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2019 Industrial Security Clearance Decisions

 

These 403 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

04/03/2019

Applicant started addressing his financial problems before the Statement of Reasons was issued. His current finances are in order. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 18-02064.h1


Personal Conduct

04/03/2019

Applicant failed to mitigate the personal conduct considerations security concerns. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 17-01859.h1


Financial

04/02/2019

Applicant did not mitigate the financial considerations trustworthiness concerns. Eligibility for access to sensitive information is denied. CASE NO: 18-02787.h1


Financial

04/02/2019

Applicant failed to mitigate the security concerns raised by his $66,000 delinquent debt, none of which had been addressed. Clearance denied. CASE NO: 18-01978.h1


Foreign Influence

04/02/2019

Applicant worked under dangerous conditions as a linguist for the U.S. military in Iraq. He mitigated security concerns raised by his family members who are citizens and residents of Iraq. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 18-01498.h1


Financial; Personal Conduct

04/02/2019

Applicant has accumulated over $51,000 in student loan and medical debt since 2010. His evidence of mitigation is insufficient to remove the lingering security concerns raised by the guidelines for financial considerations and personal conduct. Eligibility for security clearance access is denied. CASE NO: 17-04063.h1


Financial

04/02/2019

After a hearing and in a Decision dated September 26, 2018, I found in favor of Applicant and granted him access to classified information (Decision). The Government appealed that Decision, and based upon the Appeal Board’s December 18, 2018 Decision and on remand, I find against Applicant. CASE NO: 17-03462.h2


Criminal Conduct; Personal Conduct

04/02/2019

Applicant contests the Department of Defense’s intent to deny his eligibility for a security clearance to work in the defense industry. Applicant pled guilty to a misdemeanor offense of pointing a weapon at others. He has mitigated the criminal conduct and personal conduct security concerns from this single event. Applicant’s eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 17-00191.h1


Personal Conduct, Financial

04/01/2019

Applicant failed to mitigate the security concerns under Guideline E, personal conduct, and Guideline F, financial considerations. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 18-00648.h1


Alcohol Consumption

03/29/2019

Applicant was involved in four alcohol-related incidents between 1984 and 1994 and was referred to alcohol evaluation and treatment following a severe fall in 2016. Evaluations by licensed mental health providers confirmed that Applicant suffered from alcohol use disorder. His evaluators, in turn, recommended abstinence, which Applicant has not accepted to date. Alcohol consumption concerns are not mitigated. Eligibility to hold a security clearance is denied. CASE NO: 18-02745.h1


Drug Involvement and Substance Misuse

03/29/2019

Applicant admittedly purchased, possessed and used (or misused) cannabis marijuana; opioids, including Oxycodone and codeine cough syrup; hallucinogens, including LSD and psilocybin mushrooms; stimulants, including cocaine, Adderall®, MDMA, Xanax; and Klonopin. Before he left substance abuse treatment for a drug overdose, against medical advice and without prescribed medication, he was diagnosed with Opioid Use Disorder – Severe. Applicant’s actions under the circumstances continue to cast doubt on his current reliability, trustworthiness, and good judgment. His eligibility for a security clearance is denied. CASE NO: 18-02397.h1


Financial

03/29/2019

Applicant accumulated 39 delinquent debts over a number of years, attributable in part to hospitalization of her son and unemployment of herself and her husband, that she has been unable to address with her available income. Financial concerns are not mitigated. Eligibility to hold a security clearance is denied. CASE NO: 18-02341.h1


Alcohol consumption; Criminal Conduct

03/29/2019

Applicant was arrested and charged with two alcohol-related incidents between 2011 and 2016. Since his last incident, he seldom drinks and has a strong family network to ensure he avoids any alcohol-related incidents in the future. Alcohol consumption and criminal conduct concerns are mitigated. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 18-02322.h1


Financial

03/29/2019

Applicant did not mitigate the security concerns under Guideline F, financial considerations. Eligibility is denied. CASE NO: 18-02302.h1


Financial

03/29/2019

Applicant let his finances and taxes languish while he and his wife cared for their daughter, who has had significant medical problems since birth. All returns are now filed, and he is in compliance with an installment agreement with the IRS to pay the remaining back taxes. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 18-02119.h1


Drugs

03/29/2019

Applicant used marijuana from approximately July 2000 to at least February 2018. He denies any intention to use marijuana in the future, although as recently as December 2017, he was unable to commit to abstention. More time is needed for Applicant to establish that his drug involvement and substance misuse will not reoccur. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 18-01697.h1


Financial

03/29/2019

Applicant’s financial difficulties are due to circumstances largely beyond her control (e.g., serious health problems, a separation eventually resulting in a divorce, unemployment, and underemployment). She has acted responsibly under quite trying circumstances and will address the unresolved delinquent debts as her financial situation continues to stabilize. Eligibility granted. CASE NO: 18-01641.h1


Financial

03/29/2019

Applicant has mitigated the financial considerations security concerns in this case. She had several circumstances that were beyond her control. She has addressed and is resolving the delinquent accounts. Eligibility for a security clearance is granted. CASE NO: 18-01219.h1


Drugs; Personal Conduct

03/29/2019

Applicant failed to mitigate the concerns posed by his history of marijuana use and his falsification of his security clearance application. Eligibility to continue working in a public trust position is denied. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 18-00188.h1


Foreign Influence

03/29/2019

Applicant, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Pakistan, failed to mitigate the security concerns raised by his relationship with his parents and his younger brother all of whom are dual citizens of the United States and Pakistan, and his brother resides in that country. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 17-04194.h1


Drugs; Personal Conduct

03/29/2019

Applicant did not mitigate security concerns raised under drug involvement and personal conduct. While she made great progress dealing with her past history of drug dependence, security concerns remain because she illegally used marijuana on two occasions after being granted an interim security clearance. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 17-03777.h1


Foreign Influence

03/29/2019

This case involves security concerns raised under Guideline B (Foreign Influence). Applicant has family members who are citizens and residents of Pakistan. Applicant has mitigated foreign influence security concerns. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 17-03656.h1


Personal Conduct; Financial

03/29/2019

Applicant has paid or is paying his delinquent student loans and they are current. However his misconduct in the military, resulting in a bad conduct discharge; his numerous lies concerning his contact with a female foreign national from Taiwan; and his deliberate falsification on his security clearance application regarding his finances, have not been mitigated by sufficient evidence in mitigation. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 17-02520.h1


Financial

03/29/2019

Applicant accumulated delinquent consumer debts during recurrent periods of unemployment and underemployment while a full-time student with highly leveraged real estate investments that she could not manage responsibly with her educational commitments and limited income. Financial concerns are not mitigated. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 18-00442.h1


Sexual Behavior; Personal Conduct

03/29/2019

Applicant was investigated after his credit card was linked to known websites linked to child pornography. During searches, classified documentation and images of child pornography were identified. Applicant was reprimanded by the U.S. military for both types of violations. Applicant offered multiple reasons as to how the military’s determinations were incorrect, but offered little documentary evidence persuasively mitigating the security concerns at issue here. Applicant failed to mitigate sexual behavior and personal conduct security concerns. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 17-01680.h1


Personal Conduct

03/28/2019

Applicant intentionally provided false information about the extent of his illegal drug use on Questionnaires for National Security Positions submitted in 2009, 2014, and 2015. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 18-00864.h1


Financial; Personal Conduct

03/28/2019

Applicant did not mitigate the financial considerations or personal conduct security concerns. Applicant’s eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 18-00562.h1


Foreign Influence

03/28/2019

Applicant’s 70-year-old father moved back to his native Philippines to care for his parents, then decided to spend most of the year there in retirement. He inherited his parents’ home, bought a condominium, and purchased a second unit for when he was ready to downsize. He asked Applicant to exercise his dual citizenship status so he could be named as a co-owner in order to facilitate inheritance when his father passed. He also put his name on some bank accounts the father maintained in the Philippines. Applicant has no interest in the properties and is prepared to sell them on distribution. He has considerably more financial holdings in the United States, plus a family that is highly active within their community and church. I find that Foreign Influence security concerns are mitigated. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 17-04141.h1


Alcohol, Criminal Conduct, Personal Conduct

03/28/2019

Applicant was cited for driving while intoxicated while in the military in 2004. He was cited for drinking and driving in 2016. He now comports his behavior appropriately and will not drive if he has been drinking. While disciplining an ill-behaved stepson, Applicant got into a wrestling match with him. He was charged with simple assault. Not wishing to escalate friction within the house, Applicant pled guilty. He has since received counseling and has less contact with the teen due to Applicant’s separation from his wife. Much of Applicant’s troubles came from idleness. He is now busy getting to know his long-lost parents and siblings. I find Applicant mitigated alcohol consumption, criminal conduct, and personal conduct security concerns. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 17-03651.h1


Finances

03/28/2019

Applicant acquired about $10,000 in delinquent debt due to his expenses exceeding his income. Due to procrastination and a lack of understanding of avenues open to him, many debts became delinquent. He has paid about $1,400 of over $10,000 in debts. His documentary evidence regarding efforts to address other debts was deficient. In light of the facts available in this case, I find Applicant failed to mitigate financial considerations security concerns. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 17-03643.h1


Drug Involvement

03/27/2019

Applicant mitigated the security concerns raised by his use of marijuana four times between October 2016 and January 2018 by demonstrating the infrequency of his use, and by executing the statement of intent contemplated by the Directive. Clearance granted. CASE NO: 18-02202.h1


Psychological Conditions

03/27/2019

Applicant was evaluated by a duly-qualified clinical psychologist in February 2018 and found to have a poor prognosis for her mental-health stability because of her chronic borderline personality disorder and minimization of her need for ongoing psychotherapy treatment. She exhibited adequate judgment and insight during a brief assessment for medication management with her treating psychiatrist in January 2019, but it was not established that her condition no longer presents a security risk. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 18-01755.h1


Foreign Influence; Outside Activities

03/27/2019

Applicant worked for a foreign company based in Saudi Arabia who was aligned with a member of the Royal Family for a number of years and is exposed to potential conflicts of interest because his Saudi business relationships. Applicant's demonstrated loyalties and dedicated commitments to protecting U.S. security interests outweigh any potential conflicts he could confront while holding a security clearance. Foreign influence and outside activities concerns are mitigated. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 18-00266.h1


Financial

03/27/2019

Applicant incurred delinquent debt during a prolonged separation from his ex-wife, and a period of unemployment after he separated from the military. Since returning to work in June 2017, Applicant has resolved $12,000 in delinquent accounts, establishing a record of debt repayment. Applicant’s access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 17-04051.h1


Financial

03/27/2019

Applicant failed to mitigate the financial considerations security concerns. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 17-03962.h1


Financial

03/27/2019

Applicant failed to mitigate the security concerns raised by her unwillingness to repay a debt to a former employer incurred under unfavorable circumstances. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 17-03912.h1


Foreign Influence

03/27/2019

Applicant left Tunisia to start a new life in the United States in 1999. Since then, he has earned a master’s degree, married, started a family, and become a part of his community. He purposefully cut off contact with his siblings in Tunisia in order to minimize security concerns, but still has occasional telephonic contact with his aged mother who has on-going cancer issues. He considers the U.S. to be his home, and his wife and child here to be his immediate family. I find that he can be expected to resolve any conflict of interest in favor of the United States. Foreign Influence security concerns are mitigated. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 17-03257.h1


Financial

03/27/2019

Applicant mitigated the security concerns stemming from his delinquent state taxes, his failure to timely file state and federal tax returns, and his delinquent debts. Eligibility granted. CASE NO: 17-01536.h1


Psychological Conditions

03/26/2019

Applicant’s mental health problems have been ongoing for several years, and a recent evaluation indicated that without treatment, her prognosis is poor. She has not seen a mental health practitioner nor taken prescribed medications since late 2008. Applicant has not mitigated the psychological conditions security concerns. National trustworthiness eligibility is denied. CASE NO: 18-02097.h1


Drugs, Personal Conduct

03/26/2019

Applicant failed to mitigate the drug involvement and substance misuse, and personal conduct security concerns, related to his use of marijuana while holding a security clearance, and his failure to disclose it on his security clearance application. Based on the pleadings and exhibits, national security eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 18-01815.h1


Foreign Influence

03/25/2019

Applicant’s relationship with his foreign family members who are citizens and residents of Iraq, including his mother, father, five brothers, and a sister, pose a significant security risk to the U.S. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 18-02207.h1


Financial

03/25/2019

Applicant’s excessive indebtedness has been resolved, and/or is currently being paid according to the stipulations of the creditor. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 18-01816.h1


Personal Conduct

03/25/2019

Applicant falsified his security application and ensuing personal subject interview by omitting his termination for cause by his prior employer, and by understating the extent of his marijuana use. Applicant failed to make prompt, good-faith corrections of his omissions and understatements when afforded opportunities to do so in his ensuing personal subject interview. Personal conduct concerns are not mitigated. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 18-01630.h1


Financial

03/25/2019

Applicant’s excessive indebtedness has been resolved, and/or is currently being paid according to the creditors’ stipulations. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 18-00095.h1


Finances

03/25/2019

Applicant has made notable headway in addressing numerous delinquent debts and liens over the past few years. With over $40,000 in delinquent debt yet unaddressed, however, Applicant failed to describe any coherent or consistent strategy for addressing the balance. Moreover, the IRS deemed her presently incapable making repayments on her Federal tax liens. As such, Applicant failed to mitigate financial considerations security concerns. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 18-00025.h1


Drugs, Financial, Personal Conduct

03/25/2019

Applicant mitigated the potential security concerns raised by his 2012 one-time illegal drug use, his 2014 positive drug test, and his failure to timely file and pay his 2010 state taxes. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 17-02653.h1


Financial

03/22/2019

Applicant did not mitigate the financial considerations security concern. He provided no evidence that he has resolved or settled any of his delinquent debts. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 18-02476.h1


Foreign Influence

03/22/2019

Applicant mitigated the foreign influence security concerns under Guideline B. Eligibility is granted. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 18-02151.h1


Drugs, Criminal Conduct

03/22/2019

Applicant mitigated the security concerns raised by his past drug abuse and related criminal activities. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 18-02091.h1


Drugs; Personal Conduct

03/22/2019

Applicant demonstrated exceedingly poor judgment by using marijuana while holding a security clearance; however, he is unlikely to repeat his past misconduct. Additionally, the information he presented about his current judgment, reliability, and trustworthiness was sufficient to mitigate the security concerns about his personal conduct. His request for a security clearance is granted. CASE NO: 18-01483.h1


Foreign Influence

03/22/2019

An Iranian citizen by birth and a U.S. citizen since 2008, Applicant met his burden to present sufficient evidence to rebut, explain, extenuate, or mitigate the security concern for foreign influence due to his minimal ties to Iran. Eligibility granted. CASE NO: 17-01872.h1


Psychological Conditions

03/22/2019

Applicant has been diagnosed on multiple occasions with Bi-Polar Disorder with guarded prognoses dependent on his compliance with his prescribed medication regimens. Over the course of the past ten years, he has been inconsistent with staying on his medications, and at this time, safe predictive assessments cannot be made about his prospects for avoiding recurrent Bi-Polar symptoms that can adversely affect his judgment, reliability, and trustworthiness. Psychological conditions concerns are not mitigated. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 12-02471.h1


Finances

03/21/2019

Applicant has been working abroad on government contracts for many years. Between 2013 and 2016, debts mounted up and went unpaid, mostly due to the lack of oversight by family members here in the United States. By 2017, Applicant took over full management and responsibility for these debts and rectified problems with her state taxes, representing a minority of the debts at issue. However, there is scant documentary evidence showing successful implementation of efforts to address the remaining credit and medical debts at issue. Financial considerations security concerns remain unmitigated. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 17-02159.h1


Foreign Influence and Foreign Preference

03/20/2019

Applicant mitigated the foreign influence and foreign preference security concerns alleged in the Statement of Reasons. Eligibility is granted. CASE NO: 18-02121.h1


Financial

03/20/2019

Applicant’s financial problems resulted from her divorce from an abusive ex-husband. She is addressing those problems through a Chapter 13 bankruptcy case. Eligibility for access to sensitive information is granted. CASE NO: 18-02069.h1


Foreign Influence; Financial

03/20/2019

Applicant has not mitigated the security concerns raised by his family connections to Lebanon and his delinquent debts. CASE NO: 18-01818.h1


Financial; Foreign Influence

03/20/2019

Applicant used student loans to finance his college degree. He also has some delinquent consumer debt. Applicant presented sufficient information to establish that the student loans are being paid under a payment plan, and the consumer debts are either paid or the creditors cannot be identified. Financial security concerns are mitigated. Applicant presented sufficient information to mitigate foreign influence security concerns based on his wife and stepson who are citizens of the Philippines, and his wife’s parents who are citizens and residents of the Philippines. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 17-04262.h1


Financial

03/20/2019

Applicant failed to timely file her federal and state income tax returns for tax years 2012 through 2015. Her recent income tax return filings are insufficient to establish a track record of financial responsibility. She failed to demonstrate good judgment, reliability, and willingness to comply with the law. The financial considerations security concerns are not mitigated. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 17-03500.h1


Financial

03/19/2019

Applicant has addressed all of his past-due indebtedness, and state sales tax liens. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 18-02388.h1


Alcohol

03/19/2019

Applicant has only seven months of sobriety after more than a decade of abuse, two alcohol abuse diagnoses, and continued drinking despite professional advice to abstain. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 18-01759.h1


Foreign Influence

03/19/2019

Applicant mitigated the security concerns under the foreign influence guideline. Eligibility for a security clearance is granted. CASE NO: 18-01363.h1


Financial

03/19/2019

Applicant did not mitigate the financial considerations security concerns related to unpaid delinquent debts. Based on a review of the pleadings and exhibits, national security eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 18-01360.h1


Financial

03/19/2019

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: 17-02567.h1


Financial

03/19/2019

Due to circumstances largely beyond his control, Applicant incurred significant delinquent debt which had a severe impact on his overall ability to maintain his finances, and resulted in several arrests for issuing worthless checks. However, Applicant did not intentionally issue worthless checks and repaid the amounts owed, and otherwise mitigated the financial concern by acting responsibly under the circumstances. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 17-01783.h1


Drugs, Personal Conduct

03/18/2019

Applicant failed to mitigate the security concerns under Guideline H, drug involvement and substance misuse, and Guideline E, personal conduct. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 18-02062.h1


Alcohol

03/18/2019

Applicant has a history of consuming alcohol to excess, which has resulted in the poor exercise of judgment and three alcohol-related criminal incidents. Concerns about his alcohol consumption and alcohol-related arrests were not mitigated. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 18-01886.h1


Financial

03/18/2019

Applicant presented sufficient information to mitigate the security concerns about her unpaid taxes and other financial problems. Her request for continued security clearance eligibility is granted. CASE NO: 18-01528.h1


Financial

03/18/2019

Applicant failed to mitigate the security concerns under Guideline F, financial considerations. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 18-00614.h1


Financial

03/18/2019

Applicant did not provide sufficient evidence to mitigate her history of financial problems and delinquent debts. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 18-00324.h1


Drug Involvement and Substance Misuse

03/18/2019

Applicant mitigated the security concerns under Guideline H, drug abuse and substance misuse. Applicant’s eligibility for a security clearance granted. CASE NO: 18-00393.h1


Drug Involvement and Substance Misuse, Alcohol Consumption, Personal Conduct

03/18/2019

Applicant admittedly purchased, possessed and used marijuana, both before and after he was granted a security clearance; he possessed Adderall® and Suboxone without a prescription; he ignored his responsibilities regarding drugs and alcohol under a collective bargaining agreement and was terminated from employment after he tested positive for marijuana during two random urinalyses and breathalyzer tests conducted by his employer; he was arrested and charged with of possession drugs, including marijuana, Adderall® and Suboxone; possession of paraphernalia; and open container. He initially lied about the true extent of his substance abuse because he feared losing his job or his security clearance, but he told an investigator that he did not plan on stopping his usage of marijuana. Applicant did not alter his declared intent until after he received the SOR. He consumes alcohol to the point of intoxication approximately three times per year, and he consumed beer before going to work on various occasions. Applicant’s actions under the circumstances continue to cast doubt on his current reliability, trustworthiness, and good judgment. His eligibility for a security clearance is denied. CASE NO: 17-04304.h1


Financial

03/15/2019

Applicant did not mitigate the security concerns alleged in the SOR including failure to pay federal income taxes. Applicant’s eligibility for a security clearance is denied. CASE NO: 18-02248.h1


Financial Considerations and Foreign Influence

03/15/2019

Applicant mitigated the financial considerations and foreign influence security concerns. Access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 18-01873.h1


Financial

03/15/2019

Applicant has not mitigated the security concerns raised by his delinquent debts. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 18-01837.h1


Financial

03/15/2019

Applicant filed multiple Chapter 13 bankruptcy petitions over a 20-year period (two discharged, one dismissed, and another pending), in addition to accumulating recent debt delinquencies that have not been resolved. Financial concerns are not mitigated. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 18-01692.h1


Finances, Personal Conduct

03/15/2019

Applicant has acquired nearly $34,000 in delinquent debts, over half of which is for student loans. No documentary evidence was offered showing any progress on these debts, but Applicant testified that he hoped to refinance his home in order to satisfy these accounts. No evidence of this effort was provided. Applicant also testified that he intentionally provided a false answer on his security clearance application concerning his finances. In light of the above, financial considerations and personal conduct security concerns remain unmitigated. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 18-01232.h1


Alcohol; Criminal Conduct

03/15/2019

In college, Applicant was arrested for charges related to marijuana and drinking while driving. His marijuana use ended during that timeframe. He was cited for driving under the influence (DUI), however, while battling depression related to the recent deaths of both his infant child and his mother in 2010. On his own volition, he sought treatment and attended Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), but found the program and his AA site lacking. After cautiously spending the night at a friend’s after consuming alcohol in 2016, Applicant misjudged his condition and drove home while still under the influence. Taking full responsibility for his poor assessment, Applicant aggressively found superior treatment, both in- and out-patient, and found AA sites where he could best benefit from its tenets. He has transitioned from monitored imbibing to sobriety, continues to attend AA three or more times a week, has flourished at work, become a true family man, and is awaiting the birth of another child. I find Applicant mitigated alcohol consumption and criminal conduct security concerns. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 18-01129.h1


Financial

03/15/2019

Applicant demonstrated that circumstances beyond her control contributed to or aggravated her financial problems. She should have been more diligent addressing her delinquent accounts. Notwithstanding, she recently paid off six of her delinquent accounts and filed for bankruptcy protection to resolve the remaining debts. Her financial problems are being resolved and are under control. Clearance granted. CASE NO: 18-01111.h1


Financial

03/15/2019

Applicant failed to file annual state and federal income tax returns on time, as required, from tax years 2011-2016. He also has ongoing federal income tax debt. He did not mitigate the resulting financial security concerns. Applicant’s eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 18-00672.h1


Drugs

03/15/2019

Applicant illegally possessed and used marijuana between 2002 and February 2017. He used marijuana after submitting an application for a position of trust in 2013, serving in positions of trust in 2013 and 2015, participating in a drug screening test while in-processing for a position of trust in 2015, and after he was warned by a relative about the possible consequences of his illegal marijuana use. The passage of time so far is insufficient to demonstrate his reliability, trustworthiness, ability to comply with the law, rules and regulations, and his ability to protect classified information. Drug involvement and substance misuse security concerns are not mitigated. Clearance denied. CASE NO: 17-03746.h1


Finances

03/15/2019

Applicant acquired almost $90,000 in delinquent debt when her husband, who has experienced periods of unemployment from his jobs earning between $40,000-$55,000, ceased contributing to the family coffers. As a result, Applicant was forced to manage the household solely on her income of about $135,000. She admits she waited too long to seek bankruptcy protection, but did so the month before the hearing. Lack of evidence of progress of payments toward the incorporated debt, however, undermines her efforts to show a meaningful track record toward debt repayment. Applicant failed to mitigate financial considerations security concerns. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 17-03548.h1


Finances, Personal Conduct

03/15/2019

Applicant had significant student loans that were in default, rehabilitation, consolidation, and now in timely repayment. Six instances of alleged falsifications concerning his departure from one job, college graduate dates, course of study enrollments, and falsified academic documents were reviewed. While two of those falsifications could have been the result of confusion, the rest seems to have been designed to conceal facts less favorable to Applicant. In light of the above, financial considerations security concerns are mitigated, but personal conduct security concerns remain unmitigated. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 17-00726.h1


Drugs

03/14/2019

Applicant has not mitigated the security concerns raised by his marijuana use. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 18-02250.h1


Financial; Personal Concuct

03/14/2019

Applicant failed to mitigate the security concerns raised by his falsification of his clearance application, and the over $31,000 delinquent debts he failed to disclose none of which had been resolved. Clearance denied. CASE NO: 18-02124.h1


Financial

03/14/2019

Applicant presented sufficient information to mitigate the security concerns about her financial problems and unpaid debts. Her request for continued security clearance eligibility is granted. CASE NO: 18-01765.h1


Financial

03/14/2019

Applicant has not mitigated the security concerns raised by his delinquent debts. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 18-01677.h1


Foreign Influence; Personal Conduct

03/14/2019

Applicant failed to mitigate the security concerns arising under Guideline B, foreign influence. He has numerous on-going contacts with citizens and/or residents of Afghanistan and/or Pakistan. Additionally, his extramarital affair with a foreign national created an unmitigated heightened risk for exploitation. He successfully mitigated the Guideline E, personal conduct security concern. National security eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 18-01473.h1


Financial

03/14/2019

Applicant did not mitigate the security concerns raised by his significant delinquent debts. Access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 18-01105.h1


Financial

03/14/2019

Applicant incurred delinquent debts while he was deployed to Afghanistan in 2011, because his ex-wife abused the power of attorney he gave her before he deployed. In their ensuing divorce, Applicant was assigned most of their marital debt. Applicant has repaid all but one of the debts at issue here, and his financial and personal circumstances are much improved. He is unlikely to incur such financial problems again, and the security concerns about his finances are mitigated. His request for security clearance eligibility is granted. CASE NO: 18-00836.h1


Financial

03/14/2019

Applicant mitigated the financial considerations trustworthiness concerns. Eligibility for access to sensitive information is granted. CASE NO: 18-00232.h1


Foreign Influence

03/14/2019

Applicant is a naturalized U.S citizen from Hong Kong, whose parents and extended family members are citizens and residents of Hong Kong. While Hong Kong's external affairs are controlled by the PRC, Hong Kong maintains relative independence in the management of its own internal affairs. Applicant has no financial or property interests in Hong Kong and is a fully assimilated naturalized U.S. citizen of over 15 years who was educated in the United States, has two children who are U.S. citizens by birth, and is a highly regarded engineer employed by her U.S. employer. Any risk of pressure, coercion, or influence brought to bear on Applicant or her family members in Hong Kong by PRC authorities is minimal. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 17-04208.h1


Foreign Influence

03/14/2019

Applicant failed to mitigate the security concerns arising from his continuing family and financial connections to Thailand. Based upon a review of the record as a whole, including the October 26, 2018 Appeal Board’s Remand Order, national security eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 17-03090.h2


Financial; Personal Conduct

03/14/2019

Applicant had seven delinquent accounts, totaling approximately $2,690, placed for collection, charged off, or reduced to judgments; she failed to timely file federal income tax returns for the tax years 2010 through 2015; and she has unpaid federal income tax, totaling approximately $43,237. There are also approximately one dozen delinquent debts that were not alleged in the SOR. All of those delinquent accounts, both alleged and non-alleged, and the unpaid federal income taxes remain unaddressed and delinquent. There is still no evidence that she has filed her federal income tax return for the tax year 2012. Applicant has displayed a lengthy pattern of a lack of candor. She has repeatedly denied having delinquent accounts when in fact there were some. Applicant has shown little voluntary efforts to address her delinquent debts. Her current financial situation is unknown. Applicant’s actions under the circumstances continue to cast doubt on her current reliability, trustworthiness, and good judgment. Her eligibility for a security clearance is denied. CASE NO: 17-02491.h1


Financial

03/13/2019

Applicant’s excessive indebtedness regarding two real estate mortgage accounts totaling approximately one million dollars, related to his two property holdings, has been mitigated by sufficient evidence of reform and rehabilitation. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 18-00045.h1


Sexual Behavior; Personal Conduct

03/13/2019

Applicant has mitigated the security concerns raised by his visits to massage parlors offering the services of prostitutes and shoplifting food items at highway rest stops. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 17-04312.h1


Financial

03/12/2019

Applicant mitigated financial security concerns about unfiled state and federal income tax returns and related tax debt. Applicant’s tax filing issues are in the past and he is making regular payments on his remaining tax debt. Applicant’s eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 18-01488.h1


Financial

03/12/2019

Applicant failed to mitigate the concerns raised by his delinquent debts. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 18-00797.h1


Financial

03/12/2019

Applicant mitigated the financial considerations security concerns. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 17-03922.h1


Financial; Foreign Influence

03/12/2019

Applicant has been supporting his parents; he paid his fiancée’s medical expenses; and he provides her and his minor child with support. He was unemployed for a substantial period. Applicant delayed addressing his delinquent accounts following the dismissal of his Chapter 13 bankruptcy. Before the SOR was issued, he engaged the professional services of several different organizations to clean up his financial situation by seeking settlements. He has been paying one organization $1,834 per month, and is anticipated to continue doing so until all of his delinquent debts are resolved. Several accounts have been resolved, and others are in the process of being resolved. With a monthly remainder of $3,720 available for discretionary saving or spending, there is clear evidence that his financial situation is now under control. While the foreign influence concern has been mitigated, once his fiancée’s application for a K-1 Visa to enter the United States from the Philippines is approved, the foreign influence security concern will become moot. Applicant’s actions under the circumstances no longer cast doubt on his current reliability, trustworthiness, and good judgment. His eligibility for a security clearance is granted. CASE NO: 17-03229.h1


Financial Considerations

03/11/2019

Applicant failed to timely file his Federal and state tax returns, has unpaid Federal and state income taxes, a state tax warrant, delinquent student loans, an unpaid judgment, and three collection accounts. He failed to mitigate the security concerns under Guideline F, financial considerations. Applicant’s eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 18-01099.h1


Financial

03/11/2019

Applicant failed to mitigate the security concerns under Guideline F, financial considerations. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 18-00563.h1


Financial, Personal Conduct

03/11/2019

Applicant has a history of financial problems, including a bankruptcy, unpaid Federal and state income taxes, and an automobile repossession. He did not disclose required financial information in his security clearance application. He failed to mitigate the resulting financial and personal security concerns. National security eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 18-00044.h1


Financial; Personal Conduct

03/11/2019

Applicant mitigated the financial considerations security concerns by his failure to file certain Federal income-tax returns after returning from serving as a civilian contractor in a combat zone. Personal conduct concerns were unfounded. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 17-03047.h1


Foreign Influence

03/08/2019

Applicant has worked under dangerous conditions as a linguist with the U.S. military in Afghanistan since 2014. His family ties to Afghanistan are outweighed by his relationships and loyalties in the United States. Foreign influence security concerns are mitigated. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 18-02276.h1


Financial; Personal Conduct

03/08/2019

Applicant presented evidence sufficient to mitigate the security concerns arising under Guidelines F for financial considerations and E for personal conduct. His late filing of his tax returns for tax years 2015, 2016, and 2017, were attributable to a diagnosed mental condition and he is receiving treatment for that condition. Further, he voluntarily corrected his omission of his failure to file those returns on his August 2016 security clearance application during his security clearance interview. National security eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 18-01830.h1


Foreign Influence

03/08/2019

Applicant mitigated the foreign influence security concerns under the guideline. He presented sufficient information to carry his burden. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 18-01780.h1


Financial

03/08/2019

Applicant’s evidence is insufficient to demonstrate financial responsibility, or that his financial problems are being resolved. The financial considerations security concerns are not mitigated. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 18-01662.h1


Foreign Influence

03/08/2019

Applicant is a loyal United States citizen who has been in this country for 20 years. She is close to, and maintains regular contact with, her parents, parents-in-law, and a sibling in China. Due to conflicts with government officials in the past, Applicant and her family, all Christians, appear to be known to the Chinese government. Chinese officials have expressed interest in her husband and his movements due to his nexus to the U.S. government. Applicant and family members have admitted they maintain worries and feel threatened by the Chinese government. Given these factors, I find that Foreign Influence security concerns are not mitigated. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 18-01504.h1


Financial

03/08/2019

Applicant incurred eight delinquent debts totaling $45,214. In 2016, she fell behind as a result of her driveway collapsing and sustaining a significant pay cut. Applicant sought financial counseling and has since paid or resolved all of her debts. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 18-00904.h1


Finances

03/08/2019

Applicant acquired considerable debt after her 2015 divorce she could not adequately address on her own. Of the nearly $21,000 in delinquent debt, she recently satisfied about $2,500 in debt and made the first two payments on approximately two student loans amounting to over $16,000. While she has made some notable strides, her efforts at this point are insufficient to mitigate financial considerations security concerns. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 18-00344.h1


Financial

03/08/2019

Applicant failed to mitigate the security concerns raised by his failure to timely file his Federal income tax returns for eight of the last twelve years, or to take any steps to resolve the resulting $58,00 delinquent tax debt. Clearance denied. CASE NO: 18-00284.h1


Alcohol

03/08/2019

Applicant failed to mitigate the alcohol consumption security concerns. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 18-00088.h1


Criminal Conduct; Financial; Personal Conduct

03/07/2019

Applicant has not mitigated the security concerns raised by his criminal conduct, delinquent debts, and falsification of his security clearance application. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 18-02399.h1


Financial

03/07/2019

Applicant has addressed all of his admitted past-due indebtedness. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 18-02017.h1


Financial

03/07/2019

Applicant has not addressed any of his admitted past-due indebtedness. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 18-01827.h1


Financial

03/07/2019

Applicant has addressed all of her admitted past-due indebtedness. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 18-01211.h1


Personal Conduct; Financial

03/07/2019

Applicant did not deliberately falsify the hours he worked. He was sloppy in his timekeeping practices and he has acknowledged his mistakes. He has taken corrective action, and credibly promised to properly report his work hours. He has established a strong professional reputation that weighs in his favor. He was candid and forthcoming during the clearance process. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 17-04130.h1


Financial; Personal Conduct

03/06/2019

Applicant did not mitigate the security concerns about his delinquent debts or personal conduct. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 18-02280.h1


Financial

03/06/2019

Applicant’s history of excessive indebtedness aggravated by circumstances beyond her control, has not been mitigated by a good-faith effort to resolve her debt or sufficient evidence of reform and rehabilitation. National security eligibility for a determination of trustworthiness is denied. CASE NO: 18-01868.h1


Financial

03/06/2019

Applicant failed to mitigate the security concerns under Guideline F, financial considerations. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 18-01702.h1


Financial

03/06/2019

Applicant’s past delinquent debts that total in excess of $34,000 have not been mitigated by sufficient evidence in mitigation. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 18-01589.h1


Financial

03/06/2019

Applicant did not mitigate the security concerns raised by her delinquent taxes and other debts. Access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 18-01256.h1


Foreign Influence

03/06/2019

Applicant’s foreign family members who are citizens and residents of Hong Kong, including his mother, three brothers, and two sisters, do not pose a significant security risk to the U.S. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 18-01247.h1


Handling Protected Information

03/06/2019

Applicant committed three security violations, one in 2014; one in 2016; and one in 2017, which show poor judgment, unreliability and untrustworthiness, and have not been mitigated by sufficient evidence of reform and rehabilitation. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 18-00766.h1


Drugs

03/05/2019

Applicant failed to mitigate the security concerns raised under the guideline for drug involvement and substance misuse, relating to his illegal use of marijuana and prescription drugs. Based upon a review of the pleadings and exhibits, national security eligibility is denied. CASE NO: 18-02282.h1


Financial

03/05/2019

Applicant did not provide sufficient evidence to mitigate the security concerns under Guideline F, financial considerations. Applicant continues to have significant federal student loan debts that remain delinquent and increasing. Applicant’s eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 18-01802.h1


Financial

03/05/2019

Applicant filed her delinquent income tax returns. She paid her delinquent state income taxes. She obtained a Chapter 7 bankruptcy discharge of approximately 90 percent of the outstanding balance due on her delinquent federal income taxes, and she has organized a payment plan for the remaining balance. These facts, when considered together with the cause of her income tax problems, compel me to conclude she has mitigated the trustworthiness concerns. Eligibility to continue working in a public trust position is granted. CASE NO: 17-03967.h1


Financial; Personal Conduct

03/05/2019

Applicant failed to mitigate the security concerns raised by her falsification of her clearance application, and the over $53,000 delinquent debts she failed to disclose none of which had been resolved. Clearance denied. CASE NO: 17-03876.h1


Foreign Influence

03/05/2019

Applicant has mitigated the concerns related to his family members in Afghanistan. His request for national security eligibility and access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 17-03754.h1


Financial Considerations

03/05/2019

Applicant failed to file his 2013, 2014, and 2015 Federal income tax returns and failed to file his 2015 state income tax return in a timely manner. He had two student loan obligations of approximately $27,000 and three charged-off accounts totaling approximately $750. He has filed his tax returns and received sizable refunds, paid his charged-off accounts, and is current on his student loan obligation. Applicant’s eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 17-01587.h1


Financial

03/05/2019

When Applicant completed his e-QIP, he acknowledged only two financial issues: he was evicted from an apartment for inability to pay the rent, and a delinquent credit card that his ex-wife was supposed to pay. He actually had 20 delinquent accounts that had been placed for collection, charged off, or repossessed, totaling $21,206. Nearly all of those delinquent accounts continue to be unaddressed and unresolved, despite Applicant being fully employed since February 2017. Applicant has made minimal documented efforts to resolve his delinquent debts despite promising to do so. He has not obtained financial counseling. There is no evidence of a budget, and he offered no evidence to indicate that his financial situation has improved, or that it is now under control. To the contrary, a new non-SOR delinquent debt, an education loan with an unpaid balance of $5,941, was recently added to Applicant’s portfolio of collections. Applicant’s actions under the circumstances cast doubt on his current reliability, trustworthiness, and good judgment. His eligibility for a security clearance is denied. CASE NO: 18-00426.h1


Personal Conduct; Financial Considerations

03/05/2019

Applicant mitigated the security concerns under Guideline F. Personal conduct concerns under Guideline E were not established. Eligibility is granted. CASE NO: 17-00312.h1


Financial

03/04/2019

Applicant exercised financial irresponsibility when he made a strategic decision to default on his home mortgage in 2011. Resulting security concerns were not mitigated. Based upon a review of the pleadings, and exhibits, national security eligibility is denied. CASE NO: 18-02072.h1


Financial Considerations

03/04/2019

Applicant owed unpaid federal taxes for tax year 2009, was past-due on her mortgage, and had 35 additional delinquent medical obligations. She failed to provide documentation showing her action to address her delinquent obligations. She failed to mitigate the security concerns under Guideline F, financial considerations. Applicant’s eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 18-02048.h1


Foreign Influence

03/04/2019

Applicant failed to mitigate the foreign influence concerns. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 18-01998.h1


Financial, Personal Conduct

03/04/2019

Applicant failed to mitigate the trustworthiness concerns under Guideline F, financial considerations and Guideline E, personal conduct. Eligibility for access to sensitive information is denied. CASE NO: 18-01967.h1


Financial

03/04/2019

Applicant failed to mitigate the security concerns raised by his $27,000 in delinquent debts—including delinquent education loans—none of which had been addressed. Eligibility for a public trust position denied. CASE NO: 18-01718.h1


Financial

03/04/2019

Applicant’s federal and state income tax returns were not timely filed for several years. Financial considerations security concerns are not mitigated. Access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 18-01092.h1


Financial

03/04/2019

When Applicant completed his e-QIP, he denied having any financial issues. He actually had 19 delinquent accounts that had been placed for collection, charged off, or reduced to judgment totaling $93,582. Those delinquent accounts all continue to be unaddressed and unresolved by Applicant, despite his being fully employed since November 2016, and receiving a salary increase in April 2017. Applicant has made no efforts to resolve his delinquent debts despite promising to do so. Applicant has not obtained financial counseling. There is no evidence of a budget, and he offered no evidence to indicate that his financial situation has improved, or that it is now under control. Applicant’s actions under the circumstances cast doubt on his current reliability, trustworthiness, and good judgment. His eligibility for a security clearance is denied. CASE NO: 18-00286.h1


Foreign Influence; Foreign Preference

03/04/2019

Applicant has mitigated the security concerns raised by his service in the British Army, continued connections with former comrades in arms, and financial interests in the United Kingdom. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 17-03026.h2


Personal Conduct

03/04/2019

Applicant did not mitigate the personal conduct security concerns. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 17-02413.h1


Drugs; Personal Conduct

03/01/2019

Applicant failed to mitigate his recurrent use of marijuana between 1975 and May 2017. Allegations of falsification of his security clearance application are unsubstantiated. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 18-00655.h1


Financial

02/28/2019

Applicant mitigated his history of financial problems that resulted from conditions that were beyond his control. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 18-01993.h1


Financial

02/28/2019

Applicant did not mitigate the financial considerations security concerns. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 18-01764.h1


Financial

02/28/2019

Applicant did not mitigate the financial considerations security concerns. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 18-01604.h1


Foreign Influence

02/28/2019

Applicant failed to mitigate the security concerns arising under Guideline B, foreign influence. His spouse, parents, four siblings, and in-laws are all citizens and residents of Afghanistan. He failed to show sufficient deep and longstanding ties to the United States to mitigate the security concerns raised by their presence in Afghanistan. National security eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 18-01593.h1


Financial; Personal Conduct

02/28/2019

Applicant did not mitigate the security concerns under the financial guideline. He intentionally falsified his 2017 security clearance application on five sections. He has not mitigated the concerns under the personal conduct security guideline. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 18-01514.h1


Drugs

02/28/2019

Applicant illegally used marijuana between 2005 and May 2018. He used marijuana after he submitted his security clearance application in May 2017, and after he was questioned about his illegal marijuana use during a background interview in December 2017. The passage of time so far is insufficient to demonstrate his reliability, trustworthiness, ability to comply with the law, rules and regulations, and his ability to protect classified information. Drug involvement and substance misuse security concerns are not mitigated. Clearance denied. CASE NO: 18-01496.h1


Financial

02/28/2019

Applicant’s evidence is insufficient to establish that she has been financially responsible, and that her financial problems are being resolved or are under control. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 18-01354.h1


Alcohol

02/28/2019

Applicant failed to mitigate the alcohol consumption security concerns. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 18-00314.h1


Financial

02/28/2019

Applicant provided sufficient evidence to explain and mitigate the financial problems he encountered with a residential investment property, which resulted in a past-due mortgage loan that was eventually resolved by a foreclosure sale in September 2018. Eligibility granted. CASE NO: 18-00241.h1


Foreign Influence

02/28/2019

Applicant did not mitigate the foreign influence security concerns arising from his connections to family members in Nigeria. National security eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 17-04278.h1


Financial

02/28/2019

Applicant demonstrated that circumstances beyond her control contributed to or aggravated her financial problems. She should have been more diligent addressing her delinquent accounts. Notwithstanding, she recently paid off all of her delinquent accounts (except one) and demonstrated to be living within her financial means. Her financial problems are resolved or are being resolved. Clearance granted. CASE NO: 17-04175.h1


Financial Considerations

02/28/2019

Available information is sufficient to support a fair and commonsense conclusion that the trustworthiness concerns raised by Applicant’s financial problems are mitigated. His request for eligibility to occupy a position of trust is granted. CASE NO: 17-04117.h1


Guideline B

02/28/2019

In Foreign Influence cases, the nature of the foreign government and its intelligence gathering history are important considerations. There is a rational connection between an applicant’s family ties in a country whose interests are adverse to those of the U.S. and the risk that the applicant may fail to protect classified information. In-laws represent a class of persons who are contemplated by the Directive as presenting a potential security risk. As a matter of common sense and human experience there is a rebuttable presumption that a person has ties of affection for, or obligation to, the immediate family members of the person’s spouse. China has a large, professionalized cyber-espionage community but also utilizes private citizens or organizations to target U.S. data. China has a poor human rights record and, among other things, engages in surveillance of telephone conversations, fax transmissions, emails, text messaging, and internet communications. Favorable decision reversed. CASE NO: 17-03450.a1


Financial

02/28/2019

Applicant did not timely file her federal and state income tax returns for tax years 2012 through 2015, in part, because of problems with her spouse, allocation of deductions, and lack of understanding of the tax-filing process. She is credited with filing most of her overdue tax returns and paying all of her established tax debts and other delinquent debts. However, proof of filing of all overdue tax returns is necessary to fully mitigate financial considerations security concerns. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 17-01523.h1


Financial Considerations; Foreign Influence

02/28/2019

Applicant had eight delinquent accounts that were either past due, charged off, or in collection, which totaled in excess of $54,000. Additionally, his parents and father-in-law are citizens and residents of Cameroon. He has mitigated the foreign influence security concern, but has made insufficient progress toward resolving his past-due debts. Applicant’s eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 16-04082.h1


Foreign Influence; Financial

02/27/2019

Applicant’s 2007 Chapter 7 bankruptcy discharge involved $845,202 in total liabilities. Applicant denied on his e-QIP having any delinquent accounts or charged-off accounts. In doing so he concealed his delinquent accounts. In 2017, Applicant stated that since his bankruptcy discharge, he re-established his credit, and that his financial status since the bankruptcy was stable. He added that he felt he was capable of meeting his current financial obligations. Both of those statements were inaccurate. He subsequently acknowledged that despite the bankruptcy discharge, he still owed large amounts of money to family and friends. In 2017, he reported that he had 23 different accounts totaling $117,230. Applicant did not submit any documentation, such as cancelled checks, bank statements, receipts, etc., to indicate that any monthly payments were made to any of Applicant’s creditors. Applicant’s gambling over the years, as well as his unexplained large cash transactions associated with casinos, remain a security concern, especially since he refused to provide details of those transactions. There is no evidence to conclude that his financial problems are under control. Applicant’s actions under the circumstances cast doubt on his current reliability, trustworthiness, and good judgment. His eligibility for a security clearance is denied. CASE NO: 18-01653.h1


Financial

02/27/2019

Applicant did not mitigate the financial considerations security concerns raised by a delinquent car loan and failing to file Federal and state tax returns when due. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 18-00171.h1


Financial

02/27/2019

Applicant has several delinquent debts. They were incurred several years ago, but they remain ongoing and unresolved. He did not provide sufficient evidence to mitigate the financial security concern. Applicant’s eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 17-04218.h1


Alcohol

02/27/2019

Given Applicant’s long history of alcohol abuse, his diagnosis with alcohol dependence, and his post-diagnosis relapse, it is too soon to conclude Applicant has mitigated the alcohol consumption security concern. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 17-04097.h1


Drugs

02/27/2019

Applicant has not mitigated the security concerns raised by his marijuana use. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 17-03874.h1


Alcohol Consumption

02/27/2019

Applicant has a history of alcohol abuse resulting in failed treatment, and three alcohol-related arrests. Applicant has sincerely pursued treatment, counseling, and completed a one-year ignition interlock program. He has continued to abstain from alcohol since 2016 and has changed his lifestyle. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 17-02475.h1


Alcohol Consumption, Drug Involvement and Substance Misuse, and Criminal Conduct

02/26/2019

Applicant has a history of alcohol abuse resulting in treatment, misuse of prescription medication, and recent one-time use of marijuana while holding a security clearance. She also was arrested and convicted of misdemeanor driving while intoxicated. Applicant has sincerely pursued treatment, counseling, Alcoholics Anonymous, and completed a two-year use of an ignition interlock device. She has continued to abstain from alcohol, stopped all use of marijuana, continued treatment and medications as prescribed, and has changed her lifestyle. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 18-00686.h1


Foreign Influence

02/26/2019

Applicant presented sufficient information to mitigate security concerns based on family members in South Korea. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 18-00665.h1


Alcohol

02/26/2019

Applicant drank to excess resulting in alcohol-detoxification treatment and counseling. While his security eligibility was pending, he was arrested for driving while intoxicated. Concerns about Applicant’s alcohol use and alcohol-related arrest were not mitigated. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 18-00663.h1


Financial

02/26/2019

Applicant mitigated the financial considerations security concerns. The circumstances of her indebtedness resulted from circumstances beyond her control, and she took responsible action to address those within her means, and the remaining debts were otherwise resolved. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 18-00519.h1


Handling Protected Information; Misuse of Information Technology

02/26/2019

Applicant mitigated the security concerns raised by security violations and allegations of misuse of information technology that occurred during the conduct of his information security responsibilities as the company information systems security officer. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 17-04374.h1


Drugs

02/26/2019

Applicant used marijuana a few times from 1982 until 1989, from 2009 until 2014, once in May 2014, and again once in 2017. She was granted eligibility for access to classified information in June 2014, and used marijuana knowingly and voluntarily in 2017. Applicant did not provide sufficient information to mitigate security concerns for drug involvement and substance abuse. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 17-04287.h1


Financial

02/26/2019

Applicant did not mitigate the financial considerations security concerns raised by delinquent debts and failing to file Federal and state tax returns when due. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 17-03972.h1


Financial

02/26/2019

Based on Applicant’s compliance with the Government’s request for production of tax documents, the credible explanation that he provided for the tax issues, and his tenacious efforts to resolve those issues, he has mitigated the security concerns arising from the guideline for financial considerations. Eligibility for security clearance access is granted. CASE NO: 17-03836.h1


Financial

02/26/2019

Applicant failed to mitigate the security concerns raised by his over $99,000 delinquent debts, where he failed to show the current status of his rehabilitated education loan and tax repayments, where he had repaid another seven delinquent debts only after he received the SOR, and where he had filed again for Chapter 13 bankruptcy protection on the eve of the hearing, but had not yet gotten an approved repayment plan. Clearance denied. CASE NO: 16-04112.h1


Financial

02/25/2019

Applicant mitigated the security concerns arising under Guideline F, financial considerations. He provided sufficient documentation to establish future financial problems are unlikely. National security eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 18-02381.h1


Foreign Influence

02/25/2019

Applicant failed to mitigate the security concerns under Guideline B, foreign influence. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 18-02199.h1


Financial; Foreign Influence

02/25/2019

Applicant mitigated the security concerns under Guideline B, foreign influence, but not under Guideline F, financial considerations. He has outstanding federal tax liens and other delinquent debts. Eligibility is denied. CASE NO: 18-01649.h1


Financial

02/25/2019

Applicant failed to mitigate the security concerns under Guideline F, financial considerations. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 18-01439.h1


Criminal or Dishonest Conduct; Alcohol Abuse

02/25/2019

Applicant has mitigated the CAC eligibility concerns about alcohol abuse, but he has not mitigated the eligibility concerns raised by his criminal conduct. CAC eligibility is denied. CASE NO: 18-00887.h1


Financial; Personal Conduct

02/25/2019

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: 18-00850.h1


Drugs

02/25/2019

Applicant failed to mitigate the drug involvement concerns. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 18-00771.h1


Drugs; Personal Conduct; Alcohol

02/25/2019

Applicant mitigated the alcohol consumption security concern, but failed to mitigate the security concerns based on his use of marijuana while possessing a security clearance, and his falsifications on his 2010 and 2016 security clearance applications. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 18-00446.h1


Sexual Conduct; Personal Conduct; Criminal Activity

02/25/2019

Applicant mitigated the security concerns related to his illegal, extramarital sexual activity. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 18-00387.h1


Financial

02/25/2019

Applicant did not mitigate the financial considerations security concerns. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 17-04113.h1


Personal Conduct

02/25/2019

Applicant did not mitigate the personal conduct security concerns alleged in the SOR, including numerous petty and driving offenses. Eligibility is denied. CASE NO: 17-02424.h1


Financial

02/25/2019

Applicant has not mitigated the security concerns raised by his delinquent debts and his lack of candor in his security clearance application. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 17-01075.h1


Foreign Influence

02/22/2019

Applicant’s ties to Syria are outweighed by his deep and long-standing relationships and loyalties in the United States. Foreign influence security concerns are mitigated. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 18-01833.h1


Financial; Personal Conduct

02/22/2019

Applicant’s history of financial problems and his lack of attention towards resolving his significant debt outweigh the mitigating factors in his case. Applicant’s deliberate omissions of his financial problems on his security clearance application raise further questions about his trustworthiness and reliability. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 18-01564.h1


Financial

02/22/2019

Applicant has not mitigated the security concerns under the financial guideline, as she provided no documentary evidence of resolution of her delinquent debts. Eligibility for a position of public trust is denied. CASE NO: 18-01231.h1


Financial

02/22/2019

Applicant has not mitigated the security concerns under the financial guideline, as she has not provided sufficient documentary evidence of resolution of her delinquent debts. Eligibility for a security clearance is denied. CASE NO: 18-00452.h1


Information Technology; Personal Conduct

02/22/2019

Applicant did not mitigate the use of information technology and personal conduct security concerns alleged in the SOR. Eligibility is denied. CASE NO: 17-01145.h1


Financial; Criminal Conduct

02/21/2019

Applicant has mitigated the security concerns raised by his nine-year-old criminal conduct and his delinquent debts. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 18-01587.h1


Foreign Influence, Foreign Preference

02/21/2019

Applicant, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Senegal, does not have a foreign preference for France. Even though he maintains ties to Senegal and France, he has shown that he will resolve any potential conflicts of interest in favor of the United States. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 17-01145.h1


Foreign Influence

02/19/2019

Applicant mitigated the foreign influence security concerns alleged in the SOR. Eligibility is granted. CASE NO: 18-02055.h1


Financial

02/19/2019

Applicant did not mitigate the security concerns alleged in the statement of reasons including delinquent filing of income tax returns, and tax debts. Applicant’s eligibility for a security clearance is denied. CASE NO: 18-01680.h1


Drugs; Personal Conduct

02/19/2019

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: 18-01255.h1


Financial

02/19/2019

Applicant’s evidence is insufficient to demonstrate financial responsibility, or that her financial problems are being resolved. The financial considerations security concerns are not mitigated. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 18-01240.h1


Foreign Influence

02/19/2019

Applicant failed to mitigate security concerns raised by his immediate family members in Taiwan as well as his wife’s immediate family members in Taiwan. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 18-00852.h1


Foreign Influence, Financial

02/19/2019

Applicant did not mitigate the foreign influence security concerns arising from his connections to family and friends in Afghanistan. He did not mitigate the financial considerations security concerns related to his unpaid delinquent debts. Based upon a review of the pleadings and exhibits, national security eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 18-00117.h1


Financial

02/19/2019

Applicant did not present information that shows all of the debts in the SOR have been paid or resolved. Applicant did not mitigate financial conduct security concerns because she did not present adequate evidence of a plan to address her delinquent debts. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 17-04399.h1


Financial; Personal Conduct

02/19/2019

Applicant has not mitigated the security concerns under the financial guideline, but she has mitigated the personal conduct concerns as she did not falsify her security clearance application. Eligibility for a security clearance is denied. CASE NO: 17-02594.h1


Financial

02/15/2019

Applicant has numerous delinquent debts, to include Federal taxes, which are unpaid and unresolved. There was no showing by Applicant of any effort to pay, legitimately dispute, or otherwise resolve any of the financial security concerns. He failed to mitigate financial considerations security concerns. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 18-01738.h1


Guideline G

02/15/2019

Applicant challenges the Judge’s comment that there is no strong evidence that he will remain sober for a year or two, if that long. He notes that the Judge herself found that Applicant has been sober for two years and intends to remain so, arguing that the challenged comment is arbitrary and capricious. However, evidence that Applicant has twice been diagnosed as alcohol dependent and twice has failed to maintain sobriety, along with the Judge’s finding that he currently does not have a sponsor and intends to obtain counseling sometime in the future, support her overall conclusion that Applicant has not demonstrated sufficient rehabilitation to overcome the security concerns in his case. Therefore, any error in the challenged statement is harmless, in that it did not likely affect the overall outcome of the case. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 18-00782.a1


Personal Conduct; Financial

02/15/2019

Applicant did not mitigate the personal conduct and financial considerations security concerns by his involvement in a fraudulent relationship with a foreign national and irresponsible transfer of substantial funds overseas, causing Applicant’s bankruptcy. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 18-00187.h1


Personal Conduct; Handling Protected Information; and Misuse of Information Technology

02/15/2019

Applicant did not mitigate the security concerns raised by his actions to copy protected, sensitive, and proprietary files from a company computer for his personal use, and falsifying his actions before company personnel and a Government investigator. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 17-03051.h1


Financial; Personal Conduct

02/15/2019

Applicant failed to mitigate security concerns raised by his failure to file and pay his taxes for three years, as required, and by his misconduct when he was arrested for DUI and then failed to report the arrest to his security officer, as required by his employer’s rules. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 17-02517.h1


Guideline F

02/15/2019

Applicant argues that he was not provided due process because of the length of time it has taken to process his case. His argument fails to establish that he was denied any due process rights under the Directive. He was provided adequate notice of, and opportunity to respond to, the alleged security concerns. The Appeal Board has no authority to rule on delays in conducting security investigations or in processing cases. Applicant also argues the purported delays contributed to his decision to not seek legal representation in this case. This argument has no merit. The Judge properly advised Applicant of his rights to have a lawyer or personal representative assist him at the hearing, and Applicant acknowledged he understood those rights. He knowingly waived his right to legal representation. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 17-02208.a1


Guideline F

02/15/2019

The Judge failed to address that Applicant did not file his Federal income tax return for 2009 as required. His 2009 IRS tax transcript reflects that the IRS filed a substitute tax return for him in early February 2012 and determined he owed an additional $44,731 of taxes for that tax year. Applicant changed his W-4 exemptions to “ten” for 2011. Due to that change in exemptions, Applicant testified “they weren’t taking any taxes out” of his pay. Id. He used the extra money to purchase a custom motorcycle, which was an item on his “bucket list.” When analyzing a case, a Judge must consider the evidence as a whole and not view it in an isolated or piecemeal manner that focuses only on matters favorable to one party. In this case, the Judge erred by failing to analyze significant matters that undermined his mitigation analysis. Favorable decision reversed. CASE NO: 17-00944.a1


Financial

02/14/2019

Applicant failed to resolve delinquent debts primarily caused by her serious medical problems and student loans. Applicant failed to mitigate the security concerns alleged in the SOR. CASE NO: 18-02133.h1


Financial

02/14/2019

Applicant has significant past-due indebtedness that he has yet to reasonably address. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 18-02071.h1


Financial

02/14/2019

Applicant has not mitigated the security concerns raised by his delinquent debts. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 18-01760.h1


Financial

02/14/2019

Applicant has a long history of not filing his Federal and state income tax returns in a timely fashion. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 18-00980.h1


Financial

02/14/2019

Applicant’s evidence is insufficient to demonstrate financial responsibility, or that his financial problems are being resolved. The financial considerations security concerns are not mitigated. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 18-00967.h1


Guideline E; Guideline F

02/14/2019

Applicant contends that the omission of the his tax filing deficiencies on his SCA was not deliberate. He argues that he did not remember not filing his taxes for the years in question. In this regard, we note that Applicant has not challenged any of the Judge’s findings of fact pertaining to the falsification allegation. A falsification, even in the face of an applicant’s denial of such conduct, can be established through circumstantial evidence. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 18-00428.a1


Foreign Influence

02/14/2019

Applicant mitigated the foreign influence security concerns alleged in the Statement of Reasons. Eligibility is granted. CASE NO: 18-00149.h1


Guideline E; Guideline F

02/14/2019

When evaluating the deliberate nature of an alleged falsification, a Judge should consider the applicant’s mens rea in light of the entirety of the record evidence. As a practical matter, a finding regarding an applicant’s intent or state of mind may not always be based on an applicant’s statements, but rather may rely on circumstantial evidence. Additionally, the Appeal Board gives deference to a Judge’s credibility determinations. From our review of the record, the Judge’s findings that Applicant deliberately falsified SCA responses are based on substantial evidence or constitute a reasonable inference that could be drawn from the record. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 17-03932.a1


Guideline E

02/14/2019

Applicant contends that the Judge erred in finding that the colleague sought a protective order. He argues that this finding is a misreading of a memorandum for record by the FSO, included in the record as Item 4. He contends that there is no evidence that the colleague actually sought a protective order. The pertinent language in the FSO’s memo is as follows: “I was contacted by the [sheriff’s office] and advised that the [colleague] was seeking a protective order against [Applicant] as result of [Applicant’s] expression of emotional instability and the threatening language of the online conversation.” The challenged finding is consistent with this evidence. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 17-03840.a1


Personal Conduct

02/14/2019

Applicant failed to mitigate the security concerns under Guideline E, personal conduct. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 17-03264.h1


CAC

02/14/2019

Applicant, who is 55 years old, was arrested and charged with felony first-degree assault, misdemeanor second-degree assault, and misdemeanor reckless endangerment in 2016. At that time, he was living with his girlfriend and their two-year-old child. He became angry when he thought his girlfriend hid his car keys. He climbed on top of her in bed and choked her for about ten seconds. He allegedly said, “I should kill you now.” She told police she feared he would kill her and there had been other unreported incidents of domestic violence. The charges were dismissed and expunged from his record. He provided a statement of his community involvement. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 17-01458.a2


Financial; Personal Conduct

02/14/2019

Applicant mitigated the security concerns under the personal conduct security concern guideline. She did not mitigate the financial considerations security guideline. Eligibility for a security clearance is denied. CASE NO: 17-00893.h1


Financial

02/13/2019

Applicant has a history of financial problems, including unpaid taxes, judgments, and delinquent debts. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 18-01674.h1


Personal Conduct; Financial

02/13/2019

Applicant was administratively discharged by the U.S. Army, and issued a General Discharge Under Honorable Conditions, due in part to writing checks with insufficient funds; he misused company credit cards with different employers, and he was either disciplined or terminated; he has eight delinquent accounts that had been placed for collection or charged off, totaling approximately $27,364; he was previously denied a security clearance; and he has not shown any voluntary effort to address his delinquent debts. There is no evidence to indicate that Applicant ever received financial counseling, and there is no evidence to reflect that his financial problems are under control. Applicant’s actions under the circumstances cast doubt on his current reliability, trustworthiness, and good judgment. His eligibility for a security clearance is denied. CASE NO: 18-01364.h1


Guideline F

02/13/2019

The fact that a debt no longer appears on a credit report does not establish any meaningful, independent evidence as to the disposition of the debt. Debts may fall off credit reports for various reasons, including the passage of time. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 18-01250.a1


Financial

02/13/2019

Applicant did not mitigate the security concerns arising from his delinquent debts. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 18-00834.h1


Criminal or Dishonest Conduct; Intentional False Statements

02/13/2019

Applicant engaged in misconduct at work when she stole money from a coworker’s purse. Further, after she was terminated as a result of that misconduct, she falsified her 2017 Declaration for Federal Employment. CAC eligibility is denied. CASE NO: 18-00533.h1


Alcohol

02/13/2019

Applicant mitigated the alcohol consumption security concerns. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 17-02415.h1


Financial Considerations

02/13/2019

At one time, after being unemployed for six months, Applicant was past due on student loans, past due on a home equity line of credit, and owed approximately $15,500 for two medical debts. The line of credit against his home equity was paid when his house sold and he is current on the consolidation student loan debt. Applicant’s eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 16-03163.h1


Financial Considerations; Foreign Influence

02/12/2019

Applicant’s history of excessive indebtedness, and his foreign contacts that include his fiancé, who is a citizen and resident of Iran, who he met on-line, and has physically seen three times, have not been mitigated by sufficient evidence of reform and rehabilitation. Access to sensitive information is denied. CASE NO: 18-02070.h1


Guideline F

02/12/2019

Because Applicant has not made such an allegation of error, the decision of the Judge denying Applicant a security clearance is affirmed. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 18-01182.a1


Financial

02/12/2019

Applicant presented evidence sufficient to mitigate the security concerns arising under Guideline F, Financial Considerations. His financial delinquencies were attributable to circumstances beyond his control and he is acting responsibly by making payments on his debts as he is able. National security eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 18-00952.h1


Drug Involvement and Substance Misuse

02/12/2019

Applicant’s history of illegal drug use involving cocaine, marijuana, and the use of Vyvance, without a prescription, has not been mitigated by sufficient evidence of reform and rehabilitation. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 18-00949.h1


Financial

02/12/2019

Applicant did not mitigate the security concerns arising from his delinquent student loans. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 18-00936.h1


Guideline E; Guideline F

02/12/2019

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: 18-00633.a1


Guideline F

02/12/2019

Applicant’s appeal brief raises no allegation of harmful error on the part of the Judge. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 17-01199.a1


Guideline F

02/12/2019

Applicant’s appeal brief raises no allegations of error on the part of the Judge. Rather, it contains documents that were not previously submitted to the Judge for consideration. The Appeal Board cannot consider new evidence. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 17-01008.a1


Guideline F

02/12/2019

Applicant correctly notes the Judge erred in stating Applicant pays child support for one child when he in fact paid child support for all three of his children. The Judge aptly described the circumstances that led to the child support arrearage as convoluted. The Judge ultimately found Applicant’s child support arrearage arose from conditions beyond Applicant’s control and that he had acted responsibly under the circumstances given he “had physical of custody of the three children” while paying their expenses and child support at the same time. While the Judge erred in a finding of fact about the number of children Applicant supported, the error did not affect the outcome of the case. We conclude, therefore, this identified error was harmless. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 17-00464.a1


Drugs; Personal Conduct

02/11/2019

Applicant used marijuana over a period of about four years, the last time only about two years ago. He still associates with at least one drug user. Although he has now signed a letter of intent eschewing future drug involvement, Applicant averred he might use it when he executed his SF-86. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 18-01786.h1


Drugs

02/11/2019

Applicant used marijuana over a period of about 16~17 years. His last usage was only about 18 months ago. He then told a SA that intended to use marihuana in the future, but has, only most recently, recanted that averment. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 18-01477.h1


Criminal Conduct; Personal Conduct

02/11/2019

Applicant successfully mitigated the security concerns under Guideline J, criminal conduct and Guideline E, personal conduct. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 18-01186.h1


Financial

02/11/2019

Applicant failed to mitigate the financial considerations security concerns related to his history of delinquent debts. Based upon a review of the pleadings and exhibits, national security eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 18-01121.h1


Financial

02/11/2019

Applicant has about $130,000 in past-due debt that he has yet to address. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 17-04131.h1


Financial

02/11/2019

ADP case. Applicant has mitigated the concerns related to her financial situation. Her request for national security eligibility and access to sensitive information is granted. CASE NO: 17-03773.h1


Security Violations; Information Technology; Personal Conduct

02/11/2019

Applicant had a security infraction, mishandled protected information, and falsified his employee time card in 2015. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 17-02612.h1


Financial; Foreign Influence

02/11/2019

Applicant’s Philippine relatives and property interests pose a threat to national security. He also has considerable past-due debt. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 17-00473.h1


Foreign Preference; Foreign Influence

02/11/2019

Applicant mitigated the foreign preference trustworthiness concern, but he did not mitigate the foreign influence trustworthiness concerns. Eligibility for access to sensitive information is denied. CASE NO: 16-03269.h1


Financial Considerations

02/08/2019

A fair and commonsense assessment of the record evidence as a whole shows the security concerns raised by Applicant’s failure to timely file her income tax returns are mitigated. Her request for security clearance eligibility is granted. CASE NO: 18-02132.h1


Financial

02/08/2019

Applicant’s evidence is insufficient to establish that she has been financially responsible and that her financial problems are being resolved or are under control. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 18-01134.h1


Financial; Personal Conduct

02/08/2019

Applicant mitigated concerns about his finances. He did not intentionally provide false information on a 2016 Questionnaire for National Security Positions. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 18-01044.h1


Alcohol; Criminal; and Personal Conduct

02/08/2019

Applicant failed to mitigate the criminal conduct, personal conduct, and alcohol consumption security concerns. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 18-00857.h1


Sexual Behavior; Criminal Conduct; Financial; Personal Conduct

02/08/2019

Applicant has a history of criminal behavior and other conduct of security concern. He owes about $48,000 in delinquent child support. He filed his federal and state tax returns for tax years 2016 and 2017 after he received the statement of reasons (SOR). Guidelines D (sexual behavior), J (criminal conduct), F (financial considerations), and E (personal conduct) security concerns are not mitigated. Access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 18-00685.h1


Handling Protected Information

02/08/2019

Applicant did not follow the proper procedure three times in a four month period for securing a Special Compartmented Information Facility (SCIF). Applicant presented sufficient information to establish that his actions were not deliberate but acts of negligent omission. His failure to follow proper procedures does not raise questions of judgment, reliability, candor, and willingness to comply with rules and regulations. He responded adequately to counsel with no other violations in two years. Applicant mitigated handling of protected information security concerns. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 17-03798.h1


Financial

02/08/2019

Applicant has not mitigated the security concerns raised by his delinquent debts. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 17-01988.h1


Financial

02/08/2019

Applicant did not mitigate the financial considerations security concerns. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 17-00822.h1


Financial

02/08/2019

While Applicant’s financial difficulties arose from circumstances largely beyond his control, he failed to act reasonably under the circumstances and did not mitigate the security concerns raised by his finances. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 17-00795.h1


Drugs

02/07/2019

Applicant mitigated security concerns about his illegal drug use. Applicant’s eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 18-01613.h1


Personal Conduct; Financial Considerations; Criminal Conduct

02/07/2019

Applicant’s criminal conduct involving larceny and fraud against the Government, while in the Navy, which occurred almost eleven years ago, has not been mitigated by sufficient evidence of reform and rehabilitation. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 18-01502.h1


Personal Conduct

02/07/2019

Applicant did not timely report that a document prepared by his wife to establish a debt had been resolved that he submitted during the security clearance process was false. His failure to report the false document until confronted during a polygraph examination raises questions of judgment, reliability, candor, and willingness to comply with rules and regulations. Applicant failed to mitigate personal conduct security concerns. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 17-02414.h1


Alcohol; Personal Conduct

02/07/2019

Applicant had four alcohol-related driving arrests and additional criminal behavior, and he violated policy and security rules and procedures in the workplace. He did not mitigate the concerns raised by his alcohol consumption and personal conduct. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 14-05801.h1


Criminal Conduct; Alcohol Consumption; Personal Conduct

02/06/2019

Applicant did not mitigate the criminal conduct, alcohol consumption, and personal conduct security concerns alleged in the SOR including three DUI arrests and numerous other driving offenses. CASE NO: 18-01616.h1


Financial

02/06/2019

Applicant’s response to the Government’s information mitigated the security concerns about his finances. Applicant’s request for eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 18-01533.h1


Handling Protected Information

02/06/2019

Applicant presented sufficient evidence to mitigate security concerns raised by security infractions for which she was involved. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 18-01500.h1


Financial

02/06/2019

Applicant owes approximately $14,347 in defaulted federal student-loan debt, $3,619 in child-support delinquency, $5,807 to a former landlord for past-due rent and damages, and some small collection debts. Unemployment and low income were factors in the delinquencies, but his financial situation continues to raise security concerns. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 18-01328.h1


Personal Conduct

02/06/2019

Applicant did not provide sufficient evidence to mitigate the personal conduct security concerns about her suitability to hold a security clearance, which relate to academic sanctions during college for plagiarism, various false claims in her personal life, and multiple falsifications on a security clearance application. Applicant’s eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 18-00902.h1


Financial, Foreign Influence

02/06/2019

Applicant mitigated the foreign influence security concerns, but failed to mitigate the security concerns under Guideline F, financial considerations. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 17-04338.h1


Financial

02/06/2019

Applicant did not mitigate the financial considerations security concerns raised by delinquent debts, including Federal tax delinquencies. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 17-04310.h1


Alcohol; Criminal Conduct

02/06/2019

Applicant has not mitigated the concerns related to his three alcohol-related arrests between 2003 and 2016. He is on probation until 2021 and has only been sober since June 2017. His request for national security eligibility and a security clearance is denied. CASE NO: 17-03558.h1


Financial

02/06/2019

Applicant failed to mitigate the security concerns raised by his over $20,000 delinquent education loans, which were due to his failure to fully understand the terms of the loans, and which were addressed only after he received the SOR. Clearance denied. CASE NO: 16-03093.h1


Financial

02/05/2019

Applicant failed to mitigate the security concerns arising under Guideline F, financial considerations. He failed to provide sufficient documentation to establish mitigation with respect to his consumer debts and failure to file Federal tax returns. National security eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 18-01774.h1


Financial

02/05/2019

Applicant’s failure to file his Federal income tax returns for tax years 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016, has been mitigated by sufficient evidence of reform and rehabilitation. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 18-01751.h1


Financial

02/05/2019

Applicant failed to mitigate the security concerns arising under Guideline F, financial considerations. He failed to provide sufficient documentation to establish mitigation with respect to his delinquent consumer debt and student loan. National security eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 18-01518.h1


Drugs

02/05/2019

Applicant used marijuana while holding a security clearance and after he submitted a Questionnaire for National Security Positions in which he stated that he did not intend to use marijuana in the future. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 18-00962.h1


Drug Involvement and Substance Misuse

02/05/2019

Applicant’s use of marijuana while holding a security clearance has not been mitigated by sufficient evidence of reform and rehabilitation. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 18-00650.h1


Financial

02/05/2019

Applicant essentially ignored her debts totaling $14,287 over the years, but eventually was motivated to start addressing them once she decided to apply for a new job. That motivation did not commence until she was interviewed by an investigator from the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM). Her mortgage was foreclosed, a vehicle was apparently repossessed, and several debts are still ignored. She contended that there were repayment arrangements, but failed to submit documentation to support her contentions, even after the File of Relevant Material (FORM) was sent to her. There is no evidence to indicate that Applicant ever received financial counseling. It is unclear if she has funds remaining at the end of each month for discretionary use or savings. There is no evidence to reflect that Applicant’s financial problems are under control. Applicant’s actions under the circumstances cast doubt on her current reliability, trustworthiness, and good judgment. Her eligibility to occupy a public trust position is denied. CASE NO: 17-02381.h1


Foreign Influence

02/05/2019

Applicant mitigated the security concerns under the foreign influence security concern guideline. Eligibility for a security clearance is granted. CASE NO: 17-00832.h1


Financial

02/04/2019

Applicant’s past delinquent debts that include student loans, credit card debt, medical bills and other miscellaneous debt have not been mitigated by sufficient evidence in mitigation. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 18-01661.h1


Financial

02/04/2019

Applicant had not filed his Federal and state income tax returns for tax years 2009 through 2014 as of November 2018. Tax debts and some collection debts have not been paid. Several circumstances outside of his control impacted his finances and diverted his attention, but his failure to comply with his legal tax obligations for six consecutive years casts doubt on his judgment and reliability. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 17-04272.h1


Financial

02/01/2019

Applicant did not mitigate the security concerns raised under financial considerations. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 18-01730.h1


Financial

02/01/2019

Applicant failed to provide any evidence of payments under payment plans with four of her five creditors and provided no evidence with respect to the fifth debt. Accordingly, she failed to mitigate security concerns raised by her financial problems. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 18-01606.h1


Alcohol; Criminal

02/01/2019

Applicant has a history of excessive alcohol consumption and criminal misconduct. Based upon a review of the pleadings and exhibits, eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 18-01234.h1


Financial

02/01/2019

Applicant has numerous delinquent debts that are unpaid and unresolved. There was no showing by Applicant of any effort to pay, legitimately dispute, or otherwise resolve any of the financial security concerns. He failed to mitigate financial considerations security concerns. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 18-00832.h1


Financial

02/01/2019

Applicant has not mitigated the security concerns raised by his delinquent debts. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 18-00483.h1


Drugs

02/01/2019

Applicant failed to mitigate security concerns raised by his drug involvement, Applicant has not stopped using marijuana long enough to establish a pattern of abstinence. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 18-00181.h1


Financial

02/01/2019

Applicant’s financial problems were caused by circumstances beyond her control, and she has been acting responsibly to resolve them. I conclude she has mitigated the security concern. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 17-01731.h1


Psychological Conditions; Drugs, Alcohol; Personal Conduct

02/01/2019

Applicant was evaluated by a duly-qualified clinical psychologist in September 2017 and found to be at significant risk of relapse of depressive symptoms and alcohol abuse. He continues to drink alcohol against clinical advice. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 14-05891.h1


Financial

01/31/2019

Applicant has not mitigated the security concerns raised by his delinquent debts. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 18-01836.h1


Financial

01/31/2019

Applicant failed to mitigate the financial security concerns arising from unpaid delinquent debts and taxes. National security eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 18-01358.h1


Criminal Conduct; Personal Conduct

01/31/2019

Applicant is a 35-year-old individual with a history of criminal conduct and personal conduct incidents. In 2003, he was disciplined for disrespect toward a superior petty officer. Between 2007 and 2017, Applicant established a lengthy pattern of criminality involving repeated traffic-related violations for which he was charged, convicted, and fined. He was convicted on two occasions of driving while intoxicated (DWI). His repeated failures to timely complete alcohol safety action program (ASAP) resulted in three incidents where he was required to show cause on charges of ASAP non-comply and one charge of contempt of court. His most recent violation was for operating a vehicle on a suspended license. Applicant was discharged from the U.S. Navy, and he was issued a general discharge under honorable conditions – a level lower than honorable. His operator’s license is still suspended. Applicant’s actions under the circumstances continue to cast doubt on his current reliability, trustworthiness, and good judgment. Eligibility for a security clearance is denied. CASE NO: 18-01148.h1


Financial

01/31/2019

Applicant has a history of failing to file Federal and state income tax returns and failing to pay Federal taxes. He did not mitigate the resulting financial security concerns. National security eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 18-00307.h1


Foreign Influence; Foreign Preference

01/31/2019

Applicant mitigated the foreign influence security concerns and the foreign preference concerns were not established. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 18-00148.h1


Sexual Behavior; Criminal Conduct; and Personal Conduct

01/31/2019

Applicant has not mitigated the security concerns under the above three guidelines. She was convicted in 2017 for contributing to the delinquency of a minor and indecent exposure. She falsified the relevant information to her employer and twice during investigative interviews in 2017. Eligibility for a security clearance is denied. CASE NO: 17-03916.h1


Foreign Influence

01/31/2019

Applicant mitigated the security concerns under Guideline B, foreign influence, due largely to his long service with U.S. forces overseas. Applicant’s eligibility for a security clearance is granted. CASE NO: 17-03650.h1


Foreign Influence

01/31/2019

Applicant has been married since March 2011 to a native of the Kyrgyz Republic (Kyrgyzstan) who became naturalized in the United States in June 2018. His spouse no longer owns any property in the foreign country, and her daughter, a Kyrgyz citizen, has U.S. permanent residency. However, foreign influence security concerns are not fully mitigated because of his spouse’s family ties to Kyrgyzstan, including a sibling who spent his career with the Kyrgyz government. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 16-03863.h1


Financial

01/30/2019

Applicant is a 41-year-old employee of a defense contractor, serving as a senior administrative logistics analyst since October 2015. Because of a layoff, he was unemployed from October 2012 until June 2013. Applicant had 15 delinquent accounts that had been placed for collection or charged off, totaling $173,797. In August 2015, in an apparent tactical effort to save his residence from foreclosure, Applicant filed for bankruptcy under Chapter 13. The bankruptcy trustee paid off Applicant’s state tax debt and a portion of his federal tax debt. Once the fear of foreclosure disappeared, Applicant cancelled the bankruptcy in April 2017. Since the bankruptcy was dismissed nearly two years ago, Applicant has made no efforts to resolve his remaining delinquent debts. Applicant’s actions under the circumstances continue to cast doubt on his current reliability, trustworthiness, and good judgment. Eligibility for a security clearance is denied. CASE NO: 18-01928.h1


Foreign Influence

01/30/2019

Applicant mitigated the foreign influence trustworthiness concerns raised by her family members and financial interests in India. Eligibility for access to sensitive information is granted. CASE NO: 17-02888.h1


Sexual Behavior; Personal Conduct

01/30/2019

Applicant mitigated the security concerns raised by his sexual behavior and personal conduct. Eligibility granted. CASE NO: 17-02785.h1


Financial

01/30/2019

Applicant has not mitigated the trustworthiness concerns raised by her delinquent debts. Eligibility for a public trust position is denied. CASE NO: 15-03696.h1


Financial

01/29/2019

Applicant did not mitigate the security concerns alleged in the SOR including delinquent mortgage payments and medical debts. Applicant’s eligibility for a security clearance is denied. CASE NO: 18-01715.h1


Financial

01/29/2019

Applicant failed to mitigate security concerns related to his unresolved delinquent debts. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 18-01180.h1


Financial

01/29/2019

Applicant did not mitigate the security concerns raised by his delinquent accounts. Access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 18-01142.h1


Financial Considerations; Personal Conduct

01/29/2019

Applicant has an unpaid judgment and six delinquent accounts. The obligations remain unpaid. He provided no documentation showing any efforts to address the past-due debts. He provided false answers on his Electronic Questionnaires for Investigations Processing. He 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: 18-00707.h1


Financial

01/29/2019

Applicant failed to mitigate the concerns raised by his $19,000 in unpaid federal taxes and $3,300 in delinquent consumer debt. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 17-04163.h1


Financial

01/28/2019

Applicant’s history of excessive indebtedness brought on by spending beyond his means, has not been resolved. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 18-01999.h1


Drug Involvement and Substance Misuse

01/28/2019

Applicant’s history of illegal drug usage involving marijuana, cocaine, and ecstasy, has not been mitigated by sufficient evidence of reform and rehabilitation. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 18-01946.h1


Financial Considerations; Personal Conduct

01/28/2019

Applicant’s history of excessive delinquent indebtedness, and his deliberate failure to list his numerous debts in response to questions on his security clearance application, have not been mitigated by sufficient evidence of reform or rehabilitation. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 18-01538.h1


Financial

01/28/2019

Applicant did not mitigate the security concerns raised under financial considerations. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 18-01501.h1


Financial

01/28/2019

Applicant presented sufficient information to mitigate the security concern stemming from her two delinquent student loans and four delinquent consumer debts. Eligibility granted. CASE NO: 18-01486.h1


Financial

01/28/2019

Applicant’s past delinquent debts that include Federal and state tax liens, credit card debt and miscellaneous debt have been mitigated by sufficient evidence in mitigation. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 18-01350.h1


Financial

01/28/2019

Applicant’s failure to file her Federal and state income tax returns for tax years 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, shows poor judgment, unreliability and untrustworthiness. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 18-01254.h1


Financial

01/28/2019

Applicant did not mitigate the financial considerations security concerns raised by delinquent debts, including child support, student loans, and a medical debt. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 18-00593.h1


Criminal; Alcohol Consumption

01/28/2019

Applicant’s history of alcohol abuse involving three arrests for DUI, has not been mitigated by sufficient evidence of reform and rehabilitation. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 18-00278.h1


Criminal; Personal Conduct

01/28/2019

Applicant mitigated criminal conduct security concerns. However, Applicant did not mitigate personal conduct security concerns arising from a 2014 employment termination for sexual harassment. He did not acknowledge wrongdoing, and did not provide sufficient evidence to establish that his behavior is unlikely to recur. Applicant’s eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 17-04015.h1


Alcohol; Personal Conduct

01/28/2019

Applicant mitigated the alcohol consumption and personal conduct security concerns. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 17-01762.h1


Foreign Influence

01/25/2019

Applicant mitigated the foreign influence security concerns. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 18-01821.h1


Financial

01/25/2019

Applicant did not mitigate the financial considerations security concerns. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 18-00652.h1


Misconduct or Negligence in Employment Concerns; Material, Intentional False Statement, Deception, or Fraud

01/25/2019

Misconduct or negligence in employment concerns are mitigated because Applicant’s rule violations did not pose an unacceptable risk to people, property, or information systems. Material, intentional false statement, deception, or fraud in connection with federal or contract employment concerns are not mitigated because Applicant’s intentional false statements pose an unacceptable risk to people, property, or information systems. Common access card (CAC) credentialing eligibility is denied. CASE NO: 17-04072.h2


Foreign Influence; Personal Conduct

01/25/2019

Applicant mitigated the security concerns generated by his contacts and financial interests in the Philippines. The romantic relationship that he had with a Thai woman several years ago when he was working in Estonia generates no security concern. As for security concerns under the personal conduct guideline, Applicant did not falsify his 2012 security clearance application, and his acquaintances who are Filipino natives and residents do not generate personal conduct security concerns. In sum, Applicant has mitigated all of the security concerns. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 15-01624.h1


Financial

01/24/2019

Applicant mitigated the trustworthiness concerns alleged in the SOR. Applicant’s eligibility for a position of public trust is granted. CASE NO: 18-01752.h1


Mental, Personal Conduct

01/24/2019

Applicant failed to mitigate the security concerns under Guideline I, psychological conditions and Guideline E, personal conduct. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 18-01540.h1


Financial

01/24/2019

Applicant failed to mitigate the security concerns under Guideline F, financial considerations. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 18-00987.h1


Financial

01/24/2019

Applicant failed to mitigate the security concerns under Guideline F, financial considerations. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 18-00776.h1


Financial

01/24/2019

Applicant mitigated the security concerns under Guideline F, financial considerations. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 18-00559.h1


Drugs; Personal Conduct

01/24/2019

Security concerns were raised under drug involvement and personal conduct when Applicant used marijuana in 2014 and 2016 after being granted a security clearance in 2008. He used marijuana in a state that legalized marijuana, but marijuana use remains illegal under federal statute. Security concerns were mitigated because Applicant was forthcoming about the marijuana use, stopped using marijuana more than three years ago, and signed a statement declaring his intent to not use marijuana in the future. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 18-00158.h1


Financial

01/24/2019

Applicant did not mitigate the financial considerations trustworthiness concerns including student loans. Eligibility for a public trust position is denied. CASE NO: 17-02048.h1


Financial; Foreign Influence

01/24/2019

While Applicant’s Philippine relatives do not pose a threat to national security, his considerable past-due debt does. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 17-01576.h1


Personal Conduct; Criminal Conduct; Financial

01/24/2019

Applicant is a 38-year-old individual with a history of criminal conduct and personal conduct incidents taking place starting in 2006 and continuing through 2014. In fact, although he has not been caught by the police authorities since 2014, Applicant continues to show an unwillingness to comply with laws, rules, and regulations, for he routinely ignores the law when he consistently drives a vehicle without a license, when it has been suspended or revoked, without insurance, or with an expired or switched tag. Although he has been convicted of numerous traffic-related violations and fined and assessed court fees, he has generally ignored those fines and fees to the extent that he has twice been charged with contempt of court. Judgments have been satisfied only through garnishments of his wages, not by mutually-agreed repayment plans. Although Applicant claimed to have taken certain positive actions to address his creditors and delinquent accounts, he failed to submit requested documentation to support his various claims and contentions. Applicant’s actions under the circumstances continue to cast doubt on his current reliability, trustworthiness, and good judgment. Eligibility for a security clearance is denied. CASE NO: 16-02978.h1


Financial

01/23/2019

Applicant failed to mitigate the security concerns under Guideline F, financial considerations. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 18-01341.h1


Financial Considerations

01/23/2019

Applicant owes $105,258 on six delinquent accounts. The obligations remain unpaid. He provided no documentation showing any efforts to address the debts. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 18-01151.h1


Financial

01/23/2019

Applicant failed to mitigate the security concerns under Guideline F, financial considerations. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 18-00096.h1


Drugs

01/23/2019

Applicant mitigated the drug involvement and substance misuse security concerns. National security eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 18-00041.h1


Financial

01/23/2019

Applicant mitigated the security concerns under Guideline F, financial considerations. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 17-02617.h1


Foreign Influence

01/22/2019

Based on a review of the pleadings and exhibits, I conclude that Applicant has not mitigated foreign influence concerns raised by his family in Sudan. His request for a security clearance is denied. CASE NO: 18-00336.h1


Guideline E; Guideline F

01/22/2019

Applicant has raised some due process issues. He notes that the Judge applied adjudicative guidelines that were effective as of June 8, 2017, after the date of his SOR. He argues that the Judge should have applied the guidelines in effect on the date of his SOR. However, as Department Counsel states in his Reply Brief, the DoD has implemented Security Executive Agent Directive 4, mandating that all adjudications will utilize the new guidelines. This requirement applies without regard to the date of an SOR. Applicant received notice of this along with copies of the appropriate guidelines. Applicant also contends that DOHA unduly delayed convening his hearing until after his 2017 taxes were due, thereby prompting the Judge to inquire into their status to his detriment. However, it was Applicant himself who broached his 2016 and 2017 tax filings. In any event, we find no reason to believe that if these subsequent tax years had not been considered the Judge would have arrived at a different decision. There is no reason to conclude that the timing of the hearing prejudiced Applicant’s ability to present his case for mitigation. Accordingly, we have no authority to comment on the manner in which officials have processed Applicant’s case. Applicant was not denied due process. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 17-01193.a1


Guideline F

01/18/2019

Applicant contends that the Judge erred in admitting four credit reports over his objection. He argues that the Government failed to provide evidence attesting to the authenticity of these documents. We examine a Judge’s evidentiary rulings to determine if they are consistent with the Directive and if they are arbitrary, capricious, or contrary to law. Credit reports are generally admissible as part of the Government’s case in chief. ISCR Case No. 07-08925 at 2-3 (App. Bd. Sep. 15, 2018) has an in-depth discussion of the admissibility of credit reports in DOHA proceedings. A credit report qualifies as a record compiled or created in the regular course of business and, therefore, is admissible without an authenticating witness. Directive ¶ E3.1.20. There is nothing on the face of the challenged documents to suggest that they are other than what they purport to be, and, contrary to Applicant’s arguments, their meaning can reasonably be ascertained. The Judge’s decision to admit Applicant’s credit reports was consistent with the Directive and was not arbitrary, capricious, or contrary to law. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 18-00552.a1


Financial

01/18/2019

Applicant has not mitigated the security concerns under the financial considerations guideline. He has unresolved delinquent debt and delinquent Federal tax debt. He failed to timely file Federal and state income tax returns from 2007 to 2016 until recently. He did not present sufficient information for purposes of mitigation at this time. Eligibility for a security clearance is denied. CASE NO: 17-03313.h1


Guideline F

01/18/2019

Even if debts have been resolved a Judge may still consider the underlying circumstances for what they may reveal about the applicant’s judgment and reliability. The government need not wait until an individual mishandles or fails to safeguard classified information before it can make an unfavorable security clearance decision. Even those with good prior records can encounter circumstances in which their judgment and reliability might be compromised. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 17-02599.a1


Financial

01/17/2019

Applicant mitigated the financial considerations security concern. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 18-00144.h1


Foreign Influence

01/17/2019

Applicant has little connection with his Afghan relatives, who are unaware of what he does to support the U.S. effort there. Furthermore, Applicant’s foreign connections, his three sisters, brother, and brother-in-law, are clearly outweighed by his continued service and loyalty to the United States. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 17-03560.h1


Financial

01/17/2019

Applicant mitigated the financial considerations security concerns including delinquent federal and state taxes. Applicant’s eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 17-03370.h1


Financial

01/17/2019

Applicant has filed her Federal and state income taxes. She is also adhering to scheduled installment payments to the IRS. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 17-02387.h1


Criminal Conduct; Alcohol Consumption; Financial; Personal Conduct

01/17/2019

Applicant is a self-proclaimed alcoholic, and a justice-involved individual whose history of criminal conduct took place with one incident of criminality in 1991, and another seven incidents over a period 14 years, commencing in 2001 and continuing until 2015. His finances are in disarray, with one bankruptcy under Chapter 13 discharged in 2007; and a renewed history of delinquent accounts that still remain unaddressed by him, despite a combined annual income of approximately $200,000. Although he claimed to have taken certain positive actions to address his creditors and delinquent accounts; and attended certain programs associated with his consumption of alcohol; Applicant failed to submit requested documentation to support his various claims and contentions. Applicant’s actions under the circumstances continue to cast doubt on his current reliability, trustworthiness, and good judgment. Eligibility to occupy a position of public trust is denied. CASE NO: 17-02366.h1


Financial

01/17/2019

Applicant failed to mitigate the security concerns raised by his over $35,000 delinquent debts, which were due to his deliberate disregard for his financial obligations, and which were addressed only after he received the SOR. Clearance denied. CASE NO: 16-03957.h1


Financial

01/17/2019

Applicant failed to file his federal and state tax returns for multiple years and accumulated major federal and state tax liens, as well as other delinquent debts, that have not been resolved. Financial concerns over his accumulation of delinquent debts are not mitigated. Eligibility to hold a security clearance is denied. CASE NO: 16-03600.h1


Financial

01/16/2019

Applicant failed to mitigate the security concerns arising under Guideline F, financial considerations. He failed to provide sufficient documentation to establish mitigation with respect to his delinquent consumer debt. National security eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 18-01213.h1


Personal Conduct; Criminal Conduct

01/16/2019

Applicant failed to mitigate the security concerns arising under Guideline F, financial considerations. He failed to provide sufficient documentation to establish mitigation with respect to his consumer debts and failure to file Federal tax returns. National security eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 18-01884.h1


Personal Conduct; Criminal Conduct

01/16/2019

Applicant mitigated the personal conduct and the criminal conduct security concerns. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 18-00989.h1


Financial

01/16/2019

Applicant mitigated the alleged financial trustworthiness concerns. Based on a review of the pleadings and exhibits, national security eligibility for a position of trust is granted. CASE NO: 18-00160.h1


Financial

01/16/2019

Applicant did not provide sufficient evidence to mitigate financial security concerns over her delinquent debts, including past-due state and federal income taxes, student loans, and other debts. Applicant’s eligibility for continued access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 17-03843.h1


Guideline B; Guideline C

01/16/2019

While it is important for the Judge to consider the foreign country in which the foreign contact is located in Guideline B cases, the “heightened risk” language in Disqualifying Condition 7(a) addresses an applicant’s foreign contacts, not necessarily the foreign country involved. Depending upon the particular circumstances presented in a case, one or more foreign contacts located in even a foreign country that is friendly to the United States may create a “heightened risk” of foreign exploitation, inducement, manipulation, pressure, or coercion. In the past, we noted with approval a Judge’s analysis that concluded “heightened risk” is not a high standard to meet. In the present case, Applicant graduated from a British military academy, held a British security clearance, and retired as a British military officer. Favorable decision remanded. CASE NO: 17-03026.a1


Alcohol; Personal Conduct

01/16/2019

Applicant was arrested and convicted of four alcohol-related incidents over a 32-year period. He has since completed treatment and continues to practice abstinence with the support of Alcoholics Anonymous. Alcohol concerns are mitigated. Additional security concerns raised over Applicant's positive drug test in 2004 are mitigated, too, by the passage of time and avoidance of any recurrent use of illegal drugs. CASE NO: 17-02680.h1


Sexual Behavior; Handling Protected Information; Personal Conduct

01/16/2019

Applicant’s evidence is insufficient to mitigate the sexual behavior, handling protected information, and personal conduct security concerns. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 17-01741.h1


Financial

01/15/2019

Applicant failed to mitigate the security concerns arising under Guideline F, financial considerations. He failed to provide sufficient documentation to establish mitigation with respect to his delinquent debt. National security eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 18-01744.h1


Financial; Personal Conduct

01/15/2019

Applicant did not file federal tax returns for 2011 through 2016 until late 2017 or 2018, and he still owes the IRS an indeterminate amount for those tax years. He did not intentionally provide false information on a 2017 Questionnaire for National Security Positions. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 18-01246.h1


Drug Involvement

01/15/2019

This case involves security concerns raised under Guideline H, involving Applicant’s history of marijuana use. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 18-00681.h1


Guideline E; Guideline H

01/15/2019

An applicant’s misuse of drugs after having been placed on notice of the incompatibility of drug abuse with clearance eligibility raises questions about his or her judgment and reliability. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 17-04198.a1


Foreign Influence

01/15/2019

Based on a review of the pleadings, testimony, and exhibits, I conclude that Applicant has mitigated foreign influence concerns raised by his grandmother, who is a citizen of and resident in Iran; as well as the concerns raised by his mother, who is a dual citizen of the United States and Iran and travels to Iran to care for Applicant’s grandmother. His request for a security clearance is granted. CASE NO: 17-04151.h1


Financial

01/15/2019

Applicant did not mitigate the financial considerations security concerns raised by delinquent debts and failing to file Federal and state tax returns when due. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 17-00283.h1


Alcohol

01/14/2019

Applicant had four alcohol-related arrests in in 1995, 2007, 2016, and 2017, and these incidents recurred after alcohol treatment and counseling. Concerns about Applicant’s irresponsible alcohol use and drunk-driving convictions are not mitigated. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 18-01325.h1


Criminal Conduct; Personal Conduct

01/11/2019

Applicant’s extensive history of criminal conduct and poor personal conduct involving six felony convictions, resulting in five years in prison and three years on parole, has not been mitigated by sufficient evidence in mitigation. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 18-01481.h1


Financial

01/11/2019

Applicant’s delinquent debts totaling approximately $39,000, resulting from a two year period of unemployment, have not been mitigated by sufficient evidence of reform and rehabilitation. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 18-01241.h1


Financial

01/11/2019

Applicant failed to mitigate the security concerns arising under Guideline F, financial considerations. He failed to provide sufficient documentation to establish mitigation with respect to his student loan debts and delinquent federal taxes. National security eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 18-00517.h1


Alcohol Consumption; Personal Conduct

01/11/2019

Applicant’s history of alcohol abuse, evidenced by three DUI convictions and his deliberate intent to falsify his security clearance application concerning his police record and work history, have not been mitigated by sufficient evidence of reform and rehabilitation. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 17-04355.h1


Guideline E; Guideline H

01/11/2019

Applicant’s appeal brief raises no allegations of error on the part of the Judge. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 17-04019.a1


Guideline F

01/11/2019

In 2010, the IRS audited Applicant for 2006 and 2007 and found he and his wife owed $129,000 in unpaid taxes, penalties, and interest. He attributed this debt to his wife’s business and a tax preparer’s errors. He failed to file his 2010-2015 Federal tax returns in a timely manner. Applicant contends that the Judge did not consider all of the record evidence, misweighed the evidence, and did not properly apply the mitigating conditions and whole-person concept. For example, he highlights that he has filed his tax returns for 2010-2015, timely filed his tax returns for 2016 and 2017, and established a payment plan for his tax debt through his Chapter 13 bankruptcy. The Judge, however, made finding about those matters and discussed them in her analysis. Applicant’s arguments are neither sufficient to rebut the presumption that the Judge considered all of the evidence in the record nor 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: 17-02583.a1


Guideline F

01/11/2019

Applicant’s appeal brief also claims there are two errors in the hearing transcript. Specifically, she claims the transcript incorrectly reflects the acronym of the entity from which she received credit counseling and incorrectly reflects the year in which she started that counseling. Because she stated that she was responsible for the mistake pertaining to the acronym, no relief for that error is warranted on appeal. The other claimed error regarding the start-date of the counseling fails for lack of specificity because Applicant fails to indicate whether she or the court reporter was responsible for that mistake. However, even if the court reporter was responsible for that error, it is a harmless error because it likely did not affect the outcome of the case. In this regard, we note the Judge based her decision primarily on Applicant’s failure to act responsibly in addressing the credit card debt. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 17-02350.a1


CAC

01/11/2019

Applicant challenges the Judge’s finding that she deliberately omitted material information from her Form 306. However, the Judge’s finding is a reasonable inference from the evidence. The Judge’s material findings are supported by substantial evidence. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 17-01990.a2


Alcohol; Criminal Conduct; Personal Conduct

01/10/2019

Applicant has two alcohol-related driving offenses, and he remains on probation until May 2019. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 18-01532.h1


Financial

01/10/2019

Applicant owes approximately $241,503 in defaulted Federal student-loan debt, charged-off credit-card debts totaling more than $5,000, and some collection debts. Unemployment and low income were factors in the delinquencies, but more progress is needed toward resolving his debts to find that his financial problems are safely behind him. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 18-00762.h1


Financial Considerations

01/10/2019

A fair and commonsense assessment of the record evidence as a whole shows the security concerns raised by a tax lien recently entered against Applicant are mitigated. His request for continued security clearance eligibility is granted. CASE NO: 18-00618.h1


Financial Considerations; Criminal Conduct

01/10/2019

Applicant presented sufficient information to mitigate the security concerns about his numerous unpaid debts, and about an arrest in February 2016. His request for continued security clearance eligibility is granted. CASE NO: 18-00333.h1


CAC

01/10/2019

In analyzing the concerns in Applicant’s case, the Judge applied the wrong standard. In both the Policies and Conclusion sections of the Decision, the Judge cited to the “clearly consistent with the national interest” standard required for security clearance determinations. The Policies section also contains the following language: “In all adjudications, the protection of the national security is the paramount consideration. Therefore, any doubt concerning personnel being considered for CAC eligibility should be resolved in favor of national interest.” In a CAC case, however, the appropriate standard is whether the applicant’s conduct poses an “unacceptable risk.” The application of the wrong standard raises due process concerns and warrants corrective action. Given these circumstances, the best resolution is to remand the case to the Judge for correction of the identified error and issuance of a new decision consistent with the requirements of the Instruction. Adverse decision remanded. CASE NO: 17-04072.a1


Financial

01/10/2019

Applicant mitigated the financial considerations security concerns raised by delinquent debts and failing to file Federal tax returns when due. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 17-03642.h1


Financial

01/10/2019

Applicant mitigated the financial considerations security concerns. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 17-03281.h1


Guideline F

01/10/2019

Applicant also contends the Judge incorrectly analyzed the evidence. She argues the Judge concluded “the record fails to establish that her debts are being resolved or under control . . . [and] does not show a good-faith effort by Applicant to repay overdue creditors” despite evidence that she has “more than a two-year track record of regular payments.” The above quotes, however, are unrelated. By contrasting them, Applicant has taken them out of their context. The Judge’s quote pertaining to the “two-year track record of regular payments” addressed Applicant’s effort to resolve the car loan. The Judge found in favor of Applicant on the car loan. The other quote pertaining to Applicant’s failure to establish that the “debts are being resolved or are under control” addressed the other debts for which the Judge concluded insufficient corroborating documentation was presented. Applicant’s contention does not establish any error in the Judge’s analysis. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 17-00302.a1


Guideline M

01/10/2019

Applicant raises two issues related to Government Exhibit (GE) 3, a Joint Personnel Adjudication System (JPAS) Incident History. First, Applicant contends the Judge erred in the Decision by stating that he did not object to GE 3. The transcript supports his contention that he objected to the relevance of that exhibit at the hearing. The Judge overruled his objection and admitted GE 3 into evidence. Besides entries addressing Applicant’s alleged misconduct, GE 3 also has entries indicating that his SCI access was suspended in 2009 and later revoked. He argues the information about his 2009 SCI access suspension and revocation was irrelevant. We do not find his argument persuasive. The JPAS Incident History is a Federal Government record that contains relevant information about an applicant’s security clearance eligibility. We conclude the Judge committed no error in admitting the JPAS Incident History into evidence. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 12-01906.a1


Financial

01/09/2019

Applicant has not mitigated the security concerns raised by his repeated failures to timely file federal and state income tax returns. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 18-00635.h1


Financial

01/09/2019

Applicant failed to maintain several accounts in a current status and a number of them became delinquent. Accounts, totaling $71,303, were placed for collection or charged-off, a house went into a foreclosure status, and a state tax lien was filed. Rather than simply ignoring his creditors, Applicant reached out to them, either directly or through a debt resolution company, and discussed settlement or repayment possibilities. He entered into repayment agreements with some creditors; paid off, or otherwise resolved, other accounts; or is in the process of resolving all of his remaining debts. His house is no longer in a foreclosure status. Applicant’s actions under the circumstances no longer cast doubt on his current reliability, trustworthiness, and good judgment. Eligibility to occupy a position of public trust is granted. CASE NO: 18-00628.h1


Guideline F

01/09/2019

Applicant asks for an opportunity to submit additional documentary evidence regarding debt resolution and the whole person factors. We construe her argument to be that she was not aware that she should present documentary evidence on these things. We cannot receive new evidence on appeal. Neither do we have authority to remand a case to the Judge simply to take in additional evidence. DOHA provided Applicant with adequate notice of her right to submit evidence. Applicant’s failure to have provided evidence sufficient to mitigate the concerns raised in her SOR cannot fairly be attributed to the quality of guidance that DOHA provided her. To the extent that Applicant is contending that she was denied due process, we resolve this issue adversely to her. 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: 17-04301.a1


Alcohol; Criminal Conduct

01/09/2019

Applicant did not provide sufficient information to mitigate Guideline G security concerns, which include a 2014 diagnosis of alcohol dependence, and evidence of subsequent and ongoing alcohol consumption, despite a recommendation to abstain from alcohol. Applicant did not mitigate the security concerns arising under Guideline J, criminal conduct, because he did not provide sufficient evidence that his alcohol-related offenses are unlikely to recur. Eligibility for continued access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 17-02300.h1


Foreign Influence

01/09/2019

Applicant mitigated the foreign influence security concerns. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 17-01673.h1


Financial; Personal Conduct

01/08/2019

Applicant mitigated the trustworthiness concerns under Guideline F, financial considerations, and Guideline E, personal conduct. Applicant’s eligibility for a public trust position is granted. CASE NO: 18-01690.h1


Financial

01/08/2019

Applicant has a history of financial problems, including unfiled income tax returns and unpaid taxes. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 18-00360.h1


Foreign Influence; Foreign Preference

01/08/2019

Applicant mitigated foreign influence and foreign preference security concerns relating to his connections to Iraq. His father and sister live in Kurdistan, a region of Iraq. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 16-01164.h1


Guideline F

01/07/2019

To the extent that she is arguing that the Judge failed properly to weigh the evidence, we conclude that Applicant has not shown that the Judge weighed the evidence in a manner that was arbitrary, capricious, or contrary to law. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 18-00817.a1


Financial

01/07/2019

Applicant has numerous delinquent debts that are unpaid and unresolved. He claimed that the majority of these debts were due to identity theft. There was no showing by Applicant of any effort to pay, legitimately dispute, or otherwise resolve any of the financial security concerns. He failed to mitigate Guideline F, financial considerations security concerns. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 18-00793.h1


Financial

01/07/2019

Applicant’s financial problems were generated by circumstances beyond her control. Over the past 18 months, she has rehabilitated her finances either by paying debts in their entirety, paying them incrementally through payment plans, or successfully disputing them. I conclude she has mitigated the security concerns. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 17-03402.h1


Drugs

01/04/2019

Applicant used marijuana from January 2010 to at least November 2018, since July 2018 with a state-issued medical marijuana card. He is not committed to abstention despite knowing that marijuana remains illegal under Federal law. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 18-01541.h1


Financial; Personal Conduct

01/04/2019

Applicant failed to mitigate the security concerns under Guideline F, financial considerations, and Guideline E, personal conduct. Applicant’s eligibility for a security clearance is denied. CASE NO: 18-01480.h1


Financial

01/04/2019

Applicant has not mitigated the security concerns raised by her delinquent debts. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 18-01206.h1


Financial

01/04/2019

Applicant did not present sufficient information to explain, extenuate, or mitigate the trustworthiness concern stemming from his problematic financial history. Eligibility denied. CASE NO: 18-01096.h1


Sexual Behavior; Use of Information Technology

01/04/2019

Applicant violated company policy when he viewed and stored pornography on his company computer from about 2002 until September 2017. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 18-00659.h1


Financial, Personal Conduct

01/04/2019

Applicant did not provide sufficient evidence to mitigate financial security concerns about her unfiled tax returns, unpaid past-due federal taxes, and other delinquent debts. Personal conduct security concerns are not established. Applicant’s eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 17-04106.h1


Financial

01/04/2019

Applicant has not mitigated the trustworthiness concerns raised by her delinquent debts. Eligibility for a public trust position is denied. CASE NO: 17-03763.h2


Financial

01/04/2019

Applicant failed to maintain several accounts in a current status and a number of them became delinquent. Accounts were placed for collection or charged-off, and in one instance, a judgment was filed. Those debts total approximately $34,302. Rather than simply ignoring her creditors, Applicant reached out to them and discussed settlement or repayment possibilities. She paid off her non-SOR debts as well as some SOR debts, and entered into repayment agreements with other creditors. She has continued to make her regular anticipated payments under those agreements. Applicant’s actions under the circumstances no longer cast doubt on her current reliability, trustworthiness, and good judgment. Eligibility to occupy a position of public trust is granted. CASE NO: 17-03453.h1


Financial

01/04/2019

Applicant mitigated the financial considerations security concerns. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 17-02626.h1


Financial

01/04/2019

Applicant owes more than $32,000 in delinquent Federal and state income tax debt, and recently filed a Chapter 13 bankruptcy to “manage” the surrender of his home in lieu of foreclosure. He offered insufficient evidence of efforts or means to resolve his remaining delinquencies, or to demonstrate rehabilitation. Resulting security concerns were not mitigated. National security eligibility is denied. CASE NO: 17-01805.h1


Psychological Conditions

01/04/2019

Applicant has not mitigated the concerns related to his psychological conditions. His request for national security eligibility and a security clearance is denied. CASE NO: 15-02352.h1


Financial Considerations

01/03/2019

A fair and commonsense assessment of the record evidence as a whole shows the security concerns raised by Applicant’s financial problems are mitigated. His request for a security clearance is granted. CASE NO: 18-00597.h1


Financial

01/02/2019

Applicant mitigated the security concerns under Guideline F, financial considerations. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 18-01145.h1


Financial Considerations

01/02/2019

Applicant did not provide sufficient information in response to the Government’s case to overcome the security concerns raised by his financial problems. Applicant’s request for eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 18-00270.h1


Financial

01/02/2019

Applicant did not mitigate the concerns raised under financial considerations because of her failure to provide sufficient proof that her state and federal tax debts were being resolved. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 17-04293.h1


Foreign Influence

01/02/2019

Applicant worked under dangerous conditions as a linguist with the U.S. military in Iraq. He mitigated security concerns raised by his family members who are citizens and residents of Iraq. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 17-03726.h1


Guideline E; Guideline F

01/02/2019

Applicant does not explain why she answered “No” to the question asking whether she had any property voluntarily or involuntarily repossessed in the last seven years when her vehicle was voluntarily repossessed less than three years earlier. Second, she is again arguing facts not in evidence, which we cannot consider and do not establish that the Judge erred in her decision. From our review of the record, the Judge’s conclusion that Applicant intentionally falsified her SCA is supported by substantial record evidence. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 17-03638.a1


Personal Conduct

01/02/2019

Applicant failed to mitigate the security concerns under Guideline E, personal conduct. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 17-03629.h1


Financial

01/02/2019

Applicant has a history of financial problems, including a debt of more than $780,000 in back taxes. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 17-03025.h1


Foreign Influence

01/02/2019

Applicant’s evidence is insufficient to mitigate the foreign influence security concerns raised by his and his family members’ contacts with their Taiwanese relatives. Access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 17-02892.h1


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