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"V $A<#tJŐWCǭѭ|8- Zk}t%#Ts T a1!C=3Z#UN % 0: ^ C wO 4S g v mx Z Z NC C C EE NG G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G BI Hewlett-Packard HP LaserJet P3010 Series0(9 Z6Times New Roman RegularX($USUS.,7K;EJ3|xU8DocumentManagement::ModifiedBooleanTRUE8DocumentManagement::ModifiedBooleanTRUE d !USUS.,  _KEYWORD:GuidelineF  DIGEST:ApplicantfailedtotimelyfilehisFederalincometaxreturnsfor2009and2010.He  hasanoutstandingtaxlienagainsthimbyhisstate.Adversedecisionaffirmed. t _CASENO_:1505158.a1 L  DATE:08/17/2017 $ t    `     h      p DATE:August17,2017  L  .؉7r(#(#.AY) xdEgA   InRe:        k ApplicantforSecurityClearance C AY) xdEgA k )   )   )   ) p ) \ ) H ) 4 )  p   \ pX p _ISCR_ԀCaseNo.1505158 p!  \" .؉7r. \XXp 4"    APPEALBOARDDECISION  # APPEARANCES &  &w%XX FORGOVERNMENT  l( JamesB.Norman,Esq.,ChiefDepartmentCounsel D )  FORAPPLICANT  !D+  Prose #XTX%&w# ",     TheDepartmentofDefense(DoD)declinedtograntApplicantasecurityclearance.On z% / March7,2016,DoDissuedastatementofreasons(SOR)advisingApplicantofthebasisforthat f&!0 decision!securityconcernsraisedunderGuidelineF(FinancialConsiderations)ofDepartmentof R'"1 DefenseDirective5220.6(Jan.2,1992,asamended)(Directive).Applicantrequestedadecision >(#2 onthewrittenrecord.OnMay31,2017,afterconsideringtherecord,DefenseOfficeofHearings *)z$3 andAppeals(DOHA)AdministrativeJudgeRobertJ.KilmartindeniedApplicantsrequestfora *f%4 securityclearance.ApplicantappealedpursuanttoDirectiveE3.1.28andE3.1.30. +R&5   Applicantraisedthefollowingissueonappeal:whethertheJudgesadversedecisionwas ,*(7 arbitrary,capricious,orcontrarytolaw.Consistentwiththefollowing,weaffirm. -)8 Ї  TheJudgesFindingsofFact     Applicantretiredfromthemilitaryin2001andobtainedacollegedegreein2006.Hehas t workedforaFederalcontractorsince2010.Laterthatsameyear,Applicantwasdischargedin ` Chapter7bankruptcy. L    ApplicantfailedtotimelyfilehisFederalincometaxreturnsfor2009and2010.Hehasan $ t outstandingtaxlienagainsthimbyhisstate.ApplicantfirstdisclosedhisFederalfiling  ` delinquenciesonhis2012securityclearanceapplication(SCA).Inasubsequentclearance  L  interview,heexpressedoptimismthathisreturnswouldbefiledandtaxespaidsoon.Inhis2014  8  SCA,hestatedthathewasworkingtofilehisreturnsandpayhistaxes.Intheclearanceinterview, $  hestatedthathehadstartedapaymentplantoresolvehis2009taxesandexpectedtohavethempaid   by2015.Headmittedthathehadnotyetfiledhis2010Federalreturns.InhisresponsetotheSOR,   headvisedthathehadfiledFederalreturnsfor2009and2010andwasworkingonaplantoaddress   ataxdebttotheIRS.Healsostatedthatheowedhisstateover$4,000fortaxesduein2014.     Applicantattributedhistaxdelinquenciestoafailedbusiness.Hemortgagedhishomeand \ usedcreditcardstoinvestinwhatturnedouttobeaPonzischeme.Hefailedtoproduce H corroboratingevidenceofthisschemeordocumentaryproofthathehadfiledhisreturns,entered 4 intopaymentplans,orpaidthetaxesinquestion.  p   TheJudgesAnalysis  H    `     h   TheJudgenotedApplicantsclaimstohavefiledhistaxreturns.However,healsonotedthat   Applicantdidnotprovidedocumentaryproofthathehaddonesoorthathehadpaiddelinquent   taxes.TheJudgecitedtoApplicantsmilitarycareerandhisclaimstohavebeendefraudedthrough  thefailedbusinessventure.However,heconcludedthatApplicantsfinancesremainasecurity  concern.    Discussion  X    Applicantsbriefincludesreferencetomattersfromoutsidetherecord,whichwecannot 0"  consider.DirectiveE3.1.29.ApplicantcontendsthattheDecisionreliesonoutdatedinformation. #l! HestatesthattherewasnomethodforhimtoprovideupdatestotheJudgesinceApril2016, unless $X" Iwasrequestedtoprovidesuch,whichrequestwasneverreceivedbyme.AppealBriefat1. $D #   TherecordshowsthatDOHAsentApplicantacopyoftheFileofRelevantMaterial(FORM) &"% onJune20,2016.TheFORMwasaccompaniedbyacoverletterofthesamedatethatnotified '#& Applicantofhisrighttoprovideadocumentaryresponsethatcouldconsistof anymaterialyou (#' wishtheAdministrativeJudgetoconsider[.]TherecordshowsthatApplicantacknowledged )$( receiptoftheFORMandcoverletteronJuly11,2016.Despitethis,Applicantdidnotmakea |*%) documentaryresponsetotheFORM.ThereisnothingintherecordtoshowthatApplicantactually h+&* soughttosupplementtheFORMwithmoreuptodateinformation,nordoesApplicantcontendin T,'+ hisAppealBriefthathesubmitteddocumentsthatdidnotmakeitintotherecord.Therecord @-(, demonstratesthatApplicantreceivedadequatenoticeofhisrighttoprovidearesponsetothe  FORM.HisfailuretohavedonesocannotbeattributedtoDOHA.    Beyondthis,Applicantcitestoeffortshehadundertakentoresolvehistaxproblems. t ApplicanthasnotdemonstratedthattheJudgeweighedtheevidenceinamannerthatwasarbitrary, ` capricious,orcontrarytolaw.See,e.g.,ISCRCaseNo.1508842at3(App.Bd.Feb.14,2017). L  TheJudgeexaminedtherelevantevidenceandarticulatedasatisfactoryexplanationforthedecision. 8  Thedecisionissustainableonthisrecord. Thegeneralstandardisthataclearancemaybegranted $ t onlywhenclearlyconsistentwiththeinterestsofthenationalsecurity.DepartmentoftheNavy  ` v.Egan,484U.S.518,528(1988).SeealsoDirective,Encl.2,App.A2(b): Anydoubt  L  concerningpersonnelbeingconsideredfornationalsecurityeligibilitywillberesolvedinfavorof  8  thenationalsecurity. $  @' Order      TheDecisionis AFFIRMED .      `     h   Signed:Michael_Raanan_Ԁ 8    `     h   Michael_Raanan_ $t    `     h   AdministrativeJudge `    `     h   Chairperson,AppealBoard L    `     h   Signed:JamesE.Moody     `     h   JamesE.Moody     `     h   AdministrativeJudge     `     h   Member,AppealBoard p    `     h   Signed:JamesF.Duffy____________________________________________________________________________  #p!    `     h   JamesF.Duffy  $\"    `     h   AdministrativeJudge $H #    `     h   Member,Appeal_Board___