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2013 Industrial Security Clearance Decisions

 

These 1,204 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

Financial

12/31/2013

Applicant has not mitigated the security concerns caused by her financial situation. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-14781.h1


Guideline F

12/30/2013

Applicant has not rebutted the presumption that the Judge considered all the evidence. Adverse decision affirmed


Financial

12/30/2013

Applicant has two unresolved federal tax liens and other unresolved, charged-off, and collection accounts. Applicant has failed to rebut or mitigate the security concerns under Guideline F, financial considerations. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 12-00406.h1


Financial

12/30/2013

Applicant had 11 delinquent debts totaling approximately $50,376 identified on the Statement of Reasons (SOR). Two of Applicant’s debts were duplicated on the SOR, which left Applicant with nine validated delinquent debts. He has resolved four of his delinquent debts, totaling $18,580. However, Applicant failed to produce sufficient evidence that five debts totaling $12,693 have been addressed or are otherwise satisfied. He has not fully mitigated the Financial Considerations security concerns. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 11-12626


Financial

12/23/2013

Applicant failed to mitigate the security concerns raised by her financial problems, much of which arose from excessive gambling and from her failure to file and pay her state and federal taxes. Although she recently paid or otherwise resolved several past-due debts, she did so only after receiving the SOR and despite having the resources to start addressing her debts at least a year earlier. Significant doubts remain about Applicant's judgment and reliability. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-08000.h1


Foreign Influence

12/20/2013

The foreign influence concerns that exist because of Applicant’s close ties to Israeli citizens, including her spouse and his family members, are mitigated because Applicant can be expected to act in the United States interests. Clearance granted. CASE NO: 12-06276.h1


Criminal Conduct; Personal Conduct

12/20/2013

In March 2011, Applicant pled guilty to one count of false statements and aiding and abetting and one count of fraud in the second degree. Applicant completed her probation in 2012. She also completed 100 hours of community service. She has no other criminal record. Due to the recency of the conviction, she has not mitigated the criminal conduct security concern. Applicant has not mitigated the security concerns under the personal conduct guideline despite an exemplary work record of more than 25 years. She engaged in an elaborate, fraudulent plan to help a friend obtain employment in her agency based on a false address for residency preference. She drafted a false lease to solidify the plan. As treasurer of a professional association, Applicant used her position to access the account for personal use. She did not disclose her actions until an investigation occurred in or about 2010. Eligibility for a security clearance is denied. CASE NO: 12-03470.h1


Financial

12/20/2013

Applicant’s statement of reasons (SOR) described one delinquent mortgage account for $167,872 that went into foreclosure. He failed to provide sufficient documentation of progress resolving this debt. Financial considerations concerns are not mitigated. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 12-02696.h1


Financial

12/20/2013

Applicant mitigated the security concerns arising from the significant amount of medical debt she incurred over the past few years. She radically changed her spending habits, submitted documentary proof of a consistent track record of debt repayment, and reduced the total amount of outstanding debt by half. Her financial situation no longer casts doubt on her current reliability, trustworthiness, and good judgment. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 11-12439.h1


Personal Conduct, Financial Considerations, Alcohol Consumption, Drug Involvement.

12/19/2013

Applicant is 55 years old. He used illegal drugs from 1977 to the present. He used illegal drugs while holding a security clearance. He has been diagnosed with drug dependency and alcohol abuse. He has numerous delinquent debts that are not paid or resolved. He deliberately falsified security clearance applications, and provided false information to government investigators. Applicant failed to mitigate the security concerns under Guidelines E, personal conduct, F, financial considerations, G, alcohol consumption, and H, drug involvement. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 12-10679.h1


Personal Conduct, Financial

12/19/2013

Applicant is 41 years old. He had two work infractions in 2005 and 2007 that are mitigated by time. He had five delinquent debts. He resolved three small debts, but has not resolved the two large debts. Applicant mitigated the security concerns under Guideline E, personal conduct, but failed to mitigate the security concerns under Guideline F, financial considerations. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-11796.h1


Personal Conduct

12/19/2013

Applicant is 49 years old. He intentionally failed to disclose derogatory information on his security clearance application and during his background interview. He failed to mitigate personal conduct security concerns. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-10667.h1


Financial, Personal Conduct, Foreign Influence

12/18/2013

Applicant's 2009 overseas employment with a defense contractor was terminated after multiple incidents of improper behavior. He discharged over $250,000 in post-divorce debts through bankruptcy in 2011, despite paying nothing toward them while earning about $300,000 in 2009. The evidence is insufficient to mitigate resulting security concerns. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 12-09314.h1


Financial

12/18/2013

Applicant is 49 years old. She has numerous delinquent debts that are unpaid or unresolved. Applicant failed to mitigate the security concerns under Guideline F, financial considerations. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 12-00723.h1


Financial

12/18/2013

Applicant's financial irresponsibility, his failure to take meaningful action on his delinquent debt until 2012, and an inadequate repayment plan for those debts, render him an unsuitable candidate for access to classified information. Clearance denied.


Financial

12/18/2013

Applicant has mitigated the security concerns caused by his financial situation. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 11-15016.h1


Financial

12/17/2013

Applicant accumulated numerous medical, consumer, and tax debts before and during recurrent periods of unemployment and underemployment. To date, he has made some progress in addressing his debts through completed payment plans, but has maintained no sustained track record, and no meaningful income sources to meet his repayment obligations in the foreseeable future. While many of his debts can be attributed to extenuating circumstances associated with the lack of gainful employment, his efforts to date in addressing his debts are not sufficient to enable him to meet his mitigation burden. Financial concerns are not mitigated. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 12-06780.h1


Criminal Conduct; Sexual Behavior; Financial

12/16/2013

Applicant is a federal contractor applying to regain his security clearance, which was suspended after he was arrested for sexually assaulting his minor daughter. He failed to mitigate the criminal conduct and sexual behavior security concerns arising from his arrest and subsequent conviction. He also did not mitigate the concerns stemming from his troubled finances. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 13-00785.h1


Foreign Influence; Foreign Preference

12/13/2013

Applicant’s spouse is close to her father and mother, who are residents and citizens of Pakistan. She has frequent contact with her parents. Applicant’s father-in-law was a high-level Pakistan Government official. He turned in his Pakistani National Identity Card (NIC) to his employer. Although foreign preference concerns are mitigated, foreign influence security concerns are not mitigated. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 13-00622.h1


Financial

12/13/2013

Applicant is 58 years old and employed as a Proposal Analyst by a defense contractor. His history of excessive indebtedness has not been resolved. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 13-00370.h1


Financial

12/13/2013

Applicant is a 28-year-old employee of a defense contractor. He presented sufficient evidence to mitigate the security concerns arising under Guideline F, Financial Considerations. Eligibility for access to classification information is granted. CASE NO: 12-02514.h1


Financial Considerations

12/13/2013

Applicant's financial problems emerged in early 2009. In November 2009, he lost his job. Between March 2010 and November 2012, he incurred 11 delinquent debts. Based on his meaningful track record of payments of almost all of the delinquent accounts, Applicant has mitigated the security concerns related to financial considerations. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted.


Financial

12/13/2013

Applicant accumulated Applicant accumulated 39 delinquent debts totaling $23,000. At this time all SOR-listed debts remain unpaid or unresolved. He failed to demonstrate that he is reliable in addressing his financial delinquencies. Resulting security concerns were not mitigated. Based upon a review of the pleadings and exhibits, eligibility for access to classified information is denied.


Financial

12/13/2013

Applicant is 31 years old and employed as an Administrative Assistant by a defense contractor. Her history of financial indebtedness has not been resolved. Her application for a favorable trustworthiness determination is denied. ADP CASE NO: 11-15135.h1


Financial

12/13/2013

Applicant’s statement of reasons (SOR) lists 15 delinquent, charged-off, collection, or judgment accounts totaling $23,416. In May 1995 and December 2003, the Bankruptcy Court discharged her nonpriority, unsecured debts under Chapter 7 of the Bankruptcy Code. Circumstances largely beyond her control caused her recent delinquent debt. She made substantial progress resolving her financial problems and less than $3,000 of debt remains unresolved. Financial considerations concerns are mitigated. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 11-14611.h1


Guideline F

12/13/2013

The basis of the Judge’s adverse decision was Applicant’s failure to address responibily a substantial, long delinquent debt. Adverse decision affirmed.


Personal Conduct; Drugs

12/13/2013

Applicant is 53 years old and employed as an Engineer by a defense contractor. For the past twenty years, he has deliberately falsified his security clearance applications and concealed his illegal drug use from the Government. Applicant has used marijuana while holding a security clearance from 1986 to 2010. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-13948.h1


Financial

12/13/2013

Applicant bought numerous investment properties. When the real estate market crashed, Applicant was unable to rent them, make the loan payments, or sell the properties. Nine properties were foreclosed, and some mortgage loans remain delinquent. Applicant engaged in risky behavior that left him unable to meet his financial obligations, and did not show reliability and good judgment. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-12803.h1


Alcohol; Criminal Conduct

12/13/2013

Applicant engaged in a series of alcohol-related and criminal violations from 1980 to 2010. The evidence is insufficient to mitigate resulting security concerns. Based upon a review of the pleadings, testimony, and exhibits, eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 11-08629


Guideline B

12/13/2013

Applicant testified that he received the pre-hearing guidance which advised him of his right to have an attorney or persona representative at the hearing. Applicant has a masters degree from an American university.. Applicant has not demonstrated that he was denied due process. Adverse decision affirmed.


Financial

12/12/2013

Applicant purchased a home with his former wife, and he is responsible for two past-due mortgage delinquencies totaling approximately $113,000 and two unresolved credit card debts totaling approximately $10,000. He does not know if the property has undergone foreclosure, and he has been unable to ascertain the status of the past-due mortgage debts. He stated that he will resolve the credit card debts after he resolves his mortgage indebtedness. Applicant’s personal financial statement showed sufficient monthly remainders that could be used to resolve some of his debts. He failed to mitigate security concerns under the financial considerations adjudicative guideline. Eligibility for a security clearance is denied. CASE NO: 13-00869.h1


Alcohol

12/12/2013

Applicant continues to drink alcohol despite a 2007 diagnosis of alcohol dependence and a discharge recommendation to abstain from alcohol consumption. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 12-12128.h1


Financial

12/12/2013

Applicant has had a history of overdue debts, which were admittedly caused by Applicant's poor judgement. He has not paid off most of his significant overdue debts, nor does it appear that he made a responsible attempt to resolve the debts in question for many years. Mitigation has not been shown. Clearance is denied.


Drugs

12/12/2013

Applicant mitigated the drug involvement security concerns. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 12-03531.h1


Alcohol; Criminal Conduct

12/12/2013

Applicant has been arrested three times in the past nine years. Two of the arrests were alcohol-related. The most recent arrest occurred after he completed his security clearance application. Under these circumstances, it is too soon to conclude Applicant has mitigated the alcohol consumption and criminal conduct security concerns. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 12-00397.h1


Financial

12/12/2013

Applicant has a record of failing to meet her obligations to pay her debts. The Statement of Reasons alleges delinquent loans amounting to more than $200,000, which includes a foreclosed mortgage loan. She has made sporadic payments between 2008 and 2013. She failed to follow through on a promise to establish payment plans in the past. She established two monthly payment plans shortly before the hearing. She filed a Chapter 7 bankruptcy petition two weeks after the hearing. Her history does not show commitment to resolving her financial delinquencies. Applicant's request for a security clearance is denied. CASE NO: 12-00383.h1


Financial

12/12/2013

Applicant is 50 years old and employed as a Deputy Program Manager/Program Manager by a defense contractor. His history of excessive indebtedness has not been resolved. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 12-00114.h1


Financial

12/12/2013

Applicant has been up to date on all of his other debts, except the delinquent debt that is the subject of the SOR, which was as a result of his pending divorce. The debt, which had been approximately $60,000 has been reduced to approximately $30,000, and would have been resolved completely if not for a clerical error. Applicant has acted responsibly by attempting to resolve this debt. Mitigation has been shown. Clearance is granted.


Financial

12/12/2013

Applicant has not mitigated the security significance of his past-due indebtedness. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-13395.h1


Financial Considerations; Alcohol Consumption

12/12/2013

During several years, Applicant was essentially unemployed or working in part-time jobs, and he was unable to make all of his monthly payments, resulting in accounts being placed for collection or charged off. He demonstrated a meaningful track record of debt reduction and elimination by paying off several SOR and non-SOR accounts, and by entering repayment agreements with other creditors. There are clear indications that his financial problems are being resolved and are under control. In addition, he routinely consumed alcohol to excess. He attended several alcohol programs, and, after some slips, which he referred to as relapses, he finally acknowledged that he did not get it right the first time when he continued to consume alcohol. Applicant admits that he has a drinking problem, and considers himself to be an alcoholic. He has vowed not to consume alcohol in the future. Applicant successfully completed outpatient counseling and has voluntarily entered the aftercare program. With a current sobriety date of April 16, 2012 – about 20 months ago – he has demonstrated a clear and established pattern of abstinence. Applicant’s actions under the circumstances no longer raise questions about his reliability, trustworthiness and ability to protect classified information. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 11-07134.h1


Financial

12/11/2013

Applicant’s statement of reasons (SOR) alleges 15 delinquent debts, totaling $162,057. Due to circumstances beyond his control, he had insufficient financial resources to pay his debts. Utilizing his retirement savings, he settled and paid six SOR debts, totaling $89,426, one debt is in a payment plan, and he is diligently working to resolve the last eight SOR debts totaling $35,631. Financial considerations concerns are mitigated. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 12-08440.h1


Financial

12/11/2013

Applicant has an unresolved judgment, two charged-off accounts, and two collection accounts, which total approximately $170,000. Applicant has failed to rebut or mitigate the security concerns under Guideline F, financial considerations. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 12-02704.h1


Drugs; Alcohol

12/11/2013

Applicant mitigated the security concerns raised by his use of illegal drugs and his alcohol consumption. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 11-14293.h1


Foreign Influence, Foreign Preference

12/09/2013

Before becoming a U.S. citizen, Applicant served in the Pakistani military from 1976 to 1994. He received a military pension from the Pakistani government. He moved from Pakistan in 1995 and has not been eligible for the pension in more than 16 years. Security concerns under Guideline C are mitigated. However, Applicant has ties to family members who are Pakistani citizens and residents. His father served in the Pakistani military before retiring. Applicant maintains contact with his father and other foreign family members. Security concerns under Guideline B and are not mitigated. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 13-00433.h1


Foreign Influence

12/09/2013

Applicant is a 44-year-old software engineer. The evidence shows he has strong and long-standing family and employment ties to the United States. But those ties do not outweigh and overcome his recent marital ties to Iran, a country that is hostile to the United States. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 12-11792.h1


Financial

12/09/2013

Applicant is a 35-year-old employee of a defense contractor. He presented sufficient evidence to mitigate the security concerns arising under Guideline F, Financial Considerations. Eligibility for access to classification information is granted. CASE NO: 12-00410.h1


Financial

12/09/2013

Applicant failed to mitigate the security concerns raised by his delinquent mortgage, where he had not taken timely action to address his indebtedness and his permanent loan modification was still pending. Clearance denied.


Financial

12/09/2013

Applicant has suffered from medical and financial problems since 2005, but she has not acted responsibly. She negotiated payment plans for two debts, but she has not established a track record of compliance with her payment plans. She denied one debt, but she has not disputed it with the original creditor, the collection agency, or the credit reporting agencies. The nine delinquent debts alleged in the SOR are unresolved. Eligibility for a public trust position is denied. CASE NO: 11-14248.h1


Financial

12/09/2013

Applicant's efforts to resolve his financial difficulties have not been undertaken in good faith. His actions are insufficient to overcome the security concerns about his financial decision making. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-13984.h1


Guideline F; Guideline E

12/06/2013

The Judge made sustainable findings that Applicant had a kengthy history of not meeting financial obligations. He noted that despite some progress, Applicant still had a significant amount of overdue indebtedness, including tax delinquencies. The Judge could reasonably conclude that Applicant’s financial problems were still ongoing. Adverse Decision affirmed


Guideline F

12/06/2013

The Judge based her decision, in large measure, on the circumstances underlying Applicant’s delinquent mortgage debts and the dilatory nature of her action in regard to those debts. Applicant has not demonstrated that the Judge weighed the evidence in a manner that was arbitrary, capricious, or contrary to law. Adverse decision affirmed.


Financial

12/05/2013

Applicant is a 31-year-old employee of a defense contractor. He is alleged to be indebted to 12 creditors in the approximate amount of $56,709. He also discharged debt through a 2005 Chapter 7 bankruptcy. Applicant mitigated the Financial Considerations security concerns, because his current debts were caused by a vehicular accident in 2010 and nearly a year of unemployment during his recovery. He has acted responsibly with respect to his present debts by repaying one debt and listing the others on his Chapter 7 bankruptcy, which is expected to be fully discharged at the end of January 2014. He has completed financial management classes and lives within his current means. He now maintains health insurance. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 11-15147


Financial

12/05/2013

Applicant is a 43-year-old employee of a defense contractor. He has five outstanding debts that became delinquent between 2005 and 2012, totaling around $54,480. Applicant failed to submit sufficient evidence to show financial responsibility concerning the debts alleged in the SOR. Clearance denied. CASE NO: 11-10965.h1


Financial

12/04/2013

Applicant, who has been employed since about September 2011 as an independent contractor, seeks restoration of his security clearance and reemployment as a government contractor. In 2010, he was interviewed by an authorized investigator and stated his intention to resolve his delinquent debts. When he was served with the SOR in June 2013, Applicant’s debts remained unresolved. Applicant claimed that a five-month period of unemployment in 2003 and a two-month period of unemployment in 2011 caused him to be unable to pay his delinquent debts. However, he failed to demonstrate that he had acted reasonably, contacted his creditors, and requested adjustment to his payment plans or forbearance for the majority of his delinquencies. Applicant’s financial difficulties are not resolved, and he lacks a track record of reliable and timely satisfaction of his debts. Applicant failed to mitigate security concerns under Guideline F, Financial Considerations. Eligibility for a security clearance is denied. CASE NO: 12-09944.h1


Financial

12/04/2013

The Applicant has yet to resolve a past-due mortgage debt of over $34,000. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-14361.h1


Financial

12/04/2013

Applicant is a 42-year-old software engineer. There is substantial evidence establishing a history of financial problems or difficulties, but he presented sufficient evidence to mitigate the financial considerations security concern. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 11-09760.h1


Financial

12/03/2013

Applicant works for a defense contractor. She had 16 delinquent debts totaling $32,891, including unpaid mortgage debt and unfiled state income taxes. Applicant paid four debts. She did not submit proof of payment of any of the remaining delinquent debts. Applicant did not mitigate the Financial Considerations security concerns. Eligibility for a clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-14461.h1


Financial

12/03/2013

Applicant works for a defense contractor. He had 18 delinquent debts totaling $47,513 including unpaid mortgage debt. Applicant has not paid any of the debts. He did not submit proof of payment of any of the delinquent debts. Applicant did not mitigate the Financial Considerations security concerns. Eligibility for a clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-12536.h1


Financial

12/02/2013

Applicant's lengthy delay in repaying his delinquent debts for over three years undercuts his promises to resolve his accounts in a financially responsible manner. Eligibility for public trust position is denied.


Guideline E

12/02/2013

Applicant failed to rebut the presumption that the Judge considered all of the evidence in the record. The Board cannot consider new evidence on appeal. The effect of an adverse decision is not relevant or material to a clearance adjudication. A clearance decision is not punitive in nature. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 13-00546.a1


Sexual Behavior, Personal Conduct

12/02/2013

Applicant collected legal adult pornography from the 1990s to 2004. Following a polygraph, another government agency denied Applicant his security clearance, stating that he admitted downloading and viewing child pornography. Applicant denied seeking such images, actively sought to avoid such sites, and deleted any suspect material. His wife had access to their shared computer, reviewed it many times, and did not see child pornography stored on it. An expert testified that Applicant took reasonable steps to avoid child pornography, and his chosen sites and search terms were unlikely to have led to child pornography material. Applicant's conduct is not recent and his current trustworthiness is not in question. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 11-14005.h1


Financial; Personal Conduct

12/02/2013

Applicant mitigated the security concerns arising from his troubled financial past. However, doubts persist about his trustworthiness and reliability because he deliberately falsified a federal employment form and his security clearance application. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-13231.h1


Guideline F

12/02/2013

The Judge held the record open after the hearing to give Applicant an opportunity to submit additional evidence. Applicant provided evidence, but it was not included in the record. Adverse decision remanded. CASE NO: 11-08849.a1


Financial

11/29/2013

Applicant is a 30-year-old employee of a federal contractor. She has failed to present sufficient evidence to mitigate the trustworthiness concerns arising from her delinquent debts. Eligibility to occupy a position of trust is denied. CASE NO: 12-01679.h1


Foreign Influence and Foreign Preference

11/29/2013

Applicant is a software engineer for a defense contractor whose wife previously held dual citizenship and passports with India and the United States, and who has family members who are citizens and residents of India. Foreign influence concerns are raised over her family members who reside in India. Applicant mitigates foreign influence concerns by demonstrating the absence of any heightened risks associated with his wife's having immediate and extended family members in India. Foreign preference concerns associated with Applicant's possessing a person of Indian origin card are mitigated as well as the result of Applicant's surrendering of his card to his facility security officer. Clearance is granted.


Financial

11/29/2013

Applicant has unpaid federal and state taxes, as well as other delinquent debts. He has recently obtained the services of a debt consolidation company. He has not shown a track record of an ability to pay his debts. He has not met his burden of proof in this case. Eligibility for a security clearance is denied. CASE NO: 12-00539.h1


Financial Considerations

11/29/2013

Ever since 2002, Applicant has been experiencing financial difficulties that have resulted in accounts being placed for collection, charged off, or filed as judgments. Although some of those delinquent accounts were for balances as little as $162, Applicant failed to take any meaningful action to resolve them. Instead, he started the Chapter 13 bankruptcy process in 2002, but quickly abandoned it. He purportedly spoke with creditors about resolving some accounts, but has no documentation to support his contentions. He tried debt consolidation, but then abandoned it. He supposedly was enrolled in a debt repayment plan with the IRS, but abandoned it as well. Now, he plans to refile for Chapter 13 bankruptcy. Applicant could have made some reasonable timely efforts to resolve his delinquent accounts, but there is little evidence that he has done so. Applicant has demonstrated the absence of a meaningful track record in addressing his delinquent accounts. Applicant’s actions indicate a lack of judgment, which raises questions about his reliability, trustworthiness and ability to protect classified information. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-14673.h1


Financial, Personal Conduct

11/29/2013

Applicant had five debts, four of which were discharged by chapter 7 bankruptcy and one debt was paid in full. He falsified his security clearance application by failing to disclose that he was terminated as a background investigator under unfavorable conditions, and by failing to list a $72,818 charged-off student loan as a bad debt. Although he mitigated security concerns related to financial considerations, he failed to mitigate concerns related to personal conduct. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-11242.h1


Security Violations

11/29/2013

Applicant committed multiple security violations while storing a classified CD in her desk drawer, forgetting to place it in the appropriate safe, and later destroying it in an unapproved manner after locating its whereabouts. Applicant's actions violated safeguarding and destruction requirements covered by of the National Industrial Security Policy Manual and are neither extenuated nor mitigated. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-10901.h1


Personal Conduct

11/29/2013

Applicant falsified information she provided to the government when she failed to disclose her 2000 and 2002 arrests on her security clearance application, and when she was interviewed by a government agent. Her falsifications are unmitigated. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-06649.h1


Financial

11/28/2013

In December 2000, Applicant’s non-priority, unsecured debts were discharged under Chapter 7 of the Bankruptcy Code. Eleven delinquent, collection, or charged off accounts, totaling $18,930, were subsequently listed on his statement of reasons (SOR). He made some progress; however, he failed to mitigate nine of his SOR debts, totaling $18,546. Financial considerations concerns are not mitigated. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 12-01003.h1


Financial

11/27/2013

Applicant had five delinquent debts totaling $35,221.39, identified on the Statement of Reasons (SOR). Applicant has repaid one debt. He is making payments on another. A third is being satisfied through involuntary garnishment. Two other debts remain delinquent. Despite having means to satisfy all of his accounts, he has filed for Chapter 13 bankruptcy. Applicant has not mitigated the Financial Considerations security concerns. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 13-00464


Drugs; Criminal Conduct; Personal Conduct; Financial

11/27/2013

While holding a security clearance, Applicant used crack cocaine twice a week for about six months until he was arrested in April 2003. He completed a pretrial diversion program and counseling, and he has not used drugs since early 2004. He incurred a substantial federal income tax debt by failing to timely file his returns from 2002 to 2011. In 2012, he negotiated a payment plan providing for monthly $100 payments on his tax debt. He has mitigated the security concerns raised by his drug involvement and related personal and criminal conduct, but he has not mitigated the security concerns based on his federal tax debt. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 13-00081.h1


Financial

11/27/2013

Applicant is a 43-year-old employee of a defense contractor. He defaulted on two debts that became delinquent in 2006, totaling over $23,000. He failed to establish financial responsibility in the handling of his debts. Clearance denied. CASE NO: 13-00056.h1


Financial

11/27/2013

Applicant has more than $93,600 in unresolved delinquent debts, accrued over the past seven years, including more than $92,000 in federal and state tax debt. He demonstrated no payments toward addressing the debts, and offered no evidence of an effective plan to resolve them or of changes in the way he manages his finances to prevent continued financial irresponsibility. Resulting security concerns were not mitigated. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 11-14262.h1


Foreign Influence, Financial Considerations

11/27/2013

Applicant is 55 years old. He was born in Vietnam and is a naturalized U.S. citizen. He and his wife have family who are citizens and residents of Vietnam. He failed to provide sufficient information to mitigate the security concerns under Guideline B, foreign influence. Applicant had his debts discharged in bankruptcy in 1997. He has delinquent debts that are not resolved. He has not mitigated the security concerns under Guideline F, financial considerations. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-13974.h1


Personal Conduct; Finances

11/27/2013

In addition to having ongoing, unresolved financial issues, Applicant has repeatedly lied to the Government about his history of drug involvement. Clearance is denied. CASE NO. 11-09972.h1


Drugs; Alcohol; Personal Conduct

11/27/2013

Applicant has a long record of drug-related and alcohol-related misconduct. He did not fully disclose the duration of his drug use in response to interrogatories. He stopped using marijuana in July 2011, but he continues to consume alcohol. Security concerns raised by his drug use are mitigated. Security concerns raised by his alcohol consumption and personal conduct are not mitigated. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-03692.h1


Foreign Influence

11/26/2013

Applicant failed to mitigate the foreign influence security concerns. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 13-00423.h1


Foreign Influence

11/26/2013

Applicant failed to mitigate the security concerns arising from his substantial connections to Pakistan. A majority of his family and close friends are citizens and residents of Pakistan, and some of them either currently hold or in the recent past held prominent positions in the Pakistani government. He also anticipates inheriting substantial property and financial interests in Pakistan. Notwithstanding Applicant’s service to the United States as a defense contractor in a hostile area over the past three years, he remains vulnerable to even subtle forms of foreign pressure and influence. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 13-00340.h1


Financial

11/26/2013

Applicant failed to timely file income tax returns for several years and acquired a substantial debt to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). His lack of diligence and responsibility toward his legal obligations raise doubts about his judgment and his willingness to comply with the law. His favorable evidence is insufficient to mitigate the financial considerations security concerns. Clearance denied. CASE NO: 12-11723.h1


Financial

11/26/2013

Applicant began accumulating delinquent debt after August 2010 when he resigned from a position after settling a law suit. He subsequently experienced periods of unemployment and underemployment. He resolved four of the six alleged debts, and recently began resolving a large tax penalty that resulted from withdrawing pension monies for living expenses and other debts while unemployed. He demonstrated that he is reliable and trustworthy in addressing his financial delinquencies. Resulting security concerns were mitigated. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 12-07447.h1


Financial

11/26/2013

Applicant’s statement of reasons alleged 13 delinquent, collection, or charged-off debts, totaling $473,956. He failed to mitigate six delinquent SOR debts, totaling $471,414. He failed to provide sufficient documentation of progress resolving his financial problems. Financial considerations concerns are not mitigated. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 12-06673.h1


Personal Conduct; Financial

11/26/2013

Applicant failed to fully disclose his drug involvement on his security clearance application and during an interview by a security investigator. He has not resolved the delinquent mortgages on two investment properties. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 12-01294.h1


Financial

11/26/2013

Applicant has a lengthy history of accumulated medical and consumer debts that are partially extenuated by his wife's loss of income from her business. He and his wife have addressed their debts and have paid several of the listed debts and completed payment plans with several more. Applicant mitigates financial concerns. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 12-00945.h1


Financial

11/26/2013

Applicant accumulated 17 delinquent debts totaling $111,003. They include three federal tax liens that total $56,793, and two state tax liens that total $17,473. At this time all SOR-listed debts remain unpaid or unresolved. He failed to demonstrate that he is reliable in addressing his financial delinquencies. Resulting security concerns were not mitigated. Based upon a review of the pleadings and exhibits, eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 12-00719.h1


Financial

11/26/2013

The Applicant has yet to address over $24,000 in past-due debts. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 12-00705.h1


Financial Considerations; Person Conduct

11/26/2013

After his Chapter 7 discharge in 2003, Applicant continued to have financial problems in the form of delinquent accounts which he did not satisfy until after judgments were filed or the accounts were transferred for collection. He deliberately omitted his history of financial problems in his security from in August 2011. He did not satisfy his federal tax lien until 2012. He did not supply sufficient evidence to indicate he satisfied the listed debts in the Statement of Reasons. Applicant's evidence fails to mitigate the financial considerations and personal conduct guidelines. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied.


Financial, Personal Conduct

11/26/2013

Applicant’s statement of reasons (SOR) alleges five delinquent debts, totaling $562,072, false statements in a security context, and termination from employment for cause. Due to circumstances beyond his control, he had insufficient financial resources to pay his debts. He settled and paid one debt, and the other four were resolved through short sales. He did not intentionally mislead the Government in his security documentation. Financial considerations and personal conduct concerns are mitigated. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 11-03133.h1


Financial

11/26/2013

Applicant received a Chapter 7 bankruptcy discharge in 1998. He filed Chapter 13 bankruptcy petitions in August 2000 and November 2000, both of which were dismissed for failure to make payments. His security clearance was revoked in September 2009 for failure to respond to DOHA financial interrogatories. Although he recently obtained a home loan modification and paid off a credit card account by involuntary garnishment, he continues to have unresolved delinquent debts and no plan to resolve them. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 10-09528.h1


Foreign Influence; Foreign Preference; Personal Conduct

11/22/2013

Applicant is a naturalized U.S. citizen who was born in Pakistan. His mother, wife and extended family are citizens of Pakistan. He sends money to his family in Pakistan. Applicant possessed a Pakistani passport that he used after becoming a U.S. citizen. He has surrendered his Pakistani passport. He falsified information on his 2012 security clearance application. Despite his good work as a linquist in Afghanistan with the U.S. Army, it is not clearly consistent with the national interest to grant him a security clearance. He has not mitigated the case. Eligibility for a security clearance is denied. CASE NO: 13-00351.h1


Financial

11/22/2013

Applicant has not mitigated the security significance of his past-due indebtedness. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 12-01550.h1


Financial Considerations

11/21/2013

Because of his periodic deployments and frequent temporary duty assignments, Applicant paid little, if any, attention to the family finances. His wife’s handling of his finances permitted accounts to become delinquent and one residence to be lost to foreclosure, because she spent the money on herself before paying the family bills. Financial delinquencies were hidden from him until it was, in some cases, simply too late to rectify. When Applicant learned the true extent of his financial situation, and discovered his wife was having a continuing affair, he cancelled the power of attorney he had given her. He embraced his financial responsibilities and attempted to contact the identified creditors and collection agents. He paid off two accounts, entered repayment agreements with three creditors, and took steps to resolve the two remaining delinquent accounts. The entire situation occurred under such circumstances that it is unlikely to recur and does not cast doubt on Applicant’s current reliability, trustworthiness, good judgment, or ability to protect classified information. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 12-02678.h1


Financial

11/20/2013

Applicant did not mitigate the financial considerations security concerns. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 13-00544.h1


Foreign Influence; Personal Conduct

11/20/2013

Applicant has worked overseas under dangerous conditions in support of the national defense. She mitigated any foreign influence concerns raised by her foreign relatives. However, she intentionally provided false information on a Questionnaire for National Security Positions (SF 86). Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 13-00427.h1


Financial

11/20/2013

Applicant began to struggle financially following the dissolution of his first marriage. He hired a debt servicing company that settled at most a couple of his debts. After paying off a delinquent account in April 2013, Applicant still owes about $23,060 in long- overdue debt. In late August 2013, he filed a Chapter 13 bankruptcy case under which he proposes to repay his debt at $252 per month for five years. Applicant appears to have sufficient income to afford the payment, and he can be counted on to follow through with this plan to resolve his debts. Clearance granted. CASE NO: 11-13937.h1


Foreign Preference; Foreign Influence

11/19/2013

Applicant maintains his Serbian citizenship to protect his property ownership in a house and agricultural land in Serbia worth approximately $200,000 U.S. Applicant estimates his current United States assets at $70,000. Applicant intends to use his Serbian passport as proof of Serbian citizenship to sell his property in Serbia. Applicant also has family, who are dual citizens of Serbia and the United States, and other family and a friend, who are only Serbian citizens residing in Serbia. Mitigation has not been shown. Clearance is denied.


Financial

11/19/2013

Applicant has had a history of overdue debts, and no evidence was introduced to show that any of the debts listed on the SOR had been resolved or reduced or formally disputed. Mitigation has not been shown. Clearance is denied.


Foreign Preference; Financial

11/19/2013

Applicant, a native-born U.S. citizen and the grandson of Greek citizens, acquired dual citizenship with Greece at birth. In order to work in Greece and the European Union, he acquired a Greek passport. He surrendered his Greek passport to his cognizant security authority, and he also destroyed it. He provided documentation to establish that he had made a good-faith effort to resolve a disputed debt. Applicant mitigated security concerns under the foreign preference and financial considerations adjudicative guidelines. Eligibility for a security clearance is granted. CASE NO: 11-10404.h1


Guideline B; Guideline F

11/18/2013

Judge considered Applicant’s false statements in light of the record as a whole. The Judge’s weighing of the evidence was consistent with the record. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 12-09989.a1


Financial

11/18/2013

Applicant defaulted on the mortgage loan on his former residence after relocating for valid family reasons. He was unable to sell the residence due to soil contamination the previous owner failed to disclose. The loan is guaranteed by the VA, foreclosure proceedings are ongoing, and he can pay any resulting debt. The evidence is sufficient to mitigate resulting security concerns. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 11-14707.h1


Guideline F

11/18/2013

Applicant failed to present evidence sufficient to raise a reasonable belief that she had submitted a response to the File of Relevant Material. Even if she had submitted the documents in question, they would not likely have affected the outcome of the case. Otherwise, she did not raise an issue of harmful error. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 11-07169.a1


Foreign Influence; Foreign Preference

11/15/2013

Applicant mitigated the security concerns about his ties to family members and associates who either are citizens and residents of Pakistan, or are Pakistani citizens residing in the United States. He also mitigated security concerns about his monetary assets and potential real property interests in Pakistan, as well as his acquisition of a Pakistani identification card after becoming a U.S. citizen. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 12-10700.h1


Financial

11/15/2013

Applicant had three debts – a $32,164 charged-off home equity loan, a charged-off $177,000 home mortgage, and a charged-off $707 credit card debt. The first debt was forgiven by the lender, the second debt was mitigated after Applicant demonstrated that he presented the lender with five short sale offers that were all rejected before the statute of limitations had tolled, and the third debt was successfully disputed. In the case of the mortgage, Applicant had found buyers who were willing to pay more than the mortgage amount. Applicant mitigated these debts and has regained financial responsibility. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 12-10108.h1


Personal Conduct; Security Violations; Financial

11/15/2013

Applicant falsified time cards and a federal income tax return. She submitted a college project on which she received improper assistance from a fellow student. She refuted allegations of security violations, but she did not mitigate security concerns based on personal conduct and financial considerations. CASE NO: 12-03576.h1


Financial

11/15/2013

Applicant had 22 delinquent debts totaling $81,956, identified on the Statement of Reasons (SOR). Applicant failed to produce sufficient documentation that 12 of her debts, totaling $64,269, have been addressed or are otherwise satisfied. She has not mitigated the Financial Considerations security concerns. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 12-01194


Financial

11/15/2013

Applicant mitigated the financial considerations security concerns. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 11-14212.h.1


Financial

11/15/2013

In May 2003, Applicant’s non-priority, unsecured debts were discharged under Chapter 7 of the Bankruptcy Code. Eighteen delinquent or charged-off debts, totaling $21,638, were subsequently listed on his statement of reasons (SOR). He made some progress; however, he failed to mitigate five delinquent SOR debts, totaling $18,223. He failed to make sufficient progress resolving his financial problems. Financial considerations concerns are not mitigated. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 11-13724.h1


Financial

11/15/2013

Applicant failed to mitigate the trustworthiness concern generated by his financial delinquencies. Eligibility to occupy a sensitive position is denied. CASE NO: 11-13546.h1


Financial; Personal Conduct

11/15/2013

Applicant’s statement of reasons (SOR) lists 20 delinquent, collection, or charged-off accounts totaling $57,098. She failed to make sufficient progress resolving her financial problems. Applicant also presented forged letters she claimed were from creditors falsely indicating some of her debts were paid or in payment plans. Financial considerations and personal conduct concerns are not mitigated. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 11-13428.h1


Financial

11/15/2013

Applicant failed to mitigate the financial considerations security concerns. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-13306.h1


Finances

11/15/2013

Applicant acquired delinquent debt while supporting his in-laws, using his credit cards to pay bills, and losing a tenant. After receiving the SOR, he was able to withdraw money from his IRA and settle one debt. Another two debts were settled with the proceeds from an insurance policy. Financial considerations security concerns are mitigated. Clearance is granted. CASE No.: 11-13238.h1


Financial

11/15/2013

Applicant has nine outstanding debts that became delinquent between 2003 and 2012. He failed to submit sufficient documentary evidence to establish financial responsibility in the handling of his financial obligations. Clearance denied. CASE NO: 09-06893.h1


Financial

11/14/2013

Applicant owes the Internal Revenue Service more than $40,000 for several tax years. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-11455.h1


Personal Conduct; Sexual Behavior; Criminal Conduct

11/14/2013

From 1993 to 2009, Applicant illegally downloaded and, in some cases, copied and distributed software, movies, and video games. In 2006 or 2007, he illegally used Percocet once while holding a security clearance. After inadvertently viewing child pornography via an image-posting forum on the Internet on three occasions in 2008, he downloaded two images that were sexually exploitive of young women, whom he believed were of college age but could have been as young as 16. He drove a vehicle while intoxicated at least once annually between 2005 and October 2009. As of September 2013, Applicant was continuing to associate with persons who regularly smoke marijuana. Alleged misrepresentation of his past marijuana use was not established, and there has been no recurrence of access to child pornography, drunk driving, or illegal drug use in more than four years. Yet, criminal conduct and personal conduct concerns are not fully mitigated. Clearance denied. CASE NO: 11-03696.h1


Drugs, Criminal Conduct; Personal Conduct

11/13/2013

Applicant is a 21-year-old employee of a defense contractor. She mitigated the drug involvement and criminal conduct security concerns, but failed to mitigate the personal conduct security concerns. Eligibility for security clearance is denied. CASE NO: 13-00390.h1


Foreign Influence

11/13/2013

Applicant serves with the U.S. forces in Afghanistan. Since working with U.S. forces, he has had no contact with his Pakistani relatives. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 12-12411.h1


Financial

11/13/2013

Applicant exercised poor judgment by not taking a more active role in the family financial responsibilities. Even after his wife finally told him about tax and mortgage problems in late 2011, more than a year passed before he took documented action to address the delinquent mortgage and taxes. However, given his remedial action since July 2013 to resolved the financial issues, Applicant has mitigated the security concerns arising under the financial considerations guideline. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted.


Guideline B

11/13/2013

After a review of the Judge’s decision and the record, the Board concludes that the Judge did not exclude relevant evidence when determining the applicability of mitigating conditions to SOR allegation 1.b. Adverse decision affirmed.


Guideline B; Guideline F; Guideline E

11/13/2013

Given the record evidence of the extent of Applicant’s family connections in Afghanistan and the activities of terrorist organizations there, the Judge’s adverse decision under Guideline B is supportable.


Financial

11/12/2013

Applicant has six outstanding debts that became delinquent between 2008 and 2012. He failed to submit sufficient documentary evidence to establish financial responsibility in the handling of his financial obligations. CASE NO: 11-15005.h1


Drugs; Personal Conduct

11/12/2013

Applicant failed to mitigate the drug involvement security concerns. The Government failed to establish the personal conduct concerns. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 11-14158.h1


Guideline B; Guideline E

11/07/2013

Applicant has supplied insufficient evidence to overcome the rebuttable presumption that he has ties of affection or obligation the immediate family members of his spouse in Afghanistan. Favorable decision reversed.


Personal Conduct

11/07/2013

Applicant failed to mitigate the personal conduct security concerns. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 12-05690.h1


Criminal Conduct; Drug Involvement; Alcohol Consumption; Personal Conduct

11/07/2013

Applicant used marijuana and possessed drug paraphernalia while possessing a security clearance. He knew he was violating both federal law and his fiduciary responsibilities when he resorted to using marijuana, but it apparently did not matter for he did so on several occasions until the police cited him. He never received any medical treatment, education, or counseling related to his substance abuse. Applicant was also cited for driving under the influence in Bahrain. There are continuing questions and doubts about his reliability, trustworthiness, and ability to protect classified information. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 12-02918.h1


Financial

11/07/2013

Applicant fell behind on some consumer credit accounts due, in part, to unanticipated automobile repair costs. Since 2009, Applicant has been steadily repaying his delinquencies. His debt balance is currently around 40 percent less than what it was when he first started repaying his debts. Clearance granted. CASE NO: 12-00376.h1


Guideline F

11/07/2013

Given Applicant’s longstanding awareness of his delinquent debts and his dilatory efforts at repayment, the Judge’s weighing of the evidence was not arbitrary, capricious or contrary to law. Adverse decision affirmed.


Financial

11/07/2013

Applicant has a lengthy history of delinquent medical and consumer accounts. To date, she has addressed some of her accounts and has succeeded in convincing a number of her creditors to remove their listed obligations from Applicant's most recent credit report. Most of her listed debts remain outstanding and unaddressed, though, and are not covered by any established repayment plan. Financial concerns are not mitigated. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-13259.h1


Foreign Influence; Foreign Preference

11/07/2013

The foreign influence concerns are mitigated because none of Applicant's family members or relatives are connected to the military or government of Jordan. Applicant has lived in the United States since 1997, and became a naturalized citizen in June 2003. Though most of his family are dual citizens, they live predominantly in the United States. Applicant has no financial interests or political affiliation in Jordan. The foreign preference concerns have been sufficiently mitigated by Applicant's formal destruction of his expired Jordanian passport in June 2013, coupled with his stated intention not to renew the document. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted.


Financial

11/07/2013

Applicant mitigated the financial considerations security concerns. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 11-09258.h.2


Foreign Influence

11/06/2013

In 1960 Applicant was born in Afghanistan and attended college there. From 1980 to 1992 he served as a colonel in the Afghan army. In 2001 he arrived in the United States as a refugee. In 2007 he became a U.S. naturalized citizen. His spouse and four children are U.S. naturalized citizen, residing here. His in-laws are citizens and residents of Afghanistan. He has served as a linguist for the U.S. Army. He produced insufficient evidence to mitigate foreign influence security concerns. Access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 13-00559.h1


Foreign Influence

11/06/2013

Applicant was born in a foreign country. His father was a diplomat, and in 1991, he was assigned to the foreign country’s embassy in the United States as the deputy ambassador. His mother currently works for an intergovernmental organization (IGO) that helps developing countries. She is a secretary to the former president of the foreign country. Applicant attended college and graduate school in the United States. His wife is a native-born U.S. citizen and they have two children who were born in the United States. Applicant became a U.S. citizen in 2003. He has held a security clearance without incident since 2007. Foreign influence security concerns are mitigated. Clearance is granted.


Foreign Influence

11/06/2013

Applicant admitted all allegations concerning family members who are residents and citizens of Afghanistan. She provided scant information about these kin and about her life in the United States. Therefore, it is difficult to assess the situation fully. Applicant failed to mitigate foreign influence security concerns. Clearance is denied. CASE No.: 12-12301.h1


Guideline F

11/06/2013

The Judge concluded that the fact that Applicant had three outstanding credit card debts that remained unpaid meant that the debts have not been mitigated by the passage of time. This conclusion is sustainable on this record. Adverse decision affirmed.


Drug Involvement

11/06/2013

Applicant briefly used marijuana in college, around 1999-2000. He was granted a security clearance in 2004. Between June 2010 and January 2011, Applicant twice used marijuana again. While he has concentrated on self-improvement and his family life, insufficient time has passed to mitigate drug involvement security concerns. Clearance is denied. CASE No.: 11-12165.h1


Guideline F; Guideline E

11/06/2013

The Judge concluded that Applicant did not corroborate his claims to have made goodfaith efforts to resolve his debts. The Judge also concluded that Applicant had failed to demonstrate any mitigating condition under Guideline E. These conclusions are sustainable on this record Adverse decision affirmed.


Financial

11/05/2013

Applicant has delinquent debt in the amount of $25,000. He has addressed all the delinquent debts and has made good-faith efforts to resolve them. He has mitigated the security concerns under the above guideline. Eligibility for a security clearance is granted. CASE NO: 13-00604.h1


Foreign Influence

11/05/2013

Applicant came to the United States in 2001. He became a naturalized citizen in 2006. He served as a linguist with the U.S. Army in Afghanistan. Applicant's wife is from Afghanistan and is a United States citizen. His children are U.S. citizens. However, Applicant has extended family in Afghanistan who pose a heightened risk. He has not mitigated the foreign influence security concern. Eligibility for a security clearance is denied. CASE NO: 13-00136.h1


Foreign Influence; Foreign Preference; Personal Conduct

11/05/2013

Applicant mitigated the foreign preference concern. He has a long track record of preferring the United States over the interest of his parent’s birth country, Serbia. He also mitigated the personal conduct security concern, because his failure to register for selective service was unintentional. Notwithstanding Applicant’s history of fidelity to the United States, concerns persist about the potential that foreign influence could be exerted on him through his only child, who lives in Serbia. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 12-02802.h1


Personal Conduct

11/05/2013

Applicant, who had possessed a security clearance since approximately 2006, had a friendship with a woman who was a citizen of an Asian country and working in a Middle Eastern country. He was not candid in reporting this relationship on his e-QIP and in his interview with an authorized investigator. His lack of candor raises concerns about his judgment, reliability, and trustworthiness. He failed to mitigate security concerns under the personal conduct adjudicative guideline. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 12-02615.h1


Foreign Influence

11/05/2013

Applicant’s parents, sister, aunts, and in-laws, are citizens and residents of India. He maintains a home, bank account, and other investment property in India. The foreign influence security concern has not been resolved. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 12-00120.h1


Financial

11/05/2013

Applicant filed Chapter 13 bankruptcy in 2007, but the bankruptcy was dismissed a couple months after he filed it. He has eight delinquent debts totaling $29,599 identified on the Statement of Reasons (SOR). Appellant failed to produce sufficient documentation that his debts have been addressed or are otherwise satisfied. He has not mitigated the Financial Considerations security concerns. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 11-12040


Drug Involvement; Criminal Conduct; Personal Conduct; Financial

11/05/2013

Applicant was twice arrested and once convicted of felony cocaine possession and twice arrested and twice convicted of driving while intoxicated (DWI). He remains on community supervision until June 2014. He used cocaine over a number of years and provided falsified information about his use and arrests on his security questionnaires, during a DoD interview, in an interrogatory, and at his hearing. He has unresolved delinquent accounts totaling approximately $14,000. His drug involvement, criminal conduct, personal conduct, and financial considerations remain security concerns. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-11627.h1


Personal Conduct

11/05/2013

Security concerns about Applicant’s alleged lack of candor during a July 2008 interview for employment with the United States Government were not fully established. Applicant has demonstrated that he can abide by his security responsibilities. Clearance granted. CASE NO: 11-08706.h1


Personal Conduct

11/05/2013

Applicant failed to mitigate the personal conduct concerns raised by the findings of a 2006 Army Criminal Investigation Command (CID) investigation. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-04167.h1


Financial

11/04/2013

Applicant is 71 years old and employed as an Security Guard/Receptionist by a defense contractor. Her history of excessive indebtedness caused by her husband's unexpected death and her loss of employment has been mitigated by sufficient evidence of reform and rehabilitation. She has hired an attorney who has filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy to discharge her debts. There is evidence that demonstrates that her financial problems are being resolved or are under control. Sufficient mitigation has been shown. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 12-01357.h1


Financial

11/04/2013

Applicant is 35 years old and employed as an Animal Trainer by a defense contractor. Her history of excessive indebtedness caused by her husband's loss of employment, while she was unemployed and pregnant, has not been resolved by sufficient evidence of reform and rehabilitation. She plans to file bankruptcy to discharge her debts, but she has not yet started the process. There is no evidence that demonstrates that her financial problems are being resolved or are under control. Sufficient mitigation has not been shown. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-14309.h1


Personal Conduct; Financial

11/04/2013

Applicant is 25 years old and employed as a Survey Specialist by a defense contractor. Her long term loving relationship with her girlfriend who is a drug dealer and drug user shows poor judgment, unreliability and untrustworthiness. Furthermore, her history of excessive indebtedness has not been mitigated. Sufficient mitigation has not been shown. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-14160.h1


Personal Conduct

11/04/2013

Applicant is 36 years old and employed as a Quality Control Manager by a defense contractor. Applicant's spouse is a Mexican citizen who is in the United States illegally, resides with the Applicant, and remains in an undocumented status. Applicant's conduct shows poor judgment, unreliability, and untrustworthiness. Sufficient mitigation has not been shown. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-05826.h1


Financial

10/31/2013

Applicant bought five risky real estate investment properties in a blighted area of a distant city in 2005, and stopped making resulting mortgage payments in August 2007. In May 2007, he incurred more mortgage debt for a preconstruction home in a different city. He decided not to move there, and stopped making those payments in November 2007. Related utility bills in both locations remain unpaid, as do three large medical debts incurred in 2010. The evidence is insufficient to mitigate resulting security concerns. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 13-00311.h1


Foreign Influence; Personal Conduct

10/31/2013

Applicant failed to mitigate the foreign influence and the personal conduct security concerns. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 12-12171.h1


Personal Conduct

10/31/2013

Applicant mitigated the security concerns arising from the unintended breach of his employment agreement with his former employer. Applicant attended a meeting on behalf of his new employer before resigning his position with his former employer. Applicant’s actions were a violation of his fiduciary duties as outlined in his employment agreement and raised the appearance of a conflict of interest. After a review of the evidence, it is clear that Applicant did not undermine his former employer’s position to retain the federal contract. He worked countless hours and genuinely tried to help his former employer retain the contract. He sincerely did not believe his attendance at the meeting was in violation of his employment agreement. He used his own personal time to attend the meeting and clearly identified himself as a representative of his new employer. This single lapse in judgment occurred over 18 months ago and is wholly uncharacteristic of Applicant’s over 17 years of service to the nation. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 12-12001.h1


Sexual Behavior; Personal Conduct

10/31/2013

Applicant is a 31-year-old engineer for a defense contractor. When he was a young man, he viewed some images on the Internet of what appeared to be an underage girl in sexually-explicit poses. There is no indication of the actual age of the female. There has been no problematic conduct in about eight years. He did not intentionally provide false information on his Questionnaire for National Security Positions (SF 86). Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 12-06944.h1


Criminal Conduct; Sexual Behavior

10/31/2013

On April 10, 2010, Applicant engaged in sexual intercourse with a 15-year-old girl. On January 10, 2011, he pleaded guilty to the first class misdemeanor-level offense of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Criminal conduct and sexual behavior concerns are not mitigated. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 12-03036.h1


Financial:

10/31/2013

Applicant is 43 years old. He has delinquent debts that he is unwilling or unable to resolve. Applicant failed to mitigate the security concerns under Guideline F, Financial Considerations. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 12-01664.h1


Financial

10/31/2013

Applicant accumulated several delinquencies following the real estate crash. Despite a series of low-paying jobs, he supported himself as well as several family members. Applicant has now succeeded in paying three of the four debts in the SOR. I conclude he will continue to work to resolve his remaining delinquent account. Eligibility for public trust position is granted. CASE NO: 11-15139.h1


Financial

10/31/2013

Applicant is a 29-year-old employee of a defense contractor. She failed to present sufficient evidence to mitigate the security concerns arising from her delinquent debts. Clearance is denied. Case No. 11-13814.h1


Financial Considerations

10/31/2013

Applicant’s financial problems were not caused by frivolous or irresponsible spending, and he did not spend beyond his means. Rather, his problems were largely beyond his control. Applicant was unexpectedly assessed child support and a child support arrearage; he was unemployed from November 2004 until August 2005; his residence was partially destroyed by Hurricane Katrina; the insurance company refused to cover the damage; and Applicant was prevented from working as a commercial pilot because he was unable to secure a required passport because of his child support arrearage. All of the above created a financial burden and strain on his ability to continue making child support payments. Nevertheless, Applicant did not ignore his creditors. Instead, he accepted lower-paying positions in an effort to address his creditors. He resolved his child support arrearage and one student loan, and is in the process of resolving the two other student loans. He no longer has any other delinquent debts, and there are clear indications that his financial problems are under control. There are no continuing questions and doubts about his reliability, trustworthiness, and ability to protect classified information. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 11-13505.h1


Alcohol

10/31/2013

Applicant was convicted of misdemeanor driving under the influence (DUI) in 2006 following a 2005 DUI arrest. He completed all court-ordered alcohol treatment. Applicant later was incorrectly diagnosed as being alcohol dependent. He successfully rebutted that diagnosis. Applicant has made lifestyle changes since his DUI arrest that include not driving after he has consumed any alcohol. Clearance is granted.


Alcohol

10/31/2013

Applicant attended court-ordered outpatient alcohol treatment in 2008 after two underage drinking offenses. He was caught driving drunk in August 2008 and in October 2011. He abstained from alcohol after his October 2011 arrest, but he resumed drinking by July 2013. Applicant started individual counseling in September 2013, but it is too soon to conclude that his alcohol abuse is safely in the past, given he drank eight beers on an occasion in July 2013. Clearance denied. CASE NO: 11-09493.h1


Financial

10/31/2013

Applicant has a lengthy history of accumulated Federal and state tax delinquencies and delinquent consumer debts. While he has discharged his state tax debts, he has failed to address most of his remaining delinquent debts and has no established plan for resolving them. Applicant does not mitigate financial concerns. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-08633.h1


Sexual Behavior, Personal Conduct

10/31/2013

Applicant successfully underwent psychological counseling from 1998 to 2010, made lifestyle changes, and has not viewed images of underage girls in sexually provocative poses since 2004. Considering the evidence as a whole, his past sexual behavior and personal conduct does not raise doubts about his current judgment and his ability to comply with the law and regulations. CASE NO: 11-07608.h1


Financial

10/31/2013

Applicant received a Chapter 7 bankruptcy discharge in September 1998. Thereafter, he accumulated numerous delinquent debts. He claimed that several debts had been paid, but he submitted no documentary evidence to support his claim. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-07591.h1


Foreign Influence

10/31/2013

Applicant, 34, was born in Sierra Leone and became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 2006. Her mother is a citizen and resident of Sierra Leone. Her father and sister are naturalized U.S. citizens residing in Sierra Leone. One of her immediate family members is a high-level government official in Sierra Leone. She failed to demonstrate that her contacts in Sierra Leone do not pose a security risk, and that she would not be placed in a position of having to choose between loyalty to the United States and her connections to foreign family members. She failed to mitigate the foreign influence security concerns raised. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-06895.h1


Drugs; Criminal Conduct; Personal Conduct

10/30/2013

Applicant failed to mitigate the Drug Involvement, Criminal Conduct, and Personal Conduct security concerns. Drug Involvement security concerns arose out of Applicant’s methamphetamine use from April 2004 to November 2005; and from December 2010 to January 2011 while holding a security clearance. Criminal Conduct concerns resulted from Applicant’s two drug-related arrests in 1984 and 2005. Personal Conduct security concerns arose out of Applicant’s incomplete answers to questions about his criminal history on two Electronic Questionnaires for Investigative Processing (e-QIP). Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 11-12935.h1


Financial; Foreign Preference

10/30/2013

Applicant mitigated the security concerns about his finances by resolving most of his debts. His current finances are sound, he has incurred no new bad debt, and his past financial problems do not reflect adversely on his judgment. Available information is also sufficient to mitigate the security concerns about his close family ties to citizens and residents of Colombia. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 11-07427.h1


Foreign Influence

10/29/2013

Applicant has worked overseas under dangerous conditions in support of the national defense. He mitigated any foreign influence concerns raised by his family members in Pakistan. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 13-00287.h1


Foreign Influence

10/29/2013

Applicant is close to his mother and brother, who are citizens and residents of Egypt. He is also close to his brother, who is a citizen of Egypt and a resident of the United Arab Emirates. However, he has much closer and stronger connections to the United States. Foreign influence security concerns are mitigated, and eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 13-00110.h1


Foreign Influence

10/29/2013

Applicant’s mother, older brother, and five sisters are citizens and residents of Afghanistan. Applicant’s father-in-law and mother-in-law were citizens of Afghanistan, but are deceased. He mitigated the Foreign Influence security concerns. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 12-11093.h1


Financial

10/29/2013

Applicant is responsible for financial delinquencies totaling approximately $63,584. While he provided some documentation showing payment plans for three of the debts, Applicant’s personal financial statement also showed he was spending $671 more each month than he earned. Applicant failed to mitigate security concerns under the financial considerations adjudicative guideline. Eligibility for a security clearance is denied. CASE NO: 12-01977.h1


Guideline F

10/29/2013

Although the Judge credited Applicant with making some effort with regard to repayment of her delinquent debts, the Judge concluded that these efforts were of recent vintage and that Applicant possessed the financial means to satisfy the debts in a more timely manner. These conclusions are reasonably supported by the record evidence. Adverse decision affirmed.


Guideline F

10/29/2013

The Judge concluded that because it has been more than eight months since Applicant made any payments, the evidence does not support a conclusion that she acted reasonably under the circumstances. This conclusion is reasonably supported by the record evidence. Adverse decision affirmed.


Guideline E

10/28/2013

Factual errors in Judge’s decision were harmless. The Appeal Board cannot consider new evidence. Judge’s analysis of the mitigating conditions lacked specificity but was sustainable. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 12-04565.a1


Financial

10/28/2013

Applicant is a 41-year-old employee of a defense contractor. He presented sufficient evidence to mitigate the security concerns arising from his delinquent debts. Clearance is granted. Case No. 12-01770.h1


Financial

10/28/2013

Applicant has failed to submit sufficient documentation to support her assertion that she is addressing her delinquent debts. After an investigative interview in 2011 that put her on notice of her financial issues, she waited until 2013 to obtain a service to dispute the debts. She relied on items removed from her credit report for mitigation. She has satisfied four state tax liens recently.. She has not mitigated the financial considerations security concern. Eligibility for a security clearance is denied. CASE NO: 12-00828.h1


Financial; Personal Conduct

10/28/2013

After being fired in August 2007 and being unemployed for about four months, Applicant accumulated numerous debts. He also stopped filing his federal income tax returns. When he submitted a security clearance application in August 2011, he did not disclose any financial problems. He has refuted the allegation of falsifying his security clearance application, but he has not mitigated the security concerns raised by his financial problems. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-14401.h1


Guideline K

10/28/2013

The Judge’s material findings of security concern were supported by substantial evidence. Applicant failed to rebut the presumption that the Judge considered all of the evidence. The Appeal Board cannot consider new evidence on appeal. Security-significant conduct that occurred after Applicant had been placed on notice that her finances were of concern supports the Judge’s adverse decision. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 11-10405.a1


Financial

10/25/2013

Applicant has had a history of unsatisfied judgements and overdue debts. He has not resolved any of his judgements or overdue debts. Mitigation has not been shown. Clearance is denied.


Foreign Influence; Foreign Preference; Personal Conduct

10/25/2013

Applicant has mitigated the security significance of the presence of his wife's family member in Afghanistan, as well as his working as an advisor to the Afghan government in 2002-2003, and his acquisition of an Afghan passport during the same period. He did not falsify Government forms. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 12-07661.h1


Drugs

10/25/2013

Despite his expression of intent to remain drug-free, Applicant provided insufficient evidence to mitigate security concerns regarding his 2006 to September 2011 drug abuse. Clearance is denied. CASE No.: 12-00270h.1


Financial

10/25/2013

Applicant’s statement of reasons (SOR) lists 38 delinquent or charged-off debts, totaling $27,440. Twenty-seven of her debts were mitigated as 19 were disputed medical debts, and 8 non-medical disputed debts were removed from her credit report. She did not provide any documentation showing attempts to establish payment plans or to resolve her 11 remaining delinquent debts, totaling $19,115. She did not make any payments to address any of her SOR debts. She failed to make sufficient progress resolving her financial problems. Financial considerations concerns are not mitigated. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 11-14226.h1


Financial; Security Violations; Information Technology; Personal Conduct

10/25/2013

Applicant is a 35-year-old software engineer. Her recent history of security infractions or violations coupled with a history of financial problems equate to a pattern of irresponsible, lax, or negligent conduct. She did not present sufficient evidence to explain, extenuate, and mitigate the security concerns. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-12534.h1


Drugs; Personal Conduct

10/24/2013

Applicant's admitted one time Drug Involvement does not serve as a basis for exploitation or pressure, and he has credibly eschewed any future drug abuse. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 13-00488.h1


Financial

10/24/2013

All of Applicant's alleged unsecured debts have been included in his Chapter 7 bankruptcy filing. No other debts are outstanding. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 12-02462.h1


Personal Conduct

10/24/2013

In the security clearance application (e-QIP), Applicant completed in September 2010, he omitted his six-month employment with a defense contractor. Because of the disputed circumstances by which Applicant exited this company, he had motives to conceal this employment from his new employer and the Government. Applicant omitted his employment with this contractor out of concern his disclosure could adversely affect his prospective employment with another employer and his security clearance eligibility. Applicant does not mitigate security concerns associated with his e-QIP omissions. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 12-00697.h1


Criminal Conduct; Financial

10/24/2013

Applicant is a 34-year-old employee of a federal contractor. He failed to present sufficient evidence to mitigate the security concerns arising from his criminal conduct and delinquent debts. Clearance is denied. Case No. 11-11069.h1


Financial

10/24/2013

Applicant owes the Internal Revenue Service more than $100,000 for tax years 2003 through 2007. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 10-02845.h1


Foreign Influence

10/23/2013

Applicant is a naturalized U.S. citizen who was born in Afghanistan. His immediate family members, including his mother, father, brothers and children are citizens and residents of the United States. He has limited contacts with an aunt and cousin in Afghanistan. He works as a linquist for the U. S. military. Eligibility for a security clearance is granted. CASE NO: 12-09340.h1


Drugs; Personal Conduct

10/23/2013

Applicant used illegal drugs before and after being granted a security clearance. He was not candid in reporting his drug use in interviews with authorized investigators. His lack of candor raises concerns about his judgment, reliability, and trustworthiness. He failed to mitigate security concerns under the drug involvement and personal conduct adjudicative guidelines. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 12-02525.h1


Financial

10/23/2013

Applicant has a record of failing to meet her obligation to pay her student loans. The Statement of Reasons alleges delinquent loans amounting to more than $168,000. Although she has made intermittent payments since her graduation in 2009, the bulk of her debt remains unresolved. She established a plan of monthly payments and made one payment shortly before the hearing. However, her plan is too recent to show a track record of consistent payments. Applicant's request for access to sensitive information is denied. CASE NO: 12-01023.h1


Financial

10/23/2013

Applicant works for a defense contractor. He has 22 delinquent debts totaling $18,341. Applicant has not resolved any of the delinquent debts. Applicant did not mitigate the financial considerations security concerns. Eligibility for a clearance is denied. CASE NO: 12-00819.h1


Guideline F

10/23/2013

Even though Applicant admitted the delinquent debts alleged in the SOR, the government produced documentary evidence of them. The Judge’s findings of fact were based on substantial evidence. Adverse decision affirmed.


Financial

10/23/2013

Applicant did not mitigate the financial considerations security concerns. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 11-14035.h1


Drugs

10/23/2013

Applicant smoked marijuana on two occasions after being granted a security clearance. He realizes the seriousness of his lapses of good judgment, and he intends no future illegal drug involvement. Clearance granted. CASE NO: 11-13627.h1


Financial

10/23/2013

Applicant works for a defense contractor. She has 22 delinquent debts totaling $11,406. Applicant has not resolved any of the debts even after hiring a debt resolution company. Applicant did not mitigate the financial considerations security concerns. Eligibility for a clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-10108.h1


Guideline M; Guideline D; Guideline E

10/23/2013

The unusual and extensive technical problems with the video-teleconference equipment during the hearing were sufficiently disruptive to have deprived Applicant of his right to a hearing as contemplated by the Directive. Adverse decision remanded.


Alcohol; Personal Conduct

10/23/2013

Applicant failed to mitigate the security concerns arising from his past history of alcohol abuse and intentional falsification of his security clearance applications. Three years ago, Applicant consumed alcohol and committed a serious criminal offense while under the effects of an alcohol-induced blackout. Although he has taken some positive steps to overcome his alcohol issues, he did not establish that a similar situation is unlikely to recur. Applicant also deliberately falsified two separate security clearance applications regarding the extent of his past drug use. He did so in order to secure a job. He took responsibility for his conduct at the hearing, but his past dishonesty and decision to place his own interests over his security obligations continues to raise doubts about his current eligibility for a security clearance. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-06138.h1


Sexual Behavior, Criminal Conduct, Personal Conduct

10/22/2013

Applicant committed about 100 misdemeanor-level criminal offenses when he hired prostitutes on a bi-weekly to monthly basis from February 2007 until April 2013. In his August 23, 2011 Office of Personnel Management (OPM) personal subject interview (PSI) he honestly described his involvement with prostitutes over the previous ten weeks. Sexual behavior and personal conduct concerns are mitigated; however, criminal conduct concerns are not mitigated. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 11-14021.h1


Personal Conduct; Foreign Influence

10/22/2013

Applicant's alleged personal conduct was initially sanctioned by representatives of the U.S. Air Force. However, this advice proved to be wrong, and he took full responsibility for his company's actions. He was disbarred from contracting with the U.S. Government, however, at the behest of our Government his disbarment has been lifted. Furthermore, Applicant's foreign in-laws have no influence over him. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 11-02216.h1


Alcohol

10/21/2013

Applicant’s alcohol use resulted in DUI arrests between 1982 and 2010. He attended court-ordered alcohol education and served probation. Four of the arrests occurred while he held a security clearance. Applicant continues to drink alcohol at the same level as in the past. He has failed to mitigate the security concerns under Guideline G. Clearance is denied. Case No.: 12-01128.h1


Foreign Preference; Foreign Influence

10/18/2013

Applicant was born in Hong Kong while it was a British colony. He came to the United States in 1968, became a U.S. citizen in 1979, and received a security clearance in 1988. He renewed his Hong Kong identity card in 2009, but he destroyed it when he learned that it raised security concerns. He married a citizen of Hong Kong in 1992. His wife remained in the United States after their marriage, and she became a U.S. citizen in 2001. His mother-in-law, two brothers-in-law, and sister-in-law are citizens and residents of the People’s Republic of China. Applicant has had virtually no contact with his in-laws since 2009. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 13-00704.h1


Drug Involvement; Personal Conduct

10/18/2013

Applicant used marijuana from 2000 until 2004. He obtained a security clearance in 2005. In 2010, he again used marijuana. Applicant falsified his 2005 and 2006 security clearance applications. He discussed his use of marijuana in an investigative interview in 2006. His intent was not to use illegal drugs in the future. He has not mitigated the security concerns under the above guidelines. Eligibility for a security clearance is denied. CASE NO: 13-00452.h1


Financial

10/18/2013

Applicant has unresolved tax obligations to the IRS from approximately 2003 to 2011. The alleged amount of tax is approximately $90,000. Applicant admit the tax obligation but disputes the amount of tax that is owed. She failed to timely file her federal tax returns for the same period of time. She has a state judgment for unpaid taxes. She has not produced documentation that she has consistently made payments to resolve the debts. She was sincere and credible that she intends to pay her delinquent debts, but she has no track record of payments. Her efforts are not sufficient to mitigate the security concerns under the financial considerations guideline. Eligibility for a security clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-14784.h1


Foreign Influence, Foreign Preference

10/18/2013

Applicant was born in Taiwan and is a naturalized U.S. citizen who has lived in the United States since 1990. Applicant’s mother, siblings, and in-laws are citizens and residents of Taiwan. He has substantially more connections to the United States than to Taiwan. Applicant has rebutted or mitigated the Government’s security concerns under Guideline B, Foreign Influence and Guideline C, Foreign Preference. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 11-11585.h1


Financial

10/16/2013

Applicant is a 50-year-old employee of a defense contractor. He has 11 outstanding debts that became delinquent between 2006 and 2012, totaling $80,000. He failed to establish financial responsibility in the handling of his debts. Clearance denied. CASE NO: 11-12907.h1


Guideline E; Guideline D

10/15/2013

The Appeal Board defers to a Judge’s credibility determination unless that determination is unreasonable or is contradicted by other evidence. The Judge’s finding that Applicant had not deliberately made false statements was not supported by substantial record evidence. Evidence of other wrongs or acts is relevant in evaluating an applicant’s mens rea. Favorable decision reversed. CASE NO: 11-11959.a1


Financial Considerations

10/15/2013

Applicant failed to mitigate the financial considerations security concern generated by her delinquent debts. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-10695.h1


Guideline F

10/15/2013

The Government presented substantial evidence of Guideline F security concerns. The Judge’s material findings were supported by substantial record evidence. Any error in the findings was harmless. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 11-07780.a1


Financial

10/02/2013

Applicant is responsible for two financial delinquencies totaling approximately $19,688. The debts are long-standing, and Applicant failed to provide documentation establishing that he is not responsible for the debts. He failed to mitigate security concerns under the financial considerations adjudicative guideline. Eligibility for a security clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-13286.h1


Financial

10/02/2013

Applicant accumulated approximately $44,000 of delinquent debt since 2005. He provided evidence that he paid two delinquent debts, and is resolving about $18,000 of debt through a repayment plan over another two years. Approximately $11,500 of delinquent debts remains unaddressed, including an unpaid state income tax lien from 2005 that was settled for a lesser amount in early 2013, and student loans. He failed to demonstrate that he is reliable in addressing his financial delinquencies. Resulting security concerns were not mitigated. Based upon a review of the pleadings and exhibits, eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 11-09668.h1


Guideline F; Guideline J

10/01/2013

In evaluating Applicant’s case for mitigation, the Judge stated that he had failed to demonstrate responsible action in regard to his debts. She also concluded that Applicant’s criminal record evidenced a pattern of unreliable conduct. The Judge’s conclusions are sustainable on this record. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 12-07158.a1


Foreign Influence

10/01/2013

Applicant is close to his father, several siblings, and a friend who are citizens and residents of Pakistan. He provides financial support to his family living in Pakistan. He owns valuable property in Pakistan. Over the last 11 years, he has visited Pakistan seven times for 15-20 days on each visit. His most recent visit was in December 2012. Foreign influence security concerns are not mitigated, and eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 11-06925.h1


Guideline F; Guideline E

10/01/2013

Five of Applicant’s debts remain unresolved in an amount of $18,037. He had 29 disciplinary infractions with his employer, and he did not report these on his security clearance application. The Judge’s conclusion that Applicant’s evidence in mitigation does not meet his burden of overcoming the security concerns arising from the financial and personal conduct guidelines is sustainable. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 10-00046.a1


Financial; Personal Conduct

09/30/2013

In August 2005, Applicant quit his job after being told he would be fired because of a conflict of interest between his personal business and his employer’s business. He was unemployed from October 2010 to January 2011 and from April 2012 to April 2013. In October 2011, he was fired from a part-time job for failing to follow procedures for clocking in and clocking out. He accumulated numerous delinquent debts, many of which are unresolved. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 12-09196.h1


Financial

09/30/2013

Applicant’s statement of reasons (SOR) lists eight delinquent or charged-off debts, totaling $78,484. She did not provide any documentation showing attempts to establish payment plans or to resolve her delinquent debts. She did not make any payments to address any of her SOR debts. She failed to make sufficient progress resolving her financial problems. Financial considerations concerns are not mitigated. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 11-13730.h1


Financial; Foreign Influence;

9/30/2013

Applicant has 20 delinquent debts totaling $885,275.99, identified on the Statement of Reasons (SOR). Appellant failed to produce sufficient documentation that 19 of his debts have been addressed or are otherwise satisfied. He has not mitigated the Financial Considerations security concerns. Additionally, Applicant owns a share of undeveloped real estate in Afghanistan, maintains contact with his cousins in Afghanistan, and is a childhood friend of a high-level Afghani leader. He has not mitigated the Foreign Influence security concerns. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO:11-10249.h1


Information Technology; Personal Conduct; Sexual Behavior

09/30/2013

Applicant did not mitigate the personal conduct, sexual behavior, and misuse of information technology security concerns. Over the course of six years, from 2003 to 2009, he actively searched for, received, and viewed child pornography. He also hacked into the e-mail, internet, and computer accounts of others looking for images to gratify his deviant sexual interests. Applicant’s past conduct continues to cast doubt on his current reliability, trustworthiness, and good judgment. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-09770.h1


Guideline F

09/30/2013

Judge’s adverse conclusion based, in part, on statements that were not supported by the record. Judge went beyond the plain language of the Guidelines in analyzing Applicant’s response to his debts. Adverse decision remanded. CASE NO: 11-09258.a1


Guideline B; Guideline F

09/30/2013

The Appeal Board cannot consider new evidence on appeal. Applicant’s contention that he has served the U.S. under high-risk circumstances lacked detail and was not corroborated. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 11-06939.a1


Financial

09/27/2013

After Applicant bought and rehabilitated two investment properties, his tenants stopped paying the rent. After they were evicted, the properties were vandalized several times. The U.S. economic recession and the real estate market crash affected Applicant's ability to make payments on the loans. Although he made numerous efforts to resolve the situation, one lender foreclosed. Applicant’s current financial status is sound, and he will be able to resolve any deficiency that may result. He has an offer awaiting lender approval for the other property. He has no intent to make such investments in the future. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 13-00453.h1


Foreign Influence

09/27/2013

Applicant mitigated foreign influence security concerns. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 13-00036.h1


Financial

9/27/2013

Applicant has a long history of financial indebtedness. She currently has 10 delinquent debts that total approximately $45,771, and has failed to submit proof that any of them are satisfied. In addition, she falsified information on her Security Clearance Application. She has not mitigated the Financial Considerations and Personal Conduct security concerns. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO:11.13473.h1


Financial

09/27/2013

Applicant has not mitigated the security concerns under the financial considerations guideline. He has not resolved his delinquent debts which total approximately $60,000. He did not submit sufficient documentation to meet his burden of proof. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-02457.h1


Financial; Criminal Conduct; Alcohol; Personal Conduct

09/27/2013

Applicant contests the Department of Defense’s (DoD) intent to deny her eligibility for a security clearance to work in the defense industry. The four charged-off or delinquent accounts alleged in the Statement of Reasons (SOR), totaling $16,500, have been resolved. As have the alcohol consumption, criminal conduct, and personal conduct security concerns. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 10-10932.h1


Financial; Personal Conduct

09/26/2013

Applicant is a 49-year-old employee of a defense contractor. She did not intentionally provide false information on her Questionnaire for National Security Positions (SF 86), but she has not mitigated the concerns raised by her history of financial problems. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 12-03238.h1


Foreign Influence

09/25/2013

Applicant works for a defense contractor. He married a citizen of the PRC whose family continues to reside there. He did not provide sufficient and persuasive information on his wife’s background and activities or those of her family to overcome the disqualifying conditions under this guideline. Applicant did not mitigate the foreign influence security concerns. Eligibility for a clearance is denied. CASE NO: 12-01432.h1


Alcohol

09/25/2013

Applicant works for a defense contractor. He received a diagnosis of alcohol dependence in 2010 and again in 2013. He refuses to abstain from drinking beer, his beverage of choice. Applicant did not mitigate the alcohol consumption security concerns. Eligibility for a clearance is denied. CASE NO: 12-00020.h1


Financial

09/25/2013

Applicant is 34 years old. He works for a defense contractor as an engineer. He made two bad real estate investments in 2007, borrowing with no down payments $1.5 million. The real estate market crashed and Applicant could not repay the debts. Both properties were foreclosed and he is now liable only on the second mortgage used as the down payment on the condominium. He negotiated a settlement and is paying it from his savings in a lump sum. The debt is resolved. Applicant mitigated the financial considerations security concerns. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 11-15801.h1


Financial; Personal Conduct

09/25/2013

Applicant is 55 years old. He works for a defense contractor. He owes seven delinquent debts totaling $23,226. He paid his debts outright or on the installment payment basis and is actively resolving his state income tax debts. He mitigated the financial considerations and personal conduct security concerns. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 11-09818.h1


Personal Conduct; Financial

09/25/2013

Applicant is an information systems security manager (ISSM) who exercised very poor judgment during difficult and stressful domestic circumstances. In 2009, she used marijuana once while holding a Top Secret security clearance, and she was arrested on five occasions on charges varying from simple assault and stalking, to filing a false report with law enforcement, to negligent driving after she caused an accident. In September 2010, she was reprimanded by her employer for gaining authorized access to a computer system but through improper means. Financial concerns that arise because of delinquent debt are being appropriately addressed through repayment plans. Counseling has minimized the risk of recurrence of the personal conduct concerns, and the security violation was an isolated incident in 27 years of security compliance. Clearance continued. CASE NO: 09-06202.h1


Personal Conduct

09/24/2013

Applicant falsified his security clearance application and subsequent interview by mischaracterizing the circumstances surrounding his departure from a job that he left in 2007. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-14491


Financial

09/24/2013

The Applicant has addressed only one of her two very substantial mortgage debts. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-14431.h1


Personal Conduct

09/24/2013

Applicant is 41 years old. He deliberately falsified material facts on his security clearance application and provided false statements to a government investigator. He has not mitigated the security concerns under Guideline E, personal conduct. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-12657.h1


Financial

09/24/2013

Applicant is 37 years old and employed as a Software Engineer by a defense contractor. Applicant's excessive tax liability, caused by working as an independent contractor, and not paying his taxes or filing his returns on time, has been mitigated. Applicant has either paid his delinquent taxes or set up an installment agreement that he is following to resolve his debt. His delinquent returns have been filed. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 11-11774.h1


Guideline G; Guideline H

09/24/2013

The Directive presumes a nexus between proven conduct under any of the Guidelines and an applicant’s security eligibility. Security clearance determinations are not limited to consideration of conduct during duty hours. A good security record is not a bar to an adverse decision. The scope and methods of clearance investigations are, in general, outside the jurisdiction of the Hearing Office and the Appeal Board. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 11-05684.a1


Guideline C; Guideline B

09/24/2013

The Judge did not abuse his discretion in ruling on Official Notice documents. Applicant failed to rebut the presumption that the Judge considered all of the evidence. The Board cannot consider new evidence on appeal. The Judge erred in concluding that Foreign Preference Mitigating Condition 11(a) logically mitigated the concerns arising from Applicant’s significant connections to Israel. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 10-04641.a1


Financial

09/23/2013

Applicant is 57 years old. He was unemployed for a significant period of time and his wife was also unemployed but for a shorter period. Applicant had serious medical problems that required surgery. These factors caused him to have financial difficulties. He has resolved some of his delinquent debts and has payment plans to resolve the remaining ones. He has a legitimate dispute with one creditor that he is attempting to resolve. Applicant mitigated the security concerns under Guideline F, financial considerations. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 11-12437.h1


Financial

09/23/2013

Applicant accrued $13,638 in delinquent debt between December 2008 and December 2011. Applicant has taken no steps to satisfy the debt even though he has a monthly remainder of $2,881 after payment of his debts and expenses. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied.


Financial

09/23/2013

Applicant is past due on a mortgage loan in the amount of $242,000. He purchased an investment property that resulted in unfortunate circumstances. However, he has lived in the property for four years without making payments to the bank. He has not mitigated the financial considerations security concern. Eligibility for a security clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-09790.h1


Financial

09/20/2013

Applicant is 52 years old. She had many medical problems that caused her to have financial difficulties. She has resolved most of her delinquent debts and has payment plans for the remaining debts. Applicant mitigated the security concerns under Guideline F, financial considerations. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 11-14754.h1


Misuse of Technology Information Systems

09/20/2013

Shortly after his dismissal from employment, Applicant’s former assistant and two senior engineers asked him for help with their office systems. In responding to their questions, Applicant tested the entry into the program, but still could not find any problems. A vice president similarly asked for this information. The company alleged Applicant maliciously altered the system. There is no evidence of any malicious or negligent alterations. Applicant assisted his former peers and the company vice president in good faith. Applicant mitigated security concerns. Clearance is granted. CASE No.: 11-14118h.1


Financial

09/20/2013

Applicant accumulated a number of delinquent obligations he co-signed for his wife (mostly for student loans) during their marriage. As a part of their separation agreement, his wife assumed responsibility for the discharge of these debts. After she quit paying on the debts, the creditors charged them off. Believing the debts belonged to his wife were charged off and no longer his potential responsibility, Applicant never addressed them. His recent commitments to address his ex-wife's charged-off debts after he repays his 401(k) loan (made necessary to complete sale conditions of the recent sale of his home) are sufficient to mitigate financial concerns. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 11-13489.h1


Personal Conduct; Financial

09/20/2013

Applicant is a 28-year-old prospective employee of a federal contractor. He presented sufficient evidence to mitigate the security concerns arising from his misconduct and delinquent debts. Clearance is granted. Case No. 11-10958.h1


Financial; Personal Conduct

09/20/2013

Applicant has mitigated the security concerns caused by his prior financial situation. In addition, he did not falsify Government questionnaires. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 11-09994.h1


Financial

09/19/2013

Applicant has a history of financial problems and delinquent debt. Two months before her hearing, Applicant and her boyfriend contracted with a debt consolidation firm. However, at the time of her hearing, she had failed to resolve any of the debts alleged on the Statement of Reasons. Her current financial obligations consume more than her income. Applicant failed to mitigate security concerns under Guideline F, Financial Considerations. Eligibility for a security clearance is denied. CASE NO: 12-01107.h1


Financial

09/19/2013

Applicant is a 55-year-old employee of a defense contractor. He failed to present sufficient evidence to mitigate the security concerns arising from his failure to file federal and state income tax returns for about 16 years. Clearance is denied. Case No. 11-14439.h1


Financial

9/19/2013

Applicant has had a history of overdue debts. Most of the debts that were resolved were either through liens or foreclosures. Also, Applicant willfully failed to file Federal and state tax returns for many years, as recently as for tax year 2012. Mitigation has not been shown. Clearance is denied.


Financial Considerations; Personal Conduct

09/18/2013

With only three of 11 listed debts satisfied and no documented resolution or documented payment plan for the remaining debts, Applicant has not mitigated the financial guideline. Given his repeated omissions of relevant financial information from three security forms over a 13-year period, he has not mitigated the personal conduct concerns either. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied.


Financial, Personal Conduct

09/18/2013

Applicant mitigated the financial security concerns related to a mortgage deficiency and foreclosure that involved a mortgage he held with his former wife. He mitigated the personal conduct security concerns raised by his non-disclosure of information related to that mortgage. Based upon a review of the record evidence as a whole, eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 12-00023.h1


Guideline F

09/18/2013

Applicant cited to a document at the beginning of the hearing, and Department Counsel advised that she would forward an electronic copy of it to the Judge for inclusion in the record. However, the document is not included among Applicant’s exhibits. The best resolution of this matter is to remand the case to the Judge for further processing. Adverse decision remanded. CASE NO: 11-12627.a1


Financial

09/18/2013

Applicant is 41 years old. He experienced financial difficulties when he was separated from his wife and later divorced. He has resolved some of his delinquent debts, is paying others, and is attempting to resolve the debt on his mortgage. Applicant mitigated the security concerns under Guideline F, financial considerations. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 11-12539.h1


Financial; Personal Conduct

09/18/2013

Applicant failed to mitigate the security concerns arising from his history of financial irresponsibility and deliberate falsification of his recent security clearance application (SCA). Despite holding a clearance for 10 years, Applicant’s financial situation and deliberate falsification of his SCA raises doubts about his continued eligibility for access to classified information. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-12406.h1


Guideline F; Guideline E

09/18/2013

The record as a whole undermines Applicant’s claim on appeal that he had simply forgotten about a judgment and delinquent debts when completing his PTQ. The record supports the Judge’s finding that Applicant’s omissions were deliberate. The Judge also reasonably explained why the record was not sufficient to mitigate the trustworthiness concerns raised by the SOR, principally the absence of corroboration and the ongoing nature of Applicant’s financial problems. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 11-06549.a1


Personal Conduct; Financial

09/18/2013

Applicant has an extensive history of criminal activity, including his repeated larceny incidents, his repeated use of marijuana, his dereliction of duty, his arrest for possession of a prohibited weapon, and his administrative discharge under honorable conditions with a general discharge certificate due to misconduct. In addition, there are his repeated incidents of deliberately falsifying material facts and concealing the true facts about his military history, drug involvement, and criminal history. Applicant exhibited a cavalier attitude regarding compliance with rules, regulations, and the law, as well as for truthfulness. Applicant’s actions indicate poor self-control, lack of judgment, or unwillingness to abide by rules and regulations, all of which raise questions about his reliability, trustworthiness, and ability to protect classified information. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-02285.h1


Personal Conduct

09/17/2013

Applicant neither falsified material facts on his 2006 or 2012 security clearance applications, nor did he fail to disclose material facts during the corresponding investigative interviews. Nevertheless, his 2013 alcohol-related conviction generates personal conduct security concerns that he failed to mitigate. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 13-00546.h1


Drugs; Personal Conduct

09/17/2013

Applicant is a 57-year-old employee of a defense contractor. He smoked marijuana for several years while holding a security clearance. He intentionally provided false information about his marijuana use on a Questionnaire for National Security Positions (SF 86). Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 12-12335.h1


Drugs

09/17/2013

In August 2007, Applicant was granted a Top Secret security clearance. She possessed and used illegal drugs from about December 2002 until October 2011. More time without illegal drug use is necessary to fully mitigate drug involvement security concerns. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 12-07928.h1


Financial; Personal Conduct

09/17/2013

Applicant is 46 years old. She works for a defense contractor and has for 30 years. She owes seven delinquent debts totaling $14,258 and has filed two Chapter 7 bankruptcies in the past 15 years. She paid her current debts outright or on the installment payment basis after being told of their existence. She disclosed some of her financial difficulties on her security clearance form. Her criminal charges were serious and part of a repeated pattern of conduct involving her former second husband. She did not mitigate the financial considerations and personal conduct security concerns. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 12-06918.h1


Financial

09/17/2013

Applicant is 36 years old. He became financially overextended when he owned two real estate properties. He has resolved the delinquency on one property and is resolving the mortgage on the remaining property. Applicant mitigated the security concerns under Guideline F, financial considerations. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 12-04171.h1


Financial

09/17/2013

Applicant is 35 years old. He experienced financial difficulties after his divorce. He secured a loan modification for his mortgage and is making payments. He has paid the other past-due or delinquent debts and has a payment plan on one debt. Applicant mitigated the security concerns under Guideline F, financial considerations. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 12-00072.h1


Financial

09/17/2013

Applicant’s delinquent debts were caused by the decline in real estate values and his tenants’ failure to pay their rent. His statement of reasons (SOR) lists a discharge under Chapter 7 of the Bankruptcy Code of Applicant’s debts in November 1992, and in October 2012, he filed for relief under Chapter 13 of the Bankruptcy Code. In May 2013, the Bankruptcy Court confirmed his Chapter 13 repayment plan. He made sufficient progress resolving his financial problems. Financial considerations concerns are mitigated. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 11-13879.h1


Guideline F

09/17/2013

Applicant was properly advised of his right to submit a response to the File of Relevant Material. Applicant was not denied the due process afforded by the Directive. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 11-12885.a1


Guideline G; Guideline E; Guideline J

09/17/2013

The Appeal Board cannot consider new evidence on appeal. Applicant failed to rebut the presumption that the Judge considered all of the evidence. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 11-12875.a1


Financial

09/17/2013

Applicant is a 41-year-old employee of a federal contractor. She failed to present sufficient evidence to mitigate the security concerns arising from her delinquent debts. Clearance is denied. Case No. 11-12569.h1


Drugs; Personal Conduct

09/16/2013

Applicant contests the Department of Defense’s (DoD) intent to deny his eligibility for a security clearance to work in the defense industry. Applicant started using marijuana in January 1982 and last used it in August 2012. His drug involvement remains a security concern. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 13-00337.h1


Financial

09/16/2013

Applicant is 37 years old and employed as an Embedded Software Engineer by a defense contractor. Applicant's history of financial indebtedness brought on by a separation, divorce, and periods of unemployment, has not been mitigated. Furthermore, Applicant was not candid and forthright with the Government when answering questions about this finances on his security clearance application and deliberately concealed his delinquent debts. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 12-08395.h1


Financial

09/16/2013

Applicant is 38 years old. He was unemployed for a significant period of time and had financial difficulties. He has resolved all of his delinquent debts except one that he disputes. Applicant mitigated the security concerns under Guideline F, financial considerations. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 12-07663.h1


Financial

09/16/2013

Applicant's 2011 divorce and recurring unemployment since 2004, after retiring from the U.S. Navy, caused him to have delinquent debts. He paid the bills that he could while employed. In 2009, he entered into a debt consolidation plan. However, he had to temporarily suspend the plan due to unemployment in 2012. His employer, who is sponsoring him, testified in his behalf and stands ready to rehire Applicant. Eligibility for a security clearance is granted. CASE NO: 12-02633.h1


Financial, Personal Conduct

09/16/2013

After his barber shop income declined during the U.S. economic recession in 2009, Applicant had difficulty keeping up with his mortgage payments. However, he sought and secured a job in a new line of work, and he maintained payments until 2011. He also made efforts to obtain a refinance, but the lender refused. Applicant now has a signed contract to short-sell the house, and is awaiting lender approval. Applicant did not deliberately fail to disclose the debt in his security clearance application. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 12-01476.h1


Drugs

09/16/2013

Applicant's drug use is not recent and not likely to recur. The security concerns raised by his use of illegal drugs are mitigated. His request for a security clearance is granted. CASE NO: 11-12385.h1


Financial

09/13/2013

Applicant is a 44-year-old foreign-language linguist. There is substantial evidence establishing a history of financial problems or difficulties, but he presented sufficient evidence to mitigate the financial considerations security concern. In addition, he did not deliberately omit, conceal, or falsify relevant facts when he answered a question about his financial record on a November 2012 security clearance application. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 13-00154.h1


Financial

09/12/2013

Applicant has had a history of significant overdue debts, the majority of which have not been resolved or reduced. Mitigation has not been shown. Clearance is denied.


Guideline F

09/12/2013

The Government presented substantial evidence of Guideline F concerns in Applicant’s case. We cannot consider new evidence on appeal. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 12-11652.a1


Drugs; Personal Conduct

09/11/2013

Applicant is 61 years old and employed as a Chief Architect by a defense contractor. Applicant's history of illegal drug abuse for thirty-one years while holding while holding a security clearance and/or special program access has not been mitigated. His numerous deliberate falsifications on multiple security clearance applications concerning this illegal drug use is inexcusable. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 12-11282.h1


Guideline F; Guideline E

09/11/2013

An ability to argue for an alternative interpretation of the evidence is not sufficient to demonstrate error by the Judge. Other Hearing Office cases are not binding either on the Hearing Office or on the Appeal Board. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 11-14425


Financial

09/11/2013

Applicant is 66 years old and employed as an Inspector by a defense contractor. Applicant's financial indebtedness was caused by not being aware of his company's per diem policy. The house he purchased was foreclosed upon and sold. He has demonstrated sufficient mitigation. His financial situation has vastly improved and he is current with all of his debts. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 11-14334.h1


Foreign Influence; Foreign Preference

9/11/2013

Applicant is a dual citizen of the United States and Israel. He exercised his Israeli citizenship by using his Israeli passport to travel to Israel on numerous trips after becoming a U.S citizen. Further, his son, sister, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, mother-in-law, and aunts are citizens and residents of Israel. His son is receiving a full scholarship from the Israeli government to attend a graduate school in Israel. His wife is also a dual citizen of Israel, residing in the United States with Applicant. Security concerns raised under Foreign Influence and Foreign Preference are not mitigated. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO:11-04671.h1


Guideline E; Guideline J

09/11/2013

The Appeal Board is required to defer to a Judge’s credibility determination. We examine a Judge’s findings of fact to see if they are supported by substantial record evidence. The Judge’s whole-person analysis complied with the Directive in that it considered the totality of Applicant’s conduct. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 10-06089


Foreign Influence, Foreign Preference

09/10/2013

Applicant was born and raised in Pakistan. He served in the Pakistani Air Force for nine years, then was medically discharged. In 1986 he immigrated to seek U.S. employment on a tourist visa, then became a temporary U.S. resident in 1988 after qualifying as a "seasonal agricultural worker." He became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1999, and has been a taxi driver in a major city since then. His mother, three brothers, five sisters, and many in-laws are all resident citizens of Pakistan. His wife and two daughters are resident citizens of Pakistan despite having been granted U.S. permanent resident status that has since lapsed. He failed to mitigate resulting security concerns. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 12-10611.h1


Foreign Influence

09/10/2013

Applicant failed to mitigate the security concerns generated by his family members who are citizens and relatives of the People's Republic of China (PRC). Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 12-04780


Financial

09/10/2013

Applicant is 51 years old. He had two delinquent debts associated with mortgage loans. He has resolved one debt and is pursuing resolution of the remaining debt. Applicant mitigated the security concerns under Guideline F, financial considerations. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 11-12507.h1


Financial

09/10/2013

Applicant purchased a home in 2001. In 2006, she decided to purchase another home. She made her purchase of the second home contingent upon the sale of her first, or existing, home. When her first home did not sell timely, she removed the contingency and purchased the second home without selling the first one. She made three payments on the mortgages on her first home after purchasing her second home. Thereafter, she made no more payments on her first home. Her mortgages went into default and her first home was sold at foreclosure. Applicant’s two delinquent mortgages remain unsatisfied, and she lacks a plan for satisfying them. Applicant failed to mitigate security concerns under the financial considerations adjudicative guideline. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-10813. h1


Alcohol

09/10/2013

Applicant was convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI) on May 2, 2009. Applicant acknowledges he is an alcoholic. He ended his alcohol consumption on July 3, 2011. He has attended hundreds of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) meetings. Applicant mitigated alcohol consumption concerns. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 10-04261.h1


Financial

09/09/2013

Applicant's unsecured debts have been discharged by his Chapter 7 bankruptcy, and he has paid the IRS and his state's taxing authority. No other debts are outstanding. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 11-14191.h1


Personal Conduct

09/09/2013

Applicant has not mitigated the security significance of his conduct in assaulting his wife, his resulting administrative discharge from the military, and his subsequent misuse of a company credit card. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-12615.h1


Financial

09/09/2013

Applicant has had a history of overdue debts, primarily due to periods of medical leave without compensation, and a split from her significant other, but also due to gambling. The gambling is still a significant issue of concern. Most of the debts have been discharged in a Chapter 7 bankruptcy, but one resulted in a foreclosure. Mitigation has not been shown. Clearance is denied.


Financial

09/06/2013

Applicant has a 2011 judgment in the amount of $82,781 for an investment property that was purchased about seven years ago. She and her husband have no ability to pay the judgment due to her husband's tax issues. Applicant has held a security clearance for almost 24 years and has not had any security incidents. However, she has not met her burden in this case to mitigate the financial considerations security concerns. Eligibility for a security clearance is denied. CASE NO: 12-08028.h1


Guideline H; Guideline J

09/06/2013

Applicant cited to no evidence that he would have submitted had he been represented by counsel. Applicant was not denied the due process afforded by the Directive. Applicant cites to evidence that his security-significant conduct ended in 2009. The Judge acknowledged the lapse of time. However, Applicant’s conduct, viewed cumulatively, and taking into account a weapons conviction, supports the Judge’s adverse conclusion. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 11-09876.a1


Foreign Influence; Personal Conduct; Financial

09/05/2013

Applicant was born in Iran. His entire family lives in the United States. He is a naturalized U.S. citizen. His brother who lived in Iran returned to the United States in November 2011. He plans to remain in the United States and become a U.S. citizen. Applicant mitigated the concern under Foreign Influence. He has not mitigated the security concerns under Guideline E (Personal Conduct) due to his falsifications on 2003, 2005, and 2011 security clearance applications and omission to an OPM investigator in 2011. Applicant has a second mortgage that has not been resolved. He filed Chapter 7 Bankruptcy in 2010. He has not met his burden to mitigate the security concerns under financial considerations. Eligibility for a security clearance is denied. CASE NO: 12-09989.h1


Financial; Personal Conduct

09/05/2013

During his military service, Applicant developed a gambling habit. After receiving an honorable discharge in 1987, he moved to an area that permitted legalized gambling, and he acquired work with two government contractors. Applicant acknowledged that since 1987, his gambling habit has become an addiction. He gambles about two to three times a week and spends approximately one-third to one-half of his monthly income. He has not sought counseling or treatment for his gambling addiction, and he did not disclose it in previous security clearance investigations because he did not believe it was relevant. Applicant’s gambling addiction raises security concerns about his judgment, trustworthiness, and reliability. He failed to mitigate security concerns under Guideline F, Financial Considerations, and Guideline E, Personal Conduct. Eligibility for a security clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-15090.h1


Drugs

09/05/2013

Applicant mitigated the security concerns raised by his use of illegal drugs and his misuse of prescription drugs between 2005 and 2011. He no longer interacts with friends with whom he engaged in this misconduct, and he now has a personal and professional lifestyle conducive to continued abstinence from illegal drug use. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 11-14059.h1


Guideline F

09/05/2013

Applicant failed to rebut the presumption that the Judge was impartial. Applicant failed to rebut the presumption that the Judge considered all of the evidence. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 11-13949.a1


Personal Conduct; Criminal Conduct; Financial

09/05/2013

Applicant is a 30-year-old employee of a defense contractor. He failed to present sufficient evidence to mitigate the security concerns arising from his personal conduct, criminal conduct and delinquent debts. Clearance is denied. Case No. 11-12992.h1


Financial

09/05/2013

Applicant is 58 years old. He has over $100,000 in consumer debt that is unresolved. Applicant failed to mitigate the security concerns under Guideline F, financial considerations. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-11359.h1


Guideline F

09/05/2013

Applicant failed to rebut the presumption that the Judge considered all of the evidence. We defer to a Judge’s credibility determination. Applicant’s inconsistent statements supported the Judge’s adverse credibility determination. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 11-10612.a1


Financial

09/05/2013

Applicant is 31 years old. He had numerous delinquent debts that he resolved. Applicant mitigated the security concerns under Guideline F, financial considerations. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 11-06383.h1


Financial

09/04/2013

Applicant did not mitigate the financial considerations security concerns. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 12-09735.h1


Guideline B

09/04/2013

The Judge’s ultimate adverse decision is sustainable on this record. Adverse decision affirmed.


Financial; Personal Conduct

09/04/2013

Applicant mitigated the financial considerations security concerns generated by the delinquent debts that he incurred after a job loss and a marital separation. Also, he did not falsify his security clearance application by omitting student loan debts in response to a question that required the disclosure of delinquent debt. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 11-15021.h1


Guideline H; Guideline E

09/04/2013

The effect that an unfavorable decision may have is not relevant or material to a security clearance determination. Adverse decision affirmed.


Drugs; Personal Conduct; Financial

09/04/2013

Applicant’s long-term illegal use of drugs, including drug use while possessing a clearance, his lack of credibility, and his falsifications cast serious doubt on his current reliability, trustworthiness, judgment, and ability to follow the law. Clearance denied. CASE NO: 11-11660.h1


Financial; Alcohol

09/03/2013

Applicant failed to mitigate security concerns related to the financial considerations and alcohol consumption adjudicative guidelines. Eligibility for a security clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-12553.h1


Drugs; Personal Conduct

08/30/2013

Applicant began working for his current employer in 1983 and received a security clearance in 1987. He admitted purchasing and using marijuana from 1980 to 1986 in his response to the Statement of Reasons. He stopped using marijuana before he received his clearance, but resumed using marijuana from 2004 to 2010, while continuing to hold a clearance. He did not disclose his marijuana use in a personnel security questionnaire (PSQ) in 1989, but he disclosed marijuana use from 1980 to 1981 in a subsequent PSQ in 1994. He disclosed that he resumed his marijuana use in 2004 when he submitted his current security clearance application. His various admissions of marijuana use were not consistent regarding the duration of his use. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 12-01119.h1


Personal Conduct

08/30/2013

The security-related conduct documented by the Government failed to establish a case for disqualification under Guideline E. The most serious of the conduct occurred over five years ago and Applicant's whole-person evidence documented his security consciousness. Clearance granted.


Drugs; Personal Conduct; Financial

08/30/2013

The concerns raised by the January 2011 foreclosure of Applicant’s home are mitigated because his finances are currently under control. However, Applicant’s drugs use, which resumed after his security clearance was upgraded in 2009 and continued during the current review of his security clearance, is not mitigated. Clearance is denied. CASE NO. 11-09682.h1


Financial

08/30/2013

Applicant has addressed 12 of the 13 collection accounts alleged in the Statement of Reasons (SOR). He has mitigated the financial considerations security concern. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 11-03110.h1


Financial

08/29/2013

Applicant accrued about $19,000 in delinquent debts over the past 11 years. She made minimal progress toward their resolution, and offered insufficient evidence of an effective plan to resolve these debts or of changes to prevent continued financial irresponsibility. Resulting security concerns were not mitigated. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 12-11661.h1


Foreign Influence; Financial; Personal Conduct

08/29/2013

Applicant mitigated the financial considerations and personal conduct concerns, but failed to mitigate the foreign influence concerns arising from his family members residing in Afghanistan. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 12-02141.h1


Financial

08/29/2013

Applicant has a record of failing to meet his financial obligations. The Statement of Reasons alleges delinquent debts amounting to more than $10,000. Applicant contacted a debt-consolidation company, but provided no evidence he has made payments or otherwise implemented a plan to resolve his debts. He has a substantial negative cash flow, and is unlikely to be able to resolve his debts in the near future. Applicant's financial situation leaves him vulnerable to exploitation. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-13804.h1


Financial

08/29/2013

Applicant works for a defense contractor. She had one delinquent debt of $110,955 from a mortgage on her rental home. Applicant fully resolved this debt through the foreclosure process in 2012 before the SOR was written. Applicant mitigated the financial considerations security concerns. Eligibility for a clearance is granted. CASE NO: 11-13301.h1


Guideline G

08/29/2013

Applicant failed to rebut the presumption that the Judge considered all of the evidence. Hearing Office decisions are not binding on the Appeal Board or on other Hearing Office Judges. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 11-10178.a1


Financial Considerations; Personal Conduct

08/29/2013

Applicant has yet to address his significant past due debt. He also failed to disclose his financial situation when he executed his e-QIP Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-08831.h1


Foreign Influence; Financial Considerations

08/29/2013

While Applicant's wife and Lebanese in-laws do not pose a security threat, he has yet to address past due debts totaling about $277,000. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-07863.h1


Drugs; Personal Conduct

08/29/2013

Applicant's Drug Involvement was more than three years ago, and he has credibly eschewed any future drug abuse. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 11-07400.h1


Financial

08/29/2013

Applicant works for a defense contractor. She has 20 delinquent debts totaling $39,841.45. Applicant has not fully resolved any of these debts. She failed to submit sufficient and persuasive current documentation showing she was paying regularly on the six debts on which she claimed she made payments. The remaining delinquent debts remain unresolved, including a federal tax debt. Applicant did not mitigate the financial considerations security concerns. Eligibility for a clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-07169.h1


Guideline G

08/29/2013

The Appeal Board cannot consider new evidence on appeal. Applicant failed to rebut the presumption that the Judge considered all of the evidence in the record. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 11-05949.a1


Financial; Foreign Influence

08/29/2013

Applicant is a U.S. citizen who was born and raised in Lebanon. He acted responsibly in attempting to resolve his mortgage arrearages with a loan modification. The lender, however, failed to follow through on assurances that it would assist him with the loan modification. Applicant’s wife and stepdaughter are naturalized U.S. citizens who maintain dual citizenship with Russia. His mother-in-law and brother-in-law are citizens and residents of Russia. His daughter, a U.S. citizen, resides in Lebanon. While Applicant mitigated security concerns under the financial considerations adjudicative guideline, he failed to mitigate security concerns under the foreign influence adjudicative guideline. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-03188. h1


Guidline H; Guideline E

08/28/2013

In an analyzing an applicant’s mens rea, a Judge must consider the applicant’s answers in light of the entire record. Adverse decision affirmed.


Financial

08/28/2013

Applicant is a 59-year-old employee of a defense contractor. He did not provide sufficient evidence to mitigate the security concerns raised by his history of delinquent debts. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-14246.h1


Financial

08/28/2013

Applicant has mitigated the security concerns caused by his financial situation. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 11-13999.h1


Drugs, Personal Conduct

08/28/2013

Applicant used marijuana about monthly for 11 years. He also used psychoactive mushrooms, LSD, and cocaine several times. He used marijuana and cocaine while he held a security clearance. For six years, he did not inform his employer or DOD of his illegal conduct. He falsified the extent of his drug use when he completed security clearance applications in 2002 and 2008. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-13978.h1


Financial

08/28/2013

Applicant has an unpaid judgment and 21 charged-off, collection, or delinquent accounts totaling more than $26,000, which have not been resolved. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-12554.h1


Foreign Influence; Personal Conduct

08/28/2013

Applicant was born in a part of Ethiopia that later became Eritrea. He came to the United States in 1997 and became a U.S. citizen in 2004. His parents and one brother are citizens and residents of Eritrea. He submitted multiple applications for public trust positions and security clearance applications in which he intentionally failed to disclose a marriage to an Ethiopian woman in December 2004 and being fired from a job in December 2003. Foreign influence concerns are mitigated, but personal conduct concerns are not mitigated. CASE NO: 11-11831.h1


Guideline E; Guideline D

08/28/2013

The party challenging a Judge’s credibility determination has a heavy burden on appeal. Applicant has not met that burden. Adverse decision affirmed.


Financial

08/28/2013

Applicant is a 31-year-old employee of a defense contractor. He failed to present sufficient evidence to mitigate the security concerns arising from his delinquent debts. Clearance is denied. Case No. 11-07309.h1


Financial; Personal Conduct

08/27/2013

Applicant did not falsify her security clearance application as alleged under the personal conduct guideline, but she failed to mitigate the security concerns arising from her financial situation. She has accumulated over $45,000 in delinquent debt. Despite being aware of the Government’s concerns since 2011, she has taken no action to resolve her financial situation. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-12680.h1


Financial

08/27/2013

Applicant has two judgments, collection accounts, and charged-off accounts totaling more than $24,000, which have yet to be resolved. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-08849.h1


Security Violations, Personal Conduct

08/26/2013

In 2007, while in the Air Force, Applicant removed classified material from her work site, stored it at home, and later destroyed it. She placed classified material at risk of disclosure. She also did not reveal her actions to her command or to her security officer. During a polygraph four years later, she disclosed her behavior for the first time. Because she concealed her misconduct, Applicant was vulnerable to exploitation from 2007 to 2011. She has not revealed her security violations to her current supervisor or facility security officer. Applicant remains vulnerable to coercion. She also violated security rules by bringing a cell phone and camera into a SCIF about five times. Applicant has shown poor judgment and a willingness to violate security rules. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 12-04737.h1


Financial

08/23/2013

Applicant was discharged from the Navy under other than honorable conditions because of a conviction for driving under the influence. A delinquent auto loan was charged off about a month before his discharge from the Navy. He was unemployed for about four months and underemployed for about 26 months, during which he accumulated two unsatisfied judgments and six more charged-off debts. Although he has held his current job since December 2010, he has resolved only one of his delinquent debts. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-11621.h1


Alcohol; Criminal; Financial

08/23/2013

Applicant has mitigated the security concerns caused by his alcohol history, related criminal history, as well as financial concerns. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 11-10490.h1


Financial

08/23/2013

Applicant's financial problems were caused by uneven employment for about five years after he left the military. Also, his wife had abused their credit in his absence during overseas military deployments, but he did not become aware of those debts until after he left the military. Most of the debts alleged in the SOR have been paid or otherwise resolved, and Applicant is able to meet his current obligations. He is unlikely to experience such problems in the future. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 11-08422.h1


Criminal Conduct; Sexual Behavior

08/23/2013

Applicant is a 40-year-old employee of a defense contractor. He failed to present sufficient evidence to mitigate the security concerns arising from his 2001 felony conviction for unlawful sexual conduct with a minor. Clearance is denied. Case No. 11-04323.h1


Financial

08/22/2013

Applicant has had many overdue debts due to her periods of unemployment and her divorce. She has responsibly contacted all of her creditors and resolved a number of her debts. She also has payment plans to settle additional debts, including some that were not listed on the SOR. Her current financial position is stable. Mitigation has been shown. Clearance is granted.


Financial

08/22/2013

Applicant was denied a security clearance in January 2006, partially because of financial problems. Despite annual household income over $130,000, Applicant and his spouse subsequently defaulted on their student loans. Judgments were issued against them for medical debts and for delinquent vehicle taxes. Within the last year, Applicant settled some credit card accounts for less than their full balances and satisfied the court judgments. While he is making payments toward his student loans and a credit card debt in collection, his recent financial irresponsibility precludes a favorable decision at this time. Clearance denied. CASE NO: 12-07618.h1


Foreign Influence; Foreign Preference; Personal Conduct; Financial

08/22/2013

Applicant is 47 years old and is employed as a Linguist for a defense contractor. His foreign contacts in Pakistan that include two brothers, parents-in-law, four sisters-in-law and three brothers-in-law coupled with the heightened scrutiny analysis pose a significant security risk, as Applicant is vulnerable to foreign influence. Applicant may have traveled to Pakistan on his foreign passport after becoming a United States citizen, however he claims the foreign passport is lost, and this determination cannot be confirmed. Insufficient mitigation has been shown. Furthermore, he was not honest or forthright on his security clearance application about his foreign passport. His financial indebtedness has been mitigated. Overall, insufficient mitigation has been shown. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 12-00908.h1


Personal Conduct

08/22/2013

Applicant did not mitigate the security concerns arising from his personal conduct. He was previously convicted of filing a false police report and recently filed a security clearance application, where he deliberately omitted his history of illegal drug use. Although he has honorably served as a defense contractor for over two years, doubts about his eligibility persist because he refuses to take full responsibility for his conduct. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 12-00907.h1


Financial

08/22/2013

Applicant had four delinquent debts totaling $13,198, identified on the Statement of Reasons (SOR). Appellant failed to produce sufficient documentation that her debts have been addressed or are otherwise satisfied. She has not mitigated the Financial Considerations security concerns. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE No: 11-13495


Drugs; Personal Conduct

08/22/2013

Despite pleading not guilty, Applicant was charged, tried, and convicted by a military court-martial of distribution of a Schedule II controlled substance and wrongful use of antidepressants without a prescription. The SOR alleged that the drug involvement and personal conduct for which Applicant was convicted raised security concerns. At his security clearance hearing, Applicant again denied the conduct for which he was convicted and sentenced by court-martial. In response to the Government’s prima facie case, Applicant had the burden of proof to show mitigating conditions outweighed the disqualifying conditions that the Government argued should apply. Applicant denied the Guideline H and Guideline E allegations in the SOR, which recited the findings of the court-martial, but he provided no evidence to rebut or mitigate the allegations. He failed to provide evidence to corroborate his denials. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-12622.h1


Financial

08/22/2013

Applicant has had a history of overdue debts, and no evidence was introduced to show that any of the debts had been resolved or reduced. Mitigation has not been shown. Clearance is denied.


Foreign Influence

08/21/2013

Applicant’s ties to family members who are citizen-residents of Libya and to immediate family members who are dual U.S.-Libyan citizens raise security concerns. Some of his relatives are employed by the Libyan government. Extremist groups operate in Libya and represent a threat to U.S. interests. Applicant's relationships raise concerns about foreign exploitation, or possible conflicts of interest. Security concerns under Guideline B are not mitigated. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 12-11653.h1


Guideline B

08/21/2013

The Judge committed a significant number of errors in his findings of fact. Given the number of errors, Applicant has a reasonable basis for questioning whether the Judge accurately evaluated the record evidence when deciding the case. The Board concludes that the totality of fact-related error in the Judge’s decision was harmful. Adverse decision remanded.


Guideline F; Guideline J

08/21/2013

The Judge concluded that Applicant had presented no evidence of a changed lifestyle. He also concluded that the only evidence Applicant presented of an effort to resolve his debts was his bankruptcy, which did not appear to cover most of the allegations in the SOR. He also concluded that, regarding his DUI offenses, Applicant had not demonstrated rehabilitation or that he understood the significance of his actions. These conclusions are supported by the record. Adverse decision affirmed.


Guideline F; Guideline E

08/21/2013

Applicant claimed that after the hearing, the Judge and Department Counsel informed him that he should file Chapter 7 bankruptcy. On this record, the Board concludes that Applicant was not prejudiced by the colloquy since, as late as his appeal brief, he states that he “will be filing” bankruptcy. The case outcome was not affected by any dialogue between Applicant, the Judge or the Department Counsel regarding a prospective bankruptcy. Adverse decision affirmed.


Foreign Influence, Finances, Personal Conduct

08/21/2013

Applicant mitigated foreign influence concerns regarding family members residing in the United States as dual Colombia-U.S. citizens and two elderly relatives residing in Colombia. He also mitigated a string of criminal and civil charges, most of which involve speeding tickets, by demonstrating he has matured and now takes more caution. However, nearly $45,000 in delinquent debt is currently reflected as owed and not formally disputed or resolved. Applicant mitigated Foreign Influence and Personal Conduct security concerns, but failed to mitigate those related to financial considerations. Clearance is denied. CASE No.: 11-01933.h1


Foreign Influence

08/20/2013

Applicant is 66 years old and employed as a Interpreter by a defense contractor. His foreign contacts in Afghanistan that include 21 family members who are citizens and residents there pose a significant security risk. Applicant maintains a close familial relationship with his foreign family members in Afghanistan reporting differing frequencies of contact. The heightened scrutiny analysis coupled with this foreign contacts in Afghanistan makes Applicant vulnerable to foreign influence. Sufficient mitigation has not been shown. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 12-12302.h1


Foreign Influence; Financial

08/20/2013

Applicant is a naturalized U.S. citizen. He was born in Ethiopia and has lived in the United States since 1999. The allegations under Guideline B were withdrawn at the beginning of the hearing. Applicant mitigated the security concerns under the financial guideline. He filed for a chapter 7 bankruptcy in January 2013, which was discharged in April 2013. He had no financial difficulties until 2007 when his home went to foreclosure. He acted responsibly based on the promises made by the bank. Eligibility for a security clearance is granted. CASE NO: 11-14680.h1


Financial

08/20/2013

Applicant is a 28-year-old employee of a defense contractor. He failed to present sufficient evidence to mitigate the security concerns arising from his delinquent debts. Clearance is denied. Case No. 11-14570.h1


Financial; Personal conduct

08/20/2013

Applicant's financial problems emerged in 2008 when she took out a debt consolidation loan that she could not afford. She was unemployed between September and November 2008. Her sporadic repayment record and her resolution of the other delinquent accounts constitute sufficient evidence to find for her under the financial guideline. However, her pattern of deliberate omissions and falsifications has not been mitigated. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied.


Financial

08/20/2013

Applicant is 51 years old and wants to be employed by a defense contractor. Applicant had substantial delinquent debts. He has not repaid any of the debts, claiming his income is insufficient for the past three years or more to do so. Applicant did not mitigate the financial considerations security concerns. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-12835.h1


Financial

08/20/2013

Applicant is 53 years old and is employed by a defense contractor. Applicant had substantial delinquent debts. He has repaid three of the 10 debts. He is resolving the other seven debts by installment payments or offers in compromise on tax debt arising from his closed restaurant. Applicant mitigated the financial considerations security concerns. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 11-12293.h1


Financial

08/20/2013

Applicant is 47 years old and employed as a Security Officer by a defense contractor. Her history of excessive indebtedness caused by a marital separation, and the loss of a job meant limited resources to pay her bills. There is no evidence that demonstrates that her financial problems are being resolved or are under control. Sufficient mitigation has not been shown. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-09287.h1


Criminal; Alcohol; Financial

08/20/2013

Applicant is 39 years old and employed as a Computer Technical Instructor by a defense contractor. His history of criminal conduct, involving excessive alcohol abuse, resulting in a number of alcohol related incidents, including three DUI's, has not been mitigated by sufficient evidence of reform and rehabilitation. His financial indebtedness totals in excess of $24,000 and remains a security concern. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-07831.h1


Financial

08/20/2013

The Applicant has addressed only one of his ten alleged past due debts. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-01074.h1


Guideline B; Guideline E

08/19/2013

Applicant failed to establish a factual predicate for her claim that the Judge was biased against her. Applicant failed to rebut the presumption that the Judge considered all of the evidence. Applicant failed to establish that the Judge erred in her credibility determination. A Judge may base a determination that Applicant made false statements on circumstantial evidence. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 12-07657.a1


Guideline F

08/19/2013

Applicant was adequately advised by DOHA regarding his right to submit evidence in his own behalf. The Judge’s order did not constitute an attempt improperly to limit what evidence Applicant could submit. A typographical error in citing to a SOR paragraph was harmless. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 11-11221.a1


Personal Conduct; Drugs

08/17/2013

On his security clearance application, Applicant admitted marijuana use from 1997 until the date he completed his application. He acknowledged this use in a September 2011 interview with an authorized investigator, indicated he would use marijuana again, and used it in early 2012. In December 2012, he refused to answer interrogatories about his drug use, expressing concern about being prosecuted. Two months later, Applicant responded to interrogatories about his drug involvement. He admitted using marijuana in early 2012 and made an ambivalent statement about his intentions to use illegal drugs in the future. Although, at his hearing, he provided a statement of intent not to use illegal drugs in the future, insufficient time has passed for him to demonstrate his commitment to abstinence. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-13632.h1


FINANCIAL

08/16/2013

Applicant admits he owes approximately $38,697 in unresolved delinquent debt. Clearance is denied. CASE NO. 11-11550.h1


Information Technology; Sexual Behavior; Personal Conduct

08/16/2013

Applicant failed to mitigate the information technology and personal conduct security concerns. The Government failed to establish the sexual behavior concerns. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 11-09056.h1


Guideline H

08/15/2013

Some of the challenged findings are sustainable, The one error is harmless. Adverse decision affirmed


Financial

08/15/2013

Applicant is a 40-year-old prospective employee of a defense contractor. She presented sufficient evidence to mitigate the security concerns arising from her delinquent debts. Clearance is granted. Case No. 12-11676.h1


Guideline E

08/15/2013

Applicant’s intermittent suggestions at the hearing that he could pass a polygraph did not obligate the Judge to act nor is is the Judge inaction indicative of error. Adverse decision affirmed.


Guideline d; Guideline E

08/15/2013

The Judge denied Applicant a clearance based on the conduct in the SOR. Other conduct was considered in the limited context of mitigation. Adverse decision affirmed.


Guideline E

08/15/2013

The Board has no authority to direct another agency to produce items for Applicant. Applicant is entitled to receive a copy of the transcript. There is requirement that he be furnished with an audio tape of the hearing. Adverse decision affirmed.


Foreign Influence

08/13/2013

Applicant is a U.S. naturalized citizen from Pakistan, who was initially granted a security clearance in 2007. Since her 2007 background investigation, Applicant’s relationships with her two siblings, who are citizens and residents of Pakistan, have not changed. Nor have her siblings’ circumstances within the country changed. These relationships, though close, are not a source of influence, vulnerability, or exploitation for Applicant. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 11-12904.h1


Drug Involvement; Alcohol Consumption; Personal Conduct

08/13/2013

Applicant was a polysubstance abuser (drugs and alcohol). He routinely used illegal drugs while he held a security clearance. He was arrested three times. He intentionally lied to the healthcare providers throughout much of his earlier substance abuse treatment or aftercare programs; on his security clearance applications in 1999 and in 2011; and to the OPM investigator in 2011. He knew he was violating federal law when he lied, but he “didn’t care.” Applicant was diagnosed with alcohol dependence, chronic sedative/hypnotic use, and cannabis abuse. Despite completing various education and treatment programs in 1990 and 1996, as well as various substance abuse treatment programs in 2009, he resumed his abuse of alcohol and illegal drugs. Applicant’s actions and his changing stories indicate poor self-control, lack of judgment, or unwillingness to abide by rules and regulations. Applicant has been abstinent from drugs since May 2012, and from alcohol since June 2012. He attends Alcoholics Anonymous meetings. His most recent effort to demonstrate an intention not to consume any alcohol or use any illegal drugs in the future is unproven until a more substantial period of abstinence is completed. Considering his earlier failures, Applicant’s alcohol dependence and drug abuse may recur, and the uncertainty continues to cast doubt on Applicant’s reliability, trustworthiness, or good judgment. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-10742.h1


Guideline B; Guideline C

08/12/2013

The Board does not have the authority to pass judgment on the adjudicative guidelines. Adverse decision affirmed.


Alcohol

08/12/2013

Applicant mitigated security concerns raised by his abuse of alcohol and his alcohol-related misconduct. His request for a security clearance is granted. CASE NO: 12-00287.h1


Alcohol; Personal Conduct

08/12/2013

Applicant failed to mitigate security concerns raised by his abuse of alcohol, his alcohol-related misconduct, his misconduct in the workplace, and his repeated attempts to mislead the Government about important information in his background. Clearance denied. CASE NO: 11-12598.h1


Guideline F

08/12/2013

A judge is not required to discuss every piece of evidence. Adverse decision affirmed


Financial Considerations; Criminal Conduct

08/09/2013

Applicant accumulated delinquent debts during an extended period of unemployment and failed to document any attempts to resolve them once he returned to gainful employment. He has no documented monthly remainder to address his debts or repayment plan. Applicant's finances are not stabilized enough at this time to mitigate security concerns. Applicant's arrest and charges in 2010 are not fully resolved and raise additional security concerns that are not mitigated. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-10014.h1


Financial

08/09/2013

Applicant is a 31-year-old employee of a defense contractor. She did not provide sufficient evidence to mitigate the security concerns raised by her history of delinquent debts. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-09742.h2


Financial

08/08/2013

Applicant has filed for the protection of a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy, and is making his required payments to the IRS. No other debts are outstanding. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 11-10892.h1


Drugs, Alcohol, Criminal Conduct

08/07/2013

Applicant graduated from high school and entered the service industry, where he put a premium on a party lifestyle over maturity and higher education. A decade later, he turned his life around in order to enter a career path and keep a fiancée who does not approve of drug or alcohol abuse. After two years, he still maintains a stable support system and remains committed to a professional lifestyle. Applicant mitigated security concerns. Clearance is granted. CASE No.: 13-00251h.1


Personal Conduct

08/07/2013

Applicant gave increasingly more detailed answers to investigators over time because the questions became more complex, not because he was withholding information. He credibly and vigorously denied the suggestion in one report that he admitted to having been less than forthcoming in earlier meetings. Lacking evidence that Applicant intentionally withheld relevant facts, no personal conduct disqualifying conditions are raised. Clearance is granted. CASE No.: 12-03509.h1


Financial

08/07/2013

Applicant has a history of financial problems, including failure to file her 2007, 2008, and 2009 state and Federal income tax returns when required. While she has addressed some of her old debts, she has failed to timely address her current delinquent debts and to take action to ensure her future financial stability. Applicant failed to mitigate security concerns under Guideline F, Financial Considerations. Eligibility for a security clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-13507.h1


Financial

08/07/2013

Applicant did not mitigate the financial considerations security concerns. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 11-11050.h1


Alcohol; Drugs; Mental

08/07/2013

Applicant was a polysubstance abuser, diagnosed with polysubstance dependence in 2004, who experimented with several illegal drugs (ceasing well before February 2004); routinely abused marijuana (abstaining since February 2009); self-medicated by purchasing and using prescription pain killers when his own prescriptions expired (ceasing in August 2004); and consumed alcohol to the point of impairment, intoxication, and black out (abstinent since February 2010). The combination of his conditions caused him to make a suicide attempt or gesture in 2000. Applicant’s substance abuse resulted in six incidents involving the police and judicial authorities, as well as several treatment, education, or aftercare programs. There were episodes of slips and relapses after completing treatment programs. Applicant attends Alcoholics Anonymous meetings. There is substantial evidence of positive actions taken to overcome his polysubstance dependence for both drugs and alcohol. Applicant’s more recent actions indicate good judgment, which reduces questions about his reliability, trustworthiness and ability to protect classified information. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 11-09595.h1


Drugs; Personal Conduct

08/06/2013

Although Applicant's Drug Involvement was nearly four years ago, he falsified his e-QIP as to his past marijuana usage. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-14352.h1


Guideline F; Guideline B

08/06/2013

Applicant had resolved a number of his debts to include tax debts. The Judge cited evidence of financial stability. The Judge’s analysis reflects a reasonable interpretation of the record evidence. Favorable decision affirmed.


Guideline F

08/06/2013

The Board does not review cases de novo. Adverse decision affirmed.


Financial

08/06/2013

Applicant purchased two properties in a different city in 2005, thinking that he might move there. His prospective job did not materialize, and he had problems with renters in both. Unable to make his mortgage payments, he defaulted; abandoning one property to foreclosure and attempting to delay foreclosure proceedings on the other, where his parents now live, for the last five years. The evidence is insufficient to mitigate resulting security concerns. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 11-07780.h1


Guideline J; Guideline G; Guideline E

08/06/2013

The Judge found Applicant deliberately omitted two arrests from his security clearance application. That finding was reasonable. Adverse decision affirmed.


Guideline F

08/05/2013

Applicant has not rebutted the presumption that the Judge considered all the record evidence. Adverse decision affirmed.


Guideline F

08/05/2013

Hearing Office decision are not binding on other Hearing Office judges or on the Appeal Board. Adverse decision affirmed.


Financial

08/02/2013

Applicant has six charged-off or collection accounts totaling approximately $14,000 that have yet to be resolved. He relied on inappropriate advice when completing his Electronic Questionnaires for Investigations Processing (e-QIP), mitigating the personal conduct security concern. However, his unpaid financial delinquencies pose a financial considerations security concern. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-14712.h1


Foreign Influence; Financial

08/02/2013

Applicant has one delinquent debt. The Government conceded that Applicant mitigated the security concern under the Financial Guideline. Applicant is a naturalized citizen, who was born in Afghanistan. He is working as a linguist for the U.S. Army. His mother, brothers, sisters, and father-in-law are citizens and resident of Afghanistan. He did not present sufficient information to overcome the burden in this case. Eligibility for a security clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-06939.h1


Financial, Personal Conduct

08/01/2013

Applicant’s statement of reasons (SOR) lists nine delinquent debts owed to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), totaling $382,585. Applicant admitted to seven IRS liens. The IRS is seeking $263,456 for tax years 1999-2005, 2008, and 2011 from him. He did not make sufficient progress resolving his financial problems. He intentionally failed to disclose his tax debts on his July 29, 2011 Electronic Questionnaires for Investigations Processing (e-QIP) (SF 86). Financial considerations and personal conduct concerns are not mitigated. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 12-11227.h1


Foreign Influence; Personal Conduct

08/01/2013

Applicant mitigated the security concerns about his omission of information from his security clearance application. However, security concerns about his close and continuing ties to Afghan citizens residing in the United States, Afghanistan, and Pakistan remain unchanged. His request for a security clearance is denied. CASE NO: 12-09333.h1


Financial

08/01/2013

Applicant’s actions reflect a continuing inability or failure to resolve his pre-2007 delinquent accounts, as well as his more recent delinquent accounts. There is an absence of “good-faith” efforts to contact most of his creditors, set up repayment plans, or to make payments to creditors, even for those with balances under $500. Applicant demonstrated the absence of a meaningful track record in addressing his delinquent accounts. Applicant’s actions indicate a lack of judgment, which raises questions about his reliability, trustworthiness and ability to protect classified information. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-11940.h1


Financial

08/01/2013

Applicant is a 31-year-old military instructor. His history of financial problems or difficulties is largely due to a combination of medical issues, an inconsistent employment history, and a period of unemployment during 2009 2010. He initiated a good-faith effort to repay one of the largest of his delinquent debts, which is on schedule to be completed by the end of 2013. He has a reasonable plan to resolve his other delinquent debts. He presented sufficient evidence to explain, extenuate, and mitigate the financial considerations security concern. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 11-10484.h1


Personal Conduct

08/01/2013


Foreign Influence; Personal Conduct

07/31/2013

In 1952 Applicant was born in Eritrea. In 1991 he immigrated to the United States via Saudi Arabia, having lived in Sudan for four years. In 1999 he became a U.S. naturalized citizen. His spouse is a U.S. naturalized citizen, residing here. One of his daughters is a citizen and resident of Sudan. Two sisters and one brother are citizens of Eritrea residing in Sudan. One brother is a citizen and resident of Sudan. His wife owns property in Egypt where they intend to retire. When he completed a security clearance application in June 2012, he failed to disclose his termination from a linguist position with a defense contractor in 2010. He produced insufficient evidence to mitigate foreign influence or personal conduct security concerns. Access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 12-12172.h1


Drugs; Personal Conduct

07/31/2013

Applicant's 30 years of illegal, albeit infrequent, drug abuse (including periods when he held a clearance), and his falsification of that drug abuse history on multiple clearance applications between March 1995 and April 2010, render him an unsuitable candidate for access to classified information. Clearance denied.


Foreign Influence

07/31/2013

Applicant has close ties of affection to his immediate and extended family members who are resident citizens of India. He has traveled to India almost yearly since 2007. His evidence in mitigation is insufficient to overcome the security concerns associated with foreign influence. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied.


Guideline B; Guideline E

07/31/2013

Applicant has maintained personal relationships with multiple citizens of a country known to have an aggressive espionage profile and has been in contact with a Russian agent. He has failed to report the full extent of his foreign contacts. Favorable decision reversed.


Drugs; Personal Conduct

07/31/2013

For nearly ten years, from 2003 until 2012, Applicant purchased, possessed, and used marijuana. His responses to the SF 86 inquiries and to the questions of the OPM investigators were false and concealed the full scope of Applicant’s substance abuse history. He repeatedly furnished false intentions to not use marijuana in the future. Applicant’s actions over such a lengthy period, as well as his changing stories, indicate poor self-control, lack of judgment, or unwillingness to abide by rules and regulations, all of which raise questions about his reliability, trustworthiness and ability to protect classified information. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-12471.h1


Drugs, Personal Conduct

07/31/2013

When Applicant used marijuana two times, ten years ago, he had recently been granted a security clearance for the first time. He has not used marijuana since that time. He has also married, and become a father, and worked in a responsible position in the intervening decade. He credibly testified that he no longer uses illegal drugs or associates with those with whom he used them. Security concerns under Guidelines H and E are mitigated. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 11-10146.h1


Financial, Personal Conduct

07/31/2013

Applicant is 29 years old. He resolved two small debts, but failed to provide sufficient evidence that a large delinquent debt has been resolved. Applicant deliberately failed to disclose the delinquent debt and his employment with and termination by an employer on his security clearance application. He has not mitigated the security concerns under Guideline F, financial considerations, and Guideline E, personal conduct. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-08374.h1


Foreign Influence; Foreign Preference

07/30/2013

Applicant lived and worked in the PRC on two separate occasions. He left gainful employment in the United States to visit his Chinese girlfriend and decided to live in the PRC from 2005 until 2007. Applicant married his girlfriend in 2007. She is now a naturalized U.S. citizen. Applicant has ties of affection to his wife's family in China. He has visited them on several occasions. Eligibility for a security clearance is denied. CASE NO: 12-00354.h1


Financial

07/30/2013

Applicant is a 53-year-old administrative analyst. There is substantial evidence establishing a history of financial problems or difficulties, which is likely to recur or continue. She did not present sufficient evidence to mitigate the financial considerations security concern. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-14520.h1


Financial

07/30/2013

Applicant successfully completed a Chapter 13 bankruptcy in 2006. Shortly thereafter, he was unemployed and his current mortgage loan became delinquent. Since 2006, his mortgage loan delinquency has grown to $95,000. He stated that he contacted the lenders about loan modifications, but provided no evidence of such contacts. Applicant also provided no evidence of a plan to resolve the debt. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-13605.h1


Financial

07/30/2013

Applicant has yet to address $90,000 in past-due taxes for tax years 2003 – 2006, 2009, 2010, and 2012. He failed to rebut or mitigate the financial considerations security concerns. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-12358.h1


Financial

07/30/2013

Applicant failed to mitigate the trustworthiness concerns raised by her $75,000 delinquent debt, none of which had been addressed. Eligibility for public trust position denied.


Financial

07/30/2013

Applicant did not mitigate the financial considerations security concerns. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 11-09258.h1


Financial

07/29/2013

The Statement of Reasons alleges delinquent state taxes and other debts, totaling approximately $55,000. In the four months before the hearing Applicant paid several debts that had been delinquent for years. He showed an unwillingness to follow rules and regulations by failing to pay his state taxes for three tax years, and unreliability by ignoring his other delinquencies. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-14242.h1


Financial

07/29/2013

The Statement of Reasons (SOR) alleged 11 collection or unpaid accounts, which totaled more than $30,000. The financial considerations security concerns have been mitigated. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 11-12227.h1


Financial

07/29/2013

Applicant is a 52-year-old employee of a defense contractor. She failed to present sufficient evidence to mitigate the security concerns arising from her delinquent debts. Clearance is denied. Case No. 11-10405.h1


Financial

07/29/2013

Applicant had five delinquent debts totaling $180,301, identified on the Statement of Reasons (SOR). While his student loan debt of $156,000 is in good standing, Appellant has not addressed his additional $24,301 in delinquent consumer debt. He failed to produce sufficient documentation that his debts have been addressed or are otherwise satisfied. He has not mitigated the Financial Considerations security concerns. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 11-07409.h1


Financial

07/29/2013

Applicant has been working for his current employer, a government contractor, since January 2011. His past financial difficulties were tied to the economic downturn that began in 2007 and 2008, a situation over which he had no control. However, he has acted responsibly to pay financial delinquencies for which he was responsible. His current financial situation requires planning and discipline to avoid future delinquencies. Applicant appears to have the maturity and resolve to honor his financial commitments and to avoid living beyond his means. He has mitigated security concerns under Guideline F, Financial Considerations. Eligibility for a security clearance is granted. CASE NO: 11-06212.h1


Financial

07/26/2013

Applicant’s statement of reasons (SOR) alleges 16 delinquent debts, totaling $34,352. Circumstances beyond her control caused her to have delinquent debts. She had insufficient financial resources to pay these debts. Applicant’s delinquent unsecured, nonpriority debts will be discharged in about six weeks under Chapter 7 of the Bankruptcy Code. She will have a fresh financial start and no remaining delinquent debts. Financial considerations are mitigated. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 11-14210.h1


Criminal Conduct; Alcohol

07/26/2013

Applicant is an alcohol abuser who has two DUI convictions, and an open container conviction between 1995 and 2012. He spent brief periods in jail, paid fines, attended education classes, underwent therapy, and was placed on probation. In June 2012, despite being on probation from the 2010 DUI, Applicant violated the terms of the probation and was involved in another alcohol-related incident. After his probation was extended because of that violation, and aware that he was not to consume alcohol, he did so again. Applicant’s probation is currently scheduled to continue until September 2014. After a lengthy period of alcohol consumption, Applicant has been abstinent for only nine months. He continues to minimize the quantity of alcohol consumed in the past. Applicant’s period of abstinence is too brief to conclude his alcohol problems are not likely to recur, and there are continuing questions and doubts about his reliability, trustworthiness and ability to protect classified information. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-12649.h1


Guideline F; Guideline E

07/26/2013

The Judge’s finding that Applicant deliberately omitted financial information from his security clearance application is sustainable. Regarding Guideline F, the Judge’s conclusion that Applicant showed little urgency in resolving his financial problems despite the ability to do so is supported by the record evidence. Adverse decision affirmed.


Personal Conduct

07/26/2013

Applicant falsely represented to her employer the status of her dependents’ eligibility for health care program benefits at various periods from at least 2002 to 2009. During a company investigation regarding her false claims, she lied to the investigator in an attempt to mislead or minimize her falsifications. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-05195.h1


Foreign Influence

07/25/2013

Applicant has limited contacts with his relatives living in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Applicant has honorably served as a linguist with special operations troops under dangerous conditions in Afghanistan, showing bravery, loyalty, and fidelity to the United States. He has one sibling serving with U.S. forces in Afghanistan as a linguist, and another serving as a linguist for a U.S. government contractor in the United States. He has substantial connections to the United States. Foreign influence security concerns are mitigated, and eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 12-12310.h1


Foreign Influence

07/25/2013

Applicant was born and raised in Afghanistan. He and his family left that country in the 1980s and ultimately became naturalized U.S. citizens. He married an apolitical woman whose family is politically active in Afghanistan. Applicant and his wife have had waning interaction with these in-laws and Applicant knows little of their activities. Instead, he focuses on his work for the United States and its missions. Given these unique circumstances, I find that Applicant has mitigated security concerns. Clearance is granted. CASE No.: 12-09362.h1


Foreign Influence

07/25/2013

Applicant is a 54-year-old employee of a defense contractor. The evidence shows she has mitigated the foreign influence security concern based on her strong and long-standing ties to the United States, which outweigh and overcome her ties to Greece. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 12-00130.h1


Guideline B; Guideline E

07/25/2013

The Judge’s analysis misstates the period of time Applicant has worked at his current job as nine months. The Board cannot conclude the error is harmless. Adverse decision remanded.


Financial; Personal Conduct

07/25/2013

Applicant mitigated the financial considerations and personal conduct concerns. Her finances are under control, and she did not provide false answers in response to questions on her security clearance application or in response to questions posed during her background interview. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 11-15002.h1


Financial; Personal Conduct

07/25/2013

Applicant was unable to mitigate any of the 23 debts which totaled $72,545 or two allegations of falsifying his September 2010 security clearance application. Clearance is denied.


Guideline F

07/25/2013

The applicability of a particular adjudicative condition is not necessarily dispoitive. Adverse decision affirmed.


Criminal; Personal Conduct

07/25/2013

Applicant’s arrest history and his 1998 entry-level separation from the Navy are mitigated by the passage of time and do not reflect negatively on his current security worthiness. Applicant did not intentionally falsify his March 2010 security clearance application. Clearance is granted. CASE NO. 10-07397.h1


Financial

07/24/2013

Applicant has been working for her current employer for over two years. Her past financial difficulties were tied to her second husband’s failure to pay sufficient federal taxes on his income, a condition over which she had no control. However, she has acted responsibly to pay federal tax delinquencies for which she was responsible. Her current financial situation requires planning and discipline to avoid future delinquencies. Applicant appears to have the maturity and resolve to honor her financial commitments and avoid living beyond her means. She has mitigated security concerns under Guideline F, Financial Considerations. Eligibility for a security clearance is granted. CASE NO: 11-12168.h1


Personal Conduct; Financial

07/24/2013

Applicant did not mitigate the personal conduct or financial considerations trustworthiness concerns. Eligibility for access to sensitive information is denied. CASE NO: 11-11064.h1


Personal Conduct

07/24/2013

Applicant failed to disclose information about previous criminal offenses related to alcohol and drugs on his security clearance application. He mitigated the personal conduct security concerns related to his non-disclosure. Based upon a review of the record evidence as a whole, eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 11-04317.h1


Financial; Criminal

07/23/2013

Applicant is 34 years old. He has numerous delinquent debts attributable to long periods of unemployment. The debts are not resolved. Applicant was charged on numerous occasions for driving with a suspended license. He attributed the offenses to an automatic suspension when his child support payments were delinquent. Despite being aware of the trigger, he did not take appropriate action with the enforcement agency to resolve the issue prior to the suspensions. Applicant failed to mitigate the security concerns under Guideline F, financial considerations and Guideline J, criminal conduct. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 12-07158.h1


Financial, Personal Conduct

07/23/2013

Applicant is 65 years old. He failed to file and pay his federal and state income taxes from 2002 to 2011. He intentionally failed to disclose his failure to file and pay his taxes, and his past criminal history regarding alcohol-related arrests. Applicant failed to mitigate the security concerns under Guideline F, financial considerations and Guideline E, personal conduct. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-13291.h1


Financial Considerations

07/23/2013

Applicant’s financial problems were not caused by frivolous or irresponsible spending, and he did not spend beyond his means. Instead, they were largely beyond Applicant’s control. He was laid off on three occasions, with the initial layoff commencing in February 2002 and continuing until January 2005. The IRS concluded that Applicant’s 2002 stock options and severance package were larger than they actually were. The matter was finally resolved with the intervention of the Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS), and what the SOR initially alleged as being a debt of $81,033, was significantly reduced to $12,829.95. Two layoffs later, he neglected to alter his withholding information. When he filed his 2010 federal income tax return, his liability was higher than anticipated because his mortgage deductions were no longer available to him. Nevertheless, it has been significantly reduced to $599.39. When funds are available, Applicant intends to continue reducing his tax liability. Applicant acted responsibly by addressing his delinquent accounts. He no longer has any other delinquent debts, and there are clear indications that Applicant’s financial problems are under control. There are no continuing questions and doubts about his reliability, trustworthiness and ability to protect classified information. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 10-08759.h1


Guideline F

07/19/2013

The Board may not consider new evidence on appeal. Adverse decision affirmed.


Guideline J; Guideline E

07/19/2013

The presence of some mitigating evidence does not alone compel the Judge to make a favorable security clearance decision. Adverse decision affirmed.


Drugs; Personal Conduct

07/19/2013

Applicant’s long-term use of illegal drugs, lack of credibility, and his falsifications cast serious doubt on his current reliability, trustworthiness, judgment, and ability to follow the law. Clearance denied. CASE NO: 11-08704.h1


Guideline F

07/19/2013

Applicant’s reliance on language from the interview summary is misplaced. The language summarizes her answers to interviewer. It does not represent the interviewer’s opinion of Applicant’s security worthiness. Adverse decision affirmed.


Financial; Personal Conduct

07/19/2013

Applicant mitigated security concerns under Guideline E (personal conduct), but failed to mitigate security concerns under Guideline F (financial considerations). Clearance is denied.


Security Violation; Personal Conduct

07/18/2013

Applicant willfully divulged classified information to unauthorized persons. He does not accept responsibility for his actions and continues to minimize the seriousness of his security violation. Clearance is denied. CASE NO. 12-04855.h1


Foreign Influence

07/18/2013

Applicant was born and raised in India, where she has some financial holdings and where her parents, brothers, and in-laws live and are citizens. In the United States, she has built a family, excelled in a lucrative career, bought a home, and accumulated over $800,000 in investments, far overshadowing her available assets in India. Applicant mitigated foreign influence security concerns. Clearance is granted. CASE No.: 12-00872.h1


Drug Involvement; Personal Conduct

07/18/2013

Applicant tested positive for THC in March 2005, and was terminated by his employer. In 2007 or 2008, Applicant tested positive for THC n employer-on an administered drug test. After completing counseling, Applicant tested positive for THC in May 2010 and was terminated. Applicant lied about his drug use and two job terminations on his security clearance application in May 2011 and his interview in June 2011. His evidence in mitigation does not overcome the negative evidence under the drug involvement and personal conduct guidelines. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 11-12488. h1


Personal Conduct; Security Violations; Information Technology

07/18/2013

Applicant is a 52-year-old employee of a defense contractor. He failed to present sufficient information to mitigate the security concerns arising from his personal conduct, handling of protected information, and use of information technology systems. Clearance is denied. Case No. 11-11874.h1


Financial

07/18/2013

After obtaining a Chapter 7 bankruptcy discharge in January 2006, Applicant accumulated numerous delinquent debts, including a child support arrearage, and he failed to file his federal income tax returns for several years. With the exception of his child support arrearage, he took no significant steps to resolve his debts until he learned that that his debts were an impediment to obtaining a public trust position. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-11598.h1


Financial

07/18/2013

Applicant is a 34-year-old employee of a federal contractor. His history of financial problems or difficulties is largely due to a lack of health insurance and a business failure, a daycare center that he owned and operated during 2008 2010. With assistance from his employer, he recently initiated a good-faith effort to repay the vast majority of his delinquent debts by repaying approximately $22,000. He presented sufficient evidence to explain, extenuate, and mitigate the financial considerations security concern. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 11-11566.h1


Foreign Influence

07/17/2013

In 1986, Applicant was born in Iran. In 2004, he immigrated to the United States. In 2010, he became a U.S. citizen. His spouse is a citizen of Iran and immigrated here in 2011. His mother and one sister are citizens of Iran residing in the United States. Three sisters, a brother, and two in-laws are citizens and residents of Iran. He maintains contact with all of his Iranian family members. He produced insufficient evidence to mitigate foreign influence security concerns. Access to classified information is denied.


Drugs; Personal Conduct

07/17/2013

Applicant used illegal drugs after being granted a security clearance. He was not candid in reporting his drug use on his security clearance applications and in his interviews with authorized investigators. His lack of candor raises concerns about his judgment, reliability, and trustworthiness. He failed to mitigate security concerns under the drug involvement and personal conduct adjudicative guidelines. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 12-08423.h1


Foreign Influence

07/17/2013

Applicant mitigated the potential security concerns raised by his property ownership in Lebanon by taking steps to gift the property to his step-brother. Applicant's acceptance of competitive scholarships from a charitable foundation established by a politically active family, and his father's past employment with a private company owned by the same family, did not raise any realistic likelihood of undue influence. Applicant's now-retired father was not so positioned to be subject to undue influence. Clearance granted.


Foreign Influence

07/17/2013

Applicant is 52 years old. He was born in India and immigrated to the United States. He became a naturalized citizen in 2003. He has relatives in India and substantial financial interests. Applicant failed to mitigate the security concerns under Guideline B, foreign influence. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-14362.h1


Financial Considerations

07/17/2013

In mid-2005, Applicant’s mother had several mini-strokes followed by a massive stroke, and she was moved to a local nursing and rehabilitation center. All of her mother’s savings, life insurance, and health insurance were signed over to the nursing facility. Nearly all of the required paperwork was signed by Applicant as her mother’s representative. However, believing she was using her mother’s power of attorney authority and position, Applicant signed a form furnished by the nursing facility in which she personally guaranteed the payment of all charges incurred for her mother. As a result of that unanticipated additional financial burden, Applicant was unable to keep up with the monthly payments of her own bills. She failed to file her 2005 federal and state income tax returns, and a default judgment on behalf of the nursing facility was entered against Applicant and her mother. With a structured repayment plan, she resolved a number of accounts, including non-SOR accounts. She also filed her 2005 income tax returns. There are no continuing questions and doubts about her reliability, trustworthiness and ability to protect classified information. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 11-12190.h1


Financial

07/17/2013

Applicant defaulted on a home mortgage and two home equity loans, due to her unawareness of an unusual restriction in the deed to her home that precluded home equity loans and limited the price for which the home could be sold. She discovered a delinquent cable service bill when she received the SOR. All the debts alleged in the SOR have been resolved. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 11-11316.h1


Financial

07/17/2013

When Applicant suffered a heart attack, his wife assumed control of the family finances. She was unhappy and overspent their income, without Applicant's knowledge. After she filed for divorce, Applicant could not keep up with the child support, mortgage, and other debts. He filed for Chapter 13 bankruptcy protection. He has been making the monthly payments for more than three years. Based on his record of consistent payments, and his sufficient income, I conclude he will complete the plan. It is unlikely he will be in a similar situation in the future. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 11-08429.h1


Foreign Influence; Foreign Preference

07/16/2013

Applicant's relatives who are Peruvian citizens and residents do not generate a foreign influence security concern. Applicant mitigated the foreign preference security concern generated by her exercise of Peruvian dual citizenship. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 11-10674.h1


Guideline F

07/16/2013

The Board cannot consider new evidence on appeal. Applicant asserts that the Judge erred in a finding of fact. The cited error appears to be merely typographical and, therefore, harmless. An ability to argue for an alternative interpretation of the evidence is not sufficient to demonstrate that the Judge mis-weighed the evidence. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 11-08541.a1


Foreign Influence

07/15/2013

Applicant failed to mitigate the security concern generated by his relatives who are citizens of Afghanistan and reside in Pakistan. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-15250.h1


Guideline H

07/12/2013

Examining the record as a whole, the Board has no reason to conclude that the Judge weighed the evidence in a manner that was arbitrary, capricious, or contrary to law. Adverse decision affirmed.


Guideline F

07/12/2013

The Judge’s challenged conclusions are support by the record evidence. It was not a denial of due process to apply the Directive to Applicant’s case. Adverse decision affirmed.


Personal Conduct; Financial

07/12/2013

Applicant is a 42-year-old employee of a defense contractor. He failed to present sufficient information to mitigate the security concerns arising from his personal conduct and delinquent debts. Clearance is denied. Case No. 12-08139.h1


Use of Information Technology Systems; Personal Conduct

07/12/2013

Applicant is a 56-year-old employee of a defense contractor. He exhibited a pattern of questionable conduct and disregard for authority. He mitigated use of information technology systems security concerns, but he did not mitigate personal conduct security concerns. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-15190.h1


Sexual Behavior; Personal Conduct

07/12/2013

In September and October 2005, while deployed overseas, Applicant had several sexually explicit internet and telephonic conversations with a police detective posing as a 12-year-old girl in the United States. After he returned to the United States in October 2005, he was arrested and completed a three-year pretrial diversion program. In June 2010, he submitted a security clearance application in which he falsely stated that he did not attempt to meet with or have further conversations with the person posing as a 12-year-old after he returned to the United States. Security concerns based on sexual behavior are mitigated, but security concerns based on personal conduct are not mitigated. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-06198.h1


Guideline D; Guideline J; Guideline E

07/12/2013

Applicant reliance on a sentence in the interview summary is misplaced. The sentence is merely a summary of Applicant’s comments, rather than an independent assessment. Adverse decision affirmed.


Guideline B

07/11/2013

The Judge concluded that Applicant’s close family ties and ongoing friendships in Russia raised foreign influence concerns that are not fully mitigated. The Judge’s conclusions are supported by the record evidence. Adverse decision affirmed.


Guideline F

07/11/2013

The record provides no reason to believe that Applicant was not adequately informed of her right to counsel or of her other rights concerning the hearing. Applicant acquired additional significant debts after having been discharged on bankruptcy. This is sufficient to raise Financial Considerations security concerns. Adverse decision affirmed.


Financial, Personal Conduct

07/11/2013

In 1997, Applicant filed a Chapter 13 bankruptcy petition because his car was repossessed and he owed the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) a large sum of money. He dismissed the petition and claimed he repaid the creditors. Following his divorce from his second wife in March 2007, he had a car accident and had to purchase a new car in June 2007, while reestablishing a lifestyle living by himself. Though Applicant hired a debt consolidation firm in November 2010 to resolve his current financial problems, only a handful of debts have been resolved. Three listed debts were not satisfied until after the hearing. Applicant has provided insufficient evidence in mitigation to meet his burden under the financial and personal conduct guidelines. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 10-00046. h1


Foreign Influence

07/10/2013

Applicant left Afghanistan when he was gravely injured and received medical help in the United States. He spent his childhood and adulthood in the United States. He became a naturalized citizen in 2004. He served as a linguist with the U.S. Army in Afghanistan. His father is a citizen and resident of Afghanistan. Applicant had not seen his father in almost 20 years. When he was working in Afghanistan in 2006, he saw his father. He now calls him monthly. Applicant's wife is from Afghanistan and is in the process of becoming a U.S. citizen. He has mitigated the foreign influence security concern. Eligibility for a security clearance is granted. CASE NO: 12-10336.h1


Foreign Influence

07/10/2013

Applicant, 33, was born in Afghanistan and became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 2004. His wife is an Afghan citizen, with a U.S. permanent resident card. She has been residing with her parents in Afghanistan for extended periods of time while he was deployed in support of U.S. interests in that country. In addition to his wife, her parents, and relatives, he also has extended family members and friends that live in Afghanistan. He failed to demonstrate that his contacts in Afghanistan do not pose a security risk, and that he is not in a position to be forced to choose between loyalty to the United States and his connections to family members. He failed to mitigate the foreign influence security concerns raised. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 12-09334.h1


Information Technology; Personal Conduct

07/10/2013

Applicant mitigated both the information technology and personal conduct security concerns. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 12-07997.h1


Personal Conduct

07/10/2013

Applicant is 49 years old. Applicant intentionally failed to disclose derogatory employment information on his security clearance application and to a government investigator. Applicant failed to mitigate the security concerns under Guideline E, personal conduct. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 10-05684.h1


Personal Conduct

07/09/2013

Applicant used cocaine while holding a security clearance from 2007 until 2008. He purchased cocaine while working for a company with a no drug policy. He violated an agreement with that company by buying and using cocaine. He has a pending criminal charge. Eligibility for a security clearance is denied. CASE NO: 12-04565.h1


Financial

07/09/2013

Applicant mitigated the concerns arising from her financial problems that were due to years of domestic abuse, followed by loss of employment and underemployment. She responsibly handled her financial situation by decreasing her monthly expenses and paying her debts. She has taken control of her finances and is firmly on the road to financial stability. Eligibility to occupy a position of trust is granted. CASE NO: 11-13434.h1


Financial

07/09/2013

Applicant defaulted on the mortgage loans on his former residence after relocating at the beginning of the economic downturn and his wife's loss of employment caused his inability to continue making payments. Only the charged-off second mortgage remains of potential concern, and he is paying the taxes for its abandonment. The evidence is sufficient to mitigate resulting security concerns. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 11-09841.h1


Criminal Conduct

07/09/2013

Applicant is a 63-year-old employee of a federal contractor. Applicant was involved in an incident of domestic violence involving a former girlfriend in January 2012, which ultimately resulted in a no-contest plea to a misdemeanor offense. He completed all terms of the court's sentence in 2013. Given the recency of these matters, he did not present sufficient evidence to explain and mitigate the concern about his fitness and suitability to hold a security clearance. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 10-05404.h1


Guideline B

07/08/2013

The record supported the Judge’s finding that Applicant’s uncle held a high rank in the military. The Judge’s conclusion that the presence of foreign relatives in Afghanistan raised unmitigated security concerns is sustainable. Applicant’s contention that the Judge was biased against him does not overcome the presumption that the Judge was impartial. Adverse decision affirmed.


Guideline F

07/08/2013

The Judge concluded that Mitigating Condition ¶ 20(b) partially applied. He concluded that Applicant had not acted responsibly under the circumstances, but did not specify how Applicant failed to act responsibly. A Judge’s decision must set forth findings and conclusions with sufficient specificity and clarity that the parties and the Board can discern what the Judge is finding and concluding. Adverse decision remanded.


Sexual Behavior; Personal Conduct; Mental

07/05/2013

Applicant has a history of being sexually attracted to children, including his daughter. In 1997, he intentionally rubbed his 13-year-old daughter against his erect penis when she was sitting on his lap. When his daughter was 15 years old, he attempted to get his daughter intoxicated so he could engage in sexual activity with her. However, there is insufficient evidence to support the allegation that Applicant suffers from an emotional, mental, or personality disorder affecting his judgment, reliability, or stability. Psychological conditions concerns are mitigated. Personal conduct concerns are mitigated as a duplication of sexual behavior concerns. Sexual behavior concerns are not mitigated. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 12-03661.h1


Personal Conduct; Financial

07/05/2013

Applicant is a 31-year-old employee of a defense contractor. He presented sufficient information to mitigate the security concerns arising from his personal conduct and delinquent debts. Clearance is granted. Case No. 11-13181.h1


Financial

07/05/2013

Applicant did not mitigate the financial considerations security concerns. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 11-09246.h1


Guideline F

07/03/2013

The Appeal Board does not presume error below. The appealing party must raise an issue of harmful error. Applicants are expected to take reasonable steps to preserve their rights. Applicant misplaced clearance paperwork. However, he could have acquired contact information for DOHA through the exercise of reasonable diligence in an effort to secure an extension or replacement documents. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 12-07948.a1


Guideline B

07/03/2013

The record is incomplete. We remand the case for purpose of reconstructing the record. Adverse decision remanded.


Foreign Influence

07/03/2013

Applicant was born in India. He came to the United States on a work visa in 1998 and became a naturalized citizen in February 2009. His wife and one son live with him in the United States. His son is a U.S. Citizen. His wife is a naturalized citizen. Applicant has mitigated the trustworthiness concerns about his siblings and in-laws who live in India. He maintains close ties with them, but has a stable professional and personal life in the United States. He is selling his apartment in India and has closed one bank account. His other bank account is worth approximately $70 to $135. Eligibility for a position of public trust is granted. CASE NO: 12-00722.h1


Guideline F; Guideline E

07/03/2013

Applicant has not rebutted the presumption that the Judge considered all of the record evidence. Adverse decision affirmed.


Guideline F

07/03/2013

Applicant raised no issue of harmful error. The Board cannot consider new evidence on appeal. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 11-05401.a1


Personal Conduct; Foreign Influence, Handling Protected Information

07/03/2013

Applicant's failure to properly inform his facility security officer and the Government of his foreign travel, foreign contacts, and foreign business prospects, and his falsifications of his clearance application, information in a subject interview, and sworn statement, render him an unsuitable candidate for access to classified information. Clearance denied.


Guideline I

07/03/2013

Medical records are admissible in DOHA proceedings as official records IAW Directive ¶ E3.1.20. The Judge did not err in her rulings on the admission of evidence. Applicant was not deprived of due process. The Judge’s material findings are sustainable. Applicant did not rebut the presumption that the Judge considered all of the evidence. Applicant failed to demonstrate that the Judge mis-weighed the evidence. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 09-04696.a1


Foreign Influence; Foreign Preference

07/02/2013

Applicant works for a defense contractor. Her father works for a Hong Kong business group with strong connections to the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and Hong Kong. She has relatives who are citizens of the PRC. Applicant was born in the United States. Her parents are naturalized U.S. citizens. Applicant is eligible for a Hong Kong identification card which would allow her to travel into and reside in Hong Kong while also traveling to the PRC. Applicant did not mitigate the Foreign Influence security concern or the Foreign Preference security concern. Eligibility for a clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-11976.h1


Financial; Personal Conduct

07/01/2013

Applicant has unresolved delinquent debt. While he has contacted a debt settlement company recently, he has not provided sufficient evidence to mitigate the financial security concerns. Applicant admitted that he lied on his 2011 security clearance application and to an investigator that he had no delinquent debts. He admitted the debts when confronted with a recent credit report. In an amended SOR, Applicant admitted that he falsified his application and intentionally withheld information from an authorized investigator. He has not mitigated the personal conduct security concerns. Clearance is denied. Eligibility for a security clearance is granted. CASE NO: 11-11459.h1


Drugs

06/28/2013

Applicant used marijuana between 2003 and 2010. He knowingly disregarded regulations by using marijuana while serving in the National Guard. He failed a drug test in 2009. He used marijuana after being granted a security clearance in 2007. His three years of drug abstinence do not outweigh his seven years of illegal drug use, his use while serving in the National Guard, and while holding a security clearance. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 13-00310


Foreign Influence

06/28/2013

Applicant failed to mitigate the security concerns raised by his contacts with family members in Pakistan, his family travel to a high-risk region of Pakistan, and his wife's significant property holding in Pakistan. Clearance denied.


Foreign Influence

06/28/2013

Applicant is a naturalized U.S. citizen originally from Afghanistan. The security concerns raised by Applicant’s relationships with her sister’s ex-husband, her husband’s brother, and two former co-workers who are citizens and residents of Afghanistan are mitigated. Clearance is granted. CASE NO. 12-09686.h1


Foreign Influence; Personal Conduct

06/28/2013

Applicant has mitigated the security significance of the presence of his wife's family members in Afghanistan, as well as his ownership of property. He did not falsify Government questionnaires. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 12-07647.h1


Drugs; Personal Conduct

06/28/2013

Applicant did not think using his wife's prescription pain medication and altering dosages of a prescribed amphetamine raised security concerns. Consequently, he did not disclose such actions on his security clearance applications. After he learned such things did raise concerns, Applicant was "less than forthcoming" and tried to obfuscate his past prescription drug abuse. While Applicant mitigated drug involvement security concerns, he failed to mitigate personal conduct security concerns. Clearance denied. CASE NO: 12-07214.h1


Foreign Influence

06/28/2013

In 1962, Applicant was born in Lebanon. In 1984, he moved to the United States, and in 2002, he became a U.S. citizen. His spouse is a dual citizen of the United States and Lebanon. His mother-in-law lives with Applicant most of the year; however, she spends three months a year in Lebanon. He has substantial property in Lebanon. Lebanon is unstable, and Lebanon’s Government has allowed terrorist organizations to flourish in Lebanon. Foreign influence concerns are not mitigated. Access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 12-05609.h1


Financial

06/28/2013

Applicant was the victim of a Ponzi-type scheme. She has mitigated the financial considerations security concerns. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 12-01701.h1


Drugs; Personal Conduct

06/28/2013

Applicant’s long-term illegal use of marijuana, lack of credibility, and his falsification cast serious doubt on his current reliability, trustworthiness, judgment, and ability to follow the law. Clearance denied. CASE NO: 11-14265.h1


Financial

06/28/2013

Applicant is 49 years old and is employed as a President and CEO for a defense contractor. His history of excessive indebtedness has been resolved. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 11-13133.h1


Drugs, Personal Conduct

06/28/2013

While holding a security clearance, Applicant tested positive for marijuana in July 2010. He was able to mitigate personal conduct concerns, but was unable to mitigate drug involvement concerns. Clearance is denied.


Drugs; Personal Conduct

06/28/2013

Applicant, who is now 41 years old, began using marijuana in 1991, and he used marijuana frequently until at least 2007. He also used marijuana in September 2010. To support his drug habit, he purchased and resold marijuana to others. Applicant was not candid in reporting his drug use, possession, purchase, and sale on his security clearance application. His lack of candor raises concerns about his judgment, reliability, and trustworthiness. He failed to mitigate security concerns under the drug involvement and personal conduct adjudicative guidelines. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-12424.h1


Financial

06/28/2013

Applicant incurred about $13,000 in delinquent debt over the past four years. She did not demonstrate either changed circumstances or sufficient income to resolve those debts or remain solvent in the future. Financial security concerns were not mitigated. Eligibility for access to ADP I/II/III sensitive information is denied. CASE NO: 11-12363.h1


Financial

06/28/2013

Applicant owes nearly $27,000 for 33 delinquent debts. Despite being steadily employed since at least 2001, Applicant has not tried to pay or otherwise resolve his debts. He has failed to mitigate security concerns raised by his financial problems, and his request for a security clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-11215.h1


Financial

06/28/2013

Applicant owes more than $200,000 in delinquent state and federal income tax. He failed to mitigate the financial considerations security concerns. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-10509.h1


Criminal Conduct; Personal Conduct

06/28/2013

Applicant deliberately falsified his 2010 security clearance application (SCA) and made false statements to investigators in 2010 and 2011 to minimize and conceal his 1990 and 2004 felony embezzlement charges that were later amended to misdemeanor offenses. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-07625.h1


Criminal Conduct, Financial, Personal Conduct

06/28/2013

Applicant has a long history of criminal conduct that includes citations, misdemeanors, and felonies. Since 2005 he accumulated a substantial number of delinquent debts that remain unresolved. He failed to fully disclose his criminal background and delinquent debts in his security clearance application. Resulting security concerns under the guidelines for criminal conduct, financial considerations, and personal conduct were not mitigated. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 11-07539.h1


Financial

06/28/2013

Applicant incurred less than $4,000 in delinquent debts, all but one of which are medical, since 2006 when she left her abusive first husband who subsequently failed to meet his support obligations. She then suffered a serious illness. She and her second husband have incurred no newly delinquent debt for two years, and she intends to repay her creditors when they have funds to do so. The evidence is sufficient to mitigate resulting security concerns. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 11-05814.h1


Alcohol

06/28/2013

Applicant failed to mitigate the concerns raised by her history of excessive alcohol consumption and three convictions for driving under the influence. She remains on probation until October 2014. Clearance denied. CASE NO. 10-08772.h1


Alcohol; Drugs; Psychological Conditions

06/28/2013

Applicant has made tremendous strides in overcoming her addiction to alcohol and narcotics. However, she relapsed less than a year ago. Consequently, it is too soon to conclude that she has mitigated the security concerns. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 10-05563.h1


Personal Conduct

06/27/2013

Applicant failed to mitigate security concerns arising from his personal conduct. Eligibility for a security clearance is denied. CASE NO: 12-11892.h1


Financial; Personal Conduct

06/27/2013

Applicant has had a history of overdue debts, and no independent evidence was introduced to prove that any have been resolved. Additionally, Applicant did not furnish complete, honest information on a Security Clearance Application. Mitigation has not been shown. Clearance is denied.


Foreign Influence; Foreign Preference; Personal Conduct

06/27/2013

Applicant has significant financial interests in the United States, and has renounced whatever Afghan citizenship he may have had. He filled out his e-QIP as instructed, and cleared up any discrepancies 20 days later during his interview. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 12-09691.h1


Financial

06/27/2013

Applicant accumulated delinquent debts since 2006, including unpaid Federal and state taxes. He offered some evidence of conditions beyond his control that caused this debt, and submitted evidence that he paid or is resolving numerous debts and the 2006 taxes. Recently he filed Federal and state income tax returns for 2007, 2008, and 2009. His Federal tax liabilities for those years remain unresolved. Resulting trustworthiness concerns were not mitigated. Based upon the record evidence, eligibility for access to sensitive information is denied.


Financial

06/27/2013

Applicant showed that about $40,000 in delinquent debt reflected on his credit report became the responsibility of his ex-wife in their divorce decree. However, an additional sum of over $10,000 in delinquent debt remains unaddressed, despite evidence of one payment on a credit repair agreement which was inadequately executed. Lacking evidence of a fully executed agreement and a proven track record of timely payments on that agreement, security concerns remain unmitigated. Clearance denied. CASE NO: 11-12921h.1


Financial

06/27/2013

Applicant declared bankruptcy in 2003, then again had financial issues by 2009. Twelve delinquent debts were alleged in a Statement of Reasons, of which, Applicant denied knowledge of five and wrote that he had addressed the remaining accounts. He submitted no documentary evidence reflecting any efforts to dispute, satisfy, put into a repayment plan, or otherwise address the accounts at issue Financial considerations security concerns remain unmitigated. Clearance denied. CASE NO: 11-12885h.1


Financial

06/27/2013

Applicant accumulated delinquent debts during periods of unemployment. He has since settled four of the listed debts, but he has no established plan to address his remaining debts. Applicant claims no financial counseling and has not established a sufficient track record of satisfying his debts and maintaining financial stability to mitigate security concerns about the condition of his finances. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-12627.h1


Financial

06/27/2013

Applicant's sister walked out on a deal to finance and pay off a home mortgage in equal shares. Applicant immediately got permission to sell the house through short sale, which she did. She made payments on the discrepancy between the short sale and her mortgage balance until a realtor orally told her a seller had no obligation to make payments on such a discrepancy after a short sale. Applicant quit making her payments, bought a new home, and has disregarded credit report entries showing her mortgage balances were charged-off. Applicant failed to mitigate security concerns. Clearance denied. CASE NO: 11-11782h.1


Financial

06/27/2013

Applicant is 39 years old and employed as an Engineer by a defense contractor. Her history of excessive indebtedness caused by two car accidents in 2008 has been resolved. Financial rehabilitation has been shown. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 11-10196.h1


Drugs; Personal Conduct

06/27/2013

Applicant is 49 years old and employed as a Software Engineer by a defense contractor. His one time use of marijuana in 2011, while holding a security clearance, has been mitigated. For the past two years Applicant has demonstrated that he is not a drug user, and that he has no intentions of ever using illegal drugs in the future. He has also demonstrated that he is trustworthy and reliable and that he can follow security rules and regulations. Sufficient mitigation has been shown. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 11-09051.h1


Financial

06/27/2013

Applicant's ex-husband's gambling and drinking led to their divorce and Applicant's filing for Chapter 13 bankruptcy proceeding. She diligently made payments on the account until 2012, when she discovered that an administrative gaffe had curtailed her direct deposits to the bankruptcy trustee. As a result, She tried to have the repayment plan continued, but her request was denied and she has been forced to sit down and prioritize each debt one-on-one. Despite this recent set back, Applicant presented a demonstrated record for reliably addressing with her debts. She has mitigated security concerns. Clearance granted. CASE NO: 11-04155h.1


Financial, Alcohol Consumption, Personal Conduct

06/27/2013

Applicant acknowledges he is an alcoholic. He consumes alcohol almost every day, and he drives after drinking three or four beers. He occasionally consumes 12 to 15 beers in an evening, and he has been late for work due to alcohol consumption in the last 12 months. Applicant has not made sufficient progress resolving the delinquent debts listed on his statement of reasons. His termination from his previous employment was not due to misconduct. Personal conduct concerns are mitigated. Alcohol consumption and financial considerations concerns are not mitigated. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 10-10510.h1


Foreign Preference; Foreign Influence

06/27/2013

Applicant mitigated the foreign preference security concerns, but failed to mitigate the foreign influence security concerns generated by his relationship to his family members who live in Israel. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 10-04641.h1


Financial

06/26/2013

Applicant mitigated the security concerns raised by her delinquent mortgage and equity loans caused by circumstances beyond her control by taking steps to sell the marital home after she and her exhusband separated and divorced. Clearance granted


Guideline F

06/26/2013

The Judge’s material findings are supported by substantial record evidence. The Judge did not commit error in considering a debt not listed in the SOR, when he considered it for the limited purposes of assessing credibility, mitigation, and the application of whole-person factors. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 12-01038.a2


Drugs, Personal Conduct

06/26/2013

Applicant exercised poor judgment in February 2011 when she gave away her prescription for Vicodan and then obtained different drugs not prescribed to her. In June 2011, she received but did not use a small amount of marijuana not prescribed to her. Having weighed and balanced the entire record, specifically Applicant's commendable character evidence, the drug involvement and personal conduct guidelines are found in her favor. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted.


Financial,

06/26/2013

Applicant invested in real estate starting in 2006, and within a few months assumed mortgage debts totaling more than $1,000,000. When the market crashed, she was unable to meet her mortgage obligations, and had numerous delinquencies. She failed to disclose the extent of her indebtedness when she completed her security clearance application. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-14425.h1


Financial

06/26/2013

Applicant failed to mitigate the security concerns raised by his over $72,000 in delinquent debt, where he took no action to address his debts until after the SOR was written and had not addressed two debts totaling over $51,000. Clearance denied.


Financial; Personal Conduct

06/26/2013

Applicant failed to mitigate the financial considerations and personal conduct security concerns. He has a history of not paying his financial obligations and has accumulated over $25,000 in delinquent debt. He also falsified his security clearance application by deliberately failing to disclose his negative financial history and that he was twice fired in 2009 for job-related misconduct. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-11344.h1


Personal Conduct; Drugs

06/26/2013

Applicant failed to mitigate the security concerns raised by his extensive history of minor criminal involvement, and drug and alcohol abuse. Clearance denied.


Financial

06/26/2013

Applicant has not mitigated the security concerns caused by his poor financial situation. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-09170.h1


Alcohol; Personal Conduct

06/26/2013

Applicant is 37 years old and employed as a Senior Marine Analyst by a defense contractor. Applicant's long history of alcohol abuse continues to the present and has not been mitigated. He gave legitimate reasons why he did not answer the questions on his security clearance application differently. He did not deliberately intend to falsify his security clearance application, nor did he intend to provide any false information to the DoD investigators during his interviews. Sufficient alcohol rehabilitation has not been shown. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-07639.h1


Financial

06/26/2013

Applicant’s statement of reasons alleges two debts totaling $16,147. She mitigated the first debt for a $1,147 tax lien; however, she provided insufficient documentation to mitigate the second debt for $15,000 owed to a credit card company. Her background investigation also revealed additional adverse financial information. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 11-05970.h1


Financial

6/25/2013

Applicant has had a history of overdue debts. She has made a responsible attempt pay off or resolve most of her overdue debts, and her current financial situation is stable. Mitigation has been shown. Clearance is granted.


Financial

06/25/2013

Applicant’s statement of reasons (SOR) lists seven delinquent or charged-off debts totaling $11,935. Delinquent federal income taxes account for $9,321 of this total. His tax debt and three other SOR debts are paid, reducing his unresolved delinquent debt total to less than $1,000. Financial concerns are mitigated, and eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 11-13809.h1


Financial

06/25/2013

Applicant is a 49-year-old employee of a defense contractor. He did not provide sufficient evidence to mitigate the security concerns raised by his history of delinquent debts. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-12276.h1


Financial; Personal Conduct

06/25/2013

Applicant is a 32-year-old employee of a defense contractor. She has unresolved financial problems, and she has been consistently untruthful about her education since 2003. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-11000.h1


Alcohol

06/25/2013

Applicant's alcohol abuse has resulted in two DUI convictions in 2007 and 2010, for which Applicant is scheduled be on probation until 2015. At the time of the hearing, Applicant continued to consume alcohol, at times in significant quantities. While in a post-hearing submission, Applicant wrote that he now intended to abstain from alcohol consumption, it is too soon to determine if he will be able to be successful at this attempt. Mitigation has not been shown. Clearance is denied.


Guideline D; Guideline J; Guideline M; Guideline E

06/25/2013

The Board defers to a Judge’s credibility determination. However, when there is contrary evidence, such as inconsistent statements, etc., the Judge should address such evidence in performing his credibility determination. When an applicant chooses a decision on the written record, the Judge’s credibility determination is not entitled to the deference appropriate to a hearing. Official records are routinely admitted in DOHA cases. Official records are presumed to be reliable by virtue of the agency’s duty of accuracy and the high probability that it has satisfied that duty. CASE NO: 11-07509.a1


Alcohol

06/25/2013

Applicant regularly consumed alcohol to the point of intoxication from 1991 through 2012. He was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol in 1991, 2009, and 2012. He has successfully participated in alcohol treatment since December 2012, but the evidence is insufficient to mitigate resulting security concerns. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 11-05949.h1


Guideline F; Guideline E

06/25/2013

Applicant failed to rebut the presumption that the Judge had considered all of the evidence. The Judge’s material findings were based upon substantial evidence. CASE NO: 11-01085.a1


Financial, Drugs

06/24/2013

Applicant has more than $27,000 in unresolved delinquent debts, accrued between November 2007 and March 2011. He claimed to have hired a law firm to help him address the debts, but offered no evidence concerning the agreement or results to date. He also made various admissions concerning marijuana use between 2006 and 2010. Resulting security concerns were not mitigated. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 11-08998.h1


Personal Conduct; Criminal Conduct

06/24/2013

The evidence has established that Applicant submitted more than 30 vouchers from 2006 to 2009 to his employer and received compensation for training flights which he did not take, ultimately resulting in his termination. Applicant has not acknowledged his conduct. Mitigation has not been shown. Clearance is denied.


Information Technology; Personal Conduct; Criminal Conduct

06/21/2013

Without a need to know, Applicant downloaded proprietary information from his company computer and his company network onto a thumb drive after accepting an employment offer from a competing company. Security concerns under Guidelines M and E were not mitigated. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 12-05543.h1


Foreign Influence

06/21/2013

Applicant has mitigated the security significance of the presence of his family members in Afghanistan. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 11-15258.h1


Financial

06/21/2013

Applicant accumulated numerous delinquent debts as a result of buying a home he could not afford, unexpected medical expenses, an expensive contract for internet service, a credit card with exorbitant fees, and financial problems of an adult child. He acted responsibly regarding his medical bills, but he has not mitigated the security concerns raised by his other financial delinquencies. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-12137.h1


Foreign Influence

06/21/2013

Applicant was born and raised in Afghanistan. He fled to Pakistan in 2000, then became a U.S. resident in 2002 after being granted refugee status. His mother, eldest son, three brothers and their wives, parents-in-law, and brother-in-law are Afghan citizens residing in Pakistan. Two sisters and their husbands are resident citizens of Afghanistan. He failed to mitigate resulting security concerns. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 11-12063.h1


Personal Conduct; Sexual Behavior

06/21/2013

Applicant mitigated the personal conduct and sexual behavior security concerns. He did not falsify his security clearance application nor mislead investigators during the course of his background investigation. He also established that he did not actively seek out child pornography, nor intentionally download or distribute such illicit material. His past internet use, which left him susceptible to receiving illicit material and unfounded allegations of illicit activity, no longer casts doubt on his current reliability, trustworthiness, and good judgment. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 11-11959.h1


Financial

06/21/2013

Applicant accumulated 30 delinquent debts, all of which have been reduced to judgment or referred for collection for several years. In December 2012, he negotiated a payment plan to satisfy a judgment for $6,309 that was filed in September 2010. In May 2013, he began making payments on a repossession deficiency that had been referred for collection in May 2005. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-11142.h1


Financial

06/21/2013

Applicant has settled about $44,284 in delinquent consumer credit debt that was incurred during his marriage to his ex-wife. He is currently paying $200 per month toward another $11,512 in marital debt that his ex-wife was supposed to pay under their property settlement. Lacking the funds to furnish an apartment for himself during his divorce, Applicant made several unauthorized purchases on an employer-sponsored credit card in 2010, in knowing violation of company policy. His efforts to resolve his debts mitigate the concerns of financial overextension, but security concerns persist because of his misuse of the corporate credit card for his own benefit. Clearance denied. CASE NO: 11-09615.h1


Guideline F; Guideline E

06/20/2013

The Appeal Board cannot consider new evidence on appeal. Applicant’s significant outstanding debts supported the Judge’s conclusion that the debts were ongoing. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 12-11097.a1


Financial

06/20/2013

Applicant did not mitigate the financial considerations security concerns. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 12-10609.h1


Guideline F

06/20/2013

Impact of an adverse decision is not relevant in a DOHA proceeding. Appeal Board authority is limited to cases in which the appealing party alleges harmful error. The presence of some mitigating evidence is not enough to show that a Judge’s adverse decision is erroneous. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 11-08747.a1


Financial

06/19/2013

Applicant is a 62-year-old employee of a defense contractor providing interpreter services in Afghanistan. He has six outstanding debts that became delinquent between 2003 and 2010. He failed to establish financial responsibility in the handling of his debts. Clearance denied. CASE NO: 12-09692.h1


Financial

06/19/2013

Applicant has unresolved delinquent debt in the amount of approximately $64,051.00. He provided no documentation to support payment of any of the debts. He was sincere and credible that he intends to pay his delinquent debts, but he has no track record of payments. His efforts are not sufficient to mitigate the security concerns. Eligibility for a security clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-13824.h1


Financial

06/19/2013

Applicant accumulated numerous delinquent debts after several events beyond his control. He did not contact any of his creditors or otherwise attempt to resolve his debts. When he learned that he needed a security clearance, he filed a petition for Chapter 7 bankruptcy. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-13552.h1


Financial

06/19/2013

Applicant had unresolved delinquent debt due to circumstances beyond his control. Due to an adversarial divorce and custody battle, Applicant incurred delinquent debt beginning in 2005. Before that time, he had no financial difficulties. He has resolved his delinquent debt. His home went to foreclosure in 2009. He provided a 1099-C for the second mortgage on the home. He had mortgage insurance and believes that any deficiency on the first mortgage is resolved. He has provided a letter from the mortgage loan account holder that the balance is zero. His efforts are sufficient to mitigate the security concerns. Eligibility for a security clearance is granted7. CASE NO: 11-13065.h1


Alcohol

06/19/2013

Applicant has mitigated the security concerns caused by his alcohol history. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 11-10999.h1


Financial

06/19/2013

Applicant is a 31-year-old employee of a defense contractor. He presented sufficient information to mitigate the security concerns arising from his delinquent debts. Clearance is granted. Case No. 11-10834.h1


Foreign Preference, Foreign Influence, Personal Conduct

06/19/2013

Applicant is 44 years old. He is a dual citizen of Egypt and the United States. He made statements that he was unwilling to renounce his dual citizenship status. He recently surrendered his Egyptian passport and stated he has renounced his dual citizenship. Applicant’s parents and siblings are citizens and residents of Egypt. Applicant owns real estate in Egypt. Applicant mistakenly disclosed the wrong year he acquired property in Egypt on trustworthiness documents. Applicant mitigated the trustworthiness concerns under the personal conduct guideline, but failed to mitigate the foreign preference and foreign influence trustworthiness concerns. Eligibility for access to sensitive information is denied. CASE NO: 11-10625.h1


Personal Conduct; Sexual Behavior

06/19/2013

Applicant failed to mitigate the personal conduct security concerns. He did mitigate the sexual behavior concerns. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 11-10107.h1


Drugs; Personal Conduct

06/19/2013

Applicant is 29 years old and employed as a Systems Engineer by a defense contractor. His one time cocaine use in 2007, revealed by a random drug urinalysis by the Army National Guard, while holding a security clearance, has been mitigated. For the past six years Applicant has demonstrated that he is not a drug user and has no intentions of ever using illegal drugs in the future. Applicant's pattern of misconduct involving traffic violations, infractions, charges and arrests that occurred between 2003 and 2008 have also ceased and not recurred. His did not deliberately attempt to conceal material information from the Government on his security clearance application, but was simply negligent. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 11-09285.h1


Personal Conduct

06/19/2013

Allegations from Applicant’s contentious child-custody litigation, two minor criminal offenses, and his failure to provide accurate and complete information on his May 21, 2008 Electronic Questionnaires for Investigations Processing (e-QIP) (SF 86) among other conduct-related issues raised personal conduct security concerns. However, personal conduct concerns are mitigated because they are not substantiated or are not recent. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 08-11701.h1


Financial

06/18/2013

Applicant’s financial problems resulted from the downturn of his business and the U.S. economy in 2007. He demonstrated financial responsibility by paying $89,000 on six debts not alleged in the SOR. He disputed the three SOR debts, and the disputes are not yet resolved. With his current job earnings, he has the financial ability to resolve the three SOR debts. There are clear indications that his financial problem is being resolved and is under control. He is fully aware that he is required to maintain financial responsibility to retain his eligibility for a security clearance. Clearance granted. CASE NO: 12-11634.h1


Financial

06/18/2013

Applicant has more than $200,000 in unresolved delinquent debts, accrued over the past four years. He has made some recent progress toward addressing the debts, but offered no evidence of an effective plan to resolve the remaining debts in the next few years despite claiming surplus income, or of changes in the way he manages his finances to prevent continued financial irresponsibility. Resulting security concerns were not mitigated. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 12-11399.h1


Guideline B; Guideline F; Guideline E

06/18/2013

Claims of error must be raised with specificity. Applicant failed to do so. The Judge failed to consider evidence that Applicant had complied with security procedures in high-risk circumstances. However, this error did not affect the overall outcome of the case and, therefore, was harmless. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 12-09326


Financial

06/18/2013

The Statement of Reasons identified Applicant as owing two delinquent debts totaling $31,628. Applicant's financial problems happened so long ago, were limited to two emergency medical debts, and occurred under circumstances that are unlikely to recur. He has negotiated resolution of these debts. They do not cast doubt on his current judgment. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 11-14201.h1


Guideline F

06/18/2013

Appeal Board cannot consider new evidence. Applicant did not raise an issue of harmful error by the Judge. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 11-08679


Financial

06/18/2013

Applicant has eight delinquent debts totaling $406,353 and a 1997 Chapter 13 bankruptcy that was dismissed in 1999. She provided documentation that shows she has made a payment on one debt and contested another debt. She failed to produce sufficient documentation that her remaining accounts have been addressed or otherwise satisfied. She has not mitigated the Financial Considerations security concerns. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 11-08109.h1


Financial

06/17/2013

Applicant had about $280,000 in debt discharged in a Chapter 7 bankruptcy in December 2009. As of December 2012, he owed about $17,000 in delinquent federal taxes, $1,939 in deficiency balance for a repossessed automobile, $200 in medical debt in collection, and was $151 past due on a credit card account opened after the bankruptcy. The economic downturn contributed to the bankruptcy, but he also exercised questionable financial judgment. His financial situation remains tenuous. Clearance denied. CASE NO: 12-11786.h1


Foreign Influence

06/17/2013

Applicant was born in Iran. He left Iran in 1985, was educated in the United States, married a native-born U.S. citizen, and became a U.S. citizen. He adopted an American name when he became a U.S. citizen, and he gave American names to his children. He has never returned to Iran. He held a public trust position for three years. His sister is a citizen and resident of Iran, but he has never visited her in Iran. His parents and two brothers are citizens and residents of the United States. His older brother held a security clearance for six years. Although his parents live in the United States, they spend about six months of each year visiting their daughter in Iran. Security concerns are mitigated by Applicant’s deep and longstanding relationships and loyalties in the United States. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 12-11015.h1


Foreign Influence

06/17/2013

Colombian-born Applicant is a naturalized U.S. citizen who has resided in the United States for over three decades. His parents are Colombian citizen-residents; his wife and children are native-born U.S. citizens residing in the United States; and his brothers are naturalized U.S. citizens residing in the United States. Applicant is financially successful. In Colombia, Applicant is not someone flashing his wealth to raise his exposure and vulnerability. While there is always the possibility of kidnappings, drug-related violence, or terrorist attacks, against otherwise innocent individuals such as Applicant, there have been no reports of U.S. citizens – such as Applicant – being targeted in Colombia simply because of their nationality. By normal standards, Applicant’s financial and property interests in Colombia might be considered as “substantial.” But considering his overall net worth, those Colombian financial interests are less than five per cent of his net worth, thereby minimizing the significance of his financial and property interests in Colombia. There are no questions or doubts as to his security eligibility and suitability. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 12-09368.h1


Sexual Behavior

06/17/2013

Applicant periodically masturbated while sitting at his desk in a cubicle at work, when other coworkers were in the area. No mitigating conditions were established. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 12-07087.h1


DRUGS; CRIMINAL CONDUCT; ALCOHOL

06/17/2013

Applicant has not mitigated the security concerns caused by his recent drug use, or his alcohol history. He did mitigate the criminal conduct allegations. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 12-04903.h1


Foreign Influence

06/17/2013

Applicant failed to mitigate the security concerns generated by his family members who are citizens and relatives of the People's Republic of China (PRC). Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 12-04780


Financial

06/17/2013

Applicant mitigated the security concerns raised by her unpaid debts. Her current finances are sound and she is unlikely to experience similar financial problems in the future. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 11-12972.h1


Financial

06/17/2013

Applicant works for a defense contractor. He has eight delinquent debts totaling $37,208 listed in the Statement of Reasons. Applicant has not resolved six of these debts totaling $4,965. Applicant did not mitigate the financial considerations security concerns. Eligibility for a clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-12916.h1


Drugs

06/17/2013

Applicant has regularly used and purchased marijuana from January 2010 to October 30, 2012, while working for a defense contractor. He does not consider using marijuana to be illegal. He intends to continue using it. He failed to mitigate the trustworthiness concerns raised under the drug involvement guideline. Access to sensitive information is denied.


Foreign Influence

06/17/2013

Applicant was born in India, but has lived, attended school, and worked in the U.S. since 1992. He keeps in touch with his parents, sister, and in-laws in India. He also has two small bank accounts and an undeveloped lot in India. However, he owns real estate assets in the United States, as well as cash and investment accounts. They substantially outweigh his financial interests in India. He has decades of employment history here, as well as a wife and two children who are U.S. citizens. His ties to the United States outweigh his ties to India. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 11-09910.h1


Financial

06/17/2013

Applicant mitigated the financial considerations security concerns. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 11-08995.h1


Alcohol; Drugs

06/17/2013

Applicant failed to mitigate the security concerns related to his history of alcohol and drug abuse. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-05684.h1


Financial

06/17/2013

Applicant has unresolved tax debts for 2010 and a significant collection mortgage account. He recently paid his taxes for 2008-2009 with a credit card. Despite high earnings, he has had these debts since 2008 and has made little progress. He acknowledges his poor judgment and lack of attention to his finances. He has not mitigated the security concerns under the financial considerations guideline. Clearance is denied. CASE NO:11-01326.h1


Guideline B; Guideline C

06/14/2013

Applicant’s initial statement to an investigator in which he professed greater allegiance to Afghanistan than the United States and his relationship with his elderly brother living in Afghanistan support the Judge’s ultimate unfavorable security clearance determination. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 12-09446.a1


Financial; Personal Conduct; Criminal Conduct

06/14/2013

Applicant's computer crashed and documents necessary to file taxes for tax year 2005 were lost. Hard copies of their records were inconveniently packed in storage. Applicant believed she could not file for subsequent tax years until a filing was made for 2005, and she did not believe there was a problem in not filing since no taxes were owed. Filings for tax years 2005 to 2011 were not made until 2013, after this process began. No efforts were made in the interim to address her delinquent tax filings. Applicant's negligence with regard to these missed filings sustains financial considerations security concerns. Clearance denied. CASE NO: 11-13242h.1


Financial, Personal Conduct

06/14/2013

Applicant’s statement of reasons (SOR) alleges nine delinquent debts, totaling $24,808. Applicant’s spouse had unexpected medical expenses, and he had periods of unemployment. He paid three SOR debts, and his remaining SOR debts are in a payment plan. He paid over $4,000 to address his SOR debts in the previous 12 months. Financial considerations are mitigated. He did not provide accurate and complete financial information on his security clearance application (SF 86); however, when he submitted it, he disclosed the financial information was incomplete and he disclosed unrelated derogatory information on his SF 86. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 11-09854.h1


Guideline E

06/14/2013

The record contains substantial evidence that Applicant repeatedly over an extended period of time received payments from his employer to which he was not entitled. The record also contains substantial evidence that Applicant deliberately failed to mention a warning letter received from his employer on his SCA, and in an answer ro a DOHA interrogatory, he deliberately denied having been removed from a management position, when the evidence clearly indicated he had. The Judge’s favorable decision fails to consider relevant factors and offers an explanation for the decision that runs contrary to the weight of the record evidence. Favorable decision reversed.


Financial

06/13/2013

Applicant failed to provide sufficient information to establish that she had mitigated security concerns related to her financial delinquency. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 12-04597.h1


Financial

06/13/2013

Applicant’s financial problems were not caused by frivolous or irresponsible spending, and he did not spend beyond his means. Instead, they were largely beyond Applicant’s control. His father’s health struggles prompted Applicant to move to where his father resided so that he could furnish assistance and finances. The combination of considerable relocation expenses, increased mortgage payments, the lack of a renter for his house, his father’s limited ability to work, and the financial assistance Applicant expended on behalf of his father, was overwhelming and resulted in a shortage of available funds, and an inability to maintain his various monthly payments. Accounts became delinquent and were either placed for collection or charged off. He sought legal assistance and contacted his creditors. He settled some accounts and paid off others. All of his SOR and non-SOR delinquencies have either been resolved or are in the process of being resolved, and he no longer has any delinquent accounts. Applicant has resolved all of his financial problems. There are no questions or doubts as to his security eligibility and suitability. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 11-12807.h1


Financial; Criminal Conduct; Personal Conduct

06/13/2013

Applicant still owes more than $20,000 in delinquent debt after paying off a $4,118 credit card debt in collection. Criminal conduct concerns include a felony conviction in 2009 for altering a medical prescription to obtain a controlled substance. He disclosed his delinquent debts but not his felony offense on his security clearance application. Clearance denied. CASE NO: 11-11562.h1


Financial; Personal Conduct

06/13/2013

Applicant is 47 years old and employed as a Site Manager by a defense contractor. Applicant's history of excessive indebtedness was caused by some circumstances beyond his control, namely a chronic back problem without sufficient medical insurance, and periods of unemployment. Applicant has just begun to address some of his delinquent debts. Although he did not deliberately intend to falsify his security clearance application, his extensive police record shows a pattern of poor judgment, unreliability and untrustworthiness. At the present time there is insufficient evidence of financial rehabilitation, and his persona conduct has not been mitigated. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-10499.h1


Foreign Influence; Foreign Preference

06/12/2013

Applicant mitigated the security concerns arising from her possession and past use of a Nigerian passport. She is a U.S. citizen and only acquired a Nigerian passport to protect her U.S. passport and identity from potential compromise upon traveling to Nigeria to pay her final respects to her parents and to attend her sister’s wedding. She surrendered the Nigerian passport to her facility security officer and had it destroyed. Applicant also mitigated the concerns arising from her connections to her family members living in Nigeria, as she can be expected to resolve any conflict of interest arising from such connections in favor of the United States. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 13-00200.h1


Financial

06/12/2013

Applicant is current with her monthly Chapter 13 Bankruptcy payments. She has no other past due debts. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 12-10690.h1


Foreign Influence

06/12/2013

Applicant is a 46-year-old employee of a federal contractor. The evidence shows he has mitigated the foreign influence security concern based on his strong and long-standing family and employment ties to the United States, which outweigh and overcome his recent marital ties to the Czech Republic. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 12-09088.h1


Guideline F; Guideline E

06/12/2013

Applicant failed to rebut the presumption that the Judge considered all of the evidence. Applicant failed to demonstrate that the Judge mis-weighed the evidence in his analysis of the mitigating conditions. Hearing Office decisions are not binding on other Hearing Office Judges or on the Board. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 12-07735.a1


Guideline C; Guideline B; Guideline F

06/12/2013

The record contains substantial evidence of Foreign Preference security concerns. The record supports the Judge’s treatment of the mitigating conditions. Mere disagreement with a Judge’s weighing of the evidence or an ability to argue for an alternative interpretation of the evidence is not sufficient to demonstrate error. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 12-06885.a1


Financial; Personal Conduct

06/12/2013

Applicant has not mitigated the security concerns caused by his poor financial situation; or his falsification concerning his debts on a Government questionnaire. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-09987.h1


Guideline F; Guideline E

06/12/2013

The Judge’s material findings are supported by substantial record evidence. Applicant was not denied the opportunity to present evidence in his own behalf. He failed to rebut the presumption that the Judge considered all of the evidence. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 11-02476.a1


Personal Conduct

06/11/2013

While serving as a linguist in Afghanistan, Applicant drank alcohol, which was against regulations and his company’s policy. He also revealed sensitive, but unclassified, information to local nationals. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 12-02407.h1


Alcohol Consumption; Criminal Conduct; Financial

06/11/2013

Applicant has a long history of alcohol abuse, highlighted by five alcohol-related incidents (one assault and four driving while intoxicated (DWI)). His most recent is a felony DWI conviction in 2010. He was diagnosed as alcohol dependent. He has ongoing financial problems, and he is not in control of his financial situation. Clearance is revoked. CASE NO: 11-13781.h1


Financial

06/10/2013

Applicant has unresolved delinquent debts that include two student loans. He has paid smaller debts very recently. He admits that he was not financially responsible. Despite some unemployment and health care issues, he has not acted responsibly. He intends to pay his creditors, but he does not have the funds nor a plan in place. Eligibility for a security clearance is denied. CASE NO: 12-09335.h1


Foreign Influence

06/10/2013

Applicant and her family have built a new life in the United States as U.S. citizens. She provided sufficient information to mitigate foreign influence security concerns. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 12-05575.h1


Financial; Personal Conduct

06/10/2013

The evidence is insufficient to establish that Applicant had a judgment filed against him in March 2010, or that he owes $17,000. He did not deliberately falsify his security clearance application. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 12-00639.h1


Foreign Influence

06/10/2013

Applicant has mitigated the security significance of the presence of his sister in Algeria. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 11-14530.h1


Financial

06/10/2013

Applicant has a record of failing to meet his financial obligations. The Statement of Reasons alleges delinquent debts amounting to more than $18,000. Although he disputes some debts, and stated in 2011 that he would verify their validity, he has taken no steps since then to either verify them, or to devise a plan to resolve them. He only contacted creditors and a debt relief agency recently, in response to the security clearance process. Applicant's financial situation makes him vulnerable to exploitation. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-13994.h1


Foreign Influence; Security Violations

06/10/2013

Applicant contests the Department of Defense’s (DoD) intent to deny his eligibility for a security clearance to work in the defense industry. His wife has three uncles and an aunt who are citizens and residents of the Republic of South Korea. He inadvertently took his cell phone into a classified area. He has mitigated the foreign influence and security violations security concerns. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 11-13906.h1


Drugs; Personal Conduct

06/10/2013

Applicant failed to mitigate security concerns arising from his drug involvement and personal conduct. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-12979.h1


Alcohol; Criminal Conduct; Personal Conduct

06/10/2013

Applicant is a 45-year-old employee of a federal contractor. He has a serious problem with alcohol as well as four incidents of alcohol-related criminal conduct during 1998 2012. He stopped drinking alcohol in December 2012, and he has taken the initial steps toward establishing a pattern of abstinence. He did not present sufficient evidence to explain and mitigate the concerns about his fitness and suitability to hold a security clearance. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-12875.h1


Financial

06/10/2013

Applicant mitigated the financial considerations security concerns. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 11-12512.h1


Financial

06/10/2013

Applicant incurred significant unpaid debt because of unforeseen events and other circumstances beyond her control. Her response to her financial problems reflected well on her judgment and reliability. She is unlikely to experience similar financial problems in the future. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 11-09780.h1


Financial

06/10/2013

Applicant contests the Department of Defense’s (DoD) intent to deny her eligibility for a security clearance to work in the defense industry. She has resolved the financial considerations security concerns. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 09-07153.h1


Guideline B; Guideline C

06/07/2013

On appeal Applicant submitted evidence that was not part of record before the Judge. We cannot consider new evidence on appeal. Adverse decision affirmed.


Foreign Influence

06/07/2013

Applicant's spouse is a Japanese national and her father is a former high-ranking official in the Japanese Government. His father-in-law has contributed in excess of $700,000 to Applicant's family. At a bare minimum, Applicant is susceptible to manipulation. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-12671.h1


Guideline F; Guideline E

06/07/2013

When examining an applicant’s intent the judge must consider applicants statements in light of the record as a whole. The Judge’s conclusion that Applicant’s omissions were motivated by an interest in avoiding embarrassment are sustainable on this record. Adverse decision affirmed.


Guideline F

06/07/2013

Applicant has not rebutted the following applicable presumptions: That the Judge acted with good faith and regularity, that the Judge considered all the applicable mitigating conditions. And that the Judge considered all the evidence. Adverse decision affirmed.


Personal Conduct; Criminal Conduct; Alcohol; Sexual Behavior

06/06/2013

Applicant's alcohol abuse resulted in several criminal incidents from 1982 to 2011. The most recent involved an incident in which Applicant engaged in questionable and criminal sexual conduct. Despite his history, Applicant continues to consume alcohol. Mitigation has not been shown. Clearance is denied.


Financial; Personal Conduct

06/06/2013

Applicant has had a history of overdue debts, the majority of which have not been resolved. Applicant did not furnish complete information on a Security Clearance Application regarding her overdue debts, and she could not furnish a reasonable explanation for this failure. Mitigation has not been shown. Clearance is denied.


Financial; Alcohol

06/06/2013

Applicant is a 33-year-old employee of a defense contractor. He provided sufficient evidence to mitigate the security concerns arising from his alcohol consumption, but failed to mitigate the security concerns involving his delinquent debts. Clearance is denied. Case No. 11-13047.h1


Financial

06/06/2013

When Applicant's wife was unemployed, and Applicant's income also decreased, he could not keep up with his debts. He has paid several debts over the past several years, and the largest SOR debt of $15,000 is paid. However, an attorney and financial counselor stated he did not have sufficient income to pay the remaining debts and meet his monthly expenses, and recommended filing for bankruptcy protection, which Applicant did. Applicant supports a family of seven, including a disabled daughter and four grandchildren. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 11-11977.h1


Financial

06/06/2013

Applicant still has more than $52,000 in unresolved delinquent debts, accrued over the past five years. He made some progress toward resolution of other debts, but offered no evidence of an effective plan to resolve the remaining debts or of changes to prevent continued financial irresponsibility. Resulting security concerns were not mitigated. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 11-11221.h1


Financial

06/06/2013

Applicant has had a history of overdue debts due to periods of unemployment, underemployment, and divorce. The majority of debts have not been reduced or resolved. Mitigation has not been shown. Clearance is denied.


Financial

06/05/2013

Applicant is a 52-year old employee of a defense contractor. Applicant’s delinquent accounts were discharged in bankruptcy in 1993 and July 2009. After over a decade of financial stability, as a result of the deteriorating economy and a business downturn, Applicant not only lost his business and his 401(k) retirement account, but also incurred the taxes for withdrawing $182,000 in 401(k) funds to set up his business. Applicant sought the assistance of a tax attorney and a tax resolution specialist; resolved accounts through his bankruptcy discharges; and resolved other accounts by paying the creditors. The federal tax lien is currently closed, and the state tax lien is in the negotiating process which Applicant hopes will result in a mutually acceptable offer in compromise. Applicant has not generated any further delinquent accounts since the 2009 bankruptcy discharge. While Applicant never received financial counseling other than the counseling associated with his bankruptcies, there are clear indications that his financial problems are being resolved and are under control. Applicant has demonstrated a meaningful track record in addressing his delinquent accounts. Applicant’s actions under the circumstances confronting him do not cast doubt on his current reliability, trustworthiness, or good judgment. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 12-08901.h1


Financial

06/05/2013

Applicant is a 49-year-old employee of a federal contractor. There is substantial evidence establishing a history of financial problems or difficulties, which is likely to recur or continue. She did not present sufficient evidence to mitigate the financial considerations security concern. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-12981.h1


Drug; Alcohol; Criminal; and Personal Conduct

06/05/2013

Applicant failed to mitigate the drug involvement, criminal conduct, personal conduct, and alcohol consumption security concerns. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 11-08529.h1


Drugs

06/04/2013

Applicant is 52 years old. To relieve nausea symptoms, Applicant took medicine prescribed to his daughter during her cancer treatment. Unbeknownst to Applicant, the medication contained a synthetic form of THC. He did not knowingly use THC, but was wrong in using his daughter’s medication. Applicant mitigated the security concerns under Guideline H, drug involvement. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 13-00089.h1


Drugs; Personal Conduct

06/04/2013

Applicant mitigated the security concerns raised by his drug abuse history by demonstrating his intent to not abuse drugs in the future. However, he failed to mitigate the security concerns raised by his falsification of his August 2006 clearance application and his use of illegal drugs while cleared.


Financial

06/03/2013

When Applicant's husband was unemployed, her mortgage loan became delinquent. She had been paying the majority of her debts and the mortgage loan was the only significant issue. She feared losing her home. She filed for Chapter 13 bankruptcy protection to save her home. Applicant has timely met her bankruptcy plan payments for the past two years. Her financial situation is under control. Her facility security officer attests to her reliability and trustworthiness. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 11-04457.h1


Financial

05/31/2013

Applicant accumulated delinquent debts while maintaining her household with limited funds and no spousal assistance. She settled several of her listed debts in 2012 and 2013, but has not been able to address the remainder of her debts. Currently, she has no established plan to address her remaining debts and faces potential foreclosure in the near future. Applicant has not established a sufficient track record of meeting her debts and maintaining financial stability to mitigate security concerns about the condition of her finances. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 12-07167.h1


Foreign Preference; Foreign Influence

05/31/2013

Applicant is a dual citizen of Japan and the U.S. from birth. She lived in Japan as a Japanese citizen until two years ago, when she moved to the United States to be with her fianc‚. She worked for a Japanese defense firm and held a Japanese government security clearance. She continues to have many contacts in Japan, and affirmatively expressed an intention not to revoke her Japanese citizenship. She presented little or no evidence to counteract the adverse inferences arising from her foreign connections. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 12-05015.h1


Foreign Influence; Personal Conduct

05/31/2013

Applicant’s sister-in-law, brother-in-law, and niece are dual U.S.-Israeli citizens residing in Israel; and his two nephews are dual U.S.-Israeli citizens residing and working in the United States. Applicant, his wife, his parents, and his parents-in-law are citizens and residents of the United States. While employed by a defense contractor as a network engineer, Applicant used a proxy server to circumvent his employer’s content filter that prevented access to web-based email. He used the proxy server for access to personal email and to operate his private business. Security concerns raised by his family connections to Israel are mitigated, but security concerns raised by his personal conduct are not mitigated. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-15184.h1


Foreign Influence

05/31/2013

Applicant's developing ties ands contacts to the United States are not sufficient to overcome the security concerns raised by his nine family members, who are citizens and residents of the West Bank. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied.


Financial

05/31/2013

The Statement of Reasons (SOR) identified Applicant as owing 7 delinquent debts totaling $382,025. Additionally, Applicant discharged approximately $10,000 in debt through Chapter 7 bankruptcy in March 2003. Applicant has resolved or is resolving all his debts. Based on a review of the testimony, pleadings, and exhibits, eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 11-13421.h1


Financial

05/31/2013

Applicant is a 39-year-old part-time employee of a defense contractor. He did not provide sufficient evidence to mitigate the security concerns raised by his history of delinquent debts. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-12343.h1


Financial

05/31/2013

Applicant has approximately $40,000 in unresolved delinquent debt, which includes a Federal tax lien. He has not mitigated the security concerns notwithstanding his divorce and time of unemployment. Eligibility for a security clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-08959.h1


Financial

05/31/2013

Applicant failed to mitigate security concerns raised by a delinquent credit card account for which he owes $24,890. His request for a security clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-08118.h1


Drugs; Financial

05/31/2013

After a job injury, Applicant's employment was intermittent and undependable. Her debts became delinquent and her home was threatened with foreclosure. She initiated a Chapter 13 bankruptcy petition, which allowed her to retain her home and pay her creditors. After five years of payments, Applicant successfully discharged the bankruptcy. In late 2009, Applicant learned that her mother was about to die unexpectedly. She used marijuana once or twice, when friends offered it. She used it in response to an unusual situation, which is unlikely to recur. She was candid about her isolated drug use. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 11-00901


Foreign Preference; Foreign Influence; Financial

05/30/2013

Applicant is 39 years old. He is married and has three children. He worked as a mechanic in his business. He wants to work for a defense contractor. Applicant was born in Lebanon and came to the United States when he was 12 years old. He has lived here ever since then. He made a trip to Lebanon in 2009 with his father on plane tickets provided by a Lebanese political party. He voted in the general election then. Applicant also vacationed in Lebanon in 2010 with his wife when he met her there while he was working overseas. Applicant has a grandmother and aunt living in Lebanon with whom he has monthly telephone contact. He also has eight delinquent debts totaling $12,348 that he has or is resolving. Applicant did not mitigate the foreign influence and foreign preference security concerns. He did mitigate financial considerations security concern. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 12-06885.h1


Financial; Personal Conduct

05/30/2013

Applicant contests the Department of Defense’s (DoD) intent to deny his eligibility for a security clearance to work in the defense industry. Applicant has three unpaid judgments plus numerous charged-off and collection accounts, which are unresolved. When he completed a security clearance questionnaire he failed to reveal adverse financial information. Applicant failed to rebut or mitigate the financial considerations and personal conduct security concerns. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 12-06245.h1


Financial

05/30/2013

Applicant is 34 years old. She has numerous delinquent debts that she is unwilling or unable to resolve. Applicant failed to mitigate the security concerns under Guideline F, Financial Considerations. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-13359.h1


Guideline B

05/30/2013

An applicant with family members living in a hostile country has a “very heavy burden” to show that they are not a means through which the applicant could be coerced into revealing classified information. There is a rebuttable presumption that a person has ties of affection for immediate family members of his or her spouse. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 11-12659.a1


Financial

05/30/2013

Applicant did not mitigate the financial considerations security concerns. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 11-11652.h1


Guideline F

05/30/2013

Applicant’s disagreement with the Judge’s weighing of the evidence is not sufficient to demonstrate error. Applicant has not rebutted the presumption that the Judge considered all of the evidence in the record. Any error in the decision is harmless. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 11-08271.a1


Foreign Influence

05/29/2013

Applicant is a naturalized U.S citizen originally from Afghanistan. His relationships with relatives who are citizens and residents of Afghanistan are not a source of influence, vulnerability, or exploitation. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 12-10620.h1


Drugs; Personal Conduct

05/29/2013

Applicant is a 34-year-old employee of a defense contractor. He failed to mitigate the security concerns arising under Guidelines H, Drug Involvement, and E, Personal Conduct. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 12-07533.h1


Foreign Interest; Foreign Preference

05/29/2013

Applicant moved from her native Russia to the United States in August 1995, when she was 12 years old. Since becoming a naturalized U.S. citizen in January 2006, Applicant has renewed her Russian passport to facilitate travel to Russia to see her elderly grandparents, an aunt, and three cousins. The foreign preference and foreign influence security concerns are not fully mitigated, despite her longstanding and deep ties to the United States. Clearance denied. CASE NO: 12-06566.h1


Drugs; Personal Conduct

05/29/2013

Applicant used marijuana on a recurrent basis over a 33-year period. His marijuana use covered periods when he held DOD security clearances. Considering the extent of Applicant's recurrent marijuana usage over an extended period and the recency of his last involvement (less than two years), more time is needed to absolve him of recurrence risks. Security concerns associated with Applicant's drug activities are not mitigated under the drug involvement guideline. Applicant mitigates security concerns associated with his drug activities and drug use omissions in his security clearance applications under the personal conduct guideline. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 12-01034.h1


Financial; Personal Conduct

05/29/2013

As of November 2012, Applicant owed approximately $28,000 in delinquent debt. He retained the services of a credit repair company to remove any inaccurate information from his credit record, but he had paid only a $100 collection balance as of January 2013. His handling of his financial matters continues to generate security concerns. Applicant was also not candid about his delinquencies when he applied for a security clearance. Clearance denied. CASE NO: 11-11576.h1


Financial; Criminal Conduct

05/29/2013

Applicant is a 42-year-old employee of a federal contractor. The evidence shows he has a history of financial problems that is ongoing. In addition, he has a history of multiple criminal offenses during 1992 2009. He did not present sufficient evidence to mitigate the security concerns. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-10725.h1


Financial

05/29/2013

Applicant is a 28-year old employee of a defense contractor. He failed to file his 2008 and 2009 federal income tax returns as required by law. There was no evidence that the returns were filed by the established April deadlines or by any approved deadline extensions. He attributed his income tax difficulties to the actions of his employers in either furnishing him a Form 1099 rather than a W-2, or furnishing him neither form. He finally filed his 2008 return in August 2012. Applicant used his credit card, but was eventually unable to maintain his monthly payments. The creditor offered to settle the $11,202 balance for $6,721, but the offer was rejected by Applicant. Applicant’s position is that since the creditor has refused to offer him a “reasonable payment plan/settlement offer,” and since the negative account information is already on his credit report, Applicant “will be taking no further action in regard to this issue.” Applicant could have made some more reasonable timely efforts to file his income tax returns and resolve his delinquent credit card account, but he has not done so. Applicant has demonstrated the absence of a meaningful track record in addressing his delinquent credit card account or his federal income tax return-filing responsibilities. Applicant’s actions under the circumstances confronting him cast doubt on his current reliability, trustworthiness, or good judgment. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-08953.h1


Financial, Personal Conduct

05/28/2013

Applicant accrued more than $19,500 in delinquent debts over the past ten years. He made no progress toward resolution of any of them, and offered no evidence of an effective plan to resolve these debts or of changes to prevent continued financial irresponsibility. He deliberately falsified his security clearance application concerning these debts. Resulting security concerns were not mitigated. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 12-11624.h1


Foreign Influence

05/28/2013

Applicant’s familial contacts with family members who are citizens and residents of China raise security concerns under Guideline B, Foreign Influence. Applicant failed to mitigate the Government’s foreign influence security concerns. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 12-05809. h1


Drugs; Personal Conduct

05/28/2013

Applicant failed to mitigate security concerns raised by his involvement with illegal drugs, his history of other criminal misconduct, and his repeated attempts to mislead the Government about important information in his background. Clearance denied. CASE NO: 12-02227.h1


Financial

05/28/2013

Applicant is a 45-year old employee of a defense contractor. His indebtedness was not caused by frivolous or irresponsible spending, and he did not spend beyond his means. Instead, his financial problems were caused by circumstances largely beyond his control. Without his knowledge or permission, Applicant’s wife drained funds from his individual accounts, forged his name on checks, obtained cash advances, hid funds to use for purchasing alcohol and gambling, and “maxed out” the balances of other accounts in Applicant’s name. Applicant and his wife separated and eventually divorced. He reduced his expenses, contacted his creditors, developed a repayment plan, withdrew funds from his 401(k) retirement account, and sold his truck. With those funds and his salary, he started paying his creditors. Applicant developed a meaningful track record of debt reduction and has resolved all but one of his accounts, including non-SOR accounts, and they have either been settled or paid off. The remaining account is in the process of being paid under a repayment plan. Applicant’s actions under the circumstances confronting him do not cast doubt on his current reliability, trustworthiness, or good judgment. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 11-11578.h1


Financial

05/28/2013

Applicant is a 32-year-old employee of a defense contractor. He did not provide sufficient evidence to mitigate the security concerns raised by his history of delinquent debts. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-08941.h1


Financial

05/28/2013

Applicant is a 48-year old employee of a defense contractor. His initial financial problem, related to a co-signed motor vehicle loan and the subsequent judgment and lien, were essentially the result of the actions of his nephew in failing to make agreed payments and then wrecking the vehicle. The subsequent financial problems were attributed to the abrupt loss of his business income due to the economy and a lack of service work. Both circumstances were clearly largely beyond his control. Applicant reduced his expenses and contacted his creditors and collection agents. He paid off one account, and he is in the process of resolving two other accounts under agreed repayment plans. His nephew is in the process of resolving the lien under a garnishment of his wages. Applicant furnished sufficient documentation to conclude that two accounts are actually duplicates of other accounts alleged in the SOR. While Applicant never received financial counseling, there are clear indications that his financial problems are being resolved and are under control. Applicant has demonstrated a meaningful track record in addressing his delinquent accounts. Applicant’s actions under the circumstances confronting him do not cast doubt on his current reliability, trustworthiness, or good judgment. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 11-08894.h1


Financial, Personal Conduct

05/24/2013

Applicant has more than $35,000 in delinquent debt, primarily student loans which started accruing in 2008. He provided evidence of only one payment in December 2012, and no evidence of the payment plan he stated he has in place. In addition, Applicant failed to disclose criminal conduct charges in 2005 and 2006. Applicant's request for a security clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-12721.h1


Drugs

05/24/2013

Applicant is a 34-year-old employee of a federal contractor. The evidence shows she has a history of drug abuse (marijuana use for the most part) beginning in 2005 and ending in January 2011. She presented sufficient evidence to explain and mitigate the concerns about her fitness and suitability to hold a security clearance. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 11-10786.h1


Criminal Conduct, Alcohol Consumption, Personal Conduct

05/24/2013

Applicant is a 34-year old employee of a defense contractor. While on active duty, he was deployed on three occasions, and as a civilian employee, he has been involved in establishing and maintaining disaster communications during Hurricane Katrina, the earthquake in Haiti, the Asian tsunami, and the nuclear reactor disaster in Japan. Applicant is an alcohol abuser who has two DUI convictions, two disorderly while intoxicated convictions, and a lewd behavior conviction. He spent time in jail, paid fines, lost his driving privileges, did community service, attended education classes, and was placed on probation. Nevertheless, he continued to consume alcohol. Although he denied having an alcohol problem when he was interviewed in 2010, Applicant now concedes that he has an alcohol problem, and he needs to stay away from alcohol. He contends he has neither a taste nor a need for alcohol. He acknowledged his “irresponsible decision was to take the first drink.” Nevertheless, Applicant has not been abstinent. Applicant contended his alcohol-related arrests were isolated incidents and not part of a pattern of alcohol abuse. He was less than forthright while submitting his SF 86, as well during his OPM interview. Applicant’s actions continue to cast doubt on his current reliability, trustworthiness, or good judgment. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-04879.h1


Financial

05/24/2013

Applicant contests the Department of Defense’s (DoD) intent to deny his eligibility for a security clearance to work in the defense industry. The vehicle repossession debt and 13 charged-off or collection accounts alleged in the Statement of Reasons (SOR), totaling more than $50,000, have been not been resolved. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 10-06044.h1


Financial

05/24/2013

After receiving a Chapter 7 bankruptcy discharge in 1999, Applicant accumulated numerous delinquent debts. Except for redeeming a series of bad checks in 2007 and 2008, he took no significant actions to resolve his delinquent debts until his employer submitted a Joint Personnel Adjudication System incident report in January 2010, reporting numerous delinquent debts. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 10-05521.h1


Foreign Influence

05/23/2013

Applicant failed to mitigate the foreign influence concerns arising from his family members residing in Afghanistan. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 12-09332.h1


Financial

05/23/2013

Applicant is 43 years old. He has numerous delinquent debts that are unresolved. Applicant failed to mitigate the security concerns under Guideline F, financial considerations. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-10038.h1


Foreign Influence

05/22/2013

Applicant’s foreign contacts in Afghanistan and Pakistan raise security concerns which he failed to mitigate under Guideline B, Foreign Influence. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 12-10605. h1


Financial

05/22/2013

Applicant is a 34-year-old employee of a defense contractor. She mitigated the security concerns arising under Guideline F, Financial Considerations. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 12-04745.h1


Financial; Criminal Conduct

05/22/2013

Security concerns about two instances of criminal conduct are mitigated by the passage of time without further incident. However, Applicant failed to mitigate the security concerns raised by significant delinquent debt, which arose between 2008 and 2010, and which remains unresolved. His request for a security clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-09253.h1


Financial

05/22/2013

Applicant has mitigated the security significance of her past-due indebtedness. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 11-08119.h1


Guideline F; Guideline G

05/21/2013

Applicant cites to a statement from the interview summary. The is mere a summation of Applicant’s statement to the interviewer; it does not represent the interviewer’s opinion of Applicant’s character. Adverse decision affirmed.


Financial

05/21/2013

The Statement of Reasons (SOR) identified Applicant as owing 14 delinquent debts totaling $40,094. Additionally, his home was foreclosed upon in December 2008. Applicant is making payments on two debts. The remainder of Applicant's debts are resolved. Based on a review of the testimony, pleadings and exhibits, eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 11-11336.h1


Guideline F

05/21/2013

The adverse impact of a security clearance decision is not relevant in evaluating clearance eligibility. Adverse decision affirmed.


Financial

05/20/2013

Applicant is 36 years old. His ex-wife forged his name on her student loans without his consent. He hired an attorney and has been proactive in disputing the debts. He is financially solvent and pays his bills on time. There are no security concerns under Guideline F, financial considerations. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 11-12170.h1


Financial

05/20/2013

Applicant accumulated delinquent debts and settled most of them prior to 2012. He documented his payment amounts for only two of his settled debts, was unclear as to payments made to the three remaining creditors, and provided no information as to the funding sources of his payments. Applicant's debts are not documented to be fully paid or resolved to date. And his finances are not stabilized enough at this time to mitigate security concerns. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-10508.h1


Financial

05/20/2013

Applicant had unresolved delinquent debt of almost $42,000. He has recently agreed to a settlement for one debt, but he has not started the payment plan. He made a $400 down payment on the plan in May 2013. He was separated and divorced, which exacerbated financial problems, but he has not acted responsibly. His recent efforts are not sufficient to mitigate the security concerns. Eligibility for a security clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-08739.h1


Financial

05/20/2013

Applicant neglected his finances when he took his current job and was deployed to Afghanistan. He recently paid six delinquent debts, and promised to resolve the two remaining debts in the near future. There are clear indications that his financial problem is being resolved and is under control. The current security clearance process has made him fully aware that he is required to maintain financial responsibility to retain his eligibility for a security clearance, and ultimately his job. Clearance granted. CASE NO: 11-06108.h1


Alcohol; Drugs; Personal Conduct; Financial

05/20/2013

Applicant's good-faith effort to resolve his delinquent bills justifies a finding in his favor under the financial guideline. However, his excessive alcohol consumption and illegal drug use since 1980 has not been mitigated. The intentional falsification of his security application in September 2009 and his interrogatory response in August 2011 is compounded by the poor judgment he demonstrated in threatening his wife and children between 2009 and 2012, and leading to several domestic violence protective orders being filed against him. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied.


Foreign Influence, Personal Conduct, Criminal Conduct

05/17/2013

Applicant is 25 years old. He is a naturalized U.S. citizen. His wife is a citizen of Afghanistan, and is a permanent resident of the United States. He has other family members who are citizens and residents of Afghanistan. Applicant has a history of criminal conduct and he deliberately failed to disclose most of it on his security clearance application. He has not mitigated the security concerns under Guideline B, foreign influence, Guideline E, personal conduct, and Guideline J, criminal conduct. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 12-11087.h1


Financial

05/17/2013

Applicant, who has been employed as a member of limited liability companies (LLCs) since 1989, has been served with federal tax liens over a period of 23 years for failing to pay income tax on his distributions of profits from the LLCs. While he recently negotiated a payment plan with the Internal Revenue Service to resolve two outstanding tax liens, it is not clear that Applicant will have sufficient resources to pay those debts and to avoid future federal tax deficiencies. Applicant failed to mitigate security concerns under Guideline F, Financial Considerations. Eligibility for a security clearance is denied. CASE NO: 12-10736.h1


Financial

05/17/2013

Applicant is a 43-year old employee of a defense contractor. He served in Afghanistan at a combat outpost. Applicant contacted his creditors and collection agents, tried to seek validation of accounts, and tried to work out repayment arrangements for those accounts he recognized. He also successfully disputed a number of accounts, and they were subsequently either corrected or removed from his credit reports. Applicant completed financial management training. His indebtedness was not caused by frivolous or irresponsible spending, and he did not spend beyond his means. Instead, his financial problems were caused by circumstances largely beyond his control. Applicant was able to resolve all but one of his accounts, including non-SOR accounts, and they have either been settled, paid off, or were removed from his credit report. The remaining account, one pertaining to his corporate travel card, is in the process of being paid despite continuing controversy and dispute. SOR allegations regarding failure to report for work, making unauthorized purchases on his corporate travel card, and being terminated, are all without foundation or credible support. Applicant’s actions under the circumstances confronting him do not cast doubt on his current reliability, trustworthiness, or good judgment. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 11-14441.h1


Financial; Foreign Influence

05/17/2013

Applicant mitigated the financial considerations and foreign influence concerns. His past financial problems were related to a failed business venture and he provided proof that he resolved his debts. His current finances are under control. He established that he would resolve any potential conflict of interest that might arise from his connections to foreign nationals in favor of the United States. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 11-13965.h1


Financial

05/17/2013

Applicant cosigned student loans and a lease for his daughter. Because of medical problems, his wife stopped working and he lost the ability to repay the debts when his daughter defaulted on her financial obligations. He assumed responsibility for the debts, established payment plans for two of the debts, and intends to pay the third debt in turn. He has a viable plan to resolve his financial problems, is in control of his finances, and established his financial responsibility. Eligibility to hold a position of trust is granted. CASE NO: 11-12597.h1


Drugs; Personal Conduct

05/17/2013

Applicant smoked marijuana on two occasions in 2011 with a friend who served with him in the National Guard. Although Applicant showed extremely poor judgment, he reported his drug abuse on his security clearance application, and he does not intend to use any illegal drug in the future. Clearance granted. CASE NO: 11-11138.h1


Financial

05/17/2013

Applicant works for a defense contractor. He filed Chapter 7 bankruptcy in 2005 on about $80,000 of delinquent credit card debt. Applicant also did not repay his $251,000 house mortgage, allowing foreclosure to occur and the house to be auctioned for $3,800 in 2012. Applicant did not mitigate the financial considerations security concerns. Eligibility for a clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-10539.h1


Foreign Influence

05/17/2013

Applicant has foreign contacts through his wife, a former Kyrgyz citizen. Three relatives had foreign government contacts, but only one has current government connections, and she is retiring in one month. His stepsons are Kyrgyz citizens, but live in the United States. One has legal residence and the other is awaiting his (green card.( Applicant had property in Kyrgyzstan but divested himself when he realized it constituted a security concern. Through the defense contracting company he started 33 years ago, Applicant has supported the defense department for many years, including the 15 years he has been married to his wife. He has held top security clearances for more than 30 years without incident. He has substantial financial assets in the United States. Applicant's history and his strong ties to the United States outweigh his foreign family ties. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 11-09891.h1


Financial

05/17/2013

Applicant produced sufficient evidence to demonstrate that he has initiated good-faith efforts to resolve his delinquent debts, but he did not produce enough evidence to demonstrate that his financial problems are under control. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-08541.h1


Drug Involvement; Criminal and Personal Conduct

05/16/2013

Applicant failed to mitigate the drug involvement, criminal conduct, and personal conduct security concerns. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 12-00651.h1


Financial; Personal Conduct

05/16/2013

Applicant is 58 years old and employed as a Journeyman Fuel Farm Operator by a defense contractor. His excessive indebtedness caused by financial irresponsibility has been mitigated by a good faith effort to resolve his debts. There is sufficient evidence of financial rehabilitation. His did not deliberately attempt to conceal material information from the Government on his security clearance application, but was simply negligent and did not throughly read the questions before answering them. He has learned his lesson and it will never happen again. Clearance is granted CASE NO: 11-10446.h1


Guideline F; Guideline E

05/16/2013

Although the Judge acknowledged Applicant’s unemployment, she concluded Applicant had done little to address her debts once she became fully employed. The Judge concluded Applicant’s claim to have been unaware of the judgments against her lacked credibility. The Judge’s findings and conclusions are sustainable. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 11-09060.a1


Financial

05/16/2013

Applicant did not mitigate the security concerns about his finances. Despite having the resources to do so, Applicant has not acted to resolve several longstanding delinquencies. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-07162.h1


Financial

05/16/2013

Applicant accumulated $24,909 of delinquent debt between 2002 and 2003, and between December 2007 and February 2009, as a consequence of his wife’s loss of employment. He provided evidence that in August 2012 he contracted with a company to dispute his debts. He failed to demonstrate that he timely made any good-faith effort to resolve his debts, or demonstrate reliability or good judgment in addressing his financial obligations. Resulting security concerns were not mitigated. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 11-04484.h1


Foreign Influence

05/15/2013

Applicant is a native of Afghanistan, who came to the United States as a refugee in March 2004 and acquired his U.S. citizenship in December 2010. He was targeted by an Afghan warlord in 2003 due to his human rights work in Afghanistan, but that warlord is no longer in a position to threaten him. Foreign influence concerns are heightened because Applicant has one sister, two uncles, and two cousins, who are resident citizens of Afghanistan, and an uncle and a cousin work for the Afghan government. Also, Applicant’s other sister is an Afghan citizen residing in Pakistan. Yet, Applicant has shown through his service to the United States under dangerous conditions as a translator that he can be counted on to act consistent with U.S. interests. Clearance granted. CASE NO: 12-11092.h1


Foreign Influence; Foreign Preference

05/15/2013

Applicant is a native of Taiwan and a naturalized U.S. citizen. His wife is a citizen of Taiwan and lives with him in the United States. His parents, two sisters, and father-in-law are citizens and residents of Taiwan. Applicant renewed his Taiwanese passport after becoming a U.S. citizen; and he has not surrendered, destroyed, or otherwise invalidated it. Eligibility for a public trust position is denied. CASE NO: 12-03783.h1


Guideline J; Guideline E

05/15/2013

Applicant’s several instances of false and/or minimizing statements provide a reasonable basis for the Judge to have concluded that Applicant had not demonstrated a level of rehabilitation commensurate with the requirements of the Directive. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 11-02234.a1


Sexual Behavior; Psychological Conditions; Personal Conduct

05/14/2013

Applicant’s sexual behavior and psychological conditions continue to cast doubt on his judgment, stability, reliability, and on his ability to comply with the law and regulations. Moreover, he made false statements to government investigators when he omitted relevant information during his 2012 interviews. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 12-05847.h1


Foreign Influence; Foreign Preference

05/14/2013

Applicant mitigated Guideline C security concerns when she surrendered her Iranian passport to her security officer and stated she had no intention to travel to Iran in the future. However, she failed to mitigate security concerns arising from her contacts and her spouse’s contacts with siblings and other relatives in the Islamic Republic of Iran. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 12-05684. h1


Foreign Influence

05/14/2013

Applicant's travel to China while enrolled at his university and graduate school between June 2004 and June 2011, raises no foreign influence concerns. His wife is now a permanent resident of the United States and intends to apply for U.S. citizenship in January 2014. Applicant's contacts with his wife and her parents-in-law have been mitigated by his strong contacts with the United States. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted.


Financial

05/14/2013

Applicant's debts arose from circumstances beyond his control. He is now acting responsibly to resolve his past-due debts and improve his finances. It is unlikely that his financial problems will recur. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 11-03719.h1


Guideline G; Guideline E

05/13/2013

Applicant has not rebutted the presumption that the Judge considered all of the evidence in the record. The Appeal Board has no authority over how clearance investigations are conducted. An applicant has the responsibility to present evidence in mitigation and extenuation. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 12-03077


Financial

05/13/2013

Applicant accumulated substantial delinquent debts over the past seven years, including unpaid federal income taxes of about $73,000. He provided credible evidence that he paid one debt. However, he failed to provide sufficient evidence to document the resolution of the remaining debts or to demonstrate reliability or good judgment in addressing his financial obligations. Resulting security concerns were not mitigated. Based upon a review of the case file, pleadings, and exhibits, eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 12-00809.h1


Guideline G; Guideline E

05/13/2013

A Judge is presumed to have considered all of the evidence in the record. Applicant’s deliberate falsification of his application was relevant in evaluating his case for rehabilitation. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 11-04085.a1


Emotional; Personal Conduct

05/10/2013

Applicant has mitigated the security concerns under the personal conduct guideline because she did not falsify her 2010 security clearance application or provide false or misleading information to the Government. Applicant did not mitigate the security concerns under Guideline I due to her guarded prognosis based on a 2012 psychological assessment. She has a long history of mental health issues. She is motivated to change, but has not met her burden in this case. Applicant did not present evidence to refute or update the 2012 clinical report describing her current diagnosis. Clearance is denied. CASE NO:10-11123.h1


Foreign Influence

05/09/2013

Applicant failed to mitigate the foreign influence concerns arising from his deep and continuing connections to India. Although he has lived in the United States since 1996, Applicant’s vulnerability to foreign influence has steadily increased over the years due to his purchase of several pieces of property in India, worth approximately $190,000. Also, during his background interview, he stated that he has sympathies or preferences for India due to his family members living in India. Notwithstanding his ties to the United States, Applicant’s sympathies for his family in India, coupled with his substantial and active foreign investments, leave him vulnerable to foreign influence. Eligibility for access to sensitive information is denied. CASE NO: 12-04250.h1


Financial

05/09/2013

The Statement of Reasons (SOR) identified Applicant as owing six delinquent debts totaling $62,974.47. Applicant has resolved three of her delinquent accounts. She is making payments on a fourth debt. She plans to address the remaining delinquent accounts, totaling $14,038.47, when she the funds become available. She has worked diligently to address her delinquent accounts since becoming employed in 2010, after a long period of unemployment and underemployment. She can be trusted to continue to resolve all of her indebtedness. Based on a review of the testimony, pleadings, and exhibits, eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 12-0110.h1


Drugs

05/09/2013

Applicant used cocaine and marijuana from June 2007 to January 2008. At the time of his drug use, he held an active security clearance and was 49 years old. His drug use was identified after submitting to a random urinalysis. Applicant successfully completed his company’s mandatory drug rehabilitation program. His mitigation was insufficient to overcome the security concerns raised as a result of his conduct. Clearance is denied.


Financial

05/09/2013

Applicant incurred eight delinquent debts totaling about $20,815, including two medical debts and a delinquent student loan. Many of her debts became delinquent before her divorce in November 2008 and a 16-month period of unemployment. She has been continuously employed for two years, but has taken no significant steps to resolve her delinquent debts. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-12204.h1


Financial

05/09/2013

Applicant failed to mitigate the concerns arising from her financial issues. Since 2006, she has accumulated about $38,000 of delinquent debt and has yet to put her financial house in order. Eligibility for access to sensitive information is denied. CASE NO: 11-11972.h1


Financial

05/09/2013

Applicant failed to mitigate the security concerns arising from his financial issues. Since 2010, he has accumulated over $290,000 in delinquent debt and his finances are in disarray. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-09708.h1


Alcohol Consumption, Personal Conduct

05/09/2013

Applicant abused alcohol from age 15 to age 32, during which time he was thrice convicted of drinking and driving, and underwent outpatient alcohol treatment. During that time, he once tried to mislead medical providers treating him for alcohol dependence by denying having ever used cocaine. While that incident can be mitigated as an isolated event, Applicant failed to provide sufficient evidence to show that less than three years of sobriety is sufficient to mitigate alcohol consumption security concerns. Security clearance is denied. CASE NO 11-07732.h1


Foreign Influence

05/09/2013

Based on a review of the pleadings, testimony, and exhibits, I conclude that Applicant has mitigated the concerns related to foreign influence raised by his parents and sisters that reside in Israel. His request for a security clearance is granted. CASE NO: 11-07156.h1


Criminal Conduct; Personal Conduct

05/09/2013

Applicant is a 23-year-old employee of a defense contractor. He failed to mitigate the security concerns arising from his criminal conduct and personal conduct. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-05536.h1


Personal Conduct

05/09/2013

While holding a security clearance, Applicant ingested his wife’s prescription pain medication in April 2008. He utilized countermeasures in November 2008 in an attempt to fool a polygraph. He intentionally provided false information about those matters in 2009, 2010, and 2013. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 10-04325.h1


Foreign Influence

05/08/2013

Applicant is 40 years old. He was born in India and moved to the United States in 1995 and became a naturalized citizen in 2004. He has family members that are citizens and residents of India. Applicant mitigated the security concerns under Guideline B, foreign influence. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 12-05259.h1


Foreign Influence; Financial

05/08/2013

Applicant mitigated the financial considerations security concerns, but failed to mitigate the foreign influence security concerns. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 12-02108


Guideline E; Guideline F

05/07/2013

A party’s disagreement with the Judge’s weighing of the evidence is not sufficient to demonstrate error. Applicant failed to demonstrate that the Judge erred in his application of the whole-person factors. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 12-09324.a1


Financial

05/07/2013

Applicant is ready, willing and able to pay the deductible of his health insurance coverage. However, he is not responsible for the malfeasance of the insurance company that improperly averred he had no coverage. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 11-12585.h1


Financial, Personal Conduct

05/07/2013

Applicant is 42 years old. He has a history of financial difficulties. He is resolving some debts, but has others that remain delinquent. He intentionally failed to disclose on his security clearance application that while serving in the military he had his security clearance suspended and later revoked. Applicant failed to mitigate the security concerns under Guideline F, financial considerations, and Guideline E, personal conduct. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-11762.h1


Financial

05/07/2013

Applicant is a 46-year-old employee of a defense contractor. He failed to provide sufficient information to mitigate the security concerns arising under Guideline F, Financial Considerations. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-11467.h1


Financial

05/07/2013

Applicant and her husband received a Chapter 7 bankruptcy discharge in November 2005 after her husband lost his job and became disabled. After their bankruptcy, they accumulated several delinquent debts for medical and other expenses, and significant federal and state tax debts because of their failure to file timely returns in 2008, 2009, and 2010. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-07191.h1


Guideline C; Guideline B

05/07/2013

The Judge’s findings and conclusions are sustainable. Applicant has not demonstrated that the Judge ignored the whole-person factors in arriving at his decision. Applicant merely offers an alternative interpretation of the evidence. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 11-05726.a1


Drugs; Alcohol; Financial Considerations

05/06/2013

Applicant used marijuana once in 2000 and methamphetamine once in 2010. He credibly testified, and submitted a sworn personal statement which averred, that he did not intend to use any illegal substance in the future. Applicant's alcohol abuse resulted in two DUI convictions in 2006 and 2009; he is on probation for the latter DUI until 2014. He has been diagnosed as being Alcohol Dependent. Applicant stopped consuming alcohol only one month before the security clearance hearing. Finally, Applicant has a history of overdue debts, none of which has been resolved. Mitigation has not been shown. Clearance is denied.


Guideline B

05/06/2013

The Judge found that concerns arising from Applicant’s numerous siblings living in Iran had not been mitigated. Applicant’s numerous relatives who live in a country that is intensely hostile to the U.S. raised concerns that evidence of good duty performance could not mitigate. The Judge’s findings and conclusions are sustainable. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 11-14079


Financial

05/06/2013

Applicant’s SOR alleges ten debts totaling $27,418. He experienced significant family problems that resulted in unplanned costs. These problems include his wife’s ongoing mental illness, the unplanned pregnancies of his daughter and son’s girlfriend, housing problems that required his family to move, and legal bills following his daughter’s criminal conduct. Applicant sought the professional assistance of a bankruptcy attorney, filed Chapter 13 bankruptcy, and is on a repayment plan. Applicant has mitigated security concerns alleged. Access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 11-09785.h1


Guideline F

05/06/2013

The Judge had serious doubts about Applicant’s reliability and judgment, due to his having failed to discharge his legitimate tax obligations in two state and to the Federal Government. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 11-09365.a1


Financial

05/06/2013

Applicant is 34 years old. He has delinquent debts that are unresolved. Applicant failed to mitigate the security concerns under Guideline F, financial considerations. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-08936.h1


Financial

05/06/2013

Applicant is a 54-year old employee of a defense contractor. She had her unsecured non-priority debts discharged in a Chapter 7 bankruptcy in 1997, but her accounts subsequently became delinquent in 2001 through the present. Three of her accounts were resolved: one loan account was resolved involuntarily by garnishment, following a judgment; and one account was resolved involuntarily by foreclosure. The third account, a home mortgage in a foreclosure status, was resolved when Applicant paid off the past due balance. There are unanswered questions regarding Applicant’s loans to the unidentified friend, casino transactions, and the $205,000 in stocks and bonds she claimed to possess in November 2001. Applicant has never explained how or why her portfolio decreased to $17,185.47 in one decade; the casino transactions totaling $75,000 in one day; or the loans to her friend. The record is filled with inaccurate statements by Applicant as to when her general financial problems commenced; when specific accounts became delinquent; and that accounts had been settled, without submitting documentation to support her contentions. Applicant’s actions under the circumstances confronting her do cast doubt on her current reliability, trustworthiness, or good judgment. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-08254.h1


Financial

05/06/2013

Applicant has had a history of overdue debts, due to periods of unemployment and underemployment, and also because of his purchasing three investment homes that ultimately were lost in foreclosure. More than $100,000 of the overdue debt has not been resolved. Mitigation has not been shown. Clearance is denied.


Drugs; Personal Conduct

05/06/2013

Applicant is 56 years old. He has a long history of drug abuse. He intends to continue to use drugs under the right set of circumstances. He repeatedly provided false statements to Government investigators. Applicant failed to mitigate the security concerns under Guidelines H, Drug Involvement, and E, Personal Conduct. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-03926.h1


Financial

05/03/2013

Applicant is a 52-year old employee of a defense contractor currently serving as a linguist in Afghanistan. Due to earlier workplace injuries, Applicant applied to the Social Security Administration (SSA) for disability benefits. After examinations by physicians selected by the SSA, his application was granted. He was required to periodically submit to additional medical examinations, and he was also required to inform the SSA regarding any work performed by him. On two occasions in 2011, the SSA determined that he was no longer entitled to disability payments for certain periods in 2009 through 2011 because of “substantial work.” Other periods were approved. He was informed that there was an overpayment of disability benefits totaling $27,123.30. Communications with the SSA from Afghanistan is extremely difficult for Applicant since there is very limited availability to telephones or Internet. In September 2012, after discussing various payment options, Applicant and the SSA agreed that Applicant would pay the SSA $300 per month, although he has $120,000 in savings and an annual salary of $215,000. Applicant’s actions under the circumstances confronting him do not cast doubt on his current reliability, trustworthiness, or good judgment. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 12-09337.h1


Sexual Behavior; Personal Conduct

05/03/2013

Applicant discontinued viewing nude and sexually explicit pictures of underage females on his home computer more than five years ago and stopped viewing adult pornography on his work computer in 2002. His rationalizations, recantations and denials do not mitigate the misconduct he admitted in 2005 and 2008. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied.


Financial Considerations

05/02/2013

Applicant has two major debts: one a federal tax lien associated with his company and another a personal consumer debt. Applicant resolved both debts and has no further delinquent debts. Financial concerns are mitigated. Applicant's e-QIP omissions were based on mistaken understandings, and not intentional falsification. Personal conduct concerns are also mitigated. Clearance is granted CASE NO: 12-08373.h1


Alcohol; Drugs; Personal Conduct; Financial

05/02/2013

Applicant works for a defense contractor. During 22 years he had two driving while intoxicated arrests. In 2011 he had prescribed medications belonging to a friend who spilled them in Applicant’s car and which he was trying to return to his friend, though they were not in the original container. The personal conduct concern resulted from these two situations. Applicant had eight delinquent debts totaling $148,821. Applicant resolved all of these debts. Applicant mitigated the alcohol, drug, personal conduct, and financial considerations security concerns. Eligibility for a clearance is granted. CASE NO: 11-13533.h1


Financial

05/02/2013

Applicant works for a defense contractor. He has six delinquent debts totaling $31,643. Applicant has not resolved any of these debts. Applicant did not mitigate the financial considerations security concerns. Eligibility for a clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-11493.h1


Financial

05/02/2013

Applicant was responsible for eleven financial delinquencies totaling approximately $14,403. He did not take steps to pay, settle, or otherwise resolve most his delinquent debts until after his security clearance hearing. Applicant’s last-minute efforts failed to demonstrate good-faith efforts to resolve his financial obligations, and his actions did not demonstrate a track record of financial responsibility. Applicant failed to mitigate security concerns under the financial considerations adjudicative guideline. Eligibility for a security clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-11241.h1


Guideline F

05/02/2013

A Judge is presumed to have considered all of the evidence in the record. The Appeal Board has declined to hold that a debtor’s obligations are discharged by actions of the creditor, such as sale of the debt or a charge off of the account. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 11-08274


Financial

05/02/2013

Applicant has been steadily employed with her current employer for about three years. After paying her monthly living expenses and making payments on current debt, she has a monthly net remainder of $1,567. While she admitted five delinquent debts totaling over $25,000, she failed to pay, settle, or otherwise resolve them. Applicant failed to mitigate security concerns under Guideline F, Financial Considerations. Eligibility for a security clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-07810.h1


Guideline B

05/02/2013

There is a rebuttable presumption that a person has ties of affection for, or obligation to, immediate family members of the person’s spouse. Applicant failed to rebut the presumption that the Judge considered all of the evidence in the record. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 11-06619.a1


Foreign Influence; Foreign Preference

05/01/2013

Applicant mitigated any foreign influence and foreign preference security concerns raised by his connections and ties to the United Kingdom. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 12-06813.h1


Financial

05/01/2013

Applicant is 52 years old. She experienced financial problems when her husband lost his job. She has made efforts to resolve them. There is one large debt that has not been resolved. Applicant failed to mitigate the security concerns under Guideline F, financial considerations. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-08063.h1


Financial

04/30/2013

Applicant has a federal tax debt and three accounts placed for collection, which are unresolved. Applicant failed to rebut or mitigate the financial considerations security concerns. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 12-12170.h1


Financial; Personal Conduct

04/30/2013

Applicant incurred delinquent debt commencing in approximately 2009 when he lost income because of the unfavorable economic conditions. He did little to resolve the delinquent debts until very recently when he allegedly paid some of the debts and reached settlement agreements. However, he did not present documents to establish that he paid debts or is paying the settlement agreements. He did not mitigate security concerns based on his financial issues. He did mitigate security concerns for personal conduct because he did not deliberately fail to list all of his financial issues on the security clearance application with intent to defraud. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 12-09391.h1


Drugs

04/30/2013

Applicant mitigated the security concerns raised by his extensive history of illegal drug abuse some of which occurred while he held a clearance by abstaining from illegal drug use for over four years, disassociating himself from his drug-using contacts and avoiding drug-invested environments, establishing an excellent work record since ceasing drug use, and executing a statement of intent regarding future drug use. Clearance granted.


Foreign Influence

04/30/2013

Applicant mitigated the trustworthiness concerns raised by her Indian parents by demonstrating that her parents resided in the UAE, were LPRs of the U.S., and intended to return to the U.S. to live when they retired. She mitigated the trustworthiness concerns raised by her Indian family friends by demonstrating that those ongoing contacts were casual and infrequent. Eligibility for public trust position granted.


Foreign Influence

04/30/2013

Applicant’s spouse is a resident alien, and she is close to her parents, who are residents of Saudi Arabia. She has frequent contacts with her family in Saudi Arabia and frequently traveled to that country with Applicant. Considering the individuals and organizations based in Saudi Arabia providing financial and material support to terrorist groups specifically targeting American citizens and interests, there is a heightened risk of foreign inducement, pressure, or coercion against Applicant via his wife or her relatives living in Saudi Arabia. Foreign influence security concerns are not mitigated. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 12-02890.h1


Drugs

04/30/2013

Applicant's drug use is not recent and not likely to recur. The security concerns raised by his use of illegal drugs are mitigated. His request for a security clearance is granted. CASE NO: 11-13290.h1


Information Technology, Security Violations, and Personal Conduct

04/30/2013

Over a period of two years, Applicant created and maintained a classified file on her work computer, which was not approved for storage of classified information. She then emailed the file via her unclassified email account, to her unclassified home computer, approximately three times. It remained on her home computer for about one month. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-11062.h1


Financial

04/30/2013

The Statement of Reasons (SOR) identified Applicant as owing 12 delinquent debts totaling $603,433. Applicant satisfied three debts, totaling $6,637. One debt was forgiven by the creditor. Two other debts were satisfied through foreclosure. Applicant failed to introduce proof that he has addressed the remaining $181,619. Based on a review of the testimony, pleadings, and exhibits, eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 11-10184.h1


Guideline F

04/30/2013

Applicant has offered nothing to corroborate his claim that he submitted additional documents for the Judge’s consideration. Under such circumstances, the Board finds no reason to remand the case. Adverse decision affirmed.


Sexual Behavior; Criminal; Personal Conduct

04/30/2013

From 2004 through October 2009, Applicant paid for sexual relations with prostitutes. His personal conduct and sexual behavior raise security concerns under Guidelines D, J and E, which were not mitigated. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 11-05685.h1


Guideline F

04/30/2013

The Judge concluded that while circumstances may have had an impact on his financial situation, Applicant did not show that he has a reasonable plan to resolve his debts. Adverse decision affirmed.


Foreign Influence

04/29/2013

Applicant was born and raised in the People's Republic of China. His mother, father, brother, and in-laws are resident citizens there and he visits annually. His father and brother are members of the Chinese Communist Party. He is a loyal and dedicated son, and an outstanding employee, but failed to mitigate resulting security concerns. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 12-04799.h1


Financial

04/29/2013

Applicant experienced financial difficulties when her husband was unemployed for nearly three years. During that time, she made no payments on her delinquent debts, and she did not inform her creditors of her husband’s unemployment and its impact on her financial situation. Applicant has recently arranged payment plans for her debts, but she has established no track record of consistent and timely payment. She failed to mitigate security concerns under Guideline F, Financial Considerations. Eligibility for a security clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-12665.h1


Financial

04/29/2013

Applicant did not mitigate the financial considerations security concerns. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 11-11574.h1


Financial, Alcohol

04/29/2013

Applicant’s statement of reasons (SOR) as amended alleges discharge of Applicant’s debts under Chapter 7 of the Bankruptcy Code in April 2005 and two subsequent delinquent debts totaling $23,542 as well as alcohol-related driving offenses in February 1991 and October 2010. Since October 2010, he has responsibly consumed alcohol, and he does not drive after drinking alcohol. He paid one debt and is attempting in good-faith to repay the other debt. Financial considerations and alcohol consumption security concerns are mitigated. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 11-11308.h1


Financial

04/29/2013

Applicant did not mitigate the financial considerations security concerns. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 11-11009.h1


Financial

04/29/2013

Applicant is a 31-year-old employee of a defense contractor. She did not provide sufficient evidence to mitigate the security concerns raised by her history of delinquent debts. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-09742.h1


Drugs

04/29/2013

Applicant failed to mitigate the security concerns arising from his positive drug test for marijuana. He claims the positive result was caused by his passive inhalation of second-hand marijuana smoke. He did not submit any evidence to corroborate his story. His use of marijuana while possessing a security clearance and failure to take responsibility for his illegal drug use raise doubts about his current reliability, trustworthiness, and good judgment. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-08744.h1


Financial

04/29/2013

Applicant bought eight properties, three of them between 2006 and 2007, when values in the real estate market were rising rapidly. He leveraged funds from refinances to put small down payments on the properties. His income was insufficient to support the loans. When the market crashed, Applicant was unable to rent them, make the loan payments, or sell the properties. Three properties were foreclosed, one was sold through a short sale, and the remaining mortgage loans are delinquent. Applicant stated in 2010 that he contacted lenders about loan modifications and short sales, but little progress has been made since then. Applicant provided no evidence of a plan to resolve the debts. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-07115.h1


Drugs; Alcohol

04/29/2013

Applicant failed to mitigate the security concerns raised by his use of illegal drugs and alcohol. His request for a security clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-06977.h1


Financial; Alcohol; Criminal Conduct

04/29/2013

Applicant mitigated the alcohol consumption and criminal conduct security concerns, but failed to mitigate the financial considerations security concerns. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-06120.h1


Financial; Drugs; Personal Conduct

04/29/2013

Applicant failed to mitigate the security concerns arising from his troubled finances, past illegal drug use, and falsification of his security clearance applications. He accumulated over $100,000 in debt and, although he recently filed for bankruptcy to resolve his past-due debts, it is too soon to declare that his financial situation is under control. He used marijuana on multiple occasions between 1991 and 2008. Even though nearly five years have passed since he last used marijuana, Applicant’s promise not to use illegal drugs in the future is unconvincing because he deliberately lied about his past drug use on two separate security clearance applications and used illegal drugs while holding a security clearance. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-03244.h1


Foreign Influence

04/29/2013

Applicant is a naturalized U.S. citizen from Pakistan who has both property interests in Pakistan and siblings and extended family members who are citizens and residents of the country. Pakistan is a country that presents a heightened risk, and his contacts with Pakistan are considerable and present potential conflicts of interest. Foreign influence concerns are not mitigated.


Financial

04/26/2013

Applicant works for a defense contractor. He has 23 delinquent debts totaling $23,387. Applicant resolved seven of these debts. Applicant mitigated the financial considerations security concerns because he has a plan to repay the remaining medical debts resulting from his life-threatening kidney disease. Eligibility for a clearance is granted. CASE NO: 12-06046.h1


Financial

04/26/2013

Applicant's financial problems were caused by circumstances beyond his control. However, he acted responsibly to resolve his past-due debts and improve his finances. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 11-12786.h1


Financial

04/26/2013

Applicant has a history of financial problems dating back to 2007. The evidence fails to establish Applicant’s financial responsibility in the resolution of his delinquent debts. He does not have a viable plan to resolve his delinquent debt, and he is not in control of his financial situation. At this time, the record evidence fails to convince me of Applicant’s eligibility for a security clearance. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-10823.h1


Financial

04/26/2013

Applicant works for a defense contractor. He has eight debts that are delinquent totaling $20,626. Applicant has not resolved any of these debts. Applicant did not mitigate the financial considerations security concerns. Eligibility for a clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-08337.h1


Personal Conduct; Financial

04/26/2013

Applicant used a variety of drugs from the time when he was a teen until he discovered he was to become a father in his early 20s. Since that time he has matured, quit drugs, and behaved responsibly while displaying candor. However, security concerns remain as to his finances due to about $9,000 in delinquent debt that dates back nearly a decade. Security clearance is denied. CASE NO 10-09384.h1


Foreign Influence; Foreign Preference

04/25/2013

Applicant is a 26-year-old employee of a defense contractor. He mitigated the security concerns arising from the foreign influence and foreign preference allegations. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 12-09448.h1


Foreign Influence

04/25/2013

Applicant is a 57-year-old employee of a defense contractor. He failed to mitigate the security concerns arising from his foreign contacts. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 12-07670.h1


Foreign Influence

04/25/2013

Applicant emigrated from his native Russia to the United States in 1990. Since becoming a naturalized U.S. citizen in June 1996, Applicant has traveled to Russia several times, including in 2012, to visit his sister and sister-in-law. On trips through 2007, he has also visited with close friends from his youth in a Soviet military school or from his service as an officer in the Soviet Army. Applicant and his spouse bought her parent’s apartment in Russia in 2003. Applicant is committed to his life in the United States, and he has no allegiance to Russia. Yet, his close family ties and ongoing friendships in Russia raise foreign influence concerns that are not fully mitigated. Clearance denied. CASE NO: 12-05839.h1


Drugs; Personal Conduct; Criminal Conduct

04/25/2013

Applicant is on probation under an accelerated pretrial rehabilitation program until April 26, 2013, for felonious drug-related criminal conduct, including cultivation of marijuana in 2010. She reported her arrest on her November 2011 security clearance application, but she falsely claimed that her boyfriend (current fiancé) had been growing marijuana without her knowledge. Her belated admission to being an active participant in the cultivation is not enough to overcome the drug involvement, criminal conduct, and personal conduct concerns. Clearance denied. CASE NO: 12-03914.h1


Financial

04/25/2013

Applicant accumulated three delinquent debts totaling about $44,245. In spite of having a full-time job since January 2001 and frequently holding two full-time jobs, he has not established a track record of timely and consistently payment of his debts. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 12-01898.h1


Foreign Influence; Personal Conduct

04/25/2013

Applicant has worked overseas under dangerous conditions in support of the national defense. He mitigated any foreign influence concerns raised by his in-laws in Pakistan. He was terminated from a job with a charitable organization in 2004 for stealing a box of baseball cards. He intentionally provided false information about his employment at the charitable organization in 2008, in 2011, in his SOR response, and during his hearing. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-15263.h1


Sexual Behavior; Personal Conduct

04/25/2013

Applicant ceased his use of office computers to access pornography websites before December 2002. He also ceased masturbating at work in the same time period. He did continue to access a popular website for sale of goods and offers of services from 2002 until 2009 to view personal service and suggestive advertisements. Over the years, he reached out to his church and counseling services to help him manage his "sex addiction" problems. He currently attends two support groups and maintains control over his desire to view pornography. He did not intentionally fail to disclose his sex addition counseling. Applicant has mitigated the security concerns regarding his sexual behavior and personal conduct. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 11-14131


Foreign Influence, Personal Conduct

04/25/2013

Applicant failed to mitigate the foreign influence concerns raised by his relationships with wife and her parents, all of whom are citizens of the People’s Republic of China (China). Applicant also failed to mitigate the security concerns raised by his personal conduct. He did not report suspicious contacts with two women during his December 2009 trip to China. He also gave his wife, a Chinese national, access to sensitive work-related documents. Clearance denied. CASE NO. 11-13760.h1


Financial; Personal Conduct

04/25/2013

Applicant did not mitigate the security concerns about his finances or his false official statements. Applicant's unpaid debts arose from frivolous spending preceding divorces in 2004 and 2006. Despite repeatedly stating his plans to address his past-due debts, they remain unresolved. Applicant also repeatedly and intentionally made false official statements about a 2011 arrest and about his departure under adverse circumstances from two jobs. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-11087.h1


Sexual Behavior; Information Technology; Personal Conduct

04/25/2013

In a 1997 security clearance application, Applicant deliberately failed to disclose that his application for access to sensitive compartment information (SCI) was denied in 1985. He subsequently was granted a clearance and SCI access. For several years, he viewed pornography on an unclassified company computer located in a sensitive compartmented information facility (SCIF) and masturbated in his office, which was located in the SCIF. He gave conflicting statements to security investigators regarding the frequency of his pornography viewing and sexual activity related to watching pornography. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-09859.h1


Psychological Conditions

04/25/2013

Applicant’s history of erratic compliance with the treatment protocol for his diagnosed bipolar disorder resulted in impairment of his judgment and in dysfunctional behavior requiring psychiatric hospitalization. A credentialed psychologist opined in October 2012 that Applicant will, in all likelihood, remain prone to periods of erratic behavior. While Applicant has been a valuable contributor to his defense contractor employer, psychological conditions security concerns persist. Clearance denied. CASE NO: 09-04696.h1


Drugs; Personal Conduct

04/24/2013

Applicant failed to mitigate the Drug Involvement and Personal Conduct security concerns. Drug Involvement security concerns arose out of Applicant’s marijuana use during the period of January 2003 to January 2007; and in September 2009 while holding a security clearance. Personal Conduct security concerns arose out of Applicant’s drug use, his answers to questions about his drug use on his March 2008 Electronic Questionnaires for Investigative Processing (e-QIP), and his disclosures about his drug use to an investigative agent. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 12-11110.h1


Drugs; Personal Conduct

04/24/2013

Applicant mitigated the security concerns generated by his illegal drug use and falsifications during his 2007 investigative process. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 11-03251.h1


Financial; Foreign Influence

04/23/2013

Applicant admits that he acquired significant delinquent debt, but provided only his own handwritten notes for proof that his debts were paid. Such documentation carries little weight during scrutiny under Guideline F. In addition, he provided insufficient information about relatives who are foreign citizens and residents in foreign countries, including Afghanistan, to permit a favorable assessment under Guideline B. Security clearance is denied. CASE NO 12-09359.h1


Guideline B

04/23/2013

The Judge concluded that Applicant’s immediate family members’ travels to Iran, their regular contacts with their relatives in Iran, the potential for his immediate family members to travel to Iran in the future, and the nature of the Iranian government and its relationship with the U.S. all create unmitigated security concerns. The record supports the Judge’s conclusions. Adverse decision affirmed.


Drugs; Personal Conduct

04/23/2013

Applicant admitted frequent marijuana use during high school, and using it about once a year between 1993 and 2007. He also admitted using a small amount of cocaine offered by friends on two occasions between 2002 and 2008, one of which occurred while visiting another country. He has abstained from any drug abuse for five years, during which time he married, had a child, and changed his social environment. He does not intend to abuse drugs in the future, and an expert psychologist provided a positive prognosis. The evidence is sufficient to mitigate security concerns. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 12-03103.h1


Foreign Influence

04/23/2013

Applicant was born in Afghanistan, and moved to the U.S. in 1989. He is in touch with some foreign family members rarely, and others a few times per year. His wife and her family are naturalized U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents of the United States. Applicant owns a home in the United States. He has lived and worked in the United States for 24 years, and has not been to Afghanistan since 1978. Applicant’s ties to the United States are more significant than those to his foreign family members. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 11-14319


Financial

04/23/2013

Applicant is a 52-year-old employee of a federal contractor. The evidence shows he has a history of financial problems that is ongoing. He did not present sufficient evidence to mitigate the financial considerations security concern. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-06190.h1


Financial

04/23/2013

Applicant was $26,000 past due on two mortgages and owed an additional $5,000 in collection or charged-off accounts. He has paid his past due debts and brought his mortgages to current status. He has resolved the financial considerations security concerns. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 11-03705.h1


Guideline H; Guideline J; Guideline E

04/23/2013

The Judge concluded that the repeated nature of Applicant’s falsifications left him with substantial doubt as to Applicant’s fitness for a clearance. Despite Applicant’s challenge of the Judge’s finding that his false statements and omissions were deliberate, the Board declines to disturb the Judge’s findings, and gives deference to the Judge’s credibility determinations. Adverse decision affirmed.


Personal Conduct

04/23/2013

Applicant is a 30-year-old employee of a defense contractor. He intentionally provided false information on a 2008 security questionnaire and during a 2008 interview. He has matured and learned from the experience. I am convinced that such behavior will not be repeated. Personal conduct security concerns are mitigated. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 11-03271.h1


Foreign Influence; Foreign Preference

04/19/2013

Applicant has worked overseas under dangerous conditions in support of the national defense. She mitigated any foreign influence concerns raised by her extended family members in Afghanistan. She surrendered her Afghan passport to the Afghanistan Embassy, thereby mitigating foreign preference security concerns. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 12-07676.h1


Foreign Influence, Foreign Preference, Outside Activities

04/19/2013

Applicant mitigated the concerns arising from his connections to India. He has continuously resided in the United States for over 15 years, and became a U.S. citizen in 2004. He completed his doctorate degree, started a family, and worked his entire adult life in the United States. He has close friends, family, and other substantial ties to the United States. Applicant established that he will resolve any potential conflict of interest arising from his ties to India in favor of the United States. The other alleged security concerns were withdrawn by the Government. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 12-04926.h1


Foreign Influence

04/19/2013

Applicant failed to mitigate foreign influence security concerns. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 11-13299.h1


Personal Conduct

04/19/2013

Applicant failed to disclose on a 2009 security clearance application that he had used marijuana for several years. He then failed to timely report his use of cocaine and marijuana a few months later, shortly after being granted an interim security clearance. Security clearance is denied. CASE NO 11-12790.h1


Foreign Influence; Foreign Preference

04/18/2013

Applicant mitigated the concerns arising from her possession of a passport from India and her other connections to India. She has continuously resided in the United States for the past 20 years, and became a U.S. citizen in 2003. She formally renounced her Indian citizenship and relinquished her Indian passport. She started a family, purchased a home, and worked her entire adult life in the United States. She has close friends, family, and other substantial ties to the United States. Applicant established that her preferences squarely lie with the United States and she will resolve any potential conflict of interest arising from her ties to India in favor of the United States. Eligibility for access to sensitive information is granted. CASE NO: 12-05593.h1


Foreign Influence

04/18/2013

Applicant’s father is a citizen of China, and resides in the United States. Applicant has other family members who are citizens and residents of China. He has regular contact with his family members and they share a close bond of affection. The country where his family members reside is an aggressive collector of sensitive U.S. information. Security concerns under Guideline B are not mitigated. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-13790.h1


Financial; Alcohol

04/18/2013

Applicant accumulated numerous delinquent debts due to periods of unemployment after he retired from the Navy. He resolved several small debts, but he did so shortly before the hearing, even though he had been aware of them for two years. He was convicted of driving while intoxicated in April 2007 and fired from a job because of alcohol-related absences in March 2011. He continues to drink to the point of intoxication on weekends. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-09893.h1


Financial

04/18/2013

Applicant accumulated substantial delinquent debt since late 2009, the majority of which is credit card debt. He provided minimal evidence of an effective plan to resolve the debt or ability to prevent continued financial delinquencies. Resulting security concerns were not mitigated. Based upon a review of the case file, pleadings, and exhibits, eligibility for access to classified information is denied.


Financial

04/16/2013

Applicant accrued substantial delinquent debts over the past five years. He made little progress toward resolution of major mortgage debts, and offered no evidence of an effective plan to resolve these debts or of changes to prevent continued financial irresponsibility. Resulting security concerns were not mitigated. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 12-07948.h1


Financial

04/16/2013

Applicant has taken significant action to implement his plan to address his financial problems. Financial considerations security concerns are mitigated. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 11-09002.h1


Foreign Influence

04/15/2013

Applicant mitigated foreign influence security concerns. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 11-14056.h1


Financial

04/15/2013

Applicant accumulated over $67,000 in delinquent debt since 2006. He offered some evidence of conditions beyond his control that caused this debt. He did not demonstrate sufficient arrangements to repay the debt or ability to avoid future financial irresponsibility. Resulting trustworthiness concerns were not mitigated. Based upon the record evidence, eligibility for access to sensitive information is denied.


Financial

04/15/2013

Applicant mitigated the security concerns raised by his financial problems by demonstrating that his debts were directly caused by the collapse in his housing-related business a circumstance beyond his control and the substantial progress he has made on his debts, satisfying several before the SOR was issued, and resolving all but one of the SOR debts by the time of the hearing. Clearance granted.


Guideline G; Guideline E

04/12/2013

The Judge’s adverse conclusions are supported by such record evidence as Applicant’s drinking to the point of blacking out 30 times in a four year period and his driving under the inluence of alcohol 17 times. Adverse decision affirmed.


Guideline G

04/12/2013

Applicant is responsible for presenting witnesses and other evidence to rebut, explain, extenuate, or mitigate facts admitted by the Applicant or proven by Department Counsel. Adverse decision affirmed.


Foreign Influence; Foreign Preference

04/11/2013

Applicant mitigated the concerns arising from his possession of a passport from India and his other connections to India. He has continuously resided in the United States for over 20 years, and became a U.S. citizen in 2003. He started a family, purchased a home, and worked his entire adult life in the United States. He is deeply involved in his community, and has close friends and family in the United States. He only kept his Indian passport after becoming a U.S. citizen because he was unaware of the proper procedures to follow to relinquish it and, after being provided the information, surrendered it and had it destroyed. He never used his Indian passport on his foreign travel after becoming a U.S. citizen, and his testimony and conduct established that his preferences squarely lie with the United States and he could not be subjected to foreign influence. Eligibility for access to sensitive information is granted. CASE NO: 12-03718.h1


Foreign Influence, Foreign Preference, Financial

04/11/2013

Applicant was born in Cuba. She earned a bachelor’s degree at a U.S. university. She is married to a U.S. citizen, and her two sons are U.S. citizens. Her mother, father, stepmother, and half sister live in Cuba. Her mother is awaiting approval of her petition to move to the United States permanently. Applicant is not close to her father, because he and her mother divorced when Applicant was two years old. Applicant has no intent to return to Cuba, and surrendered her Cuban passport to her FSO. Her history of strong ties to the United States outweighs her relationship to her relatives in Cuba. Applicant was unable to sell her home in a state that was hard hit by the mortgage crisis. Previously, she was financially stable. Her payments became delinquent and she filed for bankruptcy protection. Her debts were discharged in 2012. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 12-03666.h1


Foreign Influence

04/11/2013

Applicant is a native of Pakistan and a naturalized U.S. citizen. He works as a linguist for U.S. military forces in Afghanistan, accompanies them on combat patrols, and has been under hostile file on numerous occasions. His parents, three brothers, and two sisters are citizens and residents of Pakistan, and one brother is an officer in the Pakistani Air Force. Foreign influence concerns are mitigated by his strong ties to the United States, demonstrated by his trustworthiness under dangerous combat conditions. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 11-15222.h1


Guideline F; Guideline E

04/11/2013

Applicant has not alleged harmful error by the Judge. He has submitted new evidence which the Board cannot consider. Adverse decision Affirmed


Financial

04/11/2013

Applicant's financial problems arose from a combination of unforeseen circumstances that caused his business to fail in 2004, and his decision to not file tax returns for four tax years between 1999 and 2003. After initially taking reasonable steps to resolve his debts, Applicant has not followed through on his efforts since about 2008. Despite having extra time to do so, he did not document his claims that his debts are being resolved. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-08840.h1


Guideline F

04/11/2013

The Judge relied on Applicant’s tax debts inconsistent statements to reach adverse conclusions. Adverse decision affirmed.


Financial; Foreign Influence

04/10/2013

Afghan-born Applicant (a civilian linguist assisting the U.S. military in intelligence-gathering in Afghanistan) immigrated to the United States in 1982, and is a naturalized U.S. citizen. Her ex-husband and daughter are U.S. citizens residing in the United States. Three of her four brothers and three of her four sisters are German citizen-residents. One sister is an Afghan citizen, but a permanent resident of Germany. One brother is an Afghan citizen-resident, but because of security concerns, she has not communicated with him or visited with him since she has been serving as a linguist. Applicant has offered to continue to risk her life, embedded with a U.S. Army infantry unit, to support the United States’ goals in Afghanistan, and has shown her patriotism, loyalty, and fidelity to the United States. She has resolved all of her financial problems. There are no questions or doubts as to her security eligibility and suitability. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 12-10862.h1


Foreign Influence

04/10/2013

Applicant is a 32-year-old employee of a defense contractor. The evidence shows he has mitigated the foreign influence security concern based on his strong family and employment ties to the United States, which outweigh and overcome his ties to Afghanistan. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 12-09696.h1


Foreign Influence

04/10/2013

Applicant is 25 years old and is employed as a Linguist for a defense contractor. His extensive foreign contacts in Afghanistan that include his wife, three children, his parents, two sisters, four of his five brothers, and his wife's parents pose a significant security risk. Mitigation has not been shown. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 12-09694.h1


Foreign Influence; Personal Conduct

04/10/2013

Applicant was born in Afghanistan. She is a naturalized U.S. citizen and works as an interpreter. She has minimal contact with her sisters and family in Afghanistan. She has mitigated the security concerns under Guideline B (Foreign Influence). She has not mitigated the security concerns under Guideline E (Personal Conduct) due to her falsification on her July 2009 security clearance application. Eligibility for a security clearance is denied. CASE NO: 12-07657.h1


Foreign Influence; Foreign Preference

04/10/2013

Applicant contests the Department of Defense’s (DoD) intent to deny his eligibility for a security clearance to work in the defense industry. Applicant’s parents and sisters are Palestinian Refugees and residents of Lebanon. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 12-07154.h1


Criminal Conduct; Drugs; Personal Conduct

04/10/2013

On May 29, 2009, Applicant demonstrated poor judgment when he placed himself in the company of his son who was in possession of illegal drugs. Applicant mitigated his drug involvement because he is not a drug user and does not intend to use drugs in the future. He mitigated his criminal conduct because he has no other criminal record for arrests or convictions. However, his failure to provide truthful information about the May 2009 arrest during the security clearance investigation has not been mitigated. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied.


Financial; Personal Conduct

04/10/2013

Applicant has not resolved seven charged-off or collection accounts alleged in the Statement of Reasons (SOR), totaling more than $17,000. The financial considerations and personal conduct security concerns were not mitigated. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 12-01520.h1


Financial, Criminal Conduct, Personal Conduct

04/10/2013

From July 1987 to September 2010, Applicant was arrested or charged seven times with misdemeanor-level offenses, which resulted in five-misdemeanor level convictions mostly for driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI) or assault. He recently filed his 2010 tax return and financial considerations concerns are mitigated. More time without criminal conduct must elapse before criminal conduct and personal conduct concerns will be fully mitigated. Eligibility for access to classified information is revoked. CASE NO: 11-12980.h1


Drugs; Personal Conduct

04/10/2013

Applicant is a 41-year-old employee of a defense contractor who refuted a falsification allegation and mitigated a drug involvement allegation. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 11-12412.h1


Financial Considerations

04/10/2013

Appellant has not resolved the nine charged-off or collection accounts alleged in the Statement of Reasons (SOR), totaling more than $20,000. The financial considerations security concerns remain. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-11967.h1


Criminal Conduct; Financial; Personal Conduct

04/10/2013

Applicant failed to mitigate the security concerns generated by his criminal conduct, his delinquent debt, and the falsification of relevant information on his 2010 security clearance application. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-11281.h1


Foreign Influence; Personal Conduct

04/10/2013

Applicant is 26 years old and is employed as a janitor for a defense contractor. His foreign contacts, who include his wife, her mother, and two sisters from Mexico, do not pose a significant security risk. Applicant did not deliberately conceal material information from the Government on his security clearance application. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 11-10332.h1


Alcohol; Criminal Conduct

04/10/2013

Applicant is a 32-year-old employee of a defense contractor. He mitigated the security concerns arising from his alcohol consumption and criminal conduct. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 11-09546.h1


Financial

4/10/2013

Applicant incurred delinquent debts starting in 2007 when she and her business partner husband did not receive sufficient work for their trucking business because of the economic downturn. She paid three of the five SOR debts, as well as two other delinquent debts. She attempted to contact creditors and resolve the two remaining debts. Applicant has made significant payments on her debts in the last 18 months. She mitigated security concerns based on her finances. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 11-08646.h1


Financial

04/10/2013

Applicant is a 43-year old employee of a defense contractor whose financial problems commenced in 2009. Except for a tax lien resolved in 2009 and child support arrearage resolved in 2011, Applicant did not contact any of his creditors and collection agents in an effort to resolve his remaining delinquent accounts, despite repeated promises to do so. Applicant demonstrated the absence of a meaningful track record of debt reduction and elimination. He even failed to address an $80 debt that has been delinquent since September 2010. Applicant’s continuing inaction under the circumstances confronting him does cast doubt on his current reliability, trustworthiness, or good judgment. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-07600.h1


Guideline B; Guideline C; Guideline E

04/09/2013

Applicant failed to rebut the presumption that the Judge considered all of the evidence in the record. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 12-03779.a1


Guideline B

04/09/2013

A party’s disagreement with the Judge’s weighing of the evidence is not sufficient to demonstrate that the Judge weighed the evidence in a manner that was arbitrary, capricious, or contrary to law. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 12-00058.a1


Guideline F

04/09/2013

Applicant failed to corroborate his claim that he submitted documents not included in the record. There is a presumption of regularity and good faith by Judges as they decide cases. There is a presumption that a Judge properly considered those mitigating conditions applicable to an applicant’s case. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 11-10114.a1


Financial Considerations

04/09/2013

Applicant has a lengthy history of accumulated debts, mostly medical-related. He has failed to address his delinquent debts since the issuance of the SOR and has no concrete plan to resolve them. Applicant does not mitigate financial concerns. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-07958.h1


Foreign Preference

04/08/2013

Applicant relinquished his foreign passport and renounced his foreign citizenship. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 12-07667.r1


Drugs; Personal Conduct

04/08/2013

Applicant used illegal drugs from about 1995 until December 2009. Some of his drug use occurred while he held a security clearance. Also, in his answers to a 2010 security clearance application, and in a subsequent subject interview, he intentionally provided false information about his illegal drug use. He failed to mitigate the security concerns raised about his drug use and personal conduct. Clearance denied. CASE NO: 12-00046.h1


Financial:

04/08/2013

Applicant is 46 years old. She has numerous delinquent debts that she is unwilling or unable to resolve. Applicant failed to mitigate the security concerns under Guideline F, Financial Considerations. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-11290.h1


Financial

04/05/2013

Applicant is 60 years old and is employed as an Aircraft Mechanic for a defense contractor. Prior to 2011, he had no financial problems. After several deaths in the family and a year of spending beyond his means, he became delinquently indebted. Last year, he hired a debt consolidation company to assist him in resolving his debts. He is following the plan and will be debt free in five years. Sufficient evidence of reform and rehabilitation has been shown. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 12-02548.h1


Financial Considerations; Foreign Influence

04/05/2013

Applicant’s wife and son are citizens and residents of Thailand. He has five charged-off or collection accounts which total approximately $14,500. The foreign influence security concerns have been mitigated. However, the financial consideration security concerns have not been resolved or mitigated. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-12513.h1


Financial Considerations

04/05/2013

Applicant has an unpaid judgment, an unpaid account, and four collection accounts, totaling more than $50,000, which remain unresolved. Applicant failed to rebut or mitigate the financial considerations security concerns. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-12131.h1


Financial

04/05/2013

Applicant mitigated the security concerns raised by her past history of financial issues. Her financial problems were caused by unemployment, lack of adequate child support, and medical expenses. After regaining fulltime employment in 2011, Applicant satisfied over $10,000 in credit card debt and a number of other debts she acquired while unemployed. She is in the process of resolving her remaining debts. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 11-11647.h1


Financial

04/05/2013

Applicant’s statement of reasons (SOR) alleges 10 delinquent debts, totaling $125,009. Applicant had unexpected medical expenses and insufficient income to support his large family. He had insufficient financial resources to pay his mortgage and student loans. All of his SOR debts are in established payment plans and he is current on his monthly expenses. Financial considerations are mitigated. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 11-10627.h1


Financial

04/05/2013

Applicant is 47 years old and employed as a Security Officer by a defense contractor. His job lay-off and divorce in 2005, and simply living beyond his means caused serious financial problems. Last year, he hired a credit consolidation company but they have done little or nothing to resolve his indebtedness, and he remains excessive indebted. At the present time, there is insufficient evidence of financial rehabilitation. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-08730h1


Criminal Conduct, Drug Involvement, Personal Conduct

04/05/2013

Applicant is 36 years old and is employed as an Information Technology Security Specialist for a defense contractor. His history of criminal conduct from 2001 to 2009 includes six arrests, and his illegal drug use of marijuana occurred from 1994 to 2009. This conduct has been mitigated. Applicant's numerous falsifications on his security clearance application and in interrogatories, shows extreme poor judgment and unreliability. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 10-05390.h1


Alcohol

04/05/2013

Applicant is 57 years old and is employed as a Calibration Technician for a defense contractor. His history of alcohol abuse includes five arrests for DUI, the most recent in 2009. A formal diagnosis of alcohol dependence, followed by continued abusive drinking has not been mitigated by sufficient evidence of reform and rehabilitation. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 10-03537.h1


Foreign Influence; Financial Considerations; Personal Conduct

04/04/2013

Applicant was born in Afghanistan in 1965, emigrated to India in 1988, and arrived in the United States in 1990. She became a naturalized United States citizen in 1994, but resided in Denmark from 2007 to 2009. She presently resides in Afghanistan where she is employed as a linguist for the United States Army. Applicant has family in Afghanistan, but limited contacts in the United States, including no relatives who are United States residents. Applicant also has a history of financial difficulties including a 2009 default on her business loan, a 1999 bankruptcy, and a foreclosure resulting in an overdue mortgage loan for $33,318 that remains unresolved. Finally Applicant violated Denmark's 90 day visa rule on several occasions over a two year period, and the conduct only ceased when the Government of Denmark stopped her. Mitigation has not been shown. Clearance is denied.


Outside Activities; Foreign Influence

04/04/2013

Applicant owned a business in India which carried out software development activities in support of a commercial non-classified project for his U.S. company. When he learned that his ownership and management interest in the Indian company raised security concerns, he sold the company and resigned as a director. Applicant has two sisters and a brother-in-law who are citizens and residents of India. He has not visited India since 1984, and his contacts with family there are infrequent and occasional. Applicant mitigated security concerns under Guideline L, Outside Activities, and Guideline B, Foreign Influence. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 12-06729. h1


Financial

04/04/2013

Applicant accrued more than $33,800 in delinquent debts over the past eight years. She made minimal progress toward their resolution, and offered insufficient evidence of an effective plan to resolve these debts or of changes to prevent continued financial irresponsibility. Resulting security concerns were not mitigated. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 11-11432.h1


Financial

4/04/2013

Applicant has had a history of overdue debts, and no evidence was introduced to show that any of the debts had been resolved or reduced. Mitigation has not been shown. Clearance is denied.


Alcohol; Criminal Conduct

04/04/2013

From 1983 to May 2009, Applicant was charged and convicted six times of driving while intoxicated (DWI), driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI), or refusal to take a breathalyzer test (BAT). In 2010 and 2012, he was diagnosed as alcohol dependent. He is currently on conditions of bail pending adjudication of his appeal on his most recent DUI conviction. After his most recent DUI, he made some very positive changes in his life. On December 31, 2009, he ended his alcohol consumption; in January 2010, he completed a 10-day inpatient alcohol treatment program (IATP); and he receives support from friends and the Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA). Nevertheless, more time without alcohol consumption and criminal conduct is necessary before security concerns will be fully mitigated. Alcohol consumption and criminal conduct concerns are not mitigated. Eligibility for access to classified information is revoked. CASE NO: 11-08735.h1


Financial

04/04/2013

Applicant has overdue debts that were incurred by his estranged wife, unbeknownst to him while he was deployed overseas. He resolved two of the three debts and the third is being paid according to a payment plan with the creditor. Mitigation is shown. Clearance is granted.


Financial

04/04/2013

Applicant is a 67-year-old employee of a defense contractor. The evidence shows he has a history of financial problems, which are largely due to a lengthy period of unemployment during 2008 2009. With assistance from two of his daughters, he is still in the process of resolving his financial problems. He has the financial means to repay overdue creditors, and he is not financially overextended. He failed to report his financial problems in response to multiple questions on his 2009 security clearance application, but his failure was not a deliberate omission, concealment, or falsification. CASE NO: 10-03899.h1


Financial; Criminal Conduct; Alcohol

04/04/2013

Applicant has had a history of overdue debts, the majority of which have not been resolved. Applicant's alcohol abuse has resulted in two DUI convictions, in 2006 and 2009, for which he will be on probation until 2014. Finally, Applicant continues to consume alcohol, at times in significant quantities. Mitigation has not been shown. Clearance is denied.


Financial

04/03/2013

Applicant mitigated the security concerns about his finances. He has paid his past-due student loan, and he is repaying past-due tax debts. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 12-06779.h1


Financial

04/03/2013

Applicant has failed to demonstrate that she has addressed any of her alleged past due debts. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-09606.h1


Financial

04/03/2013

Applicant has failed to demonstrate that he has addressed any of his alleged past due debts. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-09195.h1


Financial

04/02/2013

Applicant’s SOR alleges 15 delinquent debts or accounts, totaling $21,128. She has a history of delinquent debt and did not make sufficient progress resolving her delinquent SOR debts. She failed to file her federal and state tax returns for tax year 2011. Financial considerations concerns are not mitigated. Her eligibility to occupy a public trust position is denied. CASE NO: 12-04401.h1


Foreign Influence; Personal Conduct

04/02/2013

Applicant's contacts with several foreign friends raised no security concerns under personal conduct. Any security concerns raised by those contacts under foreign influence were mitigated by fact that Applicant had properly reported these contacts to his security personnel and had been properly briefed on his reporting responsibilities if any of those contacts attempted to elicit protected information from him. Applicant's peripheral contact with a man who turned out to be a foreign agent raised no security concerns where Applicant immediately reported the contact when it appeared the man might be a foreign agent. Clearance granted.


Financial

04/02/2013

Applicant’s statement of reasons (SOR) alleges six delinquent debts, totaling $247,577. The crash of the housing market and her husband’s unemployment were circumstances beyond her control, which caused her to have delinquent debts. She maintained contact with her creditors, established payment plans, and made sufficient progress to mitigate financial consideration concerns. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 11-11475.h1


Foreign Influence

04/02/2013

Applicant is close to his elderly parents and brother, who are citizens and residents of Taiwan. He frequently communicates with them. Between December 2005 and March 2010, he worked and resided in Taiwan for eight months a year. While there, he visited his family on weekends. He is an outstanding technical engineer, who renounced his Taiwanese citizenship and relinquished his passport in 2010. He immigrated to the United States in 1987 to attend graduate school and became a U.S. citizen in 1999. He has greater connections to the United States than to Taiwan. Applicant mitigated the foreign influence security concerns raised by family members residing in Taiwan. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted.


Financial

04/01/2013

Applicant’s statement of reasons alleges six delinquent debts, totaling $565,178. Applicant did not file state income tax returns for 2002 and 2005 through 2011 when required by law. He did not make sufficient progress resolving his delinquent debts. Financial considerations are not mitigated. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 12-10691.h1


Alcohol; Personal Conduct

04/01/2013

Applicant is a 59-year-old employee of a defense contractor. He has a long and troubled history of alcohol abuse. He failed to mitigate the security concerns arising from his alcohol consumption. The personal conduct allegations that asserted he falsified his security clearance application were refuted. Clearance is denied CASE NO: 12-08675.h1


Drugs

04/01/2013

By signing a statement of intent to abstain from future drug use and disassociating himself from his drug-using associates, Applicant has mitigated the security concerns raised by his marijuana use. Also, his voluntary disclosure of his past drug use eliminates the misconduct as a potential source of exploitation. Clearance is granted. CASE NO. 12-04147.h1


Alcohol; Drugs; Personal Conduct

04/01/2013

Applicant was diagnosed as alcohol dependent. He underwent court-directed alcohol treatment. After completion of treatment, his prognosis was “good.” He continues in aftercare one to three times a week. Applicant also abused cocaine and Percocet while holding a security clearance. He used these illegal drugs with his wife. While Applicant has participated in substance abuse treatment, his wife has not. When Applicant completed a security clearance application and interview with an authorized investigator in 2011, he failed to admit his drug use. He admitted that his omissions were deliberate and stated that he feared he would lose his job if he told the truth about his illegal drug use. Applicant mitigated security concerns under the alcohol consumption adjudicative guideline, but he failed to mitigate security concerns under the drug involvement and personal conduct adjudicative guidelines. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-11902.h1


Drug Use; Financial

04/01/2013

Applicant tested positive for marijuana on December 3, 2011. She held a security clearance at the time. She did not knowingly ingest marijuana but rather had a brownie at a holiday party in late November which contained marijuana. She has no history of illegal drug use. She has been tested at random for drug use throughout her military career. She has not tested positive at any time after the incident. Applicant and her husband were both deployed and when they returned to the United States they purchased a home. Due to a series of unplanned PCS moves, Applicant could not afford to continue paying her mortgages. She made many attempts to rent, sell or do a short sale. She also incurred delinquent credit card debt. She and her husband experienced unemployment. The business venture that they tried failed in 2010. Applicant is providing for her family and her husband is starting an insurance business. They are filing a Chapter 7 bankruptcy. She is following a budget and has not incurred new debt. Applicant has mitigated security concerns under the drug use and financial considerations guidelines. Eligibility for a security clearance is granted. CASE NO: 11-08341.h1


Financial

04/01/2013

Applicant’s statement of reasons (SOR) alleges eight delinquent debts, totaling $443,393 and a bankruptcy filing on August 30, 2012. The crash of the housing market was a circumstance beyond his control, which caused him to have delinquent debts. He had insufficient financial resources to pay these debts. On December 7, 2012, his delinquent unsecured, nonpriority debts were discharged under Chapter 7 of the Bankruptcy Code. He has a fresh financial start and no currently delinquent debts. Financial considerations are mitigated. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 11-08002.h1


Financial

04/01/2013

Applicant mitigated his delinquent credit card debt through settlement. He is actively engaged in seeking a home loan modification for his primary mortgage. However, he has taken no action to address his second mortgage or the $205 medical debt. Applicant has not mitigated the security concerns raised under the financial considerations guideline. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied.


Financial; Personal Conduct

03/29/2013

Applicant incurred federal and state tax debts that he has not paid. He also just recently started to resolve his mortgage loan debts but his future payments are significant. He deliberately failed to provide information on his security clearance application on a driving while intoxicated offense and a driving on a suspended or revoked license offense. He failed to tell a security investigator of the driving while intoxicated offenses. He failed to mitigate financial and personal conduct security concerns. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 12-11097.h1


Financial Considerations

03/29/2013

Applicant has a lengthy history of poor financial management marked by multiple tax liens, a chapter 7 bankruptcy discharge, garnishment orders covering back taxes and delinquent student loans, and delinquent debts. He has worked to pay off many of his accumulated debts, but still has a number of debts remaining and a poor track record on which to make predictive judgments of success with his finances. Applicant does not mitigate financial concerns. Additional security concerns are raised over Applicant's omissions of his tax liens, garnishment actions, and delinquent debts in the e-QIP he completed. Applicant does not mitigate security concerns associated with his omissions. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 12-07735.h1


Financial

03/29/2013

Applicant’s statement of reasons (SOR) lists seven debts, totaling $56,073. He showed poor judgment in his generation of delinquent debts. Even though he earned $136,627 overseas in 2010, he did not make any payments on his mortgage until November 2010, and he under withheld on his federal income taxes. Although he made some recent progress on resolving his delinquent debts, it is not sufficient. Financial considerations concerns are not mitigated at this time. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 12-01038.h2


Financial

03/29/2013

Applicant failed to mitigate the Financial Considerations concern. He has a lengthy history of not filing and paying his federal income taxes. He recently entered into a payment arrangement with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to resolve his substantial tax debt. He has a number of other delinquent debts dating back several years that he also recently started to address. However, Applicant’s recent efforts to resolve his past-due debts do not mitigate the security concerns raised by his history of financial irresponsibility. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-05355.h1


Finances

03/29/2013

Applicant mitigated the security concerns raised by the failure of his real estate investments. Applicant established that his is not responsible for the SOR debt by operation of his state’s anti-deficiency statute and that he has paid $70,000 of non-SOR debt related to his real estate venture. Clearance is granted. CASE NO. 11-04697.h1


Financial

03/29/2013

Applicant's trucking business faced financial difficulty in the mid-2000s, which worsened as his customers were adversely impacted by poor economic times. He diligently tried to honor his debts and later sought bankruptcy protection, but he could not save his business. Meanwhile, his wife's cancer demanded considerable financial resources. Since that time, Applicant has made measured progress in addressing his debts and he has been working with both the IRS and his state's tax divisions regarding his past debts. Financial considerations security concerns are mitigated. Clearance granted. CASE NO: 11-04593.h.1


Finances

03/29/2013

Applicant mitigated the security concerns raised by his history of financial difficulties and his $29,200 in delinquent debt. He has demonstrated a good-faith effort to resolve his delinquent accounts and a positive track record of repayment. Clearance is granted. CASE NO. 11-03164.h1


Personal Conduct

03/29/2013

Applicant deliberately denied having delinquent debts and drug-related criminal charges on his security clearance application. His attempts to justify these falsifications were not credible. The evidence is insufficient to mitigate resulting security concerns. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 11-01977.h1


Financial

03/28/2013

Applicant mitigated the financial considerations security concerns. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 11-07491.h1


Financial

03/28/2013

Applicant did not mitigate the financial considerations security concerns. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 11-01862.h1


Foreign Influence

03/27/2013

Applicant is a 48-year-old audiovisual engineer. While working at a U.S. military command center in Iraq, he developed a professional relationship with an Iraqi general. After obtaining authorization from U.S. authorities, he performed financial transactions for that Iraqi general from 2007 to 2009. Through those financial transactions, the Iraqi general was able to send money to his children in the United States. Applicant intends to have no continuing contact with the Iraqi general who now resides in the United States. Applicant mitigated the foreign influence security concerns. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 12-10825.h1


Financial

03/27/2013

Applicant did not mitigate the financial considerations security concerns alleged in the statement of reasons. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 11-09571.h1


Financial

03/27/2013

The SOR alleges 12 delinquent debts. Applicant successfully disputed ten debts and resolved the remaining two. Clearance is granted. CASE No: 11-00365.h1


Financial

03/26/2013

Applicant has filed for the protection of bankruptcy twice, had a foreclosure, and lives, in part, on unemployment and the generosity of her daughter, who pays half of her car payments. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 12-00914.h1


Criminal Conduct; Alcohol

03/26/2013

Applicant is a 48-year-old truck driver who works for a defense contractor. He has mitigated the security concerns arising from his alcohol consumption and criminal conduct. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 11-08352.h1


Financial

03/26/2013

Applicant defaulted on the mortgages for her residence and her rental property. Both properties were foreclosed upon. She also has an unresolved home-equity line of credit in the amount of $118,785. Applicant has not mitigated the Financial Considerations security concerns. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 11-06772.h1


Personal Conduct, Foreign Influence

03/26/2013

Applicant had a spouse-like relationship with a foreign citizen and provided approximately $170,000 as a line of credit and loans to him for a business start-up in China. Applicant was aware that involvement with a foreign business represented a security concern. During his security investigation, Applicant failed to list the foreign citizens he met during six trips to China, or the full amount of money he provided for the foreign business. Applicant deliberately failed to disclose his contacts with foreign associates in China, and the extent of his relationship with a foreign citizen. Security concerns under Guidelines B and E are not mitigated. CASE NO: 07-11254.h1


Drug Involvement; Personal Conduct

03/25/2013

Applicant used marijuana on a monthly basis between 1998 and December 2005, when he received a security clearance and began his employment for a defense contractor. Though he used drugs on one additional occasion in April 2011, he had a good-faith belief that he did not possess security clearances while working for the commercial employer between 2009 and 2011. His good-faith belief caused him to incorrectly answer the drug use security clearance question on his security clearance form in January 2012. Applicant's evidence in mitigation is sufficient to find in his favor under the drug involvement and personal conduct guidelines. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 12-04322.h1


Drug Involvement

03/25/2013

Applicant last used marijuana two years ago, and by sworn declaration has eschewed any future Drug Involvement. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 11-10546.h1


Financial

03/25/2013

Applicant and his spouse, who have seven children all living at home, took on a sizeable mortgage in 2005 that they struggled to pay on time. In December 2010, the servicer for their mortgage foreclosed. Applicant has been contesting the foreclosure in court since 2011, contending that the loan servicer had no security interest as of a January 14, 2008 tax sale. Applicant has yet to resolve a $1,205 credit card debt past due since 2006 or a $20,326 personal line of credit balance delinquent since January 2009, and he was behind on his utility bills as of late December 2012. Even if his challenge to the foreclosure is successful, he has yet to demonstrate that he can handle his financial obligations responsibly. Clearance denied. CASE NO: 11-07021.h1


Foreign Influence; Foreign Preference

03/22/2013

Applicant is a U.S. citizen by birth. He is married to a Taiwanese citizen who lives in Taiwan, teaching in a school. They have a son, who lives in Taiwan. He is a dual citizen of Taiwan and the United States. He visits Applicant in the United States when on a break from school, as does Applicant's wife. Applicant lived in Taiwan from 2003 until 2004 when his son was born. He visits Taiwan to see his wife and son frequently. He has no desire to live in Taiwan. He is contemplating a divorce form his wife, but is not certain of the outcome. He no longer has a Taiwanese residency card. It expired in 2004. He has mitigated the security concerns under Guideline C (Foreign Preference), but he has not mitigated the security concerns under Guideline B (Foreign Influence). Eligibility for a security clearance is denied. CASE NO: 12-05359.h1


Drugs; Personal Conduct

03/22/2013

Applicant used marijuana and illegally used Adderall and Ritalin in college and while holding a security clearance. He failed to disclose his drug use on a security clearance application in February 2007, but he fully disclosed it on a security clearance application in November 2011. He stopped using marijuana, Adderall, and Ritalin in March 2011. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 12-03267.h1


Guideline F

03/22/2013

The parties agree that Applicant submitted evidence to DOHA which never reached the Judge. Adverse decision affirmed


Financial

03/22/2013

Applicant had four delinquent debts totaling $100,304. Only one of the debts has been satisfied, and it was satisfied through an involuntary garnishment. Applicant has not mitigated the Financial Considerations security concerns. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 10-09165.h1


Foreign Preference; Financial.

03/21/2013

Applicant mitigated the foreign influence security concerns raised by his mother’s presence in Afghanistan, but he has not mitigated the concerns raised by his history of financial problems. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 12-07673.h1


Foreign Influence

03/21/2013

Applicant has close family members who are citizens and residents of Afghanistan and Pakistan. Applicant and his family members left Afghanistan when they were threatened by extremists or terrorists. Applicant came to the U.S. to continue his studies, and his family members continued to live in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Applicant is a loyal U.S. citizen who wants to be an interpreter for U.S. forces. However, he has not presented sufficient information to mitigate the security concerns for his family members in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 12-07649.h1


Guideline F

03/21/2013

The Judge’s material findings of security concern are supported by substantial record evidence. The Board does not evaluate a challenged sentence in isolation but by reference to the Decision as a whole. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 11-10633.a1


Financial

3/21/2013

Applicant is a retired military officer. She incurred delinquent debt from the short sale of a house and from medical copay debts not paid by her health insurer. She established she paid or is paying three debts according to plans. She has not addressed or resolved her other debts. She has not even contacted some of the creditors. She has significant discretionary income to enable her to resolve her delinquent debts. Applicant failed to provide sufficient information to establish a good-faith effort to resolve her delinquent debts. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 11-08747.h1


Guideline H; Guideline E

03/21/2013

Applicant’s ability to argue for an alternative interpretation of the evidence was not sufficient to establish error. The Appeal Board cannot consider new evidence on appeal. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 11-08714.a1


Financial

03/20/2013

Applicant is a 45-year-old employee of a defense contractor. He has a history of financial problems, which includes failure to file federal income tax returns and back taxes owed to the IRS. He is now in compliance with the IRS and has an installment agreement to resolve his account balance with the IRS. His financial problems are due, in part, to circumstances largely beyond his control, such as: (1) the serious illness of his spouse; (2) a lengthy marital separation; (3) his spouse's period of unemployment and underemployment; and (4) his diagnosis for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a result of his exposure to combat while serving with the U.S. Army. Applicant produced sufficient evidence to mitigate the security concerns. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 12-09949.h1


Financial

03/20/2013

Applicant mitigated the security concerns raised by his past history of financial problems. His financial problems were, in part, caused by his wife’s unemployment and caring for his ill mother-in-law. Over the past three years, he has either paid or is in the process of paying the delinquent debts listed in the Statement of Reasons, which total less than $9,000. He has served for over 40 years as a federal contractor, and has always handled and safeguarded classified information in a proper manner. Applicant’s long history of safeguarding sensitive information and service to the nation, coupled with his resolution of a majority of the debts at issue, mitigates the security concerns raised by his past financial situation. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 12-08851.h1


Foreign Influence

03/20/2013

Applicant is 26 years old. He was born in the United States. His parents are dual citizens of the United States and Taiwan. Applicant mitigated the security concerns under Guideline B, foreign influence. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 12-04101.h1


Foreign Influence; Foreign Preference

03/20/2013

Applicant was born in India. He and is wife are naturalized U.S. citizens. They have two children who are U.S. citizens. Applicant has family members who are citizens and residents of India. He maintains some contact with them. Applicant has a foreign national bank account in India and an investment condominium. He has substantial assets in the United States which far outweigh his financial interest in India. Applicant has an identity card for India that is used as a visa. He uses it with his U.S. passport. The identity card is not an exercise of foreign citizenship. Applicant has mitigated the security concerns under the foreign influence and foreign preference guidelines. Eligibility for a security clearance is granted. CASE NO: 12-03804.h1


Financial

03/20/2013

Applicant did not mitigate the security concerns about his finances. Despite having the resources to do so, Applicant has not acted to resolve several longstanding delinquencies, and he failed to document claimed disputes of some of his debts. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-09502.h1


Financial, Criminal Conduct, Personal Conduct

03/20/2013

Applicant failed to mitigate 14 statement of reason (SOR) delinquent debts, totaling about $17,000. He could have made greater progress resolving his SOR debts. The only payments to SOR creditors occurred though garnishment of his pay. He intentionally failed to accurately list his delinquent debts, judgments, charged-off debts, and debts in collection on his March 28, 2011 Electronic Questionnaires for Investigations Processing (e-QIP) version of a security clearance application (SF-86). Criminal conduct concerns are mitigated; however, financial considerations and personal conduct concerns are not mitigated. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 11-08514.h1


Financial Considerations

03/20/2013

Applicant accumulated significant delinquent consumer debts, following his exit from the auto industry in late 2006. Three of the debts were disputed and have since been resolved by either law suit or removal from his credit report. Applicant continues to work with his lawyer on identifying his remaining debts. However, to date, he has not developed any individual payment plans for resolving those he identifies as his own. While Applicant's ongoing creditor clarification efforts are encouraging, more time is needed for Applicant to resolve his debt situation. Financial concerns are not mitigated. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-07666.h1


Drugs; Criminal Conduct; Financial

03/20/2013

Applicant, who is now 43 years old, has a history of drug involvement and failure to follow laws, rules, and regulations. Additionally, he only recently began to address a student loan debt of nearly $48,000. He has not had financial counseling, and does not appear to have a plan to avoid financial delinquency in the future. His lack of candor in identifying his drug use raises concerns about his judgment, reliability, and trustworthiness. He failed to mitigate security concerns under the drug involvement, criminal conduct, and financial considerations adjudicative guidelines. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-00290.h1


Financial

03/19/2013

Applicant is a 34-year old employee of a defense contractor whose financial problems commenced in 2007-2008. In an effort to address and resolve his accounts, Applicant contacted his creditors and collection agents regarding the alleged delinquent accounts, and sought validation and verification of those accounts. Those creditors that supplied the satisfactory validation or verification were paid. Those creditors that failed to furnish Applicant with the requested information, or whose accounts Applicant did not recognize, were disputed and eventually deleted from his credit report. His student loan accounts were incorrectly reported in his credit reports as past due, in collection, or charged off, but those reports were proven to be factually erroneous. The official records from the U.S. Department of Education indicated all of his student loans were in one of the following statuses: non-defaulted, paid in full through consolidation loan, cancelled, or in repayment. While some of those student loans had been previously deferred, or in forbearance, not a single student loan was ever in default. There are no significant questions about Applicant’s reliability, trustworthiness, and ability to protect classified information. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 12-09901.h1


Guideline B

03/19/2013

The Judge noted that, although Applicant had substantial assets in the U.S., there is an increased possibility that Applicant’s family could become a means through which Applicant could be coerced, considering his frequent contacts with his mother and other relatives, as well as the geopolitical context of the two countries involved. The record supports the Judge’s conclusions. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 12-00327.a1


Guideline H

03/19/2013

Applicant’s first use of marijuana occurred in 2007, while he held a clearance. The Judge concluded that under the circumstances of the case, Applicant’ drug use did not occur so long ago as to demonstrate an intent to refrain in the future. The Judge’s ultimate finding that Applicant had not mitigated the security concerns in his case is sustainable. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 11-09172.a1


Guideline B; Guideline F

03/18/2013

The fact that a decision was adverse to Applicant is not sufficient to demonstrate bias or error. Adverse decision affirmed


Guideline F; Guideline E

03/18/2013

The Judge made sustainable findings that Applicant had a lengthy and serious history of not meeting financial obligations including the purchase of a $997,000 house and a $40,000 piano.. Adverse decision affirmed


Drug Involvement

03/18/2013

From 1996 to 1999, and from 2003 to April or May 2011, Applicant used marijuana about once a week. On October 28, 1999, and in August 2003, Applicant promised in an official security context that he would not use illegal drugs in the future. More time without illegal drug use is necessary to fully mitigate drug involvement concerns. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 11-11638.h1


Financial

03/18/2013

Applicant is 54 years old. He incurred delinquent debts in 2006 because he and his wife had medical issues and did not have health insurance. He was unemployed for a period of time, but has been employed since 2009. He paid one debt recently, but the others remain unresolved. Applicant failed to mitigate the security concerns under Guideline F, financial considerations. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-08903.h1


Financial; Personal Conduct

03/15/2013

Applicant is a 50-year-old employee who has a longstanding history of state and federal tax problems. He failed to file state and federal tax returns for several years, and he owes back taxes to state and federal tax authorities. He is now in compliance with the tax authorities, he has repayment agreements in place to repay the back taxes, and he is adhering to those agreements. Applicant produced sufficient evidence to mitigate the security concerns. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 11-09919.h1


Financial

03/15/2013

Applicant did not file federal or state tax returns from 2001 until 2005. He has approximately $300,000 owing in federal tax. He also has a 2008 judgment and other delinquent debts. He owned his own company and tried to support the company rather than file his taxes. He has just filed his 2001 federal tax return. He has not resolved the remaining debts. Eligibility for a security clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-09158.h1


Personal Conduct

03/15/2013

Applicant committed several traffic offenses between December 2003 and June 2012. Four of the those offenses were for reckless driving. She completed four driver education courses during the period, but provided no information to show how she altered her driving habits to prevent a future recurrence of the traffic offenses. She has not mitigated the security concerns raised under the personal conduct guideline. Eligibility of access for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 11-08464. h1


Financial; Personal Conduct

03/15/2013

Applicant has a history of financial problems dating back to 2007. He failed to establish financial responsibility in the resolution of his delinquent debts. Moreover, he falsified his December 2009 security clearance application. The record evidence fails to convince me of Applicant’s eligibility and suitability for a security clearance. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-08405.h1


Financial Considerations

03/15/2013

Applicant has a tax lien, a charged-off account and 17 collection accounts, totaling approximately $13,000, which are unresolved. She provided false information on her Electronic Questionnaires for Investigations Processing (e-QIP) signed in September 2010 concerning her illegal drug usage and her employment history. Applicant failed to rebut or mitigate the financial considerations and personal conduct security concerns. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-07352.h1


Criminal Conduct; Drug Involvement; Personal Conduct

03/15/2013

Between 1995 and 2009, Applicant was arrested numerous times. In June 2009, he was arrested for marijuana possession. He provided false answers related to his marijuana usage and arrests on his May 2010 security clearance application. He mitigated the criminal conduct and drug involvement security concerns, but failed to mitigate the personal conduct security concerns. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 10-08437.h1


Financial

03/15/2013

The Statement of Reasons (SOR) identified Applicant as owing eight delinquent debts totaling $273,991. Seven of his debts were for consumer purchases in 2005, after losing his job. The eighth debt was for a delinquent mortgage. Beginning in 2009 Applicant slowly began addressing his delinquent consumer accounts. All seven consumer debts have been satisfied. His delinquent mortgage resulted in foreclosure in 2008, and there is no indication the mortgage holder seeks to collect the deficiency from Applicant. He has sufficient savings to pay any deficiency if requested. Based on a review of the testimony, pleadings, and exhibits, eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 10-06166.h1


Criminal Conduct; Alcohol; Personal Conduct

03/14/2013

Applicant has numerous alcohol-related arrests and convictions. He did not disclose three arrests on his security clearance application. He has refuted the allegations that he falsified his security clearance application, but he has not mitigated the security concerns raised by his criminal conduct, alcohol consumption, and personal conduct. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 12-06024.h1


Drugs

03/14/2013

Applicant used marijuana over an eight-year period and cocaine for over a year. He purchased marijuana to meet his personal needs over a five-year period and briefly distributed marijuana to help him sustain his marijuana use. While applicant has exhibited considerable progress in abstaining from drug use over the past two-plus years, it is still too soon to make safe predictive assessments about his ability to avoid recurrent drug use. Applicant's drug involvement concerns are not mitigated. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 12-01723.h1


Foreign Influence

03/14/2013

Applicant failed to mitigate the security concerns generated by his relatives who are citizens of Afghanistan living in Iran. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-14079.h1


Foreign Influence; Financial

03/14/2013

Applicant is estranged from his family members who are resident citizens of Israel. These foreign ties do not present an unacceptable security risk. While Applicant was seriously behind in his payments on several accounts, all but one of them has been resolved. Clearance granted. CASE NO: 11-13643.h1


Financial

03/14/2013

When Applicant's income decreased significantly in about 2006, he could not keep up with his debts. His situation improved in about 2008, and he has paid numerous debts. His income is now adequate to meet his family’s needs and to pay the remaining debts. His largest unpaid debt is in dispute. He has paid several debts listed in the SOR, and has made consistent payments on a payment plan for another. He has made a good-faith effort to meet his financial obligations. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 11-12493.h1


Guideline E; Guideline B; Guideline K

03/14/2013

An SOR is an administrative pleading that is not held to the strict requirements of a criminal indictment. It is sufficient if the SOR puts an applicant on notice of the security concerns alleged against him. We will not interpret the Directive in such a way as to render any provision meaningless. Paragraph E3.1.22 does not provide a right of cross-examination regarding out-of-hearing statements that are admissible under other provisions of the Directive. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 11-12461.a1


Financial

03/14/2013

Applicant is a 43-year-old program analyst. The evidence shows he has a longstanding history of financial problems consisting of five unpaid judgments as well as five collection or charged-off accounts. He recently completed a loan-modification program for his mortgage loan, albeit after a judgment in foreclosure was obtained by the mortgage company. Nevertheless, the five unpaid judgments and five collection and charged-off accounts are unresolved, and he has only the most general of plans to resolve them. Applicant did not present sufficient evidence to mitigate the security concerns stemming from his problematic financial history. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-10758.h1


Guideline E; Guideline F

03/14/2013

The Judge’s factual findings were reasonably supported by substantial record evidence. An appealing party has a heavy burden in challenging a Judge’s credibility determination. The presence of some mitigating evidence in and of itself is not sufficient to demonstrate that the Judge erred. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 11-00180.a2


Financial

03/13/2013

Applicant is a 31-year old individual whose financial problems commenced in 2009. A variety of circumstances largely beyond his control contributed to his financial situation. Applicant sought the assistance of a financial counselor; successfully disputed erroneous accounts and account information; contacted his creditors or collection agents; prioritized his delinquent accounts; and had resolved several accounts and was in the process of resolving several others when he was laid off in September 2012. Under his repayment plan, Applicant intended to pay off all of his remaining creditors, including those whose accounts were deleted from his credit report, one bill at a time. There are no significant questions about Applicant’s reliability, trustworthiness, and ability to protect classified information. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 12-10413.h1


Foreign Influence

03/13/2013

Applicant is a U.S. citizen by birth. He has a spouse and extended family members (parents of his wife) who are citizens and residents of Iran. Considering his spouse's close family ties to her parents, the financial links that bind them, and heightened risks presented by Iran, Applicant, his wife, and her parents residing in Iran remain potentially vulnerable to pressure or coercion, and associated foreign influence concerns. Applicant fails to mitigate security risks under the foreign influence guideline.


Financial

03/13/2013

Applicant experienced financial problems through unforeseen circumstances and events beyond her control. Her debts were not the result of frivolous spending or irresponsible use of credit. She exhibited sound judgment and reliability by reducing expenses and being proactive in trying to resolve her debts. She is not likely to experience such problems in the future. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 11-08505.h1


Financial, Alcohol, Personal Conduct

03/12/2013

Applicant is 30 years old. He had delinquent debts that he resolved. He was convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol. He violated terms of his probation. Applicant failed to disclose his drug use on his security clearance application. Applicant mitigated the security concerns under Guideline F, financial considerations, but failed to mitigate the security concerns under Guideline G, alcohol consumption, and Guideline E, personal conduct. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 12-06607.h1


Financial

03/12/2013

Applicant is 39 years old. He accumulated delinquent debts when he had a medical emergency. He did not have health insurance and was unemployed for five months. He has payment plans and is resolving all of his delinquent debts. Applicant mitigated the security concerns under Guideline F, financial considerations. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 12-00010.h1


Financial

03/12/2013

Applicant has a long history of financial delinquencies. He filed a Chapter 13 bankruptcy petition in February 2007, but it was dismissed in September 2009 for failure to make the required payments. He has a child support arrearage for more than $15,000, a delinquent second mortgage loan, numerous medical debts referred for collection, and numerous delinquent credit card accounts and installment contracts. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-12776.h1


Financial

03/12/2013

Applicant, a well-compensated government contractor, purchased a condominium apartment in 2005 for $417,000. He secured his purchase with a first mortgage of $332,000 and a home equity mortgage of $62,000. His monthly payments on the two mortgages totaled $3,300. In 2007, when the real estate market declined, the value of Applicant’s condominium apartment also began to decline. By 2010, the property had depreciated in value to $181,000. Although he could afford to make his monthly payments, Applicant elected to stop paying them in order to persuade the lender to approve a short sale of the property. The lender did not cooperate with Applicant’s strategic default. The first mortgage went into foreclosure, and the debt has not been satisfied. The lender accepted a settlement on the home equity loan: Applicant repaid 10% of the total loan and the remainder was forgiven and reported, for federal income tax purposes, as income to Applicant. In electing a strategic default and in not honoring his contractual obligations, Applicant did not act in good faith. He failed to mitigate security concerns under the financial considerations adjudicative guideline. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-08271. h1


Financial:

03/12/2013

Applicant's financial indebtedness was caused by medical and employment problems. He was involved in a car accident in August 2005 that required hospitalization and four months of rehabilitation to learn how to walk again. He was hospitalized in May 2006. He was unemployed for seven months in 2007 before finding his current employment. Though he did not address his debt until after receiving the SOR, he has paid off six of eight debts and is engaged in a monthly payment plan for the seventh debt. Applicant has mitigated the financial security concerns. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted.


Guideline C; Guideline B

03/11/2013

The briefs and attachments raise a a reasonable question as to whether Applicant made a good-faith effort to provide evidence to the Judge. Adverse decision remanded.


Sexual Behavior; Criminal Conduct; Personal Conduct

03/11/2013

Applicant is a 46-year-old consultant. The evidence shows Applicant has engaged in a pattern of questionable sexual behavior and related criminal conduct. He did not present sufficient evidence of reform and rehabilitation to mitigate the security concerns. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-14430.h1


Financial

03/11/2013

Applicant incurred over $55,000 in delinquent debts since 2007, when he lost his last steady employment before starting his current job two years ago. After failing to negotiate manageable repayment agreements, he filed for and is complying with a Chapter 13 bankruptcy. The evidence is sufficient to mitigate resulting security concerns. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 11-07478.h1


Financial, Alcohol

03/11/2013

Applicant is 52 years old. He has a federal tax lien and a state tax debt that he is repaying. He does not have a firm grasp on his finances and cannot control his wife’s spending. The police have been called to Applicant’s house at least 14 times from 2007 to 2011 for domestic incidents where Applicant has been drinking alcohol. Applicant failed to mitigate the security concerns under Guideline F, financial considerations, and Guideline G, alcohol consumption. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-02782.h1


Guideline E

03/11/2013

Absent a showing of error Applicant cannot be afforded a second chance to present his case to a Judge. Adverse decision affirmed


Foreign Influence

03/08/2013

Applicant was born in India. He came to the United States on a student visa in 1990 and became a naturalized citizen in 2006. He and his wife and two daughters live with him in the United States. His daughters are U.S. citizens. His wife a naturalized U.S. citizen. Applicant has mitigated the security concerns about his three sisters who live in India. He maintains close ties with them, but has a stable professional and personal life in the United States. Eligibility for a security clearance is granted. CASE NO: 11-11534.h1


Foreign Influence

03/08/2013

Applicant failed to mitigate foreign influence security concerns. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 11-10097.h1


Financial Considerations; Personal Conduct

03/08/2013

Applicant has paid all of her debts thus mitigating security concerns based on financial considerations. However, she deliberately failed to respond truthfully to a question concerning her police record on three security clearance applications and in response to questions from a security investigator. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 11-08507.h1


Financial; Personal Conduct

03/08/2013

Fifty-three-year-old Applicant with an outstanding educational background, military career, and current professional career, as well as extensive investment activities, experienced severe financial problems commencing in 2007, when the local real estate market collapsed. She was unable to continue making monthly payments for a number of investment property mortgages, and they became delinquent. Applicant made a business decision and surrendered a number of them as strategic defaults or foreclosures with no delinquency balance owed. Five mortgages were foreclosed upon. She is currently in the process of repaying the loan on the fifth foreclosed property as well as one other property that was delinquent. When Applicant completed her SF 86, she lied, and denied she had had any foreclosures. Her explanations, to be accepted, require that a substantial degree of unreasonableness be ignored. There are substantial questions and doubts as to her security eligibility and suitability. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-07806.h1


Foreign Influence; Foreign Preference

03/08/2013

Applicant failed to mitigate the security concerns generated by her possession of an Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) Card, her ownership of a home in India, and her relationship with her immediate family members, all of whom are citizens and relatives of India. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-07422.h1


Financial

03/07/2013

The Statement of Reasons (SOR) identified Applicant as owing nine delinquent debts totaling $23,942. Applicant satisfied one debt voluntarily after his hearing, and five others were satisfied through involuntary garnishment. He failed to present sufficient evidence that he is addressing the remaining three debts in a responsible manner or that he has the discipline to resolve them. His remaining three debts total $17,143, and constitute over 70% of the total debt alleged on the SOR. Applicant chose to ignore his debts from 2006 through early 2013. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 11-03721.h1


Financial, Alcohol, Personal Conduct

03/05/2013

Applicant is 51 years old. He failed to file his federal income tax returns as required for many years. He failed to pay his federal income taxes and has a $50,000 federal tax lien that remains unpaid. He has other delinquent debts. Applicant has two driving under the influence convictions from the 1980s. He was arrested in 2011 for drinking alcohol while he was driving. He pled guilty to reckless driving. Applicant deliberately failed to disclose his 2011 alcohol-related arrest when questioned by a government investigator. Applicant failed to mitigate the financial considerations, alcohol consumption, and personal conduct trustworthiness concerns. Eligibility for access to sensitive information is denied. CASE NO: 12-04343.h1


Foreign Influence; Foreign Preference

03/05/2013

Applicant immigrated the United States in 1998, and became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 2002. She does not have strong family ties or substantial property interests in Iran. Her family members in Iran do not subject her to a risk of foreign influence or exploitation. She has established deep and longstanding relationships and loyalties in the United States, and she can be expected to resolve any conflict of interest in favor of the United States. Foreign influence and foreign preference concerns are mitigated. Eligibility to hold a position of public trust is granted. CASE NO: 11-15022.h1


Financial

03/05/2013

The 2005 hurricane, followed by large-scale flooding, damaged Applicant's home. Her expensive home repair caused her to fall behind in her bills. Though she told the Government in July 2011 that she would take the necessary steps to deal with her delinquent debts, she provided no documented action of satisfying any of the 17 listed creditors. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied.


Financial

03/05/2013

Applicant has not mitigated the security significance of her past-due indebtedness. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-09132.h1


Guideline F

03/05/2013

Applicant failed to rebut the presumption that the Judge considered all of the evidence in the record. Although the Judge considered evidence that Applicant’s financial circumstances were to some extent beyond his control, he plausibly explained why Applicant had failed to act responsibly in response to those circumstances. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 11-08087.ind


Personal Conduct

03/05/2013

Applicant is 45 years old. He failed to disclose a warning letter that he received from a former employer on his security clearance application. Applicant mitigated the security concern under Guideline E, personal conduct. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 12-03732.h1


Guideline D; Guideline E

03/05/2013

Applicant failed to rebut the presumption that the Judge considered all of the evidence in the record. The Appeal Board has no authority over how clearance investigations are conducted. Judge’s description of the Guideline D security concern did not mean that he found all aspects of that concerned implicated in Applicant’s case. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 09-06026.a1


Financial

03/04/2013

Applicant has had a history of significant overdue debts, and no independent evidence was introduced to establish that any of them had been resolved or reduced. Mitigation has not been shown. Clearance is denied.


Foreign Influence

03/04/2013

50 year old Applicant was born in Afghanistan, emigrated to the United States in 2002, and became a United States citizen in 2008. His father, four brothers, three sisters and three brothers-in-law are all citizen and residents of Afghanistan. His father and one brother previously served in the Afghan Army,` and two brothers are currently serving in the Afghan Army. Mitigation has not been shown. Clearance is denied


Foreign Influence; Foreign Preference

03/04/2013

Applicant works for a defense contractor. He was born and raised in Pakistan. He immigrated to the United States in 2005. Applicant has numerous family members and friends in Pakistan. Many of them work for Pakistan government agencies. They live in a terrorist controlled area. Applicant did not mitigate the foreign influence security concern. He did mitigate the foreign preference security concern. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-15260.h1


Financial; Personal Conduct

03/04/2013

Applicant is delinquent on 22 accounts in the amount of $50,620.88. Only one of her delinquent accounts is allegedly being satisfied, through an involuntary garnishment of Applicant’s pay. Further, she falsified her answers to questions on her Public Trust Position Application (SF 85P). She has not mitigated the Financial Considerations or Personal Conduct trustworthiness concerns. Eligibility for access to sensitive personal information is denied. CASE NO: 11-09060.h1


Financial

03/04/2013

Applicant has had a history of overdue debts, incurred when he was fairly young. None of the debts has been resolved. Mitigation has not been shown. Clearance is denied.


Financial

03/04/2013

Applicant has had a history of overdue debts. He has now resolved all of his overdue debts, with the exception of one, toward which he is now making payments and he is now current. Mitigation has been shown. Clearance is granted.


Financial

03/04/2013

Applicant has had a history of significant overdue debts, and no evidence was introduced to establish that any of them had been resolved or reduced. Mitigation has not been shown. Clearance is denied.


Alcohol; Drugs; Personal Conduct

03/04/2013

Applicant, who is now 49 years old, began consuming alcohol at an early age. In 2008, he was diagnosed as alcohol and cocaine dependent. Applicant used illegal drugs after being granted a security clearance. He was not candid in reporting his drug use on his security clearance applications. His lack of candor raises concerns about his judgment, reliability, and trustworthiness. He failed to mitigate security concerns under the alcohol consumption, drug involvement, and personal conduct adjudicative guidelines. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 10-10892.h1


Alcohol; Criminal Conduct

03/01/2013

Applicant is 27 years old and employed as a Aircraft Structural Mechanic for a defense contractor. His history of alcohol abuse involves two arrests for DUI. He currently remains on probation until August 3, 2013, for his most recent DUI. His conduct has not been mitigated by sufficient evidence of reform and rehabilitation. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 12-07220.h1


Foreign Influence

03/01/2013

Applicant is a native of Afghanistan, who became a naturalized U.S. citizen in August 2008. His father, brother, and spouse have Afghan citizenship but live in the United States. Applicant’s grandmother, his aunt and uncles, his brother-in-law (sister’s husband), and his parents-in-law, are resident citizens of Afghanistan. The foreign influence concerns raised by his security significant ties to these family members are mitigated by his commitment to the United States, as evidenced by his service as a contract linguist for the Department of Defense (DOD). Clearance granted. CASE NO: 12-03405.h1


Foreign Influence

03/01/2013

Applicant is 54 years old and employed as a of a defense contracting company. He was born in Israel and is a naturalized citizen of the United States. He has lived in the United States for the past twenty-three years and made it his permanent home. His wife and children are native-born American citizens. His mother and sister are citizens and residents of Israel with whom he maintains minimal contact. His family in Israel does not know what he does for the United States, do not know he is applying for a security clearance and are not agents of the Israeli Government. All of the Applicant's assets are in the United States and have an estimated net worth value of over 1 million dollars. He has no assets of any kind in Israel. It is unlikely that the Applicant would be placed in a position of having to choose between the interests of Israel and the interests of the United States. There is no conflict of interest since Applicant has deep and longstanding relationships and loyalties to the United States. The possibility of foreign influence does not exist. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 11-09625.h1


Foreign Influence, Financial

02/28/2013

Applicant has ties to numerous family members who are Pakistani citizens and residents. Two of them have connections to the Pakistani military. In addition, with debts of more than $10,000, and with no plan to resolve them, Applicant is vulnerable to exploitation. Security concerns under Guidelines B and F are not mitigated. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 12-09445.h1


Alcohol Consumption; Personal Conduct

02/28/2013

Applicant was intoxicated when he punched his hand through his estranged wife's car window. He voluntarily sought counseling for his actions and ongoing depression. One physician diagnosed him as alcohol dependent, but there is no evidence Applicant ever saw that report or knew of the diagnosis. When later asked whether he had ever been diagnosed as alcohol dependent, he answered "no," which was true based on his knowledge. Lacking evidence that Applicant deliberately falsified his answer, and absent evidence of any ongoing abuse of alcohol, alcohol consumption and personal conduct security concerns are mitigated. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 12-08721h.1


Foreign Influence

02/28/2013

Applicant is 37 years old. He was born in Syria and became a naturalized U.S. citizen. His mother was granted a visa to move to the United States where she now lives with Applicant. His father has had his visa interview and is awaiting issuance of a visa so he can move to the United States. Applicant’s brothers and sister, and their families fled Syria and are refugees in Turkey. Applicant mitigated the security concerns under Guideline B, foreign influence. Clearance is granted```. CASE NO: 12-05863.h1


Financial; Personal Conduct

02/28/2013

Applicant mitigated the security concerns under the personal conduct guideline, but failed to mitigate the concerns raised by her financial problems. She inadvertently omitted information about being terminated from a temporary job three years ago on her recent security clearance application. However, her accumulation of over $60,000 in delinquent debt and lack of action to resolve her debts raises doubt about her eligibility for access to classified information. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-09275.h1


Financial

02/28/2013

Fifty-one-year-old Applicant experienced severe financial problems commencing in 2007, when the local real estate market deteriorated as the economy collapsed. His annual income of between $65,000 and $70,000, based primarily on commissions, bonuses, and transaction fees, plummeted to between $25,000 and $30,000, and remained there until 2010. He was unable to maintain his monthly account payments, and accounts became delinquent, placed for collection, or charged off. Applicant sought the assistance of both a financial attorney and a debt reduction advisor. He prioritized his accounts and contacted his creditors and collection agents. Applicant has resolved all but two of the SOR accounts, and is prepared to resolve those two accounts as well. Applicant’s actions under the circumstances confronting him do not cast doubt on his current reliability, trustworthiness, or good judgment.There are no questions or doubts as to his security eligibility and suitability. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 11-08484.h1


Alcohol; Criminal Conduct

02/28/2013

Applicant failed to mitigate the criminal conduct and alcohol consumption concerns raised by his 19-year criminal history punctuated by five domestic violence arrests and five arrests for driving under the influence of alcohol. Clearance denied. CASE NO. 11-07475.h1


Financial

02/28/2013

Applicant has approximately $129,000 in unresolved delinquent debt. Clearance is denied. CASE NO. 11-06161.h1


Foreign Influence, Foreign Preference

02/28/2013

Applicant has ties to numerous family members who are Pakistani citizens and residents. Several of them have connections to the Pakistani government or military, one in an area where terrorists are known to operate. Applicant used his Pakistani passport to travel to Pakistan after he became a U.S. citizen. He also possesses a Pakistani identity card that does not expire until 2016. Security concerns under Guidelines B and C are not mitigated. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-06106.h1


Financial

02/28/2013

Applicant is 47 years old, remarried, and has two adult children. He works for a defense contractor. He incurred nine delinquent totaling $121,543, including his house foreclosure and the amount of the mortgage. Applicant resolved three delinquent debts by payment or installment payment agreements. He has six other sizable delinquent debts to resolve. Applicant did not mitigate the financial considerations security concerns. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 10-09264.h1


Foreign Influence

02/27/2013

Applicant serves with the U.S. forces as an interpreter in Afghanistan. He has many relatives who live in Pakistan. He also has financial interests in Pakistan. He presented little or no evidence to counteract the adverse inferences arising from his foreign connections. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 12-09392.h1


Foreign Influence

02/27/2013

Applicant was born, raised, and educated in Pakistan. Ten of his immediate family members are citizens of Pakistan, and he has a friend who is a citizen and resident of Pakistan. Since becoming a contract linguist, Applicant has greatly reduced his contacts with his family members in Pakistan, and he has not traveled to Pakistan. Additionally, for two and one-half years, he has distinguished himself as a linguist in a war zone. Applicant has demonstrated that he can be expected to resolve any conflict of interest in favor of U.S. interests. Applicant has mitigated Guideline B security concerns. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 12-09336. h1


Drug Involvement; Personal Conduct; Financial

02/27/2013

Fifty-three-year-old Applicant filed a false injury report in 2008; purchased and used crack cocaine from 2008 until at least June 2010; lied on his SF 86 in 2010; and ignored his delinquent debts. Applicant’s stories related to his financial problems are inconsistent and contradictory. Applicant has made no good-faith effort to contact or repay overdue creditors or otherwise resolve his debts. Because of the lengthy period of inaction in addressing his delinquent accounts, Applicant has not acted responsibly under the circumstances, and it casts doubt on his current reliability, trustworthiness, or good judgment. There are substantial questions and doubts as to his security eligibility and suitability. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 12-09294.h1


Guideline F; Guideline E

02/27/2013

The Judge concluded that there are no clear indications that Applicant’s financial problems are under control. He also concluded that Applicant’s false statements show a lack of judgment and an unwillingness to abide by rules and regulations. These conclusions are sustainable on this record. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 11-08546.a1


Guideline F

02/27/2013

The Judge made a sustainable conclusion that Applicant essentially walked away from a significant financial obligation when he had the means to satisfy the debt, and this evidenced unreliability and lack of trustworthiness. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 11-07747.a1


Financial

02/27/2013

Applicant failed to mitigate the Financial Considerations concern. He accumulated over $20,000 in delinquent debt since receiving a bankruptcy discharge in 2002 and has yet to take action to put his financial house in order. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-07174.h1


Financial; Personal Conduct

02/27/2013

Applicant co-founded a company in July 2002. After assuming responsibility for corporate and payroll taxes in 2007, he incurred payroll tax problems that resulted in State A and State B filing significant tax liens against his company and Applicant in April 2010 and July 2012. Without documented payments to resolve the tax liens and delinquent company credit cards that he guaranteed he would repay, Applicant's evidence in mitigation is insufficient to overcome the security concerns regarding his financial delinquencies. The personal conduct guideline is found in his favor. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied.


Foreign Influence

02/26/2013

Applicant is 50 years old. He emigrated with his family from Uzbekistan in 1998 and they became U.S. citizens in 2004. He has family members in Uzbekistan, Russia, and Kazakhstan. He has mitigated foreign influence security concerns. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 12-07416.h1


Foreign Influence; Personal Conduct

02/26/2013

Applicant is 29 years old. He is a naturalized citizen of the United States. He has close ties to Jordan. He intentionally failed to disclose required information on his security clearance application. Applicant failed to mitigate the security concerns under Guideline B, foreign influence and Guideline E, personal conduct. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 12-04179.h1


Foreign Influence; Financial; Personal Conduct

02/26/2013

Applicant has extensive family ties to Jordan; he has a history of financial problems; and he intentionally provided false information on a bankruptcy petition and on a Questionnaire for National Security Positions. CASE NO: 12-03725.h1


Financial

02/26/2013

Applicant mitigated the Financial Considerations concern. Her financial problems were caused by the unscrupulous conduct of her mortgage lender and her former husband’s refusal to pay court-mandated child support. Prior to the issuance of the Statement of Reasons (SOR), Applicant satisfied her largest debt. She received financial counseling and has either resolved or is paying her other debts. She now has her finances firmly under control and handles her financial affairs in a responsible manner. She has worked for the same employer, a major defense contractor, for over 17 years and held a clearance the entire time without issue. Her past financial problems no longer raise doubts about her reliability, trustworthiness, or good judgment. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 11-09637.h1


Financial

02/26/2013

Applicant’s financial problems are the result of circumstances beyond her control. There is no evidence of financial irresponsibility, and she established payment plans for the alleged delinquent debts. She presented evidence of efforts to resolve her delinquent debts and is establishing control of her financial situation. Eligibility to occupy a public trust position is granted. ADP CASE NO: 11-09155.h1


Financial

02/26/2013

Applicant has not mitigated the security concerns under the guideline for financial considerations. He has approximately $45,000 in delinquent debt. He intends to pay his delinquent bills, but he did not present sufficient evidence that he has paid the debts or is in an established payment arrangement plan. He has been employed with his current employer since 1997. Eligibility for a security clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-08091.h1


Criminal Conduct; Personal Conduct

02/26/2013

Applicant was convicted in September 1991 of a felony charge of lewd and lascivious act on a child. He completed his sentence and is no longer required to register as a sex offender in his community. Despite the passage of time, Applicant showed insufficient reform. He initially lied about his culpability for the sex offense when questioned by an investigator in January 2011. Applicant also exhibited a lack of candor on his April 2010 security clearance application. He claimed he was laid off from a previous job when he had been involuntarily terminated. He also did not list any delinquent debts when he was making no payments on two accounts. Clearance denied. CASE NO: 11-02234.h1


Financial

02/26/2013

The Statement of Reasons (SOR) identified Applicant as owing 10 delinquent debts totaling $52,382. One of the debts alleged was a duplicate of another debt listed on the SOR. All of the debts are listed in Applicant’s Chapter 13 bankruptcy filing. Applicant demonstrated a good-faith effort to repay his debt by documenting he made ten monthly payments on his confirmed repayment plan to his bankruptcy trustee. He is following the advice of financial counseling and cutting his expenditures significantly. Based on a review of the testimony, pleadings and exhibits, eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 10-10552.h1


Drugs, Personal Conduct, and Financial Considerations

02/26/2013

Applicant used marijuana over a 15-month period for medicinal purposes while she held a security clearance. She ceased using marijuana almost five years ago and credibly assures she is not a recurrence risk. Applicant's marijuana use was somewhat extenuated by her pain issues and is mitigated by the passage of time without any recurrence. Security concerns over Applicant's finances are mitigated by extenuating circumstances associated with her divorce, quitclaim of her one-half interest in her jointly owned residence to her ex-husband as a part of her divorce settlement, and her duties as a single parent with little support from her ex-husband. At this time, Applicant is likely protected from any deficiency enforcement in the unlikely event the creditor holding the second mortgage should initiate non-judicial foreclosure of its security interests in the property. Applicant mitigates financial concerns as well. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 10-03176.h1


Drugs; Criminal Conduct; Personal Conduct

02/25/2013

Applicant possessed and used illegal drugs from about 2005 to about May 2011, and then he falsely denied this conduct when completing his Electronic Questionnaires for Investigations Processing (e-QIPs). Shortly after completing his e-QIPs, he volunteered to an Office of Personnel Management (OPM) manager that he used and possessed illegal drugs. His 2012 driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI) charge was not substantiated. Drug involvement concerns are mitigated by the passage of time, and personal conduct concerns are mitigated because Applicant made prompt, good-faith efforts to correct the falsification before being confronted with the facts and under the whole-person concept. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 12-04336.h1


Financial

02/25/2013

Applicant’s financial problems are the result of circumstances beyond his control. He paid one SOR debt, established a payment plan on a second SOR debt, and intends to pay the remaining SOR debt in turn. He presented evidence of efforts to resolve his delinquent debts and is establishing control of his financial situation. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 12-02545.h1


Foreign Influence; Foreign Preference

02/25/2013

Applicant’s son and sisters are citizens and residents of Pakistan. He has yet to surrender his Pakistan passport. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 12-00896.h1


Foreign Influence

02/25/2013

Applicant’s wife, parents, and siblings are citizens and residents of the Republic of Sudan. The foreign influence security concerns are favorably resolved. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 11-14372.h1


Financial

02/25/2013

Applicant is delinquent on 13 accounts in the amount of $42,702. He presented evidence that he repaid three of his delinquent accounts and was making payments on one other debt. He claimed to be making payments on six additional debts, but he failed to sufficiently document his claims. He has not mitigated the Financial Considerations security concerns. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO:11-09627.h1


Guideline F; Guideline E

02/25/2013

Appeal Board cannot consider new evidence on appeal. A Judge is presumed to have considered all of the evidence in the record. An ability to argue for an alternative interpretation of the evidence is not sufficient to demonstrate error. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 11-07821.a1


Financial

02/25/2013

Applicant settled two delinquent debts and made single payments on two other debts between 2010 and 2012, but has neglected his mortgage-related obligations, which amount to over $177,000. There is scant information concerning his efforts to address his debts overall. Financial considerations security concerns remain unmitigated. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-06799.h1


Foreign Influence

02/25/2013

Applicant has not mitigated the security concerns under the foreign influence guideline. He maintains frequent contact with his family members who live in Egypt. His wife maintains close contact with her mother and siblings who live in Egypt and Saudi Arabia. Applicant owned two townhomes in Egypt. He has sold one but he still owns the other that he has not yet been able to sell. He maintains a bank account in Egypt due to the ownership of the home. Eligibility for a security clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-06619.h1


Guideline F; Guideline E

02/25/2013

Applicant failed to demonstrate that she had been granted a third continuance of her case. The Judge did not deny Applicant the due process afforded under the Directive. The Judge’s finding that Applicant had falsified her answers in her clearance application is sustainable. Applicant failed to rebut the presumption that the Judge considered all of the evidence. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 10-07104.a1


Financial

02/23/2013

Applicant invested in real estate. When his tenant stopped paying the rent, and the mortgage crisis hit, he had difficulty keeping up with the mortgage payments on his first and second mortgage loans. Although he made a concerted efforts to obtain a loan modification, to rent the property, or to sell it, the first mortgage lender foreclosed. The lender has confirmed that Applicant no longer owes a balance on the loan. Applicant negotiated a settlement on the second mortgage, and has paid the settlement amount in full. He has resolved his financial difficulties. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 11-07535.h1


Foreign Influence

02/22/2013

Applicant is 41 years old and is seeking employment as a Linguist for a defense contractor. His foreign contacts in Afghanistan that include his in-laws are casual, limited and remote and do not pose a security risk. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 12-07639.h1


Alcohol

02/22/2013

Applicant is 50 years old and employed as a Senior Aeronautical Engineer by a defense contractor. His long history of alcohol abuse that includes two arrests for DUI, the most recent in 2010 for which he remain on probation, has not been mitigated by sufficient evidence of reform and rehabilitation. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-04520.h1


Alcohol

02/22/2013

ADP Case. Applicant is 40 years old and employed as a Terminal Manager for a defense contractor. He is an admitted alcoholic, who has a long history of alcohol abuse that includes four arrests for DUI, the most recent in 2009. He has been sober since June 15, 2010, and is attending AA meetings almost daily as his support group. He is also seeing a therapist. More time is needed in rehabilitation. Access to sensitive information is denied. CASE NO: 11-04085.h1


Foreign Influence

02/21/2013

Given Applicant's deep and longstanding relationships in the United States, he can be expected to resolve in favor of the U.S. interest any potential conflict of interest that may arise based upon his family ties to the country of Pakistan. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 12-10049.h1


Foreign Influence

02/21/2013

Applicant serves with the U.S. forces as an interpreter in Afghanistan. His mother, two brothers and a sister are citizens and residents of Afghanistan. His younger brother, a former Afghan intelligence officer, is on the Taliban's hit list; and as such, the Applicant may be placed in a position to choose between the interests brother and the interests of the United States. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 12-09415.h1


Foreign Influence

02/21/2013

Applicant was born in India. His parents and in-laws are citizens and residents of India. His brother is a citizen of India and resident of the United States. Applicant is married to a U.S. citizen and has two children who were born in the United States. He gave up his Indian citizenship when he became a U.S. citizen. He has established deep and longstanding relationships and loyalties in the United States. He has mitigated the foreign influence security concerns. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 12-04157.h1


Alcohol; Personal Conduct

02/21/2013

Applicant has less than a year of sobriety, and has had three relapses after treatment in the past. It is too soon to say that he will not relapse again. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 12-03077.h1


Financial

02/21/2013

Applicant incurred numerous delinquent debts and failed to timely file her state income tax return for 2010. She took no significant actions to resolve her financial situation until she realized that her security clearance was at risk. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-07337.h1


Financial

02/20/2013

Applicant filed a Chapter 13 bankruptcy petition in August 2006 which was dismissed in November 2008. He filed another Chapter 13 bankruptcy petition in December 2012. His payment plan is not yet confirmed and he has made no payments on any of the debts alleged in the SOR. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-08679.h1


Financial; Criminal Conduct; Personal Conduct

02/20/2013

. The majority of Applicant’s 13 charged-off or collection accounts listed in the Statement of Reasons (SOR), totaling more than $14,000, have been resolved. The criminal conduct and personal conduct security concerns are also favorable resolved. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 11-05501.h1


Financial

02/19/2013

The Statement of Reasons alleges delinquent federal tax debts, failure to file federal and state income tax returns, and other debts. Applicant has made significant efforts over the past three years. Several debts are paid and others are on payment plans. However, Applicant showed poor judgment by ignoring his duty to file state and federal income tax returns in the past, and failing to pay his taxes for years. In addition, he has a monthly deficit in his income, which will likely prevent him from meeting his payment plans. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-09365.h1


Financial

02/19/2013

Applicant is a 64-year-old employee of a defense contractor. In 2005 and 2006, he bought cigarettes over the Internet to avoid paying state taxes. He owes more than $11,000 in taxes, interest, and penalties. His $500 payment after the hearing is insufficient to mitigate trustworthiness concerns. Eligibility for access to sensitive information is denied. CASE NO: 11-09036.h1


Financial

02/19/2013

While a self-employed building contractor, Applicant took out loans to finance new construction on speculation. He also used credit cards to pay for incidentals. Three loans went to foreclosure, and he defaulted on his payments for a leased vehicle. Although he satisfied a $1,267 judgment, he still owes more than $50,000 in delinquent debt, on which he is making no payments. Clearance denied. CASE NO: 11-03155.h1


Foreign Preference; Foreign Influence

02/15/2013

Applicant was born and educated in Afghanistan. He worked for a governmental agency for 19 years, before immigrating to the United States on a political asylum visa in 1992 at the age of 52. In 2001 he became a U.S. naturalized citizen. His wife and adult children were born in Afghanistan and are U.S. naturalized citizens. He has one elderly brother who is a citizen and resident of Afghanistan. He has maintained contact with that brother over the years. Applicant did not mitigate the foreign influence and foreign preference concerns raised by his brother residing in Afghanistan, a lack of evidence regarding the depth of his connections to the United States, and his assertions of homesickness and allegiance to Afghanistan. Clearance is denied.


Foreign Influence; Foreign Preference

02/15/2013

Applicant left his native India and came to the United States in the early 1990s to further his education. He remained, became successful in his career, married, had two children, and became a U.S. citizen. His wife, children, and two of his siblings are also U.S. citizens. Applicant has begun the process to formally renounce his status as an Overseas Citizen of India and to divest himself of an Indian bank account and an undeveloped plot of land. Foreign influence and foreign preference security concerns are mitigated. Clearance is granted.


Drugs

02/15/2013

Applicant is a 45-year-old employee of a defense contractor. He smoked marijuana as self-medication for his chronic shoulder pain from about December 2009 to December 2011. His pain is under control, and he clearly, unequivocally, and credibly committed to remaining drug-free. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 12-04061.h1


Drugs

02/15/2013

After receiving a security clearance in November 2007, Applicant started using heroin in November 2010 and became addicted. She entered a detoxification and substance abuse treatment program in April 2011, successfully completed it, and has not used illegal drugs again. She has new friends, strong family support, and strong support from her supervisor. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 12-02524.h1


Financial

02/15/2013

Applicant has a long history of financial indebtedness due to long periods of unemployment or underemployment, periods of receiving late pay checks, medical problems, and the national recession. She does not have the funds to satisfy her delinquent debts, totaling over $37,000 and including almost $20,000 in various state and Federal tax debts. She has not mitigated the Financial Considerations security concerns. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO:11-07817.h1


Financial; Criminal Conduct

02/15/2013

Applicant accumulated approximately $31,000 in debt since February 2005. He recalled receiving late notices in 2004 for his first repossessed car. Between his military discharge in April 2010 and October 2012, he remembered receiving negative information from his creditors. Yet, he took no documented action to reduce his debt delinquencies. Applicant has three driving while under the influence of alcohol (DUI) convictions between 1996 and January 2011. He will not be discharged from probation for the most recent DUI until March 2014. Applicant's evidence in mitigation is insufficient to overcome the disqualifying evidence under the financial and criminal conduct guidelines. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied.


Guideline F

02/15/2013

Applicant’s appeal brief contains no assertion of harmful error by the Judge. Rather, it contains new evidence, which the Board cannot consider. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 11-04418.a1


Guideline F

02/15/2013

The Judge concluded that Applicant had done little to resolve his delinquent debts until after a Government investigator confronted him during the clearance process. The Judge noted Applicant’s evidence that he had entered into a payment arrangement with some creditors but found this to be of limited weight insofar as the payments were set to begin in the future. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 11-02441.a1


Guideline F

02/13/2013

The Judge did not fail properly to apply the adjudicative criteria set forth in the Directive. A Judge has no authority to engage in investigative activity. The whole-person analysis complies with the requirements of the Directive. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 11-07346


Guideline F

02/13/2013

Applicant did not alleged harmful error by the Judge. The Appeal Board cannot consider new evidence on appeal. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 11-04339


Foreign Influence; Financial

02/12/2013

Applicant is 34 years old. He emigrated from Egypt with his parents, who are now permanent residents of the United States, and who live with him. His familial contacts in Egypt are casual and infrequent. He experienced financial difficulties when an investment property was foreclosed because of an adjustable interest rate and his inability to make the mortgage payments. The debts have been resolved. Applicant mitigated the security concerns under Guideline B, foreign influence and Guideline F, financial considerations. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 12-09417.h1


Alcohol; Drugs; Personal Conduct

02/12/2013

Applicant smoked marijuana on multiple occasions while he held a Department of Defense (DOD) security clearance. He ceased his illegal drug abuse following an April 2011 driving under the influence (DUI) offense, but drug involvement and personal conduct concerns persist. Clearance denied. CASE NO: 11-13885.h1


Foreign Influence

02/12/2013

Applicant is a U.S. citizen who was born, raised, and educated in Jordan. He immigrated to the United States in 2005, and he became a U.S. citizen in 2009. His parents, three brothers, four sisters, an aunt, and a good friend are citizens and residents of Jordan. Applicant traveled to Jordan in 2009 and 2012 to visit his family, and he maintains ongoing contact with several family members. He failed to mitigate security concerns under the foreign influence adjudicative guideline. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-12614. h1


Financial

02/12/2013

Applicant filed a Chapter 13 bankruptcy petition after the mortgages on his primary residence and a rental property were foreclosed. The bankruptcy court denied confirmation of his Chapter 13 payment plan and dismissed the case in September 2008. Applicant took no further affirmative action to resolve the mortgages, an auto repossession deficiency, and eight delinquent credit card and installment accounts. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-10629.h1


Financial; Personal Conduct

02/12/2013

Applicant is 33 years old and employed as an Assistant Facilities Manager by a defense contractor. He did not deliberately provide false information on his security clearance application concerning his collection account, since, at the time, he was not aware of the debt. His history of excessive indebtedness has not been resolved. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-10114.h1


Financial; Personal Conduct

02/12/2013

Applicant is 49 years old and employed as an unarmed Security Officer by a defense contractor. He did not deliberately conceal his drug related arrest from the Government on his security clearance application, but simply made a mistake by not listing it. However, his history of excessive indebtedness has not been resolved. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-08837.h1


Financial

02/12/2013

Applicant is 37 years old and employed as a Solutions Architect by a defense contractor. His history of excessive indebtedness has not been resolved. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-08619.h1


Foreign Influence; Foreign Preference

02/12/2013

Applicant presented sufficient information to mitigate the security concerns about his ties to Iran. He also mitigated the security concerns raised by his use and possession of an Iranian passport after he became a U.S. citizen. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 11-04957.h1


Drugs; Criminal Conduct; Personal Conduct

02/12/2013

Applicant's falsification of his drug history on his enlistment documents and clearance application in 1982, and his falsification of his drug history on clearance applications in April 2001 and October 2010 render him an unsuitable candidate for access to classified information. Clearance denied.


Foreign Preference; Foreign Influence

02/11/2013

Applicant is a well regarded avionics technician who has maintained dual citizenship with Russia and retained his Russian international and internal passports after acquiring U.S. citizenship and a U.S. passport. He has declined to unconditionally surrender his Russian passports or consider renouncing his Russian citizenship. By demonstrating his split preference for the United States and Russia and by retaining his Russian passports, Applicant does not mitigate foreign preference concerns. Nor does he mitigate foreign influence concerns associated with his parents holding Russian citizenship and residence in Russia. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 12-05190.h1


Drugs

02/11/2013

Although Applicant appeared contrite about his history of cocaine use, it is too soon to conclude that he has mitigated the security risk given the recency of his last use and the extensive span of time that he abused cocaine in the past. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 12-03988.h1


Foreign Influence

02/11/2013

Applicant is 45 years old and is seeking employment as a Linguist for a defense contractor. His foreign contacts in Afghanistan that include a sister and his in-laws are casual, limited and remote and do not pose a security risk. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 12-00913.h1


Foreign Influence

02/11/2013

Applicant has seven siblings who are citizens and residents of Pakistan. The foreign influence security concerns raised by Applicant's siblings are mitigated by his infrequent contact with them and his 21-year allegiance to the U.S. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted.


Drugs, Personal Conduct

02/11/2013

Applicant used marijuana once or twice per year for more than 17 years, from 1992 to 2009. He started using cocaine in 2009, when he was 34 years old. He purchased and used cocaine four times between 2009 and 2010. He was arrested for cocaine possession, and sentenced to three months’ probation. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-09675.h1


Foreign Influence; Foreign Preference

02/11/2013

Applicant is a naturalized U.S. citizen who lives in the United States with his immediate family. His wife has a grandmother, aunt, and cousins in Hong Kong. None of Applicant's immediate family lives in Hong Kong. His mother-in-law is a permanent resident of the United States who periodically travels to Hong Kong to visit her family. Applicant surrendered his Hong Kong passport and Hong Kong Identification Card to his Facility Security Officer. He has mitigated the foreign influence and foreign preference security concerns. Eligibility for a security clearance is granted. CASE NO: 11-09266.h1


Sexual Behavior; Criminal Conduct; Information Technology; Personal Conduct

02/11/2013

Applicant is a 56-year-old employee of a defense contractor. The alleged sexual and criminal behavior consisted of viewing possible child pornography in commercial magazines over 30 years ago; unexpectedly viewing possible child pornography on one occasion over 15 years ago; and viewing images of possible child pornography on a home computer about 10 years ago. There has been no recurrence of those alleged sexual or criminal activities. The Government concluded that since Applicant’s statements disagree with a summary or partial version of the written record of the 2004 interview prepared by an unknown person submitted by another government agency, Applicant must now be lying. An unsubstantiated or unverified summary may contain inaccuracies such as those stated by Applicant. Applicant has consistently refuted the contents of the summary. There are no significant questions about Applicant’s reliability, trustworthiness, and ability to protect classified information. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 11-07509.h1


Personal Conduct

02/11/2013

Applicant's falsification of her February 2011 clearance application, and the employment history she falsified, render her an unsuitable candidate for access to classified information. Clearance denied.


Sexual Behavior; Criminal Conduct; Personal Conduct

02/11/2013

Applicant failed to mitigate the sexual, criminal, and personal conduct security concerns. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 11-05586.h1


Personal Conduct

02/11/2013

Applicant's eight-year history of minor criminal conduct, and his failure to recognize his responsibility for his actions, demonstrated poor judgment inconsistent with access to classified information. Clearance denied.


Guideline F

02/07/2013

Despite some evidence of mitigation, the Judge emphasized that Applicant’s imprudent spending and overall poor handling of his finances was the larger contributor to his pattern of debt delinquency. This conclusion is supported by the record evidence. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 11-07194.a1


Financial

02/07/2013

Applicant has not mitigated the security significance of his past-due indebtedness. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-03253.h1


Guideline E

02/07/2013

Applicant contends that the Judge erred in concluding that his conduct, which consisted of his physically and emotionally abusing detainees during an interrogation, raised security concerns. Applicant further argued that the military’s disciplinary goal was achieved by removing him from federal service, and the reason for the removal had no connection with Applicant’s security worthiness. In this case, the record contains substantial evidence that Applicant abused detainees in violation of policy and that he attempted to persuade a fellow agent not to report him. Applicant’s conduct could raise in a reasonable mind a belief that Applicant had questionable judgment and was unwilling to abide by rules and regulations. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 11-00801.a1


Financial

02/06/2013

The Applicant has addressed only one of her ten alleged past due debts. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-07011.h1


Foreign Influence

02/05/2013

Applicant serves with the U.S. forces as an interpreter in Afghanistan. He has little contact with his 86 year old Afghan father, who had little or no part in his upbringing. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 11-15256.h1


Foreign Influence

02/05/2013

Applicant is a U.S. citizen who was born, raised, and educated in the former Soviet Union. His parents and his mother-in-law are naturalized U.S. citizens who maintain dual citizenship with Russia. His sister is a citizen and resident of Russia. Applicant has maintained relationships with former classmates who are citizens and residents of Russia. He has attended reunions with his classmates at a military academy in the former Soviet Union. Applicant failed to mitigate security concerns under the foreign influence adjudicative guideline. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-14339. h1


Foreign Influence; Foreign Preference

02/05/2013

Applicant was born in Jordan and came to the United States when he was 11 years old. He, his parents, and his sister became U.S. citizens in October 2004, and his brother became a U.S. citizen in July 2011. He has aunts and uncles in Jordan and Syria, but he has no contact with them. He renewed his Jordanian passport after becoming a U.S. citizen and used it once, but he destroyed it when he learned that it raised security concerns. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 11-14190.h1


Financial

02/05/2013

Applicant accumulated a number of delinquent debts following his job relocations and increased expenses associated with his sustaining two households during most of his relocations. He has since completed a debt consolidation agreement and has made regular monthly payments to the firm responsible for negotiating settlements with his covered creditors. Applicant will work with the firm to resolve his remaining debts not included in his plan. Applicant is well-regarded by those who are familiar with his work and community achievements. Security concerns associated with Applicant's finances are mitigated. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 11-08382.h1


Guideline F; Guideline E

02/04/2013

Applicant did not allege harmful error by the Judge. The Appeal Board cannot consider new evidence on appeal. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 10-02819.a1


Guideline C; Guideline E

02/04/2013

The record contains substantial evidence that Applicant’s false answers to the security clearance application were deliberate. Applicant failed to rebut the presumption that the Judge considered all of the evidence in the record. The effect an unfavorable decision may have on an applicant’s employment is not relevant in a DOHA hearing. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 06-23613.a1


Financial Considerations

02/01/2013

Applicant contests the Department of Defense’s intent to deny his eligibility for a security clearance to work in the defense industry. The 15 charged-off or collection accounts alleged in the Statement of Reasons (SOR), totaling more than $118,000, remain unresolved. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 12-07819.h1


Alcohol

02/01/2013

Applicant is an admitted alcoholic with a history of public intoxication and drunk-driving offenses. He has not relapsed since completing treatment for diagnosed alcohol dependency in October 2011, but it is too soon to conclude that his alcohol problem is safely behind him. Clearance denied. CASE NO: 11-06475.h1


Alcohol; Personal Conduct

01/31/2013

Applicant failed to mitigate the security concerns related to his excessive alcohol consumption, his abuse of prescription medications, and his falsification of an affidavit he completed as part of the security clearance investigative process. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 12-05850.h1


Foreign Influence

01/31/2013

Applicant, who is a naturalized U.S. citizen, came to the United States in 1990. He was born in Hong Kong in 1963 when Hong Kong was British controlled. His wife is a naturalized U.S. citizen. His two adult children are U.S. citizens. His parents are deceased. Applicant has some family members in Hong Kong with whom he maintains minimal contact. His wife has a sister who is a citizen and resident of Hong Kong. He has travelled to Hong Kong in 2000, 2004, 2007, 2010, and 2012 to attend funerals for family. His professional life and assets are in the United States. He has held a security clearance for ten years without incident. He has no desire to retire in Hong Kong. He has mitigated the security concerns under the foreign influence guideline. Eligibility for a security clearance is granted. CASE NO: 12-05266.h1


Foreign Influence

01/31/2013

Applicant was born in India, but has lived and worked in the U.S. since 1997. He keeps in touch with his parents, sister, and brother-in-law in India. He also has a small Indian bank account. His family members have no connections with the Indian military or government. He owns no property in India, but has owned three properties in the United States. He also has decades of employment history here, and his U.S. financial interests are far more substantial than his bank account in India. His ties to the United States outweigh his ties to India. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 12-03519.h1


Drug Involvement

01/31/2013

Applicant tried hallucinogenic mushrooms and cocaine, and regularly abused marijuana in high school and college. Two years after college, he quit all drugs to focus on his professional career. Today, Applicant, who is 25 and gainfully employed, devotes his time to his work, his music, and fitness. He has no desire to return to drug use. Applicant mitigated drug involvement security concerns. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 12-00163.h1


Foreign Influence; Foreign Preference

1/31/2013

Applicant is a dual citizen of both the United States and Iran. She exercised her Iranian citizenship by using her Iranian passport to travel to Iran on three trips between 2005 and 2008, and by voting in the 2008 Iranian parliamentary election. She has two sisters, a mother-in-law, and father-in-law, who are presently Iranian citizens and reside in Iran. Her husband and youngest sister reside with her in the United States, and are Iranian citizens. Her mother is a dual citizen of both Iran and the United States, residing with Applicant in the United States. Applicant’s Iranian passport has been destroyed, she is willing to renounce her Iranian citizenship, and she has ceased almost all communication with her family still in Iran. Security concerns raised under Foreign Preference and Foreign Influence are mitigated. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO:11-12187.h1


Foreign Influence

01/31/2013

Applicant’s wife is a dual citizen of Russia and the United States. Her parents are citizens and residents of Russia. Her father is a retired colonel and her brother is a retired lieutenant colonel in the Russian Army. She has submitted an application to renounce her Russian citizenship. Applicant has virtually no contact with his wife’s family. Foreign influence concerns are mitigated. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 11-10187.h1


Financial, Personal Conduct

01/31/2013

Applicant’s SOR alleged more than $60,000 in charged-off debts, unpaid judgments, and outstanding mortgage payments. Her delinquencies began when she voluntarily left a job that allowed her to meet her obligations, and accepted a job that paid $14,000 less per year. Even with debt payments she has made, and resolution of her mortgage loan, she still owes approximately $35,000. When Applicant completed her security clearance application in 2010, she deliberately failed to disclose her true financial situation. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-08992.h1


Financial; Personal Conduct

01/31/2013

Although the Applicant answered his e-QIP to the best of his knowledge and belief, he has yet to address his significant past due debt. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-08981.h1


Financial

01/31/2013

Applicant accrued about $18,855 in delinquent debts over the past four years. She made no progress toward resolution of any of them, and offered no evidence of an effective plan to resolve these debts or of changes to prevent continued financial irresponsibility. Resulting security concerns were not mitigated. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 11-08082.h1


Financial Considerations; Personal Conduct

01/31/2013

Applicant is a 64-year-old employee. The evidence shows Applicant has a history of financial problems or difficulties consisting of state and federal tax liens and associated back taxes. His tax problems are unresolved and ongoing. Looking forward, it is too soon to predict if or when he will resolve his tax problems. Applicant failed to present sufficient evidence to overcome the concerns stemming from his tax problems. Eligibility is denied. CASE NO: 11-07761.h1


Personal Conduct

01/31/2013

Applicant mitigated the security concerns raised by her submitting a false employment history to her employer by truthfully completing her clearance application and disclosing the falsification to both the Government investigator and her employer before being confronted with the facts. Clearance granted.


Financial

01/31/2013

Applicant failed to mitigate the security concerns raised by significant delinquent debt, which she failed to address for nearly eight years. Her request for a security clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-07049.h1


Foreign Influence

01/31/2013

Applicant mitigated the Foreign Influence concerns raised by his foreign connections to Jordan and the West Bank. He has lived in the United States since he was a teenager. He has been educated in, worked his entire adult life in, and raised a family in the United States. He has worked for federal contractors since 1996 and has held a security clearance without issue for over ten years. He has promptly and conscientiously complied with all reporting requirements regarding his foreign connections and travel. Applicant established that he would resolve any potential conflict that might arise in favor of national security. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 11-06050.h1


Financial

01/31/2013

Applicant’s statement of reasons (SOR) alleges 15 delinquent debts, totaling $31,897. In addition, he has about $35,000 in delinquent tax debt. He did not make sufficient progress resolving his delinquent debts. Financial considerations are not mitigated. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 11-05988


Financial

01/31/2013

Applicant has mitigated the security significance of his past-due indebtedness. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 11-05310.h1


Financial

01/31/2013

Since returning to full-time employment in November 2010, Applicant has made a good-faith effort to repay the $47,000 in delinquent debt she accumulated during her previous 22 months of unemployment. Eligibility to occupy a public trust position is granted. CASE NO. 11-05098.h1


Financial; Personal Conduct

01/31/2013

Applicant is a 52-year-old employee of a defense contractor. He failed to mitigate the security concerns arising from his delinquent debts and falsifications on his security clearance application. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-01950.h1


Financial

01/30/2013

Applicant did not mitigate the financial considerations security concerns alleged in the statement of reasons. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 12-09690.h1


Foreign Influence, Foreign Preference

01/30/2013

Applicant is 47 years old. He is a naturalized U.S. citizen. He no longer holds a valid foreign passport. His immediate family are citizens and residents of Pakistan. Applicant mitigated the security concerns under Guideline C, foreign preference, but failed to mitigate the security concerns under Guideline B, foreign influence. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 12-00899.h1


Foreign Influence, Foreign Preference; Personal Conduct

01/30/2013

Applicant is close to his parents and siblings, who are citizens and residents of Taiwan. He frequently communicates with them and visits Taiwan about every two years. He is an outstanding electrical engineer and manager, who is willing to renounce his Taiwan citizenship. He has much greater connections to the United States than to Taiwan. He refuted the personal conduct allegation and turned in his Taiwan passport to his security officer. Foreign preference, foreign influence, and personal conduct security concerns are mitigated. CASE NO: 11-13710


Financial, Personal Conduct

01/30/2013

Applicant made good-faith efforts to pay her debts once she secured a permanent full-time job. However, when she completed her security clearance application, she failed to disclose her debts. Security clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-08807.h1


Financial Considerations

01/30/2013

Applicant returned to work after a period of unemployment. Almost a year later, he was in a car accident that required between 12 and 18 months of recuperation, with only about $120 a month in union benefits for compensation. He returned to the workforce in February 2010, after acquiring about $47,000 in delinquent debt. Applicant provided no documentary evidence of any attempts to satisfy, dispute, or otherwise address his debts or contact his creditors. Applicant failed to mitigate financial considerations security concerns. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-06839.h1


Foreign Influence

01/29/2013

Applicant failed to mitigate the security concerns raised by his personal ties to citizens of the Peoples Republic of China (China). His request for a security clearance is denied. CASE NO: 12-05591.h1


Financial

01/29/2013

Applicant’s statement of reasons (SOR) lists seven debts, totaling $56,073. He showed poor judgment in his generation of delinquent debts. Even though he earned $136,627 overseas in 2010, he did not make any payments on his mortgage until November 2010, under withheld on his federal income taxes, and did not make any payments on a large collection debt. Although he made some recent progress resolving his delinquent debts, it was not sufficient. Financial considerations concerns are not mitigated at this time. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 12-01038


Financial

01/29/2013

Applicant did not mitigate the financial considerations security concerns alleged in the statement of reasons. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 11-08035.h1


Drugs

01/29/2013

Applicant failed to mitigate the drug involvement security concerns. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 11-06702.h1


Guideline F

01/29/2013

Applicant contends that he was not advised of the full extent of the information the Judge wanted at hearing. He states that he was not advised in advance that he may need to provide evidence of current income, expenses, and the net remainder of his income after expenses. In a DOHA hearing, the applicant bears the burden of persuasion concerning mitigation of the security concerns raised by his conduct. Directive ¶ E3.1.15. There is no basis in the record to conclude that Applicant was not apprised of his obligation to present evidence in mitigation or that he was somehow misled regarding the appropriate content of his presentation. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 11-04088.a1


Foreign Preference

01/29/2013

Applicant, a U.S. citizen, mitigated the security concerns about her exercise of Dutch citizenship she acquired when she married a Dutch citizen. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 11-00334.h1


Guideline B; Guideline C; Guideline E

01/29/2013

The Judge concluded that Applicant’s failure to acknowledge his possession of an active passport in three security clearance applications and in a subject interview raises serious questions about his judgment that Applicant has failed to overcome. Viewed in light of the record as a whole, the Decision articulates a satisfactory explanation for its ultimate holding. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 10-04144.a1


Financial

01/29/2013

Applicant accumulated state and federal tax delinquencies for a number of years as well as delinquent medical, consumer, and student loan delinquencies. He has since paid off his medical and consumer debts and completed repayment plans with his state and federal taxing authorities and student loan agencies. Applicant is well regarded by former members of his Navy command and civilian employer who are familiar with his military and civilian achievements. Security concerns associated with Applicant's finances are mitigated. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 10-00891.h1


Personal Conduct

01/28/2013

Applicant's intentional falsification of her academic credentials on three occasions between August 2001 and February 2005 has not been mitigated because she continues to deny she intentionally provided false information about a degree on her August 2003 Government security form. There is no independent evidence that she ever told her character references about falsifying her academic credentials. The first time she definitively stated that she lied about her degrees occurred in July 2012, when she presented the Statement of Reasons to the medical professionals. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 12-02745.h1


Foreign Influence

01/28/2013

Applicant, a 1996 naturalized U.S. citizen, has strong family ties and substantial property interests in India. His interests in India could subject him to a risk of foreign influence or exploitation. Foreign influence concerns are not mitigated. Access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 11-14590.h1


Drugs; Personal Conduct

01/28/2013

Applicant used marijuana approximately three times a week from about 1994 until 2007. She used Ecstasy twice in 2005 or 2006. She stopped using illegal drugs in 2007, and she demonstrated her intent not to use illegal drugs in the future. From 1998 until 2006, Applicant served in a U.S. military active reserve unit. Since leaving military service, she has been employed as a federal contractor. In 2002, 2004, and 2007, she completed security clearance applications, and she did not disclose her illegal drug use. Subsequently, she was granted security clearances and eligibility for access to sensitive compartmented information (SCI). When Applicant was interviewed by investigators from another federal government agency, she was deceptive in identifying and acknowledging her illegal drug use while holding security clearances. While Applicant mitigated security concerns under the drug involvement adjudicative guideline, she failed to mitigate security concerns under the personal conduct adjudicative guideline. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-08714.h1


Drugs; Personal Conduct

01/28/2013

Applicant was granted a Department of Defense (DOD) top secret clearance in 2006 after he admitted using marijuana in the 1990s. Drug involvement and personal conduct concerns persist because he smoked marijuana on annual camping trips between July 2007 and July 2010, in violation of his security clearance responsibilities, and after he had expressed his intent not to abuse any illegal drug in the future. Clearance denied. CASE NO: 11-08453.h1


Financial

01/28/2013

Applicant failed to mitigate the Financial Considerations concern. He has satisfied a number of nontax-related debts and has started putting his financial house in order. However, over the course of several years, he failed to file his tax returns on time and then failed to pay his taxes, which resulted in significant federal and state tax liens. He only recently started to address his longstanding tax debts. His recent actions are insufficient to mitigate the security concerns raised by his long history of failing to timely file and pay his taxes. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-07447.h1


Foreign Influence; Foreign Preference

01/28/2013

Applicant has mitigated the security significance of his once holding a Taiwan passport, as well as the presence of family members in Taiwan. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 11-05390.h1


Financial Considerations, Personal Conduct

01/28/2013

Appropriately handled as a personnel issue, Applicant’s termination from a job in October 2009 does not impact her current security worthiness. However, the concerns raised by her $54,000 in unresolved delinquent debt remain. Currently unemployed, Applicant does not have the means to address her delinquent debts. Her promise to repay once she returns to work does not mitigate the financial considerations security concern. Clearance is denied. CASE NO. 11-05147.h1


Financial; Personal Conduct

01/25/2013

Applicant works for a defense contractor. She has 11 delinquent debts totaling$15,727. Applicant has not resolved any of these debts. Applicant did not disclose her financial delinquencies on her security clearance application. Applicant did not mitigate the financial considerations or the personal conduct security concerns. Eligibility for a clearance is denied. CASE NO: 12-05374.h1


Foreign Influence

01/25/2013

The Applicant has offered no credible evidence that he cannot be influenced by his foreign national relatives, one of whom who owns an information technology business. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 12-05050.h1


Foreign Influence

01/25/2013

Applicant’s step-father is a citizen and resident of Kuwait who has served in the Kuwaiti military for more than 35 years. Applicant has rebutted or mitigated the foreign influence trustworthiness concerns. Based upon a review of the case file, pleadings, and exhibits, eligibility for access to sensitive information and eligibility for a public trust position is granted. CASE NO: 12-04764.h1


Alcohol

01/25/2013

Applicant has a lengthy history of episodic alcohol abuse that includes consuming alcohol to excess and to the point of intoxication for the last 43 years, five DUI arrests between 1990 and 2005, and one documented incident of driving while intoxicated in December 2011. Applicant failed to mitigate security concerns given his lengthy history of alcohol-related incidents. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 12-04074.h1


Foreign Influence; Foreign Preference

01/25/2013

Applicant maintained an Israeli passport after becoming a U.S. citizen in order to travel to Israel. However, he has surrendered it and it has been invalidated. Foreign preference concerns are mitigated. However, Applicant has ties of affection with his sister and 24 members of his extended family, who are citizen-residents of Israel. Israel is afflicted by terrorist targeting of residents and tourists, according to the U.S. Department of State. These facts pose unmitigated security concerns. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 12-00356.h1


Financial Considerations; Personal Conduct

01/25/2013

Although the Applicant's last arrest was more than three years ago; and thus mitigated by the passage of time, he has failed to address his significant past due debt. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-11732.h1


Guideline F

01/24/2013

A party’s disagreement with the Judge’s weighing of the evidence is not enough to demonstrate error. Once the Government presents evidence of security concern, the applicant bears the burden of persuasion as to mitigation. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 12-02373.a1


Foreign Preference

01/24/2013

Applicant is a dual U.S. and U.K. citizen. He used his U.K. passport solely for entry into the United Kingdom after a U.K. border agent told him in 2009 that new U.K. immigration rules required him to enter using his U.K. passport. He since determined this advice to be erroneous, surrendered his U.K. passport, and mitigated resulting security concerns. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 12-00042.h1


Financial; Personal Conduct

01/24/2013

Applicant has a long history of financial indebtedness. She currently has 12 delinquent debts totaling $22,130 and failed to submit proof that she has made payments on any of them, that any are satisfied, or that she properly disputed them. In addition, she failed to disclose her financial delinquencies, as required, when completing her electronic questionnaires for investigations processing (e-QIP). She has not mitigated the Financial Considerations and Personal Conduct security concerns. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO:11-08560.h1


Financial Considerations

01/24/2013

Between January and September 2006, Applicant incurred over $1.2 million in debt to provide a luxurious lifestyle for his wife. The 30 accounts alleged in the SOR, totaling $172,000, remain unresolved. Clearance is denied. CASE NO. 11-04936.h1


Guideline B; Guideline E

01/24/2013

Appeal Board has no authority over how clearance investigations are conducted, and federal officials are entitled to a presumption of good faith in the discharge of their duties. Accordingly, Applicant has not demonstrated that he was denied due process. Applicant failed to rebut the presumption that the Judge was unbiased. CASE NO: 11-01618.a1


Guideline H; Guideline E

01/24/2013

Record does not sustain Judge’s conclusion that the two years that had elapsed since Applicant’s last reported use of marijuana were sufficient to demonstrate rehabilitation. The Judge failed to analyze significant inconsistent statements by Applicant. Applicant’s claim that he used marijuana only for analgesic purposes not supported by the record as a whole. Even if this explanation were true, one would have to consider Applicant’s prior inconsistent explanations in evaluating his security worthiness. Favorable decision reversed. CASE NO: 11-00193.a1


Financial Considerations

01/23/2013

Applicant acquired approximately $38,000 in delinquent debt during his separation and divorce in the late 2000s. Despite promises to address his delinquent debts dating back to 2009, none have been addressed, despite a rising salary and current net monthly remainder of approximately $1,300. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 12-05514.h1


Foreign Influence; Foreign Preference

01/23/2013

In 1979, Applicant was born in Bulgaria. In 2009, she became a U.S. citizen. Her parents are citizens and residents of Bulgaria, and she frequently communicates with them. Her spouse is a citizen of Slovakia. She said she might renew her Bulgarian passport. Over the last seven years, she spent a substantial amount of time in Bulgaria. She said she maintained some allegiance to Bulgaria. Although there are also important mitigating factors, they are insufficient to fully mitigate foreign influence and foreign preference concerns. Access to sensitive information is denied. CASE NO: 11-11537


Financial

01/23/2013

Applicant has 20-year history of financial difficulties and delinquencies. She discharged an unknown amount of delinquent debts through Chapter 7 Bankruptcies in 1995, and $83,000 in 2005. Since 2004 she accumulated $43,300 of debt that remains unresolved, some of which is the result of a long period of unemployment and being a single parent. She has not paid any of the alleged debts or established a plan to resolve them on her limited income. She did not mitigate the security concerns raised under Guideline F. Clearance is denied.


Financial Considerations

01/23/2013

Applicant incurred delinquent debt after his wife became unable to work because of injuries from a 2007 car accident. He has made a good-faith effort to repay his creditors and has established a track record of repayment. Clearance is granted. CASE NO. 11-08789.h1


Alcohol; Personal Conduct

01/23/2013

Applicant mitigated the security concerns that arose out of his three alcohol-related convictions and related questionable judgment during the period of 2006 through January 2011. He has matured and no longer consumes alcohol to the point of impairment. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 11-08606.h1


Financial Considerations

01/23/2013

The possible tolling of the statute of limitations does not resolve the security significance of Applicant’s $120,000 of unresolved delinquent debt. Clearance is denied. CASE NO. 11-08274.h1


Financial

01/23/2013

Applicant has been steadily employed with the same employer since 2005. The SOR alleges unsatisfied financial delinquencies that total approximately $33,000. While Applicant arranged payment plans for some of his debts, most of those plans are recent, and he lacks a track record of reliable and timely satisfaction of his debts. Applicant failed to mitigate security concerns under Guideline F, Financial Considerations. Eligibility for a security clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-08255.h1


Financial; Personal Conduct

01/23/2013

Applicant's falsification of his November 2008 clearance application, and the extensive history of financial problems he concealed, render him an unsuitable candidate for access to classified information. Clearance denied.


Personal Conduct

01/23/2013

Applicant is 31 years old. She intentionally provided false information on her security clearance application and repeated misled investigators during her background interview. Applicant failed to mitigate the security concerns under Guideline E, personal conduct. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-00030.h1


Personal Conduct

01/22/2013

Applicant's falsification of her February 2011 clearance application, and the employment history she falsified, render her an unsuitable candidate for access to classified information. Clearance denied.


Personal Conduct

01/22/2013

Applicant completed a Government contract and received payment for her privately owned company, and signed a Blanket Purchase Agreement on behalf of her company, after she became a Government employee. However, the evidence strongly suggests that Applicant did not know and could not have known that her conduct constituted ethics violations. Mitigation has been shown. Clearance is granted.


Financial Considerations

01/18/2013

Applicant accumulated delinquent debts during periods of underemployment and spousal inability to work. Applicant lost his home to foreclosure and two vehicles to repossession and accrued numerous unsecured medical and consumer debts that became delinquent. Applicant has failed to address most of his debts and has no documented plan to pay or resolve them. Applicant's accumulated debts are not mitigated. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 12-06916.h1


Foreign Influence

01/18/2013

Applicant is a native of southern India who relinquished his Indian citizenship on his U.S. naturalization in September 2010. His mother, brother, and parents-in-law are all resident citizens of India. Applicant owns two properties collectively worth between $150,000 and $200,000 in India, including the lot on which his mother built her current residence. The foreign influence concerns raised by his security significant ties to India are overcome by his strong ties to the United States, where he and his spouse have chosen to make their home, pursue their professional careers, and raise their children. Clearance granted. CASE NO: 12-03773.h1


Financial

01/18/2013

Applicant's unresolved delinquent debts, caused by his own mismanagement, render him an unsuitable candidate for access to classified information. Clearance denied.


Financial

01/18/2013

Applicant is a 33-year old military veteran whose financial problems commenced in 2003. A variety of circumstances largely beyond his control contributed to his financial situation, and he was advised by his enlisted superior to file for bankruptcy. His debts were discharged under Chapter 7 in 2007. Continuing and subsequent events resulted in additional financial difficulties. Applicant sought the assistance of a credit management counselor; successfully disputed erroneous accounts and account information; contacted his creditors or collection agents; prioritized his delinquent accounts; and he has resolved several accounts and is in the process of resolving several others. Under his repayment plan, Applicant intends to pay his creditors off one bill at a time. There are no significant questions about Applicant’s reliability, trustworthiness, and ability to protect classified information. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 11-09126.h1


Foreign Influence

01/18/2013

Applicant mitigated the security concern generated by his relationship to his family members who live in Israel, but failed to mitigate the security concern generated by his relationship to his in-laws and friends who live in Russia. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-08533


Financial; Criminal Conduct

01/18/2013

Applicant is paying his largest debt. He also challenged many of the debts listed on his credit report, which resulted in the removal of his second largest SOR debt. The remaining small amount of past due debt is mitigated. Applicant's criminal conduct occurred in 1998, and since his old conduct is not a pattern of conduct, it is mitigated. Applicant has mitigated the security concerns regarding his finances and his criminal conduct. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 11-05020


Personal Conduct

01/18/2013

Applicant has mitigated the security concerns under the personal conduct guideline. He has addressed the issue of his timekeeping from 2001 until 2011. He did not defraud the government. He did not list hours that he did not work. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 11-02813.h1


Drugs; Personal Conduct

01/17/2013

Applicant failed to mitigate the drug involvement and personal conduct security concerns. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 11-07203.h1


Personal Conduct; Financial

01/16/2013

Applicant is a 58-year-old employee of a defense contractor. He failed to present sufficient evidence to mitigate the security concerns arising from his personal conduct and delinquent debts. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-08565.h1


Personal Conduct

01/16/2013

Applicant is a 40-year-old employee of a defense contractor. He failed to present sufficient evidence to mitigate the security concerns arising from his deliberate falsification of material facts on his security clearance application and during a security clearance interview. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-08189.h1


Financial Considerations

01/16/2013

Applicant acquired approximately $38,000 in delinquent debt during his separation and divorce in the late 2000s. Despite promises to address his delinquent debts dating back to 2009, none have been addressed, despite a rising salary and current net monthly remainder of approximately $1,300. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 10-03810.h1


Guideline D; Guideline J; Guideline E

01/16/2013

The Board cannot consider new evidence on appeal. A Judge is presumed to have considered all of the evidence in the record. Judge’s conclusion that neither the Guideline D nor Guideline E concerns had been mitigated due to Applicant’s continued lack of candor regarding his security significant conduct is sustainable on this record. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 10-03291.a1


Guideline E

01/16/2013

The Government presented substantial evidence of Guideline E security concerns arising from Applicant’s multiple job dismissals, false statements, and a threatening communication. The deference the Board owes a Judge’s credibility determinations has limits. In this case, the record did not support the Judge’s credibility determinations of the three principal witnesses. Favorable decision reversed. CASE NO: 09-08394.a1


Foreign Influence, Financial

01/15/2013

Applicant was born and raised in Afghanistan. He briefly went to Pakistan as a refugee, then became a U.S. resident. His mother, four siblings, and mother-in-law are resident citizens of Afghanistan. He and his siblings inherited the family farm there. He failed to mitigate resulting security concerns. A short sale resolved his mortgage default. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 12-09329.h1


Financial

01/15/2013

When Applicant closed his business in July 2007, he defaulted on two mortgages and became delinquent on several other accounts including state personal and business taxes. He has repaid the state tax liens and other delinquent debts. However, given Applicant's failure to satisfy or institute a payment plan to resolve the two mortgage accounts totaling almost $85,000, he has not mitigated the disqualifying evidence under the financial considerations guideline. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied.


Financial Considerations

01/15/2013

Applicant strategically defaulted on over $219,000 in business debts he personally guaranteed. Clearance is denied. CASE NO. 11-09857.h1


Financial

01/15/2013

Applicant has mitigated the security significance of her formerly past-due indebtedness. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 11-08727.h1


Financial

1/15/2013

Applicant has had a history of overdue debts, and no evidence was introduced to show that any of the debts had been resolved or reduced. Mitigation has not been shown. Clearance is denied.


Financial

1/15/2013

Applicant has had a history of overdue debts, and no evidence was introduced to show that any of the debts had been resolved or reduced. Mitigation has not been shown. Clearance is denied.


Financial; Criminal Conduct

01/15/2013

Applicant’s financial problems are the result of circumstances beyond his control. He presented evidence of recent efforts to resolve his delinquent debts and is establishing control of his financial situation. Applicant expressed sincere remorse for all of his criminal behavior, and has taken significant steps to rehabilitate himself, including the passage of time without recurrence of criminal activity. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 11-06512.h1


Financial

1/15/2013

Applicant has had a history of overdue debts as a result of missing work because of injuries. He has paid off six of the overdue debts listed on the SOR, plus additional debts not listed on the SOR. He also has engaged the services of a credit counseling service and has a plan to resolve the remaining debts within 24 months. Mitigation has been shown. Clearance is granted.


Financial; Personal Conduct

01/15/2013

Applicant filed a Chapter 13 bankruptcy in 2003 to keep his house from foreclosure. He made the bankruptcy payments, sold the house at a profit, and the bankruptcy was completed. He filed a Chapter 7 bankruptcy in 2010 when he could not pay all of his debts because of significant child medical expenses, his wife’s inability to work because she needed to care for their children, and a downturn in the housing market. Applicant is current with his present debts. He mistakenly used his company- issued credit card in violation of company policy for personal expenses. The credit card debt has been paid in full. He did not deliberately fail to list a tax liability and a criminal citation on his security clearance application with intent to conceal information. Access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 10-08186.h1


Drugs

01/11/2013

Applicant failed to mitigate the drug involvement security concerns. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 12-02939.h1


Drugs

01/11/2013

Applicant failed to mitigate the drug involvement security concerns. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 11-09172.h1


Financial

01/11/2013

Applicant failed to file federal income tax returns in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, and 2010. He also failed to file state income tax returns in his state of residence in 2005, 2006, and 2007. Applicant lacks sufficient financial resources to resolve his federal and state income tax obligations and his obligation to pay a settlement related to his delinquent home equity loans. At the time of his hearing he was considering bankruptcy. Applicant’s failure to resolve his long-standing obligations raises concerns about his judgment and good faith. Applicant failed to mitigate security concerns under the financial considerations adjudicative guideline. Eligibility for a security clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-05424.h1


Drugs; Information Technology; Personal Conduct

01/11/2013

Applicant is a 28-year-old prospective employee of a federal contractor. He failed to present sufficient evidence to mitigate the security concerns arising from his drug involvement, misuse of information technology systems, and personal conduct. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-00595.h1


Foreign Influence

01/11/2013

Applicant is close to several relatives who were born in Afghanistan and now live in Pakistan. His spouse is close to her family living in Afghanistan. Applicant served honorably as a linguist in Afghanistan, showing bravery, loyalty, and fidelity to the United States and its allies. Several relatives are serving with U.S. forces in Afghanistan as linguists. Foreign influence security concerns are mitigated, and eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 10-10125.h1


Personal Conduct; Sexual Behavior

1/10/2013

From 2009 through 2010, Applicant had an unreported, extra-marital relationship with a foreign national who was employed as a “lingerie model” or lap dancer. He continued his relationship in 2011, after he separated from his wife and the foreign national left her dancing job. He currently provides $3,000 per month to the foreign national. His personal conduct and sexual behavior raise security concerns under Guidelines E and D, which were not mitigated. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 12-03913.h1


Alcohol

01/10/2013

Applicant continues to consume alcohol, at times to excess, despite five drunk-driving convictions, a driving while ability impaired conviction, and reckless driving and public disturbance offenses involving alcohol. Clearance denied. CASE NO: 12-02303.h1


Foreign Influence

01/10/2013

Afghan-born Applicant (a civilian linguist assisting the U.S. military in intelligence-gathering in Afghanistan) immigrated to the United States in 1988, and is a naturalized U.S. citizen. His wife and children, as well as two brothers, are U.S. citizens residing in the United States. Two other brothers are Afghan citizens but permanent U.S. residents since 2000. His parents, another brother, and two sisters are Afghan citizen-residents. Applicant has offered to continue to risk his life to support the United States’ goals in Afghanistan, and has shown his patriotism, loyalty, and fidelity to the United States. There are no questions or doubts as to his security eligibility and suitability. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 11-15261.h1


Guideline F

01/10/2013

The Judge engaged in extensive questioning of Applicant and spoke at greater length than necessary about Applicant’s choices and circumstances. The totality of the comments may have appeared as lecturing to the unrepresented Applicant. A Judge is the finder of fact and enjoys latitude in conducting the proceedings and asking questions to clarify the record. Any flaws in the Judge’s conduct are not sufficient to show bias. Adverse decision affirmed


Guideline F; Guideline E

01/10/2013

Applicant was convicted of a felony after a guilty plea. Collateral estoppel applies. Thus, the Judge’s conclusion that Applicant lacked criminal intent was error. Favorable decision reversed.


Mental; Sexual Behavior; Personal Conduct

01/10/2013

Although the Applicant has been found not to be a pedophile by his treating Psychiatrist, his numerous acts of inappropriate conduct vis-a-vis young girls has not been mitigated. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 07-17801.h3


Alcohol Consumption; Psychological Conditions

01/09/2013

Applicant admits he has been an alcoholic for over 40 years, and been diagnosed as alcohol dependent by medical professionals. He was treated at four inpatient treatment facilities for alcohol consumption, but continued to consume alcohol. His alcohol consumption also caused the psychological conditions of mood disorder and depression. Applicant’s last drink of alcohol was in October 2011. Applicant has not mitigated security concerns for alcohol consumption and psychological conditions. Access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 12-00567.h1


Drugs, Personal Conduct

01/09/2013

Applicant is 26 years old. He used marijuana while holding a security clearance. He deliberate failed to disclose his illegal drug use on his security clearance application. Applicant failed to mitigate the security concerns under Guideline H, drug involvement, and Guideline E, personal conduct. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-07402.h1


Drug Involvement

01/08/2013

Applicant’s substance abuse commenced while she was in high school and was afflicted with anorexia, bulimia, major depression, low self-esteem, social anxiety, ADHD, and poor impulse control. Being extremely shy and impressionable, she wanted to fit in with the crowd, and in doing so, succumbed to peer pressure. Experimentation with marijuana progressed to periodic use of marijuana, then cocaine, and finally culminated with a one-time experimentation with heroin. The heroin experiment eventually put her in the hospital and led to psychotherapy and counseling for her underlying issues. She eventually graduated from psychotherapy armed with effective coping skills. She also attended Narcotics Anonymous (NA). She made a decision to stop using illegal substances, and has abstained from all such substance abuse since August 2010. Applicant no longer associates with people who might use illegal substances, she intends to never use any illegal drug in the future, and she has signed a statement of intent with automatic revocation of clearance for any violation. Considering her period of abstinence, her continuing social and professional relationships, her maturity, and her new appreciation of the significance of illegal substance abuse, her behavior is unlikely to recur, and no longer casts doubt on Applicant’s current reliability, trustworthiness, or good judgment. There are no significant questions about Applicant’s reliability, trustworthiness, and ability to protect classified information Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 12-06981.h1


Alcohol

01/08/2013

Applicant had alcohol-related arrests in 2001, 2003, 2009, and 2011. He said he ended his alcohol consumption on October 4, 2011. He will be on probation until October 4, 2013. More time without alcohol-related problems is necessary before alcohol consumption concerns will be mitigated. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 11-15191


Drugs, Personal Conduct

01/08/2013

Applicant is 32 years old. He used marijuana over a five-month period while holding a security clearance. Applicant failed to mitigate the security concerns under Guideline H, drug involvement, and Guideline E, personal conduct. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-11117.h1


Financial

01/08/2013

Applicant’s statement of reasons (SOR) alleges 11 delinquent debts, totaling $57,932. He placed six SOR debts into a debt consolidation plan (DCP). He did not timely file his federal tax returns for 2005 to 2010, and he owes the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) about $31,000. He also owes a 2009 state tax debt of $2,072. Financial considerations are not mitigated. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied CASE NO: 11-07752


Drugs; Personal Conduct

01/08/2013

Applicant’s extensive involvement with marijuana from 1978 to 2012 and repeated falsifications regarding that marijuana use on his security clearance applications and during his subject interview preclude a favorable decision. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-04158.h1


Foreign Influence

01/07/2013

Applicant was born and raised in Afghanistan, came to the United States in 2000, and became a U.S. citizen in 2005. She credibly testified that her relationships and minimal contacts with family members and former associates who are citizens and residents of Afghanistan do not create a potential conflict of interest or heightened risk of foreign exploitation, pressure, or coercion. Applicant mitigated the Government’s Guideline B security concerns. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 12-09411.h1


Drugs

01/07/2013

Applicant failed to mitigate the drug involvement security concern generated by his illegal drug use. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 12-03774


Financial; Personal Conduct

01/07/2013

Applicant mitigated personal conduct security concerns, but he has not mitigated the concerns raised by his financial problems. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 12-01185.h1


Foreign Influence

01/07/2013

Applicant was born and raised in Afghanistan. He went to Pakistan as a refugee, then became a U.S. resident after marrying his first wife. His mother and three siblings are resident citizens of Afghanistan; he inherited part ownership of their family farm there; and his current wife's parents are Afghan citizens residing in Pakistan. He failed to mitigate resulting security concerns. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 11-06080.h1


Drugs, Personal Conduct

01/04/2013

Applicant is 52 years old. He used marijuana on two occasions while holding a Secret security clearance. Applicant failed to mitigate the security concerns under Guideline H, drug involvement, and Guideline E, personal conduct. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 10-06437.h1


Financial

01/03/2013

Applicant began accumulating delinquent debts in 2009 when he transferred locations for his employment and did not sell his house. He attempted to negotiate a loan modification. About a year and a half later the bank foreclosed on the property. At this time, he does not appear to owe a deficiency on the mortgage. He paid two of the nine alleged delinquent debts and is paying another. He successfully disputed two debts, and continues to dispute a third debt. He will continue to save money in order to settle the three remaining debts. His ongoing good-faith efforts to pay and resolve his debts mitigated the security concerns raised under the guideline for financial considerations. Clearance is granted.


Guideline J; Guideline E; Guideline F

01/03/2013

The presence of some mitigating evidence alone does not compel a favorable decision. There was no inconsistency in the Judge’s whole-person analysis. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 10-06763.a1


Guideline G; Guideline E

01/03/2013

Applicant’s four instances of alcohol-impaired driving resulting in convictions; his various diagnoses of alcohol abuse/dependence; and his overall history of excessive or binge drinking support the Judge’s conclusion that the case raised security concerns Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 10-05120.a1


Guideline E; Guideline F

01/03/2013

Although the Board cannot consider new evidence on appeal, we can consider matters outside the record insofar as they reflect upon issues of due process, jurisdiction, etc. Judge’s failure to take in evidence Applicant had submitted after the close of the record does not constitute a denial of due process. The Judge’s evidentiary rulings were not arbitrary, capricious, or contrary to law. Applicant’s argument that the transcript contained errors fails for lack of specificity. Adverse decision affirmed. CASE NO: 10-01400.a1


Financial; Personal Conduct

01/02/2013

Applicant is the president of a defense contractor. He has 17 delinquent debts listed in the SOR totaling $63,524 plus his mortgage debt of $84,000. Applicant has only paid three of these debts and denies knowledge or resolution of the remaining debts. He falsified his answers to the financial inquiries on his security clearance application by not disclosing any information about his debts. Applicant did not mitigate the Financial Considerations and Personal Conduct security concerns. Eligibility for a clearance is denied. CASE NO: 12-03150.h1


Financial Considerations

01/02/2013

Applicant accumulated numerous medical and consumer debts during her recent marriage, as well as a pre-marital judgment of her own, that she has not been able to address with her available resources. She accepted responsibility for her marital debts as a part of her divorce decree and cannot foresee addressing any of them in the immediate future. While many of her debts can be attributed to extenuating circumstances, her efforts to date in addressing her debts are not sufficient to enable her to meet her mitigation burden. Financial concerns are not mitigated. Access to a sensitive information position is denied. CASE NO: 11-13005.h1


Financial

01/02/2013

Applicant is 45 years old, married, and has three children. She works for a defense contractor. She incurred 27 delinquent totaling $16,043. Applicant resolved these delinquent debts by payment of the tax debts and discharge of the medical debts in Chapter 7 bankruptcy. Applicant mitigated the financial considerations trustworthiness concerns. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 11-10329.h1


Financial

01/02/2013

Applicant began accumulating delinquent debts in late 2008 when he was unable to manage his household expenses on his income, as his wife lost her position in 2007. Around that time, he hired a debt consolidation company to resolve and handle all debts. He has worked with that company for four years. At this time, he paid one alleged delinquent debt, is paying another, and will begin paying the third when he reaches a settlement with the creditor. His ongoing good faith efforts to pay and resolve his debts mitigated the security concerns raised under the guideline for financial considerations. Clearance is granted.


Financial

01/02/2013

Applicant failed to mitigate the Financial Considerations concern. He stopped paying on five credit card accounts in 2008 and owes over $47,000 on these delinquent accounts. He has repeatedly promised the Government that he would resolve his debts and, even though he has been in a position to start repaying his debts for nearly two years, he has yet to make a payment towards resolving his debts. Despite having held a clearance without issue for over 25 years, Applicant’s financial issues cast doubt as to his continued suitability. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-08203.h1


Financial

01/02/2013

Applicant's financial problems over the years were caused by unemployment, under employment, and her husband's 1989 car accident, rendering him permanently unable to work. In the late 1980s, she stopped paying federal taxes for several tax years. By December 2001, she had 16 delinquent commercial accounts and owed the Government approximately $18,000 in delinquent federal taxes. When the SOR was published in June 2012, Applicant's back federal taxes increased to approximately $30,000. Though she repeatedly claimed that she has been trying to reach a compromise on her federal debt, she has presented no evidence in support of her claim. Her husband's physical problems and her employment difficulties, together with her unexplained medical illness, have been thoroughly reviewed, but are deemed insufficient to fully establish her case in mitigation. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied.


Financial; Foreign Influence

01/02/2013

Applicant mitigated the foreign influence security concern, but failed to mitigate the financial considerations security concern. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 10-09480


Criminal Conduct; Financial

11/08/2013

Applicant embezzled $104,926 from her employer over eight years. She has served her prison sentence and made court-ordered restitution. She is still on supervised release. She presented no other evidence to indicate her current reliability, trustworthiness, and good judgment. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 11-14823.h1


Personal Conduct; Drug Involvement

09/06/2013

Applicant used a limited amount of his wife’s prescription drugs to relieve pain or stress. He has not misused prescription drugs for over a year and he now is under the care of his primary care doctor and a psychological therapist for his pain and stress relief. Applicant mitigated security concerns for downloading computer programs as a college student and for a time after college. He did not deliberately fail to provide full and complete information concerning his misuse of prescription drugs during the security clearance process. He mitigated security concerns for personal conduct and drug involvement. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 11-07602.h1


Financial

08/22/2013

Applicant had sufficient income to meet his financial obligations, including his mortgage payment, until he lost his job in 2007 and lost significant income. He did not pay his mortgage starting in January 2010. He paid other debts and attempted to negotiate a mortgage modification with the mortgage lender. At that time, he acted reasonably and responsibly to manage his finances. In 2009, he regained good employment earning an income almost as much as he made before he lost his job. However, Applicant has lifestyle expenses that he would not change preventing him from making a meaningful mortgage payment. He is now not acting reasonably and responsibly towards his finances. He has failed to mitigate financial security concerns. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 10-07256.h1


Financial

04/15/2013

Applicant mitigated the security concerns under the guideline for financial considerations. He resolved the majority of his delinquent debt which occurred as a result of less work during an economic downturn. He continued to pay his mortgage and obtained help from an affordable home program. He was advised to stop payments on credit cards. He has no new debt and is current with household expenses. He disclosed that he had tax issues from 2010 when he answered interrogatories. He has since provided documentation that the tax issue is resolved. He is in the process of settling the last delinquent account. Eligibility for a security clearance is granted. CASE NO: 11-12580.h1


Alcohol Consumption

03/15/2013

Applicant had two alcohol-related incidents in 17 years; underage drinking charge in 1994, and alcohol intoxication and leaving the scene of an accident charges in 2011. He completed an alcohol counseling and rehabilitation program in 2011. A diagnosis of alcohol dependence in 2011 is questionable, and he was never informed of the diagnosis. He consumed alcohol at least twice after the diagnosis. He has decreased his consumption of alcohol and has not consumed alcohol since September 2012. Applicant mitigated security concerns for alcohol consumption. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 11-09208.h1


Alcohol Consumption

03/11/2013

Applicant had driving while intoxicated offenses in 2007 and 2011. He was diagnosed with alcohol abuse. Applicant successfully completed two alcohol-related counseling and treatment programs, and an interlock vehicle device program. He changed his life circumstances and has not had a drink of alcohol in over 18 months. Applicant mitigated security concerns for alcohol consumption. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 11-08693.h1


Financial

02/28/2013

Applicant has approximately $54,600 in unresolved delinquent debt, including $39,000 in unpaid federal taxes. Clearance is denied. CASE NO. 11-10759.h1


Personal Conduct

02/28/2013

Applicant left employment with his original defense employer and went to work for a new competing company. He provided good and valid reasons for leaving the original employer. He did not have a do-not-compete agreement with the original employer. Applicant sent information on potential future work that he knew because of his employment with the original company to his new employer while still employed by the original employer. The information was common information on potential work that was available to all potential contractors. Applicant presented sufficient information to refute and rebut the personal conduct security concerns. Access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 11-02724.h1


Financial

02/25/2013

Although Applicant has demonstrated a willingness to resolve her delinquent debt, she has not established a sufficient track record of financial rehabilitation. Clearance is denied. CASE NO. 11-03724.h1


Financial

02/08/2013

Applicant accrued $714,543 in delinquent Federal tax debt for tax years 2004 and 2005 from a closed business. She made little progress toward resolution of her tax debt, and offered no evidence of an effective plan to resolve it. Resulting security concerns were not mitigated. Based on a review of the testimony, pleadings and exhibits, eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 11-09052.h1


Information Technology; Personal Conduct

08/16/2013

Applicant used an improper method to alert other co-workers in the information technology department that their computer was left unlocked. The method was not in compliance with company policy. It was not used for malicious or vindictive reasons. It was not the correct way to resolve the violation of company policy. Applicant had administrator rights to the company’s telecommunication system. He exceeded his authority by continuing to review co-workers communications after determining that co-workers’ use was within company policy. Applicant mitigated security concerns for use of information technology systems and personal conduct. Eligibility for access to classified information is granted. CASE NO: 11-14644.h1


Personal Conduct; Criminal Conduct

08/13/2013

Applicant conspired with another individual to have that person take the Armed Forces Qualification Test (AFQT) for him. In 2002, Applicant was tried in state court for obtaining a false driver’s license in his name with the individual’s picture to use as identification for the individual to take the AFQT for him. In 2010, he was tried a convicted by court-martial for disrespect to an officer, impersonating an officer, and other offenses. He was sentenced to a bad conduct discharge, reduction in grade, and four months in the brig. Applicant has not mitigated security concerns for personal conduct and criminal conduct. Eligibility for access to classified information is denied. CASE NO: 11-09724.h1


Drug Involvement, Personal Conduct

M12/04/2013

Applicant experimented with illegal drugs between 2004 and 2009 while holding a security clearance. She intentionally falsified her 2009 SF-86, and she intentionally failed to provide information about her drug use during her personal subject interview for her 2009 clearance investigation. Applicant has not mitigated the security concerns regarding her drug involvement and personal conduct. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-11740.h1


Sexual Conduct, Criminal Conduct, Personal Conduct

12/30/2013

Applicant surreptitiously viewed some family members in intimate situations for many years, but he stopped his conduct in 2009. He describes himself as a binge drinker and acknowledges that he consumes alcohol to excess. He intentionally provided false information on his security application and during his personal subject interview. Applicant has not mitigated security concerns about his sexual conduct, personal conduct, and alcohol consumption. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-05842


Financial; Personal Conduct

12/20/2013

Applicant incurred significant debt when he became involved in a business partnership. His partner mismanaged the business income which resulted in significant unpaid debt. Applicant resolved his debt under Chapter 7 of the bankruptcy code. Applicant did not intentionally falsify his answers to his e-QIP and his SF 85P. He has mitigated the security concerns under Guidelines E and F. Applicant's security clearance is granted. CASE NO: 12-10697


Financial

12/09/2013

Applicant's financial problems arose from overspending during a brief period of time. He has taken steps to resolve his debts and to improve his financial management in the future. He mitigated the security concerns under Guideline F. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 12-01311.h1


Foreign Influence

12/04/2013

Applicant s parents, two brothers, and six sisters are residents and citizens of Afghanistan. His wife, son, and his wife's family are citizens and residents of the United States. His aunt is a citizen of Afghanistan and a permanent resident of the United States. Applicant established that he would place the United States above his family members in Afghanistan. He has mitigated the foreign influence security concerns arising under Guideline B. His security clearance is granted. CASE NO: 13-00352.h


Financial

11/26/2013

Applicant's financial problems arose from a strike, a broken ankle, loss of her husband's income, and unexpected expenses. She has not provided sufficient documentation to establish a track record for payment of her debts. She has not mitigated the Government's security concerns under Guideline F. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-14689.h1


Financial

11/14/2013

Applicant's financial problems arose from job losses and reduction in income. He has resolved or is resolving his past due debts. He has mitigated the Government's security concerns under Guideline F. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 12-07487.h1


Personal Conduct

11/06/2013

Applicant intentionally falsified five of his answers on his security clearance application and intentionally provided false information during his personal subject interview and in his sworn statement. He has not mitigated the security concerns under Guideline E. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-10789.h1


Sexual Conduct, Criminal Conduct, Personal Conduct

10/25/2013

Applicant sexually abused minor children while a teenager. He spent approximately one year in jail after pleading guilty on two occasions to second degree felonies. He completed an inpatient sex offenders program and participated in two outpatient sex offenders treatment programs. Since his release from jail and inpatient treatment, he completed three associates degrees and his bachelor's degree. He works steadily. He is also a registered sex offender. His conduct is egregious and a violation of society's rules. Applicant has mitigated the security concerns regarding his criminal conduct, but he has not mitigated security concerns about his sexual conduct and personal conduct. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-15013


Financial

10/18/2013

Applicant's financial problems arose from his wife's spending habits and his divorce proceedings. He filed for Chapter 13 bankruptcy and he is paying his debts under a bankruptcy payment plan. His current bills are paid, and he reduced his living expenses. He mitigated the security concerns under Guideline F. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 13-00740.h1


Foreign Influence

10/17/2013

Applicant s one brother, sister, brother-in-law, and sister-in-law are residents and citizens of Afghanistan. One brother is a citizen and resident of the United States, and one brother and sister-in-law are citizens and residents of Denmark. Applicant has occasional contact with his family living in Afghanistan. His immediate family members are citizens and residents of the United States. His mother is a resident of the United States, living with him. Applicant established that he would place the United States above his family members in Afghanistan. He has mitigated the foreign influence security concerns arising under Guideline B. His security clearance is granted. CASE NO: 12-00931.h


Financial

09/27/2013

Applicant's financial problems arose from poor financial decision-making and inappropriate spending habits in the past. He has taken steps to reduce his spending and improve his finances. He has paid or resolved six debts, and he has developed a payment plan to resolve the remaining debts identified in the SOR. He has mitigated the security concerns under Guideline F. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 11-14675.h1


Financial

09/23/2013

Applicant's financial problems arose from circumstances beyond his control. However, Applicant has made little effort to resolve his long over-due debts. The security concerns under Guideline F are not mitigated. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-11479.h1


Alcohol, Personal Conduct, Drug

09/23/2013

Applicant began consuming alcohol in high school and significantly increased his consumption after college. He has been diagnosed as alcohol dependent. He has remained sober for two years and is receiving counseling for his addiction. He regularly attends Alcoholics Anonymous. He last used marijuana three years ago. He has a history of providing misleading information about his alcohol and drug use and problems. He mitigated the Government's security concerns about his past drug use and his alcohol consumption, but he has not mitigated the security concerns raised by personal conduct. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-09227


Financial

08/30/2013

Applicant's financial problems arose from long periods of unemployment. When he works, he pays his child support through payroll deduction. He also worked to resolve several debts during his last period of employment. He has a plan to resolve his remaining debts. He has reduced his living expenses and made changes in his lifestyle. He has mitigated the Government's security concerns under Guideline F. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 11-12215.h1


Financial

08/06/2013

Applicant's financial problems arose from his wife's decision to use payday loans. He received financial counseling and is working towards the resolution of his debts. He mitigated the security concerns under Guideline F. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 11-10429.h1


Financial

08/02/2013

Applicant's financial problems arose from income losses and excessive spending. He took control of his debts, developed a plan to pay his debts, and made a "good-faith" effort to resolve his credit card debts, some before the issuance of the SOR. He continues to follow his payment plan for his remaining debt. The security concerns under Guideline F are mitigated. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 11-07202.h1


Financial

07/31/2013

When the market value on four rental properties declined significantly, Applicant followed the advice of his attorney and returned the properties to the mortgage holders because the properties did not produce sufficient income to meet his expenses. The mortgage lenders foreclosed on three properties and are foreclosing on the fourth property. Under state law, the lenders cannot recover any balance due on his mortgage after the foreclosure sale. His other bills are paid and always have been. He has mitigated the Government's security concerns under Guideline F. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 11-10640.h1


Alcohol, Personal Conduct, Drug, Financial

07/09/2013

Applicant began consuming alcohol regularly at the age of 18, which resulted in four alcohol-related arrests, the last in 2009. The military discharged him in 2002 after he failed a drug test following use of cocaine. He last used drugs in 2001. He has not provided evidence that he has resolved his past-due debts. He mitigated the Government's security concerns about his past drug use and his personal conduct, but he has not mitigated the security concerns raised by his finances and alcohol consumption. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 12-02028


Financial

06/28/2013

Applicant's financial problems arose from stagnated income, his wife's loss of her job, and increased mortgage payments. He made a "good-faith" effort to resolve his unsecured debts before the issuance of the SOR. He complied with the payment plan for these debts. Any balance remaining on the second mortgage debt is resolved by operation of law. The security concerns under Guideline F are mitigated. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 11-06177.h1


Financial; Personal Conduct

06/25/2013

Applicant incurred significant debt as a young sailor and because he had no health insurance. He has not resolved his past-due debts listed in the Statement of Reasons. His personal conduct is not an issue. He has mitigated the trustworthiness concerns under Guideline E, but he has not mitigated trustworthy concerns under Guideline F. Access to a public trust position is denied. CASE NO: 11-10063


Financial

06/21/2013

Applicant's financial problems arose from income losses and increased mortgage payments. He made a "good-faith" effort to resolve his credit card debts before the issuance of the SOR and has complied with the payment plan for his remaining debt. The mortgage lender reclaimed and sold Applicant's house (its collateral), leaving a zero balance on Applicant's mortgage loan. The security concerns under Guideline F are mitigated. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 11-10296.h1


Foreign Influence, Foreign Preference

05/17/2013

Applicant was born and raised in Taiwan. He immigrated to the United States in 1984. He completed two graduate degrees in the United States. He began working in the United States in 1985 and became a citizen of the United States in 1994. His wife, two sons, and sister are U.S. citizens and residents. His father, mother, and brother are citizens and residents of Taiwan. Applicant maintains a normal relationship with his family in Taiwan. He and his father closed two bank accounts opened by his father in Applicant's name in Taiwan, and his facility security officer maintains possession of Applicant's Taiwanese passport. He has mitigated the foreign influence and foreign preference security concerns about his family in Taiwan and his possession of a foreign passport and identification card. Eligibility for a security clearance is granted. CASE NO: 11-12213.h1


Foreign Influence

05/08/2013

Applicant was born and raised in Hong Kong. He immigrated to the United States in 1997, when the People's Republic of China (PRC) assumed sovereignty of Hong Kong from Great Britain. He became a citizen of the United States in 2004. His father and one sister are U.S. citizens and residents. His mother is a permanent U.S. resident and his other sister is a U.S. citizen living in Hong Kong. Applicant married in 2010. His wife is a permanent resident of the U.S. Her parents and sister are citizens and residents of the PRC. Applicant maintains a normal relationship with his sister in Hong Kong and his wife's family in the PRC. He has mitigated the foreign influence security concern about his sister in Hong Kong and his mother, but he has not mitigated the security concern about his wife's family in the PRC. Eligibility for a security clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-10917.h1


Financial

05/02/2013

Applicant's financial problems arose from a job loss and underemployment. He has resolved or is resolving the two SOR debts. His current bills are paid. He mitigated the security concerns under Guideline F. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 11-03157.h1


Financial

04/29/2013

Applicant incurred financial problems when he and his wife paid their daughter and her family's living expenses during a period of unemployment. Applicant took control of his debts and has resolved much of his outstanding debt. He has mitigated the security concerns arising under Guideline F. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 11-06306.h1


Foreign Preference; Foreign Influence

04/15/2013

Applicant became a U.S. citizen in 2008 and renounced her Indian citizenship. When she did, India cancelled her Indian passport. She turned this passport into her security officer. Her small bank accounts in India are not a security concerns as most of her assets are in the United States, and she does not receive and will not receive any benefits from the Indian government. Her contacts with family members in India are not a concern because of the favorable relationship between India and the United States, and the efforts of the Indian government to limit terrorist activities. She has mitigated the security concerns about her foreign influence and foreign preference. Her security clearance is granted. CASE NO: 12-01830.h1


Foreign Influence

04/05/2013

Applicant s mother, brother, and three sisters are residents and citizens of Afghanistan. Applicant has monthly contact with his family living in Afghanistan. His family lives quietly and does not have contacts with the Afghan government or military. Applicant's family contacts are not a security concern. He has mitigated the security concerns arising under Guideline B. His security clearance is granted. CASE NO: 11-01253.h1


Financial

03/26/2013

Applicant's financial problems arose because of fraudulent and duplicate entries on his credit report. Once he learned about the entries, he began disputing the debts, which has resulted in the removal of many debts from his credit reports. He also paid or resolve several other debts. He has mitigated the Government's security concerns under Guideline F. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 11-06888.h1


Financial

03/08/2013

Applicant's financial problems arose from loss of work hours and a furlough. When he could not pay all his debts, Applicant sought assistance with his debts from a financial counseling company. Through this company, Applicant has worked on resolving his debts for the last three years. He has mitigated the security concerns under Guideline F. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 10-07878.h1


Personal Conduct

03/05/2013

Applicant did not intentionally falsify his answers on his security clearance applications and federal employment form. He mitigated the security concerns about his employment issues and under Guideline E. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 12-09441


Financial

02/11/2013

Applicant's financial problems arose from job losses and underemployment. Since October 2011, he has paid approximately $45,000 in debt resolution. He resolved two SOR debts, and two more are being paid through a payment plan. His current bills are paid. He mitigated the security concerns under Guideline F. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 12-01406.h1


Foreign Influence; Foreign Preference

02/04/2013

Applicant is a dual citizen of the United States and the United Kingdom. His wife is a naturalized citizen of the United States from Taiwan. They both have minimal contact with their foreign relatives. Applicant surrendered his United Kingdom passport. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 12-04135.h1


Personal Conduct; Financial

01/31/2013

Applicant owes over $488,000 on delinquent student loans. He made a few relatively small payments on one of the loans in 2010; and he recently began making very small payments on another of the loans. No payments have been made on the remaining delinquent accounts, most of which have been delinquent for years. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 12-09324.h1


Financial

01/31/2013

Applicant's financial problems were all the result of the severe economic downturn in the area in which he resides. A residence he owned has been foreclosed on and there is apparently no balance owed. He has satisfied all his other delinquent accounts. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 11-09108.h1


Foreign Preference; Financial Considerations

01/31/2013

Applicant s three brothers, two stepbrothers, and five sisters-in-law are residents and citizens of Afghanistan. One step-brother is a citizen and resident of Canada, and his stepsister is a citizen and resident of the United Kingdom. Applicant has occasional contact with his youngest brother living in Afghanistan. He rarely has contact with his other family members living in Afghanistan. Applicant has resolved the issues with his finances. He has mitigated the security concerns arising under Guidelines B and F. His security clearance is granted. CASE NO: 11-06104.h1


Criminal Conduct, Personal Conduct

01/31/2013

In 1997, 1998, and 2005, the police arrested and charged Applicant with misdemeanor criminal offenses. The court dismissed the first case, and Applicant resolved the other cases. The open warrant has been resolved, and he has paid his traffic fines. Applicant did not intentionally falsify his answers to his security clearance application. He mitigated the government's security concerns about his criminal conduct and personal conduct. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 10-01944.h1


Financial Considerations, Personal Conduct

01/30/2013

Applicant incurred significant debt as a single mother with limited income and no health insurance. She has not resolved her past-due debts listed in the Statement of Reasons. She did not intentionally falsify her SF 85P in 2008 nor is her past personal conduct an issue. She has mitigated the security concerns under Guideline E, but she has not mitigated security concerns under Guideline F. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-04499


Financial; Alcohol

01/29/2013

Applicant's financial problems are primarily the result of his ex-wife's vexatious litigation during their divorce proceedings and her failure to obey court orders, including making payments on their home mortgage, making payments toward Applicant's legal fees, and paying child support. There is insufficient evidence to substantiate that Applicant was under the influence of alcohol when he was charged with Driving Under the Influence (DUI). Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 11-06002.h1


Foreign Preference; Foreign Influence; Personal Conduct

01/28/2013

Applicant's Taiwanese passport expired two years ago, and he has not renewed it. Applicant expressed a willingness to renounce his Taiwanese citizenship. He has mitigated the security concerns about foreign preference. While he intentionally failed to provide relevant information on his security clearance application, he voluntarily provided the correct information prior to being confronted with the correct information and mitigated the personal conduct concerns. Applicant s parents, four brothers, and sister are citizens of Taiwan. All are residents of Taiwan, except one brother who resides in the Peoples Republic of China (PRC). Balancing his relationship with his Taiwanese family members and the favorable relationship between Taiwan and the United States, he has mitigated the security concerns about his foreign influence as to his family living in Taiwan, except one brother with whom he has a close relationship. He has not mitigated the security concerns about his brother who lives in the PRC. His security clearance is denied. CASE NO: 12-03779.h1


Foreign Influence; Financial

01/25/2013

Applicant's Afghani relatives who are alleged to create security concerns are all either deceased or residents of the United States. Applicant was the victim of identity theft and he has mitigated the alleged financial consideration security concern. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 12-09685.h1


Foreign Influence

01/25/2013

Applicant failed to overcome the foreign influence security concern that arises from his relationship with his relatives who are citizens and residents of Iran, and the travel to Iran by his wife and children. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 12-09322.h1


Financial

01/18/2013

Applicant's financial problems arose from divorce, underemployment, and theft. He has not provided documentation which shows that he paid or resolved his debts, or that he has filed for bankruptcy. He has not mitigated the security concerns under Guideline F. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-08403.h1


Financial

01/11/2013

Applicant's financial problems arose from job loss, divorces, and improper wage payments. He ignored many of his old debts although he paid his child support and developed and complied with payment plans for his school loans. He negotiated a settlement of another large debt. He has a plan of action to resolve his debts, and his available resources for debt payment are increasing. He has mitigated the Government's security concerns under Guideline F. Clearance is granted. CASE NO: 10-08493.h1


Financial Considerations

01/31/2013

Applicant sought a discharge from the military, then found it difficult to find work. She returned to school on the G.I. Bill, then eventually took a job with a defense contractor. Despite several years of employment, she has paid less than $200 on $31,550 in delinquent debt. She failed to demonstrate that she has developed a reasonable and workable plan for addressing her debt. Clearance is denied. Case No. 11-07320.h1


Foreign Preference; Foreign Influence; Financial

05/09//2013

Applicant has not mitigated the security significance of his holding a current Israeli passport, or his family and financial relationships with Israel. He has mitigated the security significance of his indebtedness. Clearance is denied. CASE NO: 11-12370.h1


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