15-08127.h1


Financial, Personal Conduct

06/14/2017

Applicant did not mitigate the security concerns under Guideline F, financial considerations or Guideline E, personal conduct. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 15-08056.h1


Guideline F; Guideline B; Guideline E

06/14/2017

Applicant makes no assertion that the Judge erred in his findings, analysis, or conclusions. He stated that his children's illnesses, which the Judge discussed in the decision, have improved and that he its taking self-help credit tutorial classes. These assertions are not sufficient to establish that the Judge's adverse decision was arbitrary, capricious, or contrary to law. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 15-06390.a1


Handling Protected Information

06/14/2017

Applicant mitigated security concerns raised by his inadvertent security infractions that occurred about two years ago. He self-reported the incidents and took corrective action. He has an otherwise long and successful 36-year career handling and safeguarding classified information. Applicant established that similar security incidents are unlikely to recur. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 15-05884.h1


Guideline G

06/14/2017

Despite Applicant's argument to the contrary, the Judge's whole-person analysis complies with the requirements of the Directive in that she evaluated Applicant's securitysignificant conduct in light of the record as a whole. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 15-03592.a1


Financial

06/14/2017

Applicant's wife suffered serious health problems starting in 2010, and was later found to be fully and permanently disabled. He depleted savings and economized, but eventually followed professional advice and filed for Chapter 13 bankruptcy protection. Resulting security concerns were mitigated. National security eligibility is granted. CASE NO: 14-06773.h1


Financial

06/13/2017

Applicant has addressed all of his alleged past-due student loans. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 16-02838.h1


Guideline J; Guideline G; Guideline F

06/13/2017

The Appeal Board's authority to review a case is limited to cases in which the appealing party has alleged the Judge committed harmful error. Because Applicant has not made such an allegation, the decision of the Judge denying Applicant a security clearance is affirmed. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 15-05250.a1


Foreign Preference; Foreign Influence

06/13/2017

Applicant is a dual citizen of France and the United States. After being raised in France, he moved to the United States in August 2012. He retains strong connections to France, both familial and personal, but they are normal and not unusual. Applicant renewed his French passport in January 2016, but there is no evidence that he used a French passport to enter the United States or that he retains dual citizenship to protect financial or business interests in France. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 15-03609.h1


Financial

06/13/2017

Applicant's financial problems were not caused by irresponsible, reckless, or negligent behavior, but by events beyond her control. She is making a good-faith effort to resolve her delinquent accounts and presented a legitimate basis for challenging several of the alleged delinquent debts. Her eligibility for access to sensitive information is granted. CASE NO: 15-03392.h1


Financial

06/13/2017

Applicant mitigated the security concerns under Guideline F, financial considerations. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 15-03219.h1


Foreign Preference; Foreign Influence

06/13/2017

Based on a review of the pleadings and exhibits, the security concerns raised by Applicant's eligibility for a $60 monthly pension and his dual citizenship with Taiwan are mitigated under the guideline for Foreign Preference. Additionally, Applicant has mitigated the concerns related to Foreign Influence. His contacts with Taiwanese citizens, including his brother, sisters, father-in-law, mother-in-law and other Taiwanese citizens are minimal. His Taiwanese military service and governmental employment occurred prior to immigrating to the United States and becoming a U.S. citizen. His request for a security clearance is granted. CASE NO: 15-00938.h1


Guideline F

06/13/2017

The Judge made findings about Applicant's favorable character evidence and discussed it in his analysis. Given the record that was before him, we cannot say that the Judge weighed the evidence in a manner that was arbitrary, capricious, or contrary to law. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 15-00729.a1


Guideline F

06/12/2017

Applicant's arguments amount to a disagreement with the Judge's weighing of the evidence. It is well established that the presence of some mitigating evidence does not compel the Judge to make a favorable security clearance decision. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 15-08274.a1


Guideline F

06/12/2017

Given evidence that Applicant's poor record keeping contributed to her problem and to evidence that she did not file her returns by the end of 2015 as she promised, we cannot say that the Judge weighed the evidence in a manner that was arbitrary, capricious, or contrary to law. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 15-07923.a1


Personal Conduct

06/12/2017

Applicant did not present sufficient evidence to mitigate security concerns raised by his lack of candor during a security clearance interview. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-07147.h1


Financial

06/12/2017

Applicant did not mitigate the security concerns alleged in the SOR including failure to pay state income taxes. Applicant's eligibility for a security clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-07119.h1


Foreign Preference

06/12/2017

Applicant reported his UK passport, foreign retirement benefits, and UK bank account on his Questionnaire for National Security Positions (SF 86), which he submitted in January 2015. He travels on his U.S. passport. There is no evidence that the retirement benefits or the UK bank account are dependent upon Applicant's UK citizenship. Foreign preference security concerns have not been established. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 15-06190.h1


Financial

06/12/2017

Applicant presented sufficient information to explain, extenuate, or mitigate the security concern stemming from his problematic financial history. Eligibility granted. CASE NO: 15-04453.h1


Guideline F

06/12/2017

Applicant has not rebutted the presumption that the Judge considered all of the evidence in the record. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 15-02050.a1


Financial

06/09/2017

Applicant failed to present sufficient evidence to explain, extenuate, or mitigate the security concern stemming from his problematic financial history. Eligibility denied. CASE NO: 15-07321.h1


Guideline H

06/09/2017

On this record, Applicant was not denied adequate notice of his rights to submit mitigating evidence under the Directive. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 15-07110.a1


Financial

06/09/2017

Applicant did not mitigate the financial considerations security concerns. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 15-05160.h1


Guideline G; Guideline J

06/09/2017

In 2012, Applicant was charged with felony hit and run, driving while under the influence of alcohol (DUI), and refusal to take a breath test. She was found guilty of DWI. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 15-03742.a1


Foreign Influence

06/09/2017

Applicant mitigated the concerns raised by her family members who are citizens and residents of Uzbekistan. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 15-00163.h1


Guideline F

06/09/2017

Applicant's arguments are neither sufficient to rebut the presumption that the Judge considered all of the evidence in the record nor enough to show that the judge weighed the evidence in a manner that was arbitrary, capricious, or contrary to law. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 12-10545.a1


Alcohol; Financial

06/08/2017

Applicant resolved his tax issues through an installment agreement, and his current finances are sound. His last alcohol-related incident was more than two years ago, and he now drinks responsibly. I am satisfied that he has learned his lesson, and the conduct will not be repeated. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 15-07697.h1


Guideline F

06/08/2017

Applicant has made assertions that, if true, would suggest that the Judge did not consider all of the evidence. There is nothing in the record or in the decision to support or corroborate those assertions. Therefore, Applicant has raised an issue that we cannot resolve, insofar, as we have no fact-finding power. Adverse decision remanded. CASE NO: 15-07050.a1


Guideline K; Guideline E

06/08/2017

Applicant admitted the security violations alleged in the SOR, and was responsible for presenting witnesses and other evidence in rebuttal, explanation, extenuation, or mitigation. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 15-03785.a1


Financial; Foreign Influence

06/08/2017

Applicant mitigated the security concerns raised by his delinquent accounts by demonstrating that he had successfully completed a mortgage loan modification (that he had been pursuing since 2009), begun a successful Chapter 13 bankruptcy plan in May 2011 (completed in June 2016, and paid his delinquent automobile loan in September 2012. He was not subject to foreign influence because of his Cuban mother-in-law. Clearance granted. CASE NO: 15-00618.h1


Guideline G; Guideline J

06/08/2017

In this case, the Judge reasonably weighed the available mitigating evidence against the length and seriousness of the disqualifying conduct and considered the possible application of relevant conditions and factors. She found in favor of Applicant under Guideline G and as to one of the SOR factual allegations under Guideline J. However, she reasonably explained why the mitigating evidence was insufficient to overcome the government's security concerns. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 14-06532.a1


Financial

06/07/2017

Applicant did not mitigate security concerns related to his finances. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 16-02724.h1


Guideline F

06/07/2017

The Judge found in favor of Applicant as to eight of the SOR factual allegations. However, he reasonably explained why the mitigating evidence was insufficient to overcome the government's trustworthiness concerns. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 16-01251.a1


Drugs; Personal Conduct

06/07/2017

Applicant mitigated the drug involvement and personal conduct concerns. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 16-01138.h1


Financial

06/07/2017

Applicant has a history of financial problems, which includes a past-due mortgage loan, charged-off credit card accounts, and back taxes owed to state and federal tax authorities for multiple tax years. Although he has made progress in resolving these matters, his tax problems are too much, went on too long, and are too recent to justify a favorable clearance decision. Eligibility denied. CASE NO: 16-00517.h1


Financial

06/07/2017

Applicant mitigated the security concerns under Guideline F, financial considerations. Eligibility is granted. CASE NO: 16-00179.h1


Financial

06/07/2017

Applicant lost two properties to foreclosure, and she was sued by her homeowners association (HOA) on one of her properties because she rented the property without the HOA's permission. She is resolving the default judgment awarded to the HOA through bankruptcy. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 15-08666.h1


Financial and Personal Conduct

06/07/2017

Applicant mitigated the financial conditions security concerns. The personal conduct allegations were not supported by evidence of intentional falsification. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 15-08364.h1


Financial

06/07/2017

Applicant has not mitigated the financial considerations security concern. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 15-07696.h1


Financial; Personal Conduct

06/07/2017

Applicant mitigated the security concerns under the financial considerations guideline and the personal conduct guideline. He did not falsify any information or mislead the Government concerning his termination in 2007. Clearance granted. CASE NO: 15-07343.h1


Foreign Influence

06/07/2017

Applicant mitigated the foreign influence security concerns. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 15-07303.h1


Financial

06/07/2017

Applicant is seeking employment with a defense contractor. She has 21 delinquent debts totaling $12,890. She filed Chapter 7 bankruptcy in 2005 and was discharged. None of the delinquent debts are resolved. Eligibility for a clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-07198.h1


Financial

06/07/2017

Applicant used student loans to finance his education. He also had medical and other debts. Applicant presented sufficient information to establish that he has arrangements to pay the debts and is making payments as agreed. His responsible actions mitigate financial security concerns. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 15-06932.h1


Financial and Personal Conduct

06/07/2017

Applicant did not mitigate the financial considerations security concerns. The personal conduct concern was not substantiated by the evidence. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 15-06327.h1


Financial; Alcohol; Personal Conduct

06/07/2017

Applicant accumulated delinquent debts over a period of several years during periods of recurrent unemployment and stresses in her personal life that contributed to alcohol abuse and involuntary terminations. Security concerns over Applicant's alcohol abuse and involuntary terminations are mitigated. Financial concerns over her accumulation of delinquent debts are not mitigated. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-06291.h1


Financial

06/07/2017

Applicant failed to timely file Federal income tax returns for 2011 and 2013. He mitigated the resulting financial security concerns. Based upon a review of the pleadings and exhibits, eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 15-05339.h1


Financial

06/07/2017

Applicant did not mitigate the financial considerations security concerns. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-04994.h1


Guideline F

06/07/2017

A Judge is presumed to have considered all of the evidence in the record. The Judge made findings about Applicant's debt resolution and discussed it in his analysis. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 15-04871.a1


Financial; Personal Conduct

06/07/2017

Applicant mitigated the security concerns related to ten delinquent debts, totaling about $31,000. The allegation related to his non-disclosure of those debts in his security clearance application is found in his favor. Based upon a review of the pleadings and exhibits, eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 15-04284.h1


Financial

06/07/2017

Applicant has not mitigated the security concerns raised by his failure to pay delinquent debt. CASE NO: 15-04148.h1


Financial

06/07/2017

Applicant has mitigated the security concerns raised by his financial indebtedness, and by his failure to timely file his income tax returns and pay his income taxes. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 15-02386.h1


Guideline F

06/07/2017

Applicant cites to record evidence concerning his problems with his wife and the steps he has taken to pay his debts and file tax returns, specifically noting the email from his tax preparer. He argues that the Judge considered the evidence in a fragmented, piecemeal manner. Applicant's argument is not enough to rebut the presumption that the Judge considered all of the evidence in the record. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 15-01772.a1


Financial

06/07/2017

Applicant accumulated delinquent debt after receiving a discharge of debts in bankruptcy in 2014. He did not present sufficient documents to mitigate financial security concerns. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 15-01137.h1


Financial, Personal Conduct

06/07/2017

Applicant did not mitigate the security concerns raised under the guidelines for financial considerations or personal conduct. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 14-05937.h1


Foreign Preference; Foreign Influence

06/07/2017

Applicant's renewal and use of her Hong Kong passport and identity card and the acceptance of a small monetary incentive from the Hong Kong Government for doing so did not demonstrate a preference for Hong Kong, where she had resided in the U.S. for over 30 years, living in the same house and working the same job. Applicant mitigated the security concerns raised by her siblings who still live in the PRC and Hong Kong by demonstrating that none of them have any connection to the respective governments and none of them reside in areas at particular risk for terrorist activity. Clearance granted. CASE NO: 14-02792.h1


Financial Conduct

06/06/2017

Applicant's history of indebtedness brought on by numerous real estate property investments; resulting in eight property foreclosures, the most recent of which occurred just 24 months ago, has not been mitigated by sufficient evidence of reform and rehabilitation. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 16-00840.h1


Financial

06/06/2017

Applicant's divorce and her ex-husband's unemployment contributed to her financial problems. Nonetheless, she has not demonstrated that she acted responsibly in addressing her delinquent debts, or that her financial problems are unlikely to recur. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 16-00759.h1


Financial

06/06/2017

Applicant did not timely file federal and state income tax returns for tax years 2006 through 2010 because of a contentious divorce. He caught up on his returns in July 2012, but the IRS filed a $148,065 tax lien in February 2013 for unpaid taxes for tax years 2007 through 2011. He has been repaying his tax debt under an installment plan at $1,000 a month since late November 2013, a period of more than three years. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 16-00707.h1


Alcohol, Drugs, Criminal Conduct

06/06/2017

Applicant failed to mitigate the alcohol abuse and criminal conduct concerns alleged in the SOR. However, he did mitigate the drug involvement security concerns. Access denied. CASE NO: 16-00558.h1


Financial

06/06/2017

Applicant has yet to demonstrate that he has addressed his 13 past-due debts totaling about $36,000, and a $13,000 Federal tax lien. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 16-00298.h1


Financial

06/06/2017

Applicant has yet to demonstrate that he has addressed his 14 past-due debts totaling about $19,000, and a $3,000 state tax debt. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-08847.h1


Drugs, Personal Conduct

06/06/2017

Applicant mitigated security concerns under Personal Conduct, but did not mitigate security concerns under Drug Involvement. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-08780.h1


Financial

06/06/2017

Applicant's history of lavish, excessive and careless spending has not been mitigated by sufficient reform and rehabilitation. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-07670.h1


Financial

06/06/2017

Applicant has not mitigated the trustworthiness concerns under the financial considerations guideline. She presented no information to show that she has paid or made monthly payments on her recent payment plans. Eligibility for a position of public trust is denied. CASE NO: 15-07467.h1


Drugs; Personal Conduct

06/06/2017

Applicant has mitigated the security significance of his past drug use, and his falsifications on a 2010 questionnaire. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 15-07176.h1


Financial; Personal Conduct

06/06/2017

Applicant defaulted on some of his federal student loans and on a credit card debt after he withdrew from a private university due to the expense. A cable services debt was placed for collection after his then housemate failed to contribute to their rent and other living expenses. Applicant has a track record of payments on other federal and private student loans, and he recently consolidated all his student loans. The financial considerations security concerns are mitigated. Personal conduct concerns are not established because he did not intentionally conceal his debts from his security clearance application. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 15-06637.h1


Financial

06/06/2017

After he was made aware of the security concerns raised by his financial problems, Applicant established a sufficient record of debt payments to mitigate the financial considerations concerns. He understands that he has to maintain his financial responsibility to be eligible for a clearance. He did not deliberately falsify his 2014 security clearance application (SCA). The financial considerations and personal conduct security concerns are mitigated. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 15-05437.h1


Financial

06/06/2017

Applicant mitigated the security concerns raised by his alleged $47,000 delinquent debt by demonstrating that the bulk of the debt was due to the fraudulent misconduct of his ex-girlfriend, and paying the remaining debt, most significantly a $10,000 charged-off account that he started repayment on in June 2013 and paid completely just after the SOR was issued. He untimely filed his 2012 Federal income tax return. Clearance granted. CASE NO: 15-03919.h1


Financial

06/06/2017

Applicant's financial problems are attributed to a variety of factors: (1) her husband abandoned her and their three children in October 2007; (2) at the time he left the marital residence, Applicant was several months pregnant; (3) Applicant's husband ceased all financial support, including child support, when he left; (4) Applicant lost her job in February 2008; (5) her youngest child was born in October 2008; and (6) Applicant was unemployed from November 2013 until February 2014. All of those factors were largely beyond Applicant(s control. Applicant did not ignore her debts. Instead, she approached her creditors and tried to establish account rehabilitation arrangements. With insufficient funds to make any substantial impact on her debts, she reduced expenses by relocating her family to low-income public housing, and when she could, she took a variety of minimum-paying part-time positions. Well before the SOR was issued, Applicant paid off the deficiency of her repossessed vehicle; rehabilitated her student loans; zeroed out her delinquent medical accounts with the assistance of a special low-income assistance scholarship program; successfully disputed some accounts; and resolved all other delinquent accounts. Applicant's actions, under the circumstances, no longer cast doubt on her current reliability, trustworthiness, and good judgment. Eligibility is granted. CASE NO: 15-02737.h1


Financial; Personal Conduct

06/06/2017

Applicant has yet to demonstrate that he has addressed the vast majority of his past-due debts. He also violated the privacy of one of his co-workers. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-00463.h1


Financial; Foreign Influence

06/05/2017

Applicant is addressing his remaining past-due debt through regular monthly payments. His past financial problems do not reflect adversely on his suitability for a security clearance. Additionally, available information is sufficient to mitigate the security concerns about Applicant's family ties in the Peoples Republic of China. Applicant's request for a security clearance is granted. CASE NO: 15-08835.h1


Financial

06/05/2017

Applicant experienced circumstances largely beyond her control that caused her financial issues, but mitigated the trustworthiness concerns raised by her delinquent debts. Eligibility for access to sensitive information is granted. CASE NO: 15-06755.h1


Financial; Personal Conduct

06/05/2017

Applicant did not intentionally provide false information on her 2015 Questionnaire for National Security Positions. She has a plan to resolve her financial problems, and she has taken significant action to implement that plan. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 15-06566.h1


Financial

06/05/2017

Applicant's statement of reasons contains 22 allegations, of which 20 are debts totaling $21,693. The two remaining allegations are bankruptcy filings – the first was a chapter 7 filed in 2003 and discharged in 2004; and the second was a chapter 13 filed in 2010 and dismissed eight months later for failure to make trustee payments. Her debts have been ongoing for a number of years with no documented effort to repay or resolve them. No mitigating conditions apply. Eligibility for a public trust position is denied. CASE NO: 15-05692.h1


Financial

06/05/2017

Applicant's financial problems initially arose because of the loss of a significant portion of his income as a result of the devastation to the local real estate market during the national economic recession that occurred during 2007 through 2009, with continuing negative impact over the ensuing years. Unable to keep his accounts current, or even pay his federal or state income taxes, accounts became delinquent and were placed for collection, and a federal tax lien was filed. Applicant resolved a significant number of his debts by settlements for less than the full balance or by paying the entire balance. In April 2014 – more than two years before the SOR was issued – Applicant filed his federal income tax returns. In February 2015 – over a year before the SOR was issued – Applicant and the IRS established an installment agreement. He has now embraced the paradigm of timely filing income tax returns. Because Applicant commenced the long road back to financial stability well before the SOR was issued, it is clear that he was making positive efforts to resolve his debts. Applicant's actions, under the circumstances, no longer cast doubt on his current reliability, trustworthiness, and good judgment. Eligibility is granted. CASE NO: 15-05478.h1


Financial

06/05/2017

Applicant did not provide sufficient evidence to mitigate his history of financial problems and delinquent debts. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-03399.h1


Guideline F

06/05/2017

Applicant's delinquent debts in the SOR total over $700,000. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 15-03072.a1


Guideline F; Guideline E

06/05/2017

The Judge made finding about most of the matters cited in Applicant's appeal brief. Applicant has failed to rebut the presumption that the Judge considered all of the evidence in the record. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 15-02935.a1


Guideline F; Guideline E

06/05/2017

Applicant's appeal brief contains no assertion of harmful error on the part of the Judge. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 15-02103.a1


Financial

06/05/2017

After reviewing the record evidence as a whole, including information provided by Applicant on reconsideration, I conclude Applicant did not mitigate the security concerns about her past-due or delinquent debts. Her request for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 15-01089.h2


Financial

06/05/2017

Applicant did not mitigate the security concerns about her history of indebtedness. Her request for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 15-01089.h1


Financial

06/05/2017

Due to circumstances largely beyond his control, Applicant experienced financial difficulties. However, Applicant has resolved all his delinquent accounts and mitigated the potential financial security concern. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 11-10366.h1


Guideline H; Guideline E

06/02/2017

From our review of the record, we conclude the Judge's material findings about Applicant's 2014 cocaine use are based upon substantial evidence or constitute reasonable inferences or conclusions that could be drawn from the evidence. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 16-02005.a1


Financial

06/02/2017

Applicant incurred delinquent federal taxes for multiple years and filed her federal returns for these years late without extensions . Payments made under her IRS installment agreement with the IRS for certain years are too recent to establish a meaningful track record, and taxes owed on a federal tax lien for other years remain uncertain and unresolved. Applicant's financial issues are not mitigated. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 16-01878.h1


Financial

06/02/2017

Applicant has not mitigated the security concerns raised by his delinquent debts. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 16-01209.h1


Financial, Personal Conduct

06/02/2017

In completing a 2015 security clearance application, Applicant denied having been delinquent on any debts in the preceding seven years because he was then unaware of any delinquencies. Regarding nearly $30,000 in delinquent debt, he showed that he paid about $2,000. The two payment plans he submitted, however, lacked corroborating evidence that they had been accepted and initiated, and that he had established a track record of timely payment on them. Although personal conduct security concerns have been mitigated, security concerns under the guideline for financial considerations remain unmitigated. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 16-00972.h1


Alcohol; Criminal Conduct

06/02/2017

Applicant mitigated the alcohol consumption and criminal conduct security concerns. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 16-00862.h1


Guideline F

06/02/2017

Applicant's appeal submission asserts matters from outside the record. It includes documents that post-date the Judge's decision. We cannot consider new evidence on appeal. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 16-00695.a1


Financial, Foreign Preference, and Personal Conduct

06/02/2017

Applicant provided sufficient evidence to explain, extenuate, or mitigate the security concerns stemming from his current financial status, his ties to the country of India, and his personal conduct during the security clearance process. Access granted. CASE NO: 16-00204.h1


Foreign Preference; Foreign Influence

06/02/2017

Applicant was born in Albanian and had an Albanian passport after he became a United States citizen. However, he never used the Albanian passport after he became a United States citizen and he has since had the Albanian passport destroyed. Applicant's mother lives in Albania and he has some in-laws in Taiwan, but there is no conflict of interest with the United States and any other country because of his strong sense of loyalty to the United States. Mitigation has been shown. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 15-08606.h1


Financial

06/02/2017

Applicant did not present sufficient evidence to mitigate security concerns raised by his repeated failure to timely file his income tax returns. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-08204.h1


Drug Involvement

06/02/2017

Applicant used marijuana from January 2007 through August 2014, approximately 35 times, and all while holding a security clearance. Applicant averred that he would not use illegal drugs in the future. However, his credibility is in question since the information about his drug use, that two of his witnesses at the security clearance hearing testified was provided by Applicant to them, was very incomplete. Mitigation has not been shown. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-08068.h1


Foreign Influence

06/02/2017

Since leaving India at age 21, Applicant has completed his education, married, settled, started a family, become a U.S. citizen, and maintained a successful career. His wife is equally settled within her profession. They own their home and have about $600,000 in investment properties. Here, they live their American dream. In India, Applicant has his aged father, three siblings, and parents-in-law who are residents and citizens of that country. None have a nexus with the government or military of India. All come from the private sector, where they either continue to work or live off rental property proceeds. Although he maintains regular telephonic contact with his father and visits him about once a year, Applicant provided sufficient evidence establishing that his interests and loyalties are with his family and life in the United States. I find that Foreign Influence security concerns are mitigated. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 15-07904.h1


Financial; Foreign Preference

06/02/2017

Applicant mitigated the foreign preference concerns generated by his application for French citizenship in 2005. Conversely, financial considerations security concerns remain unmitigated because Applicant has yet to file multiple income tax returns dating as far back as tax year 2007. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-07158.h1


Financial

06/02/2017

Applicant has not mitigated the security concerns under the financial guideline. Eligibility for a security clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-07146.h1


Financial

06/02/2017

Applicant mitigated the financial considerations security concern. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 15-07034.h1


Financial

06/02/2017

Applicant did not present sufficient evidence to explain, extenuate, or mitigate the concern stemming from her problematic financial history. Eligibility denied. CASE NO: 15-06830.h1


Financial

06/02/2017

Applicant has not mitigated the trustworthiness concerns raised by her failure to pay delinquent debt. CASE NO: 15-05328.h1


Drug Involvement

06/02/2017

Applicant has had a history of illegal drug usage, including the prescription drugs of a co-worker to help him cope with severe neck and back pain. Applicant has used no illegal drug of any kind since 2011, and most of his use was many years before that. Applicant testified credibly that he will never use any illegal drug in the future. Mitigation has been shown. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 15-04462.h1


Drug Involvement, Criminal Conduct, Personal Conduct

06/02/2017

Applicant has completed all requirements related to a drunk driving incident in 2014 and is now more cautious with regard to his use of alcohol. However, given the timeframe involved, Applicant failed to mitigate security concerns related to his abuse of marijuana in 2013 while maintaining a security clearance. Drug involvement security concerns are not mitigated, but criminal conduct and personal conduct security concerns are mitigated. CASE NO: 15-04400.h1


Financial

06/02/2017

Applicant did not provide sufficient evidence to mitigate his history of financial problems and delinquent debts. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-03855.h1


Financial

06/02/2017

Applicant's financial problems commenced some time before 2009 and they continue to the present. He offered no explanations as to how or why his accounts became delinquent. The SOR identified 14 purportedly delinquent debts that had been placed for collection, charged off, or filed as judgments. Applicant's 2015 Chapter 13 bankruptcy petition reflected liabilities totaling $221,740.75. There is no indication that a Chapter 13 payment plan had been approved by the Bankruptcy Court or that a Trustee had been assigned to the action. There is no evidence of any payments having been made during the period June 2015, when the petition was filed, and June 2016, when Applicant's response to the FORM was due. In the absence of pre-bankruptcy resolution efforts and a bankruptcy payment plan, it appears that Applicant's debts have not been resolved and his finances are not yet under control. In addition, although he owed delinquent federal and state taxes, had lost a vehicle to repossession, and had a substantial number of accounts in collection or charged off, Applicant falsely denied having any financial difficulties when he completed his e-QIP. Applicant's actions, under the circumstances, cast substantial doubt on his current reliability, trustworthiness, and good judgment. Eligibility is denied. CASE NO: 15-01735.h1


Guideline F

06/02/2017

Applicant has not rebutted the presumption that the Judge considered all of the record evidence. Neither has he shown that the Judge weighed the evidence in a manner that was arbitrary, capricious, or contrary to law. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 15-04266.a1


Criminal Conduct

06/01/2017

Applicant was alleged to have engaged in two separate instances of criminal conduct, one in 2010 and one in 2013. He was convicted in 2014 for some of his 2013 conduct and is still on probation. His conduct raised unmitigated security concerns. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 16-02319.h1


Financial

06/01/2017

Applicant has not mitigated the security concerns raised by his failure to pay delinquent debt. CASE NO: 16-01470.h1


Financial

06/01/2017

Although Applicant has recently begun taking steps to address her delinquent finances, it is too soon to conclude, given the amount of delinquent debt, that she has mitigated the financial considerations security concerns. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 16-01430.h1


Financial

06/01/2017

Applicant failed to mitigate the financial considerations security concerns. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 16-00295.h1


Financial

06/01/2017

Applicant mitigated the financial considerations security concern. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 16-00108.h1


Foreign Influence

06/01/2017

Applicant has family members who are citizens and residents of India. Her husband has business interests in India. Applicant's contacts with her relatives are close and frequent, creating a heightened risk security concern. The business interests are not so substantial as to create a heightened risk. Applicant has such strong ties to the United States that she can be expected to resolve any conflict of interest in favor of U.S. interests. Applicant has presented sufficient information to mitigate security concerns based on foreign influence. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-06107.h1


Financial; Criminal

06/01/2017

Applicant has yet to demonstrate that he has addressed his 39 past-due debts totaling about $30,000. He also has a long and recent history of criminal conduct stretching from 2005~2012. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-05561.h1


Guideline F

06/01/2017

Applicant's appeal brief includes information that was not presented to the Judge for consideration. We cannot consider new evidence on appeal. The balance of Applicant's arguments amount to a disagreement with the Judge's weighing of the evidence, which is not sufficient to show that the Judge weighed the evidence in a manner that is arbitrary, capricious, and contrary to law. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 15-04764.a1


Financial

06/01/2017

Applicant has seven debts that have been ongoing and are unresolved - (1) a $16,408 judgment filed in 2013, (2) a $1,095 state tax lien filed in 2012, (3) a $126 cable company collection account, (4) a $49 delinquent medical account, (5) a $2,593 collection account, (6) a $12,653 collection account, and (7) a $1,879 medical collection account. Applicant offered insufficient evidence that he has paid or otherwise resolved these accounts. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-04545.h1


Guideline F

06/01/2017

Although pro se applicants cannot be expected to act like lawyers, they are expected to take timely, reasonable steps to protect their rights under the Directive. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 15-04368.a1


Financial

06/01/2017

Applicant has not mitigated the trustworthiness concerns raised by his failure to pay delinquent debt. CASE NO: 15-03900.h1


Financial

06/01/2017

Applicant has not mitigated the security concerns raised by her failure to timely file her federal tax return and pay her delinquent federal income taxes. CASE NO: 15-03729.h1


Financial

06/01/2017

Applicant incurred delinquent debt under circumstances that do not reflect negatively on his security worthiness. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 15-01319.h1


Financial

06/01/2017

Applicant's statement of reasons consists of 12 allegations -- 11 are a combination of consumer and medical debts, two judgments, and two Federal tax liens. The remaining allegation cites his failure to file and pay his 2009 Federal income taxes. Applicant provided no evidence of a good-faith effort to resolve these allegations. No mitigating conditions apply. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-01064.h1


Guideline C; Guideline B

06/01/2017

There is a rational connection between an applicant's family ties in a country whose interests are adverse to the United States and the risk that the applicant might fail to protect and safeguard classified information. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 15-00647.a1


Financial

05/31/2017

Circumstances beyond Applicant's control contributed to his financial delinquencies. Nonetheless, there is no evidence of a debt-resolution plan to address his remaining delinquent debts nor steps in furtherance of this plan. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 16-02527.h1


Financial

05/31/2017

Applicant's statement of reasons (SOR) alleges four delinquent debts totaling $1,584. He paid two debts, and the other two are in payment plans. The SOR also alleges he failed to file his income tax returns for tax years 2013 and 2014. He was not required to file tax returns for those two years because his income was below the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) filing threshold. He has a track record of paying his debts, and he does not have any currently delinquent debts. Financial considerations security concerns are mitigated. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 16-01579.h1


Drugs

05/31/2017

Applicant has not mitigated the security concerns raised by marijuana use while in possession of a security clearance. CASE NO: 16-01385.h1


Financial

05/31/2017

Applicant mitigated the security concerns about her family connections to Nigeria under Guideline B, foreign influence. Applicant's eligibility for a security clearance is granted. CASE NO: 16-00874.h1


Financial

05/31/2017

Applicant works for a defense contractor. He has 22 delinquent debts listed in the SOR. They total over $50,000. He has not resolved his student loans, tax debts, or two other delinquent debts. Eligibility for a clearance is denied. CASE NO: 16-00397.h1


Financial

05/31/2017

Circumstances beyond Applicant's control contributed to his financial delinquencies. Nonetheless, he developed and implemented a debt-resolution plan and has taken significant steps in furtherance of this plan. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 15-08887.h1


Foreign Influence

05/31/2017

Applicant did not mitigate the foreign influence security concern raised by his mother-in-law in Syria. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-08764.h1


Financial

05/31/2017

Applicant did not mitigate the financial considerations security concerns. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 15-08711.h1


Financial

05/31/2017

Applicant has not mitigated the financial considerations security concern. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 15-08130.h1


Financial

05/31/2017

Applicant has numerous delinquent debts that she failed to provide proof that they are paid or being resolved. She failed to mitigate the security concerns under Guideline F, financial considerations. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-07663.h1


Financial

05/31/2017

Applicant has unresolved delinquent debts. He failed to mitigate the security concerns under Guideline F, financial considerations. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-07519.h1


Financial

05/31/2017

Applicant failed to mitigate the trustworthiness concerns under Guideline F, financial considerations. Eligibility for access to sensitive information is denied. CASE NO: 15-07367.h1


Financial

05/31/2017

Applicant has delinquent debts and judgments that he is resolving. He mitigated the security concerns under Guideline F, financial considerations. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 15-07229.h1


Financial

05/31/2017

Applicant experienced financial difficulties due in part to circumstances largely beyond his control, but failed to act responsibly. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 15-07118.h1


Financial

05/31/2017

Applicant's statement of reasons (SOR) alleges three delinquent debts totaling $27,905. He disputed one debt; however, he did not show sufficient progress towards resolution of the other two SOR debts. Financial considerations security concerns are not mitigated. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-07047.h1


Financial

05/31/2017

Applicant failed to file his federal tax returns for tax years 2011 and 2012. He owes federal and state taxes and has delinquent debts he has ignored for many years. His evidence is insufficient to show that he has good judgment and is willing to abide by rules and regulations. He failed to establish a track record of financial responsibility. The financial considerations security concerns are not mitigated. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-06655.h1


Financial

05/31/2017

Applicant has mitigated the security concerns under Guideline F, financial considerations, by demonstrating a good-faith effort to pay her debts. Applicant's eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 15-06393.h1


Foreign Preference; Foreign Influence

05/31/2017

Applicant surrendered her Turkish passport to her security manager, and foreign preference security concerns are mitigated. Applicant's sister moved from Turkey to the United States, and foreign influence security concerns related to Turkey are mitigated. Applicant's spouse's parents are citizens and residents of Syria. Foreign influence concerns relating to Syria are not mitigated. Access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 15-06234.h1


Financial

05/31/2017

Applicant works for a defense contractor. He failed to pay 33 delinquent debts in a timely manner. Some debts he put into a consumer credit counseling service repayment plan. Two debts owed on a credit card he resolved with a letter from the creditor that it was not collecting from him. Four debts he was to repay himself, all being less than $100 each, but has failed to pay them. The repossessed automobile debt from 2007 he has not repaid. Applicant has not resolved all of his delinquent debts. Eligibility for a clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-05739.h1


Foreign Influence

05/31/2017

Applicant did not satisfy the very heavy burden of persuasion to show that her father-in-law in Russia was not a means through which she could be subjected to coercion or exploitation. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-05264.h1


Financial

05/31/2017

Applicant has not mitigated the security significance of his delinquent debts. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 15-03515.h1


Financial

05/31/2017

Applicant has not mitigated the security significance of his delinquent debts. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 15-02517.h1


Financial

05/31/2017

Applicant has not mitigated the security significance of his delinquent debts. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 15-02151.h1


Financial

05/31/2017

Applicant did not mitigate the security concerns raised under financial considerations. Eligibility for a security clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-01400.h1


Financial

05/31/2017

Applicant did not file his federal and state income tax returns for tax year 2010 until October 2015. Two judgment debts of $644 from 2008 and $793 from 2009 went unpaid until September 2015. He has rectified the financial issues of security concern and is managing his current finances responsibly. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 15-00559.h1


Financial; Drugs; Criminal Conduct

05/31/2017

Applicant's frequent and recent recreational use of marijuana disqualifies her from eligibility for access to sensitive information. Eligibility denied. CASE NO: 14-06749.h1


Financial

05/31/2017

Applicant works for a defense contractor. She has state and Federal income tax liabilities and student loans. She resolved her state debts, and is resolving all other debts in repayment plans. Eligibility for a clearance is granted. CASE NO: 14-05904.h1


Financial; Personal Conduct

05/31/2017

Applicant's financial problems arose when he was discharged from the U.S. Air Force in March 2011, and he was unable to obtain new employment until March 2013. In addition, his Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) went untreated and he generally self-medicated by abusing non-prescription over-the-counter cold and cough medicine. Because of the lack of funds, accounts became delinquent. Of the six delinquent debts listed in the Statement of Reasons (SOR), totaling approximately $22,485, Applicant clearly resolved five of them well before the SOR was issued. The remaining debt is either in the process of being resolved, or has by now a ctually been resolved. There are no other delinquent accounts. He concealed his 2012 arrest between two and one-half and three years ago. His actions are considered aberrant behavior. Applicant's other questionable conduct occurred between five and ten years ago. Now that Applicant's PTSD has been recognized and treated; he has undergone and continues to receive counseling; his anxiety is managed by prescribed medication; he has developed stress management techniques; he has a support system; he is happily married; he is highly thought of by his supervisors and colleagues; and he has taken positive steps to reduce or eliminate his vulnerability to exploitation, manipulation, or duress, such conduct is unlikely to recur. Applicant's actions, under the circumstances, no longer cast doubt on his current reliability, trustworthiness, and good judgment. Eligibility is granted. CASE NO: 14-05005.h1


Guideline F

05/30/2017

Applicant's debts are numerous, recent, and were not incurred under circumstance making them unlikely to recur. He encountered conditions beyond his control, but has not acted responsibly. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 16-01788.a1


Guideline F; Guideline E

05/30/2017

Debts may fall off credit reports for various reasons, including the passage of time. The fact that a debt no longer appears on a credit report does not establish any meaningful, independent evidence of the disposition of the debt. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 15-07979.a1


Drugs; Personal Conduct

05/30/2017

Applicant used Ecstasy on a recurrent basis between July 1995 and July 2012, but only once after 2006. Applicant's considerable period of avoidance of illegal drugs since July 2012 (a period of over four years) and strong employment performance record he has forged with his employer since his start date in 2006 is sufficient to mitigate drug and personal conduct concerns. CASE NO: 15-07349.h1


Financial

05/30/2017

Applicant has delinquent debts that he failed to provide proof he resolved. He failed to mitigate the security concerns under Guideline F, financial considerations. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-06968.h1


Financial

05/30/2017

Applicant provided proof that he paid all of his delinquent debts and resolved other financial issues. He successfully mitigate the security concerns under Guideline F, financial considerations. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 15-06847.h1


Financial, Drugs

05/30/2017

Applicant failed to provide proof that he resolved delinquent debts. He has a $17,000 federal tax lien that is unresolved. Applicant has a long history of illegal marijuana use, misuse of an prescription drug, and drug possession. He failed to mitigate the security concerns under Guideline F, financial considerations, and Guideline H, drug involvement. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-06800.h1


Financial; Personal

05/30/2017

Applicant works for a defense contractor. He failed to file his Federal and state personal income tax returns for the 2007, 2008, 2010 to 2012 tax years. He owes 22 delinquent debts totaling $25,844. He resolved 13 of them totaling $4,725. He filed a Chapter 7 bankruptcy that was discharged in 2005. He currently has a Chapter 13 bankruptcy proceeding to resolve his remaining debts. He owes over $20,000 in Federal income taxes. He paid his state taxes. Applicant has not mitigated his financial and personal conduct security concerns. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-06707.h1


Financial

05/30/2017

Applicant provided no evidence of a debt-resolution plan, steps in furtherance of this plan, or the circumstances that contributed to his financial delinquencies. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 15-06641.h1


Criminal

05/30/2017

Applicant was involved in a domestic disturbance with his son. He shot a firearm during the altercation, was arrested, and convicted of a misdemeanor assault. He is on supervised probation until May 2018. Applicant did not provide sufficient evidence to mitigate the security concerns under Guideline J, criminal conduct. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-06434.h1


Criminal or Dishonest Conduct

05/30/2017

Applicant had multiple criminal charges for driving with a suspended license and a probation violation. He has had a valid license for several years. He has not had any violations in the past three years. Applicant provided sufficient evidence of successful rehabilitation. Common Access Card eligibility is granted. CASE NO: 15-05750.h1


Drugs

05/30/2017

Applicant did not mitigate the drug involvement security concerns. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 15-05683.h1


Financial

05/30/2017

Applicant failed to mitigate the security concerns raised by his $21,000 delinquent debt, none of which had been addressed. Clearance denied. CASE NO: 15-04791.h1


Financial

05/30/2017

Applicant is unwilling to pay a delinquent second mortgage debt that he voluntarily defaulted on in 2010. He failed to mitigate the security concerns under Guideline F, financial considerations. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-04173.h1


Financial

05/30/2017

Applicant has delinquent debts that he failed to provide proof of resolution. He failed to mitigate the security concerns under Guideline F, financial considerations. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-03778.h1


Financial

05/30/2017

Applicant failed to timely file his 2007 through 2013 federal and state income tax returns. He did not provide evidence that the delinquent returns have been filed. Applicant failed to mitigate the security concerns under Guideline F, financial considerations. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-02410.h1


Financial; Personal Conduct

05/30/2017

Applicant mitigated the concerns raised under Personal Conduct. He failed to provide sufficient evidence to mitigate security concerns raised under Financial Considerations. Eligibility for a security clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-00041.h1


Guideline F; Guideline E; Guideline K; Guideline M; Guideline J

05/30/2017

Applicant has not rebutted the presumption that the Judge considered all of the evidence in the record. Neither has he shown that the Judge weighed the evidence in a manner that was arbitrary, capricious, or contrary to law. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 14-05928.a1


Financial

05/30/2017

Applicant has unresolved delinquent debts. Applicant failed to mitigate the trustworthiness concerns under Guideline F, financial considerations. Eligibility for access to sensitive information is denied. CASE NO: 14-05862.h1


Financial; Criminal; Alcohol

05/26/2017

Applicant is alleged to be delinquent on eight debts, in a total exceeding $19,802. He has resolved one debt and is making payments on two other debts. Five debts are unresolved. Applicant failed to introduce documentation to show that his history of financial delinquencies, including a 2005 Chapter 7 bankruptcy, does not cast doubt on his current judgment. Additionally, he has three alcohol-related arrests and convictions. This conduct raised unmitigated security concerns under the Guidelines for Criminal Conduct and Alcohol Consumption. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 16-01691.h1


Financial; Alcohol; Personal Conduct

05/26/2017

Applicant presented sufficient evidence to mitigate security concerns raised by two alleged drunk driving incidents, but his financial situation continues to raise a security concern. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 16-01129.h1


Financial

05/26/2017

Applicant presented sufficient evidence to mitigate security concerns raised by past financial issues, which were largely attributable to matters beyond his control. He addressed and resolved all the debts that he incurred while unemployed and underemployed. His present financial situation does not raise a security concern. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 16-00107.h1


Financial

05/26/2017

Applicant mitigated the security concerns raised by his delinquent debt by beginning to address them before he regained employment in December 2013, and resolving all but one account he could not locate. Clearance granted. CASE NO: 15-06633.h1


Guideline F

05/26/2017

Applicant argues that Department Counsel engaged in misconduct and did not comply with discovery procedures. There is nothing in the record to support this contention. At the hearing, Applicant agreed that Department Counsel had complied with DOHA requirements. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 15-06623.a1


Guideline B; Guideline C

05/26/2017

Applicant's appeal brief includes email in which the Judge stated that he intended to issue a summary decision granting Applicant a security clearance. Under these circumstances, the best remedy is to remand the case to the Judge for correction or explanation of the discrepancy noted above. Adverse decision remanded. CASE NO: 15-03176.a1


Financial

05/26/2017

Applicant was a contract employee and tax withholdings were not taken from his salary. Since he did not have the funds to pay taxes, he did not timely file his federal and state income tax returns for tax years 2010 to 2013. He filed the income tax returns late and has a significant state and federal tax debt. Applicant did not present any information to establish that he has arrangements to pay the tax debts or made any payments on the debts. His lack of responsible action fails to mitigate financial security concerns. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 15-03098.h1


Guideline B

05/26/2017

In the case before us, the Judge discusses why he concluded that the security concern arising from the presence of Applicant's in-laws in Taiwan was mitigated. In that context, he spells out in some detail the specific circumstances of Applicant's Taiwanese in-laws. Favorable decision affirmed. CASE NO: 14-05986.a2


Drugs

05/25/2017

Applicant used marijuana recurrently over a 37-year period before ceasing his drug use in July 2014. For most of the time he used marijuana he held a security clearance and was aware of the anti-drug use policies placed in force by his employer and the Department of defense. Applicant did not mitigate drug abuse concerns. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 16-02402.h1


Foreign Influence, Foreign Preference

05/25/2017

Applicant mitigated security concerns raised by possessing an Iraqi passport and having immediate relatives in Iraq. He has surrendered his Iraqi passport to the appropriate authorities and demonstrated his ties to the United States are more substantial than his ties to Iraq. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 15-06482.h1


Financial

05/25/2017

Applicant mitigated the five alleged delinquent debts. Based upon a review of the pleadings and exhibits, eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 15-06349.h1


Financial

05/25/2017

Applicant fell behind on student and mortgage loans in the early 2010s due to his wife's erratic income and the need to replace the family automobile. By the time the Statement of Reasons was issued, Applicant had already commenced discussions with the lenders at issue. He has negotiated a repayment plan for one student loan, addressed the other student loans, and rehabilitated his home mortgage. With her new job, Applicant's wife is now earning a regular and consistent salary, and the couple now lives within their means. Financial Considerations security concerns are mitigated. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 15-05395.h1


Financial

05/25/2017

Applicant did not mitigate the security concerns alleged in the SOR including failure to file federal income tax returns. Applicant's eligibility for a security clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-05158.h1


Guideline B; Guideline C

05/25/2017

Applicant cites to evidence of his ties within the U.S., his permanent residence in this country for several decades, and his lack of recent contact with his siblings. He argues that he would not yield to pressure by foreign governments. Applicant's arguments are not enough to demonstrate that the Judge weighed the evidence in a manner that was arbitrary, capricious, or contrary to law. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 15-04852.a1


Financial

05/25/2017

Applicant failed to fully mitigate the security concerns raised by his $104,000 delinquent debt, half of which had not been addressed, and the other half of which was belatedly addressed in January 2016. Clearance denied. CASE NO: 15-04710.h1


Guideline F

05/25/2017

In a DOHA proceeding, it is the applicant's job to present evidence in mitigation of the concerns raised by an SOR. Although pro se applicants are not held to the standards of attorneys, they are expected to take reasonable steps to protect their interests. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 15-04003.a1


Financial

05/25/2017

Applicant did not mitigate the security concerns related to his delinquent debts. Based upon a review of the pleadings and exhibits, eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 15-04172.h1


Financial

05/25/2017

As of March 2014, Applicant owed a $1,582 judgment debt and an $8,202 collection debt. Applicant admitted the debts when he answered the Statement of Reasons (SOR). He has yet to mitigate the financial considerations security concerns raised by the delinquencies. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-03999.h1


Financial

05/25/2017

Applicant resolved his delinquent debt through Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection. However, Applicant failed to mitigate the concerns raised by his history of financial problems and the circumstances causing them. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-02742.h1


Financial

05/25/2017

Applicant failed to submit evidence to show that she has a track record of financial responsibility, that she does not have a financial problem, or that her financial problem is being resolved or is under control. She failed to mitigate the Guideline F trustworthiness concerns. Eligibility to hold a position of trust is denied. CASE NO: 15-02123.h1


Guideline F

05/25/2017

Applicant argues that she has not breached her position of trust, has not been disciplined in her current job, and is not someone who can be blackmailed. The presence of some mitigating evidence does not alone compel the Judge to make a favorable trustworthiness decision. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 15-02086.a1


Foreign Preference; Foreign Influence

05/25/2017

Applicant no longer has a valid Jordanian passport, and will not obtain another one. He has mitigated the presence of his single relative in Jordan by showing that he has stronger connections to the United States. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 15-01430.h1


Financial

05/25/2017

Applicant has not mitigated the security concerns under the financial considerations guideline. He did not provide documentation to carry his burden of proof. Clearance denied. CASE NO: 15-00906.h1


Financial

05/25/2017

Applicant failed to mitigate the security concerns raised by his outstanding delinquent accounts, his failure to file federal income tax returns from 2007 to 2012, and his outstanding state and federal tax debts. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 14-06309.h1


Financial

05/24/2017

After two periods of unemployment, Applicant has satisfied his alleged past-due debts. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 16-01682.h1


Financial; Personal Conduct

05/24/2017

Applicant did not falsify his 2014 security clearance application when he failed to disclose information, as required, about his finances. There are no personal conduct security concerns. Although medical problems and a marital separation contributed to Applicant's financial difficulties, it is too soon to conclude that he has mitigated the financial considerations security concerns, given the lack of substantiated progress at debt reduction. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 16-00444.h1


Financial

05/24/2017

Applicant mitigated the security concerns raised by his delinquent debts and failures to timely file his federal and state income tax returns. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 15-08470.h1


Financial; Personal Conduct

05/24/2017

Applicant was unable to mitigate financial considerations concerns pertaining to 29 separate allegations to include one 2011 judgment, two non-sufficient check collection accounts, five bad check charges, and 21 delinquent debts in varying amounts ranging from a $146 credit card collection account to a $4,958 charged-off credit card account. He was also unable to mitigate personal conduct concerns after falsifying his 2014 security clearance application. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-08432.h1


Financial

05/24/2017

Applicant did not mitigate security concerns related to her finances. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-08189.h1


Drugs; Personal Conduct

05/24/2017

Applicant smoked marijuana regularly for years while holding a security clearance after lying about his marijuana use on his 2010 Questionnaire for National Security Positions. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-07652.h1


Foreign Influence

05/24/2017

Applicant mitigated the foreign influence security concerns alleged in the SOR. CASE NO: 15-07270.h1


Foreign Influence

05/24/2017

Applicant's clear allegiance to the United States; where his immediate family and half of his siblings live, is not threatened by the presence of his parents and other siblings in Iraq. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 15-06459.h1


Guideline F

05/24/2017

The Appeal Board's authority to review a case is limited to cases in which the appealing party has alleged the Judge committed harmful error. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 15-04465.a1


Financial

05/24/2017

Applicant did not mitigate the financial considerations security concerns. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 15-02554.h1


Financial

05/24/2017

Applicant has not mitigated the security concerns raised by his delinquent debts. CASE NO: 15-01505.h1


Guideline F

05/24/2017

Applicant's appeal brief contains new evidence. The Board cannot consider Applicant's new evidence on appeal. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 15-00623.a1


Guideline F

05/24/2017

Applicant asserts the Judge erred by finding his home equity loan was for instillation of a pool. The Judge's finding is based on Applicant's personal subject interview. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 14-05009.a1


Financial

05/23/2017

Applicant did not file his state and federal income tax returns when they were due for tax years 2008 through 2014. He did not file the returns and pay his back taxes until after he received the Statement of Reasons. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 16-02316.h1


Financial

05/23/2017

Applicant filed a bankruptcy petition and his debts were discharged in 2004. His house was foreclosed in 2016 after Applicant unsuccessfully attempted to make arrangements to resolve the debt with the mortgage holder. The house was foreclosed and Applicant received the required tax form. Applicant presented sufficient information to establish that he reasonably and responsibly managed his financial affairs. thereby mitigating financial security concerns. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 16-00543.h1


Drugs; Personal Conduct

05/23/2017

Applicant failed to mitigate the Drug Involvement and Personal Conduct security concerns. Applicant used marijuana, with varying frequency, from June 2005 through at least May 2014, including use after receiving a security clearance in January 2011. He intentionally omitted the full extent of his illegal drug use on his November 2010 and April 2015 electronic Questionnaires for Investigations Processing (e-QIP). Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 16-00167.h1


Financial

05/23/2017

Applicant failed to fully mitigate the security concerns raised by his delinquent debt, $1,600 of which had not been addressed. Clearance denied. CASE NO: 15-07667.h1


Handling Protected Information; Personal Conduct

05/23/2017

Applicant mitigated security concerns raised by her inadvertent, minor security lapses that occurred three years ago. She self-reported the incidents and took corrective action. These security infractions were an aberration in an otherwise long history of properly handling and safeguarding classified, sensitive, and proprietary information. Applicant established that similar security incidents are unlikely to recur. She did not falsify her security clearance application. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 15-05533.h1


Financial

05/23/2017

Applicant mitigated the financial considerations security concerns. Applicant's eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 15-05451.h1


Financial

05/23/2017

Applicant incurred significant student loans to finance his education. He also had two small delinquent consumer debts. Applicant did not present any information to establish that he has arrangements to pay the debts or made any payments on the debts. His lack of responsibility fails to mitigate financial trustworthiness concerns. Eligibility for access to sensitive information is denied. CASE NO: 15-03630.h1


Financial

05/23/2017

Applicant failed to mitigate the security concerns raised by his $20,000 delinquent debt, none of which had been addressed. Clearance denied. CASE NO: 15-02660.h1


Financial; Personal Conduct

05/23/2017

The Government did not present sufficient evidence to prove that Applicant deliberately falsified his security clearance application. However, Applicant did not present sufficient evidence to mitigate security concerns raised by his financial circumstances. Eligibility for a clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-01238.h1


Financial

05/23/2017

ADP Case. Applicant has not mitigated the security significance of his past-due income tax indebtedness, failure to file several tax returns in a timely fashion, and other delinquent debts. Eligibility for a public trust position is denied. CASE NO: 15-00859.h1


Financial; Personal Conduct

05/23/2017

Applicant has unresolved financial problems, and he intentionally provided false information about his finances on his 2013 Questionnaire for National Security Positions. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 14-04693.h1


Drugs

05/23/2017

Applicant mitigated the Drug Involvement security concerns that arose out of his infrequent marijuana use from September 1982 through January 2013. Applicant has been candid with the Department of Defense about his illegal drug involvement, and does not intend to use any illegal drugs, including marijuana, in the future. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 14-02864.h1


Security Violations

05/22/2017

Applicant mitigated the handling of protected information security concerns. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 16-00888.h1


Financial

05/22/2017

Applicant has had a history of financial difficulties, in large part because of the difficulties with his five investment properties during a downturn in the economy. Significant delinquent debt has not been resolved. Mitigation has not been shown. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 16-00420.h1


Financial

05/22/2017

Applicant has had a history of financial difficulties, including significant delinquent debt. The financial problems have been caused at least partially because of periods of unemployment, but Applicant has only recently begun the legal process of filing for bankruptcy to resolve his debts. At this point no evidence has been introduced to show any of his overdue debts have been resolved or reduced. Mitigation has not been shown. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 16-00270.h1


Financial, Personal Conduct

05/22/2017

Applicant has had a history of financial difficulties, including a bankruptcy in 2013, and several delinquent debts, including for past due Federal and State taxes. The financial problems have been caused at least partially because of periods of unemployment, but Applicant has taken no steps to attempt to resolve his delinquent debts. When Applicant completed a Security Clearance Application he made an error, but he was not attempting to mislead the government or furnish misinformation. Mitigation has not been shown. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-08474.h1


Financial

05/22/2017

Applicant has not mitigated the financial considerations security concern. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 15-07314.h1


Criminal Conduct; Drugs; Personal Conduct

05/22/2017

Applicant used marijuana from 2001 to at least 2012. He also was arrested and charged with illegal drug possession and intention to distribute several classes of illegal drugs on 6 occasions from 2001 to at least 2012. He failed to make the Government aware of his drug usage and drug related arrests on his Security Clearance Application. Mitigation has not been shown. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-04485.h1


Financial

05/22/2017

Applicant has had a history of overdue debts, and no evidence was introduced to show that any of the 15 delinquent debts listed on the SOR had been resolved or reduced. Mitigation has not been shown. Access to a sensitive position is denied. CASE NO: 15-03605.h1


Drugs

05/19/2017

Applicant has not provided sufficient evidence to mitigate the security concerns under Guideline H, drug involvement, due to his marijuana use while holding a security clearance. Applicant's eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 16-01941.h1


Foreign Influence; Foreign Preference; Personal Conduct

05/19/2017

Available information is sufficient to mitigate the security concerns about Applicant's ties to family members in Iraq, his employment at an Iraqi university, and his possession of an Iraqi identification card. Applicant also mitigated the security concerns about his omission of information from his security clearance application. His request for a security clearance is granted. CASE NO: 15-07312.h1


Alcohol

05/19/2017

Applicant is participating in counseling for his alcohol issues and is demonstrating a pattern of abstinence or responsible use. He has mitigated the alcohol involvement trustworthiness concerns. Eligibility for access to sensitive information is granted. CASE NO: 15-06473.h1


Financial

05/19/2017

Applicant did not mitigate her financial considerations trustworthiness concerns. Eligibility for a public trust position is denied. CASE NO: 15-06036.h1


Financial; Personal Conduct; Alcohol

05/19/2017

The Government withdrew the alcohol consumption security concern and no disqualifying conditions applied under the personal conduct security concern. Applicant, however, did not mitigate the financial considerations security concerns. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-05560.h1


Financial

05/19/2017

Applicant should have been more responsible in addressing his financial problems. Notwithstanding, he recently resolved or paid all the alleged delinquent accounts. He is in control of his financial situation, and he has no new delinquent debt. Financial considerations security concerns are mitigated. Access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 15-04164.h1


Financial

05/19/2017

Applicant incurred delinquent debt when she opened too many credit cards starting in 2004. While she established she paid or is paying a limited number of her delinquent debts, she did not present sufficient information to establish she has reasonably and responsibly managed her financial affairs to be eligible for a public trust position. Eligibility for access to sensitive information is denied. CASE NO: 15-04025.h1


Financial

05/19/2017

Applicant did not mitigate the security concerns raised under financial considerations. Eligibility for a security clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-00210.h1


Personal Conduct

05/19/2017

Applicant frequented prostitutes and massage parlors for sex for years, and then lied about it during a background interview. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 14-06163.h1


Sexual; Personal Conduct

05/18/2017

Applicant's questionable sexual behavior, was not illegal, and occurred more than five years ago. Furthermore, he has vowed not to repeat it in the future. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 16-02790.h1


Financial and Personal Conduct

05/18/2017

Applicant has mitigated the financial considerations and the personal conduct security concerns are not justified by the evidence. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 16-02006.h1


Financial

05/18/2017

Applicant's foreclosure debt has been satisfied with the inclusion of his IRS Form 1099-C on his 2016 income tax filing. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 16-01448.h1


Foreign Influence

05/18/2017

Applicant has refuted the allegations in the SOR regarding his connections to Iraq and mitigated the security concerns based on the citizenship of his mother. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 15-08890.h1


Financial; Personal Conduct

05/18/2017

Applicant resigned from a fraternal organization in December 2009 after he had misappropriated funds for his personal use. He has begun repaying a $7,426 charged-off credit card debt, but concerns persist about his financial judgment and his personal conduct. Applicant intentionally concealed his financial problems during his background investigation. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-08255.h1


Financial

05/18/2017

Applicant failed to mitigate the security concerns under Guideline F, financial considerations. Applicant's eligibility for a security clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-06841.h1


Financial

05/18/2017

Applicant did not mitigate the financial considerations security concerns. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 15-06525.h1


Financial

05/18/2017

Applicant's financial problems are limited to delinquent debt he incurred during a five-year period of underemployment. Upon receiving a significant pay raise in 2016, Applicant resolved the delinquent accounts. He does not have ongoing financial problems and his finances are under control. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 15-03764.h1


Financial

05/18/2017

While Applicant's financial problems may have been caused by events beyond his control, he failed to provide any evidence to mitigate the concerns raised by his history of delinquent debt. CASE NO: 15-02995.h1


Financial

05/18/2017

Applicant has not mitigated the security concerns raised by her delinquent debts. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-01675.h1


Financial

05/18/2017

While Applicant's financial problems may have been caused by events beyond her control, she failed to provide documentation corroborating her statements that she has taken steps to resolve her delinquent debts. CASE NO: 15-00808.h1


Financial

05/18/2017

Applicant did not provide sufficient evidence to mitigate his history of financial problems and delinquent debts. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 14-06661.h1


Financial

05/17/2017

Applicant paid a Chapter 13 bankruptcy plan for five years, and his dischargeable debts were discharged in April 2014. He has a payment plan for his student loans, which were not discharged in the bankruptcy. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 15-08133.h1


Financial

05/17/2017

Applicant presented sufficient information to explain, extenuate, or mitigate the security concern stemming from her problematic financial history. Eligibility granted. CASE NO: 15-06842.h1


Alcohol, Criminal Conduct

05/17/2017

Applicant failed to mitigate alcohol and criminal conduct allegations related to two charges of driving under the influence of alcohol. Based upon a review of the pleadings and exhibits, eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 15-06018.h1


Personal Conduct

05/17/2017

Applicant's behavior 19 years ago, resulting in a misdemeanor conviction for Possession of a Dangerous Weapon has not been repeated. He did not falsify his government questionnaire. Sufficient mitigation has been shown. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 15-05312.h1


Financial

05/17/2017

Applicant did not mitigate the financial considerations security concerns including delinquent property taxes, medical bills, and consumer debts. Eligibility is denied. CASE NO: 15-00696.h1


Financial

05/16/2017

Applicant's history of excessive indebtedness has been resolved. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 16-00692.h1


Foreign Influence

05/16/2017

Applicant's foreign family contacts in Taiwan do not pose a security risk to the United States. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 16-00218.h1


Financial

05/16/2017

Applicant's history of frivolous spending and bankruptcy filings has stopped. He has resolved his delinquent debts and understands the importance of living within his means. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 15-06683.h1


Criminal; Financial. Alcohol; Personal Conduct

05/16/2017

Applicant seeks a trustworthiness decision. Applicant has a 24 year history of criminal misconduct, two bankruptcies, eight other delinquent debts, alcohol problems, and failing to disclose his delinquent debts on his trustworthiness application. Applicant mitigated the financial concerns, but none of the remaining three trustworthiness concerns. Eligibility for a public trust position is not established. Eligibility for access to sensitive information is denied. CASE NO: 15-05975.h1


Financial

05/16/2017

Applicant did not provide sufficient evidence to mitigate the security concerns raised by his delinquent debts and failure to file his state income tax returns. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-02565.h1


Financial

05/16/2017

Applicant accumulated delinquent student loan and consumer debts that he has only addressed in part. While his efforts are encouraging, they are not enough to establish a good track record of addressing his debts and maintaining his finances in a stable condition. Security concerns over Applicant's finances are not mitigated. Eligibility to hold a security clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-01531.h1


Financial

05/15/2017

Applicant incurred delinquent debt when his wife was unable to work or attend school, and the family did not have her income or GI Bill benefits. Applicant used credit cards and personal loans to maintain their lifestyle. He has not been able to resolve most of his delinquent debts. He has promised to save funds to pay his debts in the future but has not presented an adequate plan that would resolve his delinquent debts. Applicant failed to mitigate financial security concerns. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 16-00396.h1


Foreign Preference; Foreign Influence

05/15/2017

By twice voting in Turkish national elections, Applicant exercised a split preference for Turkey and the United States. His immediate, extended family members, and friends in Turkey are citizens and residents of a country that presents a heightened risk. His in-laws who are citizens and residents of Iran likewise reside in a country that is a heightened risk which exposes them to risks of coercion, pressure, or influence. Foreign influence and foreign preference concerns are not mitigated. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-08250.h1


Foreign Influence

05/15/2017

Applicant's two brothers are resident citizens of Taiwan, and she has infrequent, cordial contact with a former mentor, a senior scientist for Taiwan's government. Yet, she held a security clearance in the past when employed as a research scientist for the U.S. military and has shown that she can be counted on to act in U.S. interests. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 15-08029.h1


Financial

05/15/2017

Applicant has significant unresolved delinquent debts. He failed to mitigate the security concerns under Guideline F, financial considerations. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-06328.h1


Financial

05/15/2017

Applicant's financial problems initially arose some time before March 2011. Accounts became delinquent. State and federal income tax returns were not timely filed. Of the seven delinquent accounts alleged in the SOR, there is no documentary evidence to support his contentions that some accounts were paid off or settled, or that other accounts are in the process of being resolved. In addition, other than Applicant's statements, there is no documentation to support his contentions that his state and federal income tax returns for the tax years 2010 and 2011 have been filed. Other than generally referring to a number of factors that he claimed caused his financial problems, Applicant offered no meaningful explanations as to how those individual factors caused specific financial problems. In addition, there are no explanations for his failure to maintain his accounts in a current status, or why he failed to timely file his income tax returns. Based on the evidence presented, Applicant failed to take any positive action to resolve his accounts. There is no evidence of a budget, financial counseling, or that his finances are under control. Applicant's actions and explanations cast doubt on his reliability, trustworthiness, and good judgment. Eligibility is denied. CASE NO: 15-05977.h1


Financial

05/15/2017

Applicant works for a defense contractor. She has 20 delinquent debts. She is resolving two of them. The 18 remaining debts are unresolved. She has not mitigated the trustworthiness concerns. Eligibility for a clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-04205.h1


Financial

05/15/2017

Applicant experienced financial difficulties due to circumstances largely beyond his control, but mitigated the concern by acting responsibly. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 15-01008.h1


Financial

05/15/2017

Applicant did not mitigate the financial considerations security concerns including delinquent student loan debts. Eligibility for a security clearance is denied. CASE NO: 14-06367.h1


Alcohol; Personal Conduct; Financial

05/15/2017

Applicant works for a defense contractor. He has a 28-year history of alcohol related offenses, five bankruptcies, and other delinquent debts. He has not mitigated any of these security concerns. Eligibility for a clearance is denied. CASE NO: 12-10956.h1


Financial

05/15/2017

Applicant failed to mitigate the security concerns under Guideline F, financial considerations. Applicant's eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 12-07527.h1


Foreign Influence

05/12/2017

Available information is sufficient to mitigate the security concerns about Applicant's ties to family members in Iraq and by the financial support he provides for his mother there. His request for a security clearance is granted. CASE NO: 16-00280.h1


Financial

05/12/2017

Applicant became seriously delinquent on several debts because of the illnesses and deaths of two close family members. Her largest delinquency, a home-equity loan, was charged off for $22,789 and then cancelled in 2014. She is making payments under a debt management plan to resolve most of her remaining past-due debt, which totals less than $10,000. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 16-00082.h1


Financial

05/12/2017

Applicant has unresolved delinquent debts, and she has not filed her federal income tax returns for 2010 through 2015. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-08820.h1


Financial

05/12/2017

Applicant failed to mitigate the security concerns under Guideline F, financial considerations. Applicant's eligibility for a security clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-07971.h1


Financial

05/12/2017

Applicant presented sufficient information to explain, extenuate, or mitigate the security concern stemming from her problematic financial history. Eligibility granted. CASE NO: 15-06177.h1


Drugs

05/12/2017

Applicant illegally used marijuana about 10 times between November 2013 and March 2014, after he was granted a clearance. He has not used any illegal drugs in over three years. Considering the evidence as a whole, including Applicant's 27-year service while holding a clearance and his medical condition, I find that the passage of time is sufficient to mitigate the security concerns raised by his marijuana-related criminal behavior. Guideline H security concerns are mitigated. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 15-04915.h1


Financial

05/12/2017

Applicant failed to timely file his Federal and state income tax returns for tax years 2012 and 2013, and is alleged to be delinquent on a medical debt in the amount of $538. Applicant has not filed his delinquent tax returns or resolved his delinquent account. Concerns about his judgment and trustworthiness remain unmitigated. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 15-04248.h1


Financial

05/12/2017

Applicant failed to file his federal tax returns for tax years 2010, 2011, and 2013. He also has delinquent debts he has ignored for many years. His evidence is insufficient to show that he has good judgment and is a law-abiding person. He knew of his legal obligation to file his returns and to pay his debts and he failed to do so. He failed to establish a track record of financial responsibility and an ability to abide by rules and regulations. The financial considerations security concerns are not mitigated. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-03522.h1


Financial

05/12/2017

Applicant erroneously concluded that the Internal Revenue Service was misapplying the tax laws and did not file or pay his Federal taxes for several years, which resulted in multiple tax liens filed against him. He has since recognized his error, timely filed and paid all requisite taxes since 2009, and satisfied the liens. He will continue to comply with all Federal tax requirements. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 12-10912.h1


Financial; Personal Conduct

05/11/2017

No disqualifying conditions apply to the facts presented in the Statement of Reasons under Guideline F (Financial Considerations) or Guideline E (Personal Conduct). Applicant timely filed his tax returns, as required, and he did not intentionally falsify his security clearance application with respect to delinquent debt or tax filings. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 16-03177.h1


Financial

05/11/2017

Applicant has not mitigated the security concerns under the financial considerations guideline raised by failure to timely file Federal and state income tax returns from 2012 through 2014 despite the fact that he filed all required forms in 2016. Eligibility for a security clearance is denied. CASE NO: 16-01782.h1


Financial

05/11/2017

Applicant presented sufficient evidence to mitigate security concerns raised by past financial issues that were largely attributable to matters beyond her control, including a business failure, unemployment, and caring for her elderly and infirm parents. After being hired by her current employer in 2011, Applicant began responsibly addressing her troubled finances. Her current financial situation does not raise a security concern. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 15-08556.h1


Guideline F; Guideline E

05/11/2017

Applicant contends that the Judge denied him a clearance, in part, because he could not explain the legal complexities of foreclosure. However, there is nothing in the Decision that would suggest this. Rather, the Judge relied on evidence that Applicant has had the financial means to address his debts for several years but has failed to do so. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 15-07687.a1


Financial

05/11/2017

Available information is sufficient to mitigate the security concerns raised by Applicant's financial problems. His request to be eligible for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 15-05628.h1


Guideline F

05/11/2017

The Judge's material findings about the delinquent debts were based on substantial evidence, including Applicant's admissions, his security clearance application, and credit reports. Adverse decision affirmed.. CASE NO: 15-00019.a1


Financial

05/10/2017

Applicant failed to timely file his 2010 through 2014 federal income tax returns. The tax returns are filed. He had two delinquent debts that he is resolving. Applicant mitigated the security concerns under Guideline F, financial considerations. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 16-01909.h1


Alcohol; Criminal

05/10/2017

Applicant is a problem drinker who has demonstrated an inability or unwillingness to comply with law, rules, or regulations. Eligibility denied. CASE NO: 15-05170.h1


Financial

05/10/2017

Applicant's periods of unemployment could have contributed to or aggravated his financial situation; however, he presented insufficient information to establish that he was financially responsible under the circumstances. Financial considerations concerns are not mitigated. Access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 15-04719.h1


Guideline E

05/10/2017

Applicant also contends that the denial of his security clearance is tantamount to a punitive action that affects his "desire to increase [his] workplace market ability." Security clearance decisions are not punitive in nature, but administrative eligibility determinations. The Directive does not permit the Board or Judges to consider the adverse impact an unfavorable decision may have on an applicant. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 15-04386.a1


Guideline F

05/10/2017

Applicant argues that the Government failed to prove he made financial decisions that raised security concerns. This argument lacks merit. The Judge's material findings about Applicant's delinquent medical debt and his state tax filing delinquencies for 2011-2013 were based on substantial evidence or constituted reasonable inferences that could be drawn from the evidence. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 15-03160.a1


Alcohol; Drugs

05/09/2017

Applicant was convicted of an alcohol-related charge in May 2015. He has a history of drug use. He mitigated the security concerns under Guideline G, alcohol consumption, but failed to mitigate the security concerns under Guideline H, drug involvement. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 16-02764.h1


Sexual Behavior; Personal Conduct

05/09/2017

Applicant possessed child pornography between about 2012 and March 2014. Sexual behavior security concerns are not mitigated; however, personal conduct security concerns are mitigated as a duplication. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 16-01890.h1


Foreign Influence; Foreign Preference

05/09/2017

Applicant is a loyal U.S. citizen who has worked overseas under dangerous conditions in support of the national defense. He mitigated any foreign influence and foreign preference security concerns raised by his connections and ties to Iraq. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 16-01066.h1


Financial

05/09/2017

Applicant has not mitigated the security concerns under the financial concerns guideline raised by a multitude of delinquent debts. Eligibility for a security clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-08412.h1


Alcohol

05/09/2017

In 2002 and 2008, Applicant was arrested for driving while intoxicated. He has been drinking alcohol responsibly since 2008, successfully attended alcohol-related classes in 2010, and recently committed to abstinence. Alcohol consumption security concerns are mitigated. Access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 15-06469.h1


Financial

05/09/2017

Applicant did not provide sufficient evidence to mitigate his history of financial problems and delinquent debts. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-06344.h1


Drugs; Personal Conduct

05/09/2017

Applicant illegally used and purchased marijuana between 1994 and 2012. Applicant continued to use marijuana after receiving a security clearance in 2006. He received that clearance after submitting a security clearance application from which he intentionally omitted his drug use to that point. Applicant mitigated the security concerns about his deliberate falsification, but security concerns about his illegal drug involvement remain unresolved. Applicant's request for a security clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-06277.h1


Drugs

05/09/2017

Applicant mitigated his drug use. Eligibility granted. CASE NO: 15-06237.h1


Financial

05/09/2017

Applicant failed to sufficiently address nine delinquent debts listed on his statement of reasons (SOR) totaling $23,350. In the previous year, he paid $197 to address his SOR debts. He did not establish his financial responsibility. Financial considerations security concerns are not mitigated. Access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 15-05849.h1


Financial

05/09/2017

Applicant's statement of reasons (SOR) alleges, and the record establishes seven delinquent debts, including a charged-off vehicle debt. Applicant did not show sufficient progress towards resolution of these seven SOR allegations. Financial considerations security concerns are not mitigated. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 15-05228.h1


Drugs; Personal Conduct

05/09/2017

From December 2003 to December 2011, Applicant occasionally used marijuana. His marijuana use is not recent, and drug involvement security concerns are mitigated. Applicant lied about the extent of his marijuana use: on his October 12, 2010 Questionnaire for National Security Positions or security clearance application; on his November 8, 2010 Office of Personnel Management personal subject interview; and on his August 2013 responses to interrogatories from the Defense Office of Hearings and Appeals. Personal conduct security concerns are not mitigated. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 15-04939.h1


Financial

05/09/2017

Applicant did not provide sufficient evidence to mitigate the security concern raised by his failure to file his state income tax returns. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 12-11776.h1


Foreign Influence; Foreign Preference

05/08/2017

Applicant mitigated any foreign influence and foreign preference security concerns raised by his connections and ties to Hong Kong. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 16-02415.h1


Financial

05/08/2017

Applicant failed to file his 2011 through 2014 Federal and state income tax returns. He failed to mitigate the security concerns under Guideline F, financial considerations. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 16-01871.h1


Financial; Personal Conduct

05/08/2017

Applicant's financial problems resulted from circumstances beyond his control and he acted responsibly under the circumstances. His 2017 credit report shows no new delinquent debt. He is in control of his financial situation. He did not deliberately falsify his security clearance application. Financial considerations and personal conduct security concerns are mitigated. Access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 16-00843.h1


Employment Misconduct; Criminal or Dishonest Conduct; Alcohol Abuse

05/08/2017

Applicant presented sufficient evidence to mitigate Common Access Card (CAC) eligibility concerns purportedly raised by his tax debts and alcohol-related criminal conduct. His past conduct and present circumstances do not create a reasonable basis to believe that Applicant poses an unreasonable risk to U.S. personnel, property, or information systems. CAC eligibility is granted. CASE NO: 15-07599.h1


Financial

05/08/2017

Applicant has a history of financial problems that began in 2008. She failed to mitigate the trustworthiness concerns raised under Guideline F, Financial Considerations. Her eligibility for a public trust position is denied. CASE NO: 15-07052.h1


Financial

05/08/2017

Applicant has mitigated the security concerns raised by her delinquent debts. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 15-06797.h1


Guideline B

05/08/2017

Applicant challenges some of the Judge's findings. We conclude that there is no actual inconsistency in the challenged finding. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 15-06611.a1


Financial

05/08/2017

Applicant has not mitigated the financial considerations security concern. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 15-05625.h1


Financial

05/08/2017

ADP Case. Applicant has not mitigated the security significance of his past-due income tax indebtedness, and failure to file several tax returns in a timely fashion. Eligibility for a public trust position is denied. CASE NO: 15-04612.h1


Financial

05/08/2017

Applicant filed a Chapter 7 bankruptcy petition in August 2010 when he discovered that a debt resolution firm retained to negotiate with his creditors had made no payments on his debts. After converting his bankruptcy to Chapter 13, he had his case dismissed and negotiated settlements of some debts. His other debts were cancelled by the creditors, including two charged-off credit card debts totaling $32,024. He reported the cancelled debt as income on his taxes and has not incurred any new delinquent accounts in the last five years. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 15-04517.h1


Financial

05/08/2017

Applicant failed to resolve any of the 48 alleged delinquent debts. Resulting security concerns were not mitigated. Based upon a review of the pleadings and exhibits, eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 15-03932.h1


Drugs

05/08/2017

Applicant used marijuana sporadically between 1996 and 2014. While he now claims no future intent to use illegal drugs, he told an investigator that he likes using marijuana and will resume using marijuana after he retires. Applicant's apparent abstinence from illegal drugs for the past three years is not sufficient to mitigate the security concerns raised by a history of illegal drug use for much of the past 18 years. His request to be eligible for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 15-03894.h1


Financial

05/08/2017

Applicant did not provide sufficient evidence to mitigate the security concerns raised by his dismissed Chapter 13 bankruptcy case, federal tax lien, state taxes, and other delinquent debts. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-03379.h1


Personal Conduct

05/08/2017

Applicant had disciplinary problems in the military, and he has a troubled employment history. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-01837.h1


Financial

05/08/2017

Applicant has not mitigated the financial considerations security concern. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 15-01053.h1


Guideline E

05/08/2017

Applicant argues that the Judge did not consider all of the evidence. Applicant's arguments are not enough to rebut the presumption that the Judge considered all of the evidence in the record. Neither are they enough to show that the Judge weighed the evidence in a manner that was arbitrary, capricious, or contrary to law. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 12-09886.a1


Guideline F

05/08/2017

Applicant's appeal brief contains no assertion of harmful error on the part of the Judge. The Board cannot consider new evidence on appeal. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 12-09539.a1


Financial

05/05/2017

Applicant produced sufficient information to explain, extenuate, or mitigate the concern stemming from his history of financial problems. Eligibility granted. CASE NO: 16-01218.h1


Financial

05/05/2017

Applicant is alleged to be delinquent on three debts, in a total exceeding $46,000. He has resolved one debt. Applicant failed to introduce documentation to show that his history of financial delinquencies does not cast doubt on his current judgment. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 16-00844.h1


Financial

05/05/2017

Applicant failed to timely file federal and state his tax returns for tax years 2010, 2011, and 2014 and incurred garnishment of his bank accounts on several occasions by the IRS to collect owed federal taxes for tax year 2011. Financial concerns are not mitigated. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-08778.h1


Financial

05/05/2017

Applicant did not provide sufficient evidence to mitigate his history of failing to file tax returns and delinquent debts. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-08241.h1


Financial

05/05/2017

Applicant has mitigated the security concerns under Guideline F, financial considerations. Applicant's eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 15-06920.h1


Financial

05/05/2017

Applicant did not present sufficient evidence to explain, extenuate, or mitigate the security concern stemming from her problematic financial history. Eligibility denied. CASE NO: 15-04294.h1


Financial; Personal Conduct

05/05/2017

Applicant has not mitigated the security concerns raised by his delinquent debts and falsification of his security clearance application. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-03911.h1


Financial

05/05/2017

Applicant did not mitigate the financial considerations security concerns including delinquent tax debts. Applicant's eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 15-03085.h1


Financial, Personal Conduct

05/05/2017

Applicant failed to demonstrate that he has taken responsible action to resolve his delinquent debts. He has not mitigated the security concerns under Guideline F, financial considerations. The Government did not establish the falsification allegation under Guideline E, personal conduct. Applicant's eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 15-01508.h1


Financial

05/05/2017

Applicant's financial problems may have been caused by events beyond her control, but she did not act responsibly to resolve her delinquent accounts. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-00885.h1


Financial

05/05/2017

Applicant did not provide sufficient evidence to mitigate security concerns raised under financial considerations. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 14-03560.h1


Guideline F

05/04/2017

Applicant's history of delinquent debt, coupled with a paucity of evidence of debt resolution, support the Judge's conclusion that Applicant's financial problems raise security concerns. Applicant has not rebutted the presumption that there is a connection between the record evidence of his financial delinquencies and a concern that he may fail to protect classified information. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 15-04953.a1


Financial

05/04/2017

Applicant has not mitigated the security concerns raised by his delinquent debts. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-04700.h1


Financial

05/04/2017

Applicant's statement of reasons (SOR) alleges, and the record establishes 10 delinquent debts totaling $72,903, including delinquent taxes totaling $19,600. Two debts were mitigated; however, eight debts totaling more than $72,500 remain for resolution. He did not show sufficient progress towards resolution of the SOR allegations. Financial considerations security concerns are not mitigated. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 15-02968.h1


Financial

05/04/2017

Applicant did not present sufficient evidence to mitigate security concerns raised by his financial circumstances. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-01834.h1


Guideline B; Guideline C; Guideline F; Guideline E

05/04/2017

Applicant contends that the Judge erred by not addressing his objections to certain administrative notice documents submitted by Department Counsel. However, the documents in question were submitted for the Judge's consideration of the security concerns raised under Guideline B, which the Judge resolved in Applicant's favor. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 14-06521.a1


Financial

05/03/2017

Applicant has mitigated the security concerns raised by his failure to timely file his tax returns. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 16-02220.h1


Financial, Personal Conduct

05/03/2017

Applicant has delinquent debts that he failed to provide proof he resolved. He deliberately failed to disclose his delinquent debts on his security clearance application. He failed to mitigate the security concerns under Guideline F, financial considerations and Guideline E, personal conduct. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-07699.h1


Financial

05/03/2017

Applicant's finances were adversely affected by medical issues, unemployment, underemployment, and taking care of a large family with special-needs children. He has taken reasonable steps to address the resulting financial problems. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 15-03656.h1


Financial

05/03/2017

Applicant has not mitigated the security concerns under the financial concerns guideline raised by a recent bankruptcy. Eligibility for a security clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-02533.h1


Guideline F

05/03/2017

Applicant has not rebutted the presumption that the Judge considered all of the evidence in the record. Neither has she shown that the Judge weighed the evidence in a manner that was arbitrary, capricious, or contrary to law. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 15-01182.a1


Financial

05/01/2017

Applicant provided substantial evidence that she is resolving her financial issues. She has mitigated the trustworthiness concerns under Guideline F, financial considerations. Eligibility for access to sensitive information is granted. CASE NO: 16-02215.h1


Financial; Personal Conduct

05/01/2017

Applicant deliberately failed to disclose delinquent debts on his security clearance application. He failed to mitigate security concerns under Guideline F, financial considerations and Guideline E, personal conduct. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 16-00757.h1


Drugs

05/01/2017

Applicant used marijuana three times after she returned from deployment. She mitigated the Guideline H, drug involvement security concerns. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 15-07585.h1


Financial

05/01/2017

Given Applicant's unresolved income tax delinquency and her history of financial problems, her bankruptcy discharge does not mitigate the trustworthiness concern. Eligibility for access to sensitive information is denied. CASE NO: 15-07124.h1


Alcohol, Criminal Conduct

05/01/2017

Applicant was diagnosed with alcohol dependency in 2009. After completing inpatient alcohol rehabilitation treatment, he is committed to his sobriety and has abstained from alcohol use since 2015. He mitigated the Guideline G, alcohol consumption, and Guideline J, criminal conduct security concerns. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 15-04160.h1


Guideline E

05/01/2017

An interpretation of mitigating condition 17(b) that would permit an applicant to rely on advice that he or she realizes is improper to justify the knowing submission of false information on a SCA would not be consistent the spirit and intent of the Directive. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 14-07028.a1


Guideline F

05/01/2017

Applicant's appeal brief raises no allegation of harmful error on the part of the Judge. Rather, it contains information that she did not previously present to the Judge. The Appeal Board can neither receive nor consider this new evidence. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 12-10211.a1


Financial

04/30/2017

Applicant has paid or resolved some of his past-due debts. Nonetheless, available information is not sufficient to mitigate the security concerns about his other unresolved debts and by his failure to comply with his federal and state income tax obligations. Applicant's request for a security clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-06009.h1


Financial

04/28/2017

Applicant has a history of failing to file state and Federal income tax returns, and having unpaid taxes and delinquent debts. He did not mitigate those financial considerations security concerns. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 16-01261.h1


Guideline F; Guideline E

04/28/2017

Applicant contends the amount of the delinquent debt was too small to create security concerns when he has consistently met other financial obligations. We note the amount of the Federal tax lien was over $14,000. Nothing in Guideline F indicates there must be any particular threshold amount of delinquent or unresolved debts to raise security concerns. CASE NO: 15-08676.a1


Foreign Influence

04/28/2017

Applicant has mitigated the foreign influence concerns raised by his ties to citizens and residents of India. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 15-07414.h1


Security Violations

04/28/2017

Applicant had three minor security lapses in January 2013, December 2013, and May 2015. These incidents were thoroughly investigated and it was determined there was no compromise of classified material. Applicant was counseled, received refresher training, and expressed sincere remorse. Apart for these lapses, he has been employed for 27 years as a defense contractor with an unblemished record. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 15-07333.h1


Financial

04/28/2017

Applicant's limited income during his seasonal jobs and his period of unemployment contributed to his delinquent debts. Applicant paid his medical debts and has been paying his student loans. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 15-05951.h1


Financial

04/28/2017

Applicant mitigated the financial considerations security concern. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 15-05853.h1


Financial

04/28/2017

Applicant is alleged to be delinquent on eight debts, in a total exceeding $16,000. In 2003, he filed Chapter 13 bankruptcy, which was discharged in 2007. Applicant failed to introduce documentation to show that his history of financial delinquencies does not cast doubt on his current judgment. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 15-05243.h1


Guideline F

04/28/2017

The Board has previously noted that it is reasonable for a Judge to expect applicants to present documentation about their efforts to resolve debts. As a general proposition, moreover, the lack of corroboration is a factor that judges may consider in determining the amount of weight that should be given to an applicant's statements about particular facts. CASE NO: 15-04851.a1


Financial

04/28/2017

Applicant did not present sufficient evidence to mitigate security concerns raised by his tax-related financial problems. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-03303.h1


Financial

04/28/2017

Applicant experienced financial difficulties due to a lengthy period of inconsistent employment, but mitigated the concern by acting responsibly. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 15-02857.h1


Guideline G; Guideline E; Guideline F

04/28/2017

Applicant contends that the Judge's adverse decision should be reversed because the Judge did not correctly weigh the evidence. Applicant's arguments do not demonstrate that the Judge's decision is arbitrary, capricious or contrary to law. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 15-02659.a1


Financial

04/28/2017

Applicant failed to resolve delinquent debts primarily caused by her periods of unemployment. Applicant failed to mitigate the financial trustworthiness concerns alleged in the SOR. CASE NO: 15-01652.h1


Financial; Personal Conduct

04/28/2017

Applicant is a 53-year-old employee of a defense contractor. He has a history of financial delinquencies, including filing for bankruptcy protection five times since 1999. He falsified his April 14, 2014 Electronic Questionnaire for Investigations Processing (e-QIP). Applicant has not mitigated the Financial Considerations security concerns because he failed to show he acted responsibly with respect to his outstanding debts. He did not mitigate the Personal Conduct security concerns created by his intentional omission of his outstanding judgments from his e-QIP. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 15-01652.h1


Drugs; Criminal Conduct; Personal Conduct; Financial

04/28/2017

Applicant is a justice-involved individual whose history of criminal conduct took place over a multi-year period. Included in that history are various incidents that led to criminal charges, arrests, convictions, and dismissals, for a variety of actions. He was jailed, fined, placed on probation, required to attend education programs, and he lost his driving privileges for one year. He repeatedly used cocaine even after he had been granted a security clearance. He does not pay his bills. The combination of Applicant's actions and explanations cast doubt on Applicant's reliability, trustworthiness, and good judgment. Eligibility is denied. CASE NO: 15-00536.h1


Financial; Personal Conduct

04/28/2017

Applicant has 28 unresolved debts totaling $18,670. She provided no evidence of any effort to resolve her debts since acquiring full-time employment in July 2010. She also falsified her May 2013 security clearance application by deliberately failing to list any of her delinquent accounts. Eligibility for a public trust position is denied. CASE NO: 14-06959.h1


Foreign Influence

04/28/2017

Applicant was born in the People's Republic of China (China). In 2002, when he was 23 years old, he entered the United States. He became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 2006. He married a Chinese citizen in 2009, and she became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 2014. His wife has frequent contact with her immediate relatives, who are citizens and residents of China. Applicant has an uncle who worked as a liaison at the Chinese embassy in the United States. Foreign influence security concerns are not mitigated. Access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 14-06714.h1


Financial; Foreign Influence

04/28/2017

Applicant is a 51-year-old employee of a defense contractor. He has a history of financial delinquencies, including delinquent debts owed to eight creditors in the approximate amount of $37,847, alleged on the SOR. While Applicant has either resolved or is making payments on five of his debts, he failed to establish that three others are being addressed. Applicant has not mitigated the Financial Considerations security concerns because he has failed to show he acted responsibly with respect to these outstanding debts. He mitigated the Foreign Influence security concerns created by his mother, two sisters, and three brothers, who are all citizens and residents of Vietnam. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 12-00038.h1


Financial

04/27/2017

Applicant has mitigated the security concerns raised by his delinquent student loans. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 16-02653.h1


Foreign Influence

04/27/2017

Applicant's ties to her family members and limited assets in Taiwan raised security concerns. On balance, Applicant was able to demonstrate that her family ties and assets in the United States outweigh any foreign influence concerns. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 16-00138.h1


Foreign Influence; Foreign Preference

04/27/2017

Applicant was born in Afghanistan. He became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 2014. His Afghan passport was surrendered to his employer in 2015, and expired in 2016. His wife is a permanent U.S. resident, and two children are U.S. citizens. However, he retains significant connections to many family members who are still residents and citizens of Afghanistan. Applicant failed to mitigate resulting security concerns. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 15-08476.h1


Financial

04/27/2017

Applicant has delinquent debts that remain unpaid or unresolved. Applicant failed to mitigate the trustworthiness concerns under Guideline F, financial considerations. Eligibility for access to sensitive information is denied. CASE NO: 15-07782.h1


Foreign Influence

04/27/2017

Applicant failed to mitigate the foreign influence security concerns related to his connections to Pakistan. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 15-07728.h1


Financial

04/27/2017

Applicant has not mitigated the security concerns under the financial considerations guideline. He has not provided sufficient documentation that he has the ability to resolve his debts. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-07578.h1


Drugs

04/27/2017

Applicant smoked marijuana with varying frequency from May 2001 to June 2006. His use diminished after college to less than twice a year. He has not used any marijuana since January 2015 and does not intend to use any illegal drug in the future. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 15-07454.h1


Financial

04/27/2017

Applicant did not present sufficient evidence to explain, extenuate, or mitigate the security concern stemming from his history of financial problems, which includes more than $50,000 in back taxes, interest, and penalties owed to the IRS. Eligibility denied. CASE NO: 15-07443.h1


Drugs; Personal Conduct

04/27/2017

Applicant tested positive for cocaine in September 2014 after using the drug while he possessed a Department of Defense secret clearance. In November 2011, he pleaded guilty to misdemeanor sexual assault of a minor in July 2009. He served 18 months of probation for the offense. His drug abuse is mitigated by the passage of time without recurrence, but concerns persist about his personal conduct. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-07433.h1


Personal Conduct

04/27/2017

Applicant has not mitigated the Guideline E trustworthiness concerns established by her husband's ongoing status as an undocumented, unregistered immigrant residing in the United States without legal permission. She has not shown that it is clearly consistent with the interests of national security that she be granted eligibility for access to sensitive information. Eligibility for access to sensitive information is denied. CASE NO: 15-06854.h1


Financial; Drugs; Alcohol; Personal Conduct

04/27/2017

Applicant did not make sufficient progress filing his state and federal tax returns and paying his taxes. His violations of rules, excessive alcohol consumption, and marijuana possession and use are not recent. Drug involvement, personal conduct, and alcohol consumption trustworthiness concerns are mitigated. Financial considerations trustworthiness concerns are not mitigated. Eligibility for a public trust position is denied. CASE NO: 15-06685.h1


Financial

04/27/2017

Applicant has mitigated the security significance of his past-due indebtedness, and failure to file several tax returns in a timely fashion. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 15-06615.h1


Alcohol consumption, criminal conduct

04/27/2017

Applicant mitigated the criminal conduct considerations and alcohol consumption security concerns. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 15-05851.h1


Foreign Influence

04/27/2017

Applicant failed to mitigate the security concerns about his family and financial connections to the People's Republic of China under Guideline B, foreign influence. Applicant's eligibility for a security clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-05308.h1


Financial

04/27/2017

Applicant did not present sufficient evidence to mitigate security concerns raised by his financial situation. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-02544.h1


Guideline B

04/27/2017

Applicant argues that the Judge did not consider all of the evidence. These arguments, however, are neither enough to rebut the presumption that the Judge considered all of the record evidence nor sufficient to show that the Judge weighed the evidence in a manner that was arbitrary, capricious, or contrary to law. CASE NO: 15-01979.a1


Financial

04/27/2017

Applicant failed to file his 2007 through 2012 Federal income tax returns as required. Resulting security concerns were not mitigated. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 15-01723.h1


Financial; Personal Conduct

04/27/2017

Applicant did not mitigate the security concerns stemming from his financial problems and falsification. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 15-00441.h1


Financial

04/27/2017