WPC  6!)jѫ:hǫ:Yξjw,`P=\9-[C \ˋWoɷm#^T,hSRl}*ORF>NDYK`YJ.GJn^b_hi0Cd )Z7R7HgOx<]'&xpCB2S} ,s x)M:G.pOzyx!%ǖW4~-\\DyVҮRs* ˃,c4HhyN[(} ,DGH7T "*͂[2v?;~M[$h"4 ~1.<{I@-n.V\ Fk1 34 pM-^,O:8֋Mx--֫V_\ÿY+@O^sbڝWr%¶UGNϻ]`X Q]W#UN % 0: Z ^ s w 4   m Z N E 0 0D B Hewlett-Packard HP LaserJet P3010 Series0(9 Z6Times New Roman RegularX($USUS.,8DocumentManagement::ModifiedBooleanTRUEՆcK;EJ!PCsg<3|xU8DocumentManagement::ModifiedBooleanTRUE(:(2x$ !USUS.,        0  (#$  0   d !USUS.,  _KEYWORD:GuidelineF  DIGEST:Applicantsexplanationabouthisperiodofunderemploymentaswellashis  explanationsaboutothermattersthatheisprovidingforthefirsttimeinhisappealconstitute t newevidencethattheAppealBoardisprohibitedfromconsidering.Adversedecisionaffirmed. ` _CASENO_:1405996.a1 8  DATE:11/3/2017  ` __________________________   `     h      p DATE:November3,2017  8  .؉7r(#(#.AV) xdEgA   InRe:        W ApplicantforSecurityClearance / AV) xdEgA W )   )   ) p ) \ ) H ) 4 )  p )  \  H   _ISCR_ԀCaseNo.1405996 \"  H# .؉7r.  #    APPEALBOARDDECISION  $ APPEARANCES l(  &%XX FORGOVERNMENT  D!* JamesB.Norman,Esq.,ChiefDepartmentCounsel "l+  FORAPPLICANT  #-  Prose #XX%&# $.     TheDepartmentofDefense(DoD)declinedtograntApplicantasecurityclearance.On R'"1 January19,2016,DoDissuedastatementofreasons(SOR)advisingApplicantofthebasisforthat >(#2 decision!securityconcernsraisedunderGuidelineF(FinancialConsiderations)ofDepartmentof *)z$3 DefenseDirective5220.6(Jan.2,1992,asamended)(Directive).Applicantrequestedadecision *f%4 onthewrittenrecord.OnAugust16,2017,afterconsideringtherecord,DefenseOfficeofHearings +R&5 andAppeals(DOHA)AdministrativeJudgeCarolG._Ricciardello_,deniedApplicantsrequestfor +>'6 asecurityclearance.ApplicantappealedpursuanttoDirectiveE3.1.28andE3.1.30. ,*(7  -)8   Applicantraisedthefollowingissueonappeal:whethertheJudgesdecisionwasarbitrary,  capricious,orcontrarytolaw.Consistentwiththefollowing,weaffirm.    TheJudgesFindingsofFactandAnalysis  p  `   Applicantretiredfromthemilitaryin2008,workedfordifferentFederalcontractorsfrom 8  2008to2014,andwasunemployedfromNovember2014toSeptember2015beforehebegan $ t workingforhispresentemployer.Heclaimedthatachargedoffsecondmortgagewascurrent,but  ` providednodocumentaryevidencetocorroboratearepaymentplanorpayments.Healsoclaimed  L  hepaidanotherdebtandplannedtoresolveotherdebts,butprovidednodocumentaryproof.Hedid  8  notprovideinformationabouthiscurrentfinances.Thereisinsufficientevidencetoconcludethat $  itisunlikelysimilarproblemswillrecur.Eventhoughhislengthyperiodofunemploymentwasa   conditionbeyondhiscontrol,theJudgecouldnotconcludeApplicantactedresponsiblyunderthe   circumstancesduetothelackofevidencecorroboratinghisassertions.     Discussion  p   ApplicantcontendsthattheJudgeerredinherfindingsoffactbecauseshefailedtomention H hisunderemploymentfromOctober2015toFebruary2016.WeconcludetheJudgedidnoterrin 4 thisregard.ApplicantssecurityclearanceapplicationdatedDecember2015reflectsthathe  p occupiedafulltimeemploymentposition From(Month/Year): 09/2015 To(Month/Year): Present   \ andtherecordcontainsnoevidencethathewasunderemployedduringtheperiodinquestion. L Applicantsexplanationabouthisperiodofunderemploymentaswellashisexplanationsaboutother 8 mattersthatheisprovidingforthefirsttimeinhisappealconstitutenewevidencethattheAppeal $ Boardisprohibitedfromconsidering.DirectiveE3.1.29.    Applicantalsocontendsthathewasnotaffordedenoughtimetoobtaininformationto  respondtoDepartmentCounselsFileofRelevantMaterial(FORM).OnOctober7,2016,  ApplicantreceivedacopyoftheFORMandwasgiven30daysfromitsreceipttosubmitany p objectionsoradditionalinformationthathewishedconsidered.Applicantneithersubmitteda \  responsetotheFORMnorrequestedadditionaltimeforsubmittingaresponse.Inhisappealbrief, H! Applicantdidnotidentifyanyparticulardocumentthathecouldnotobtainduringthe30dayperiod 4"  forsubmittingaresponse.Fromourreviewoftherecord,weconcludethatApplicanthasfailedto  #p! establishaprimafaciecasethathewasdenieddueprocess.See,e.g.,ISCRCaseNo.1502933at  $\" 2(App.Bd.Sep.23,2016). $H #   ApplicantfurtherarguestheJudgeerredinfindingthathetoldaninvestigatorin2012that & "% hewasfinanciallystableandwasworkingwithalawyertorectifyhisfinances.Heclaimshetold ' #& theinvestigatorthathewasworkingwiththelawyerregardinganissuewithamortgagecompany (#' andhewascontactingcreditorsonhisowntoworkoutpaymentarrangement.WenotetheJudges )$( findinginquestionistakenalmostverbatimfromtheresultsofApplicantsinterviewwithan *%) investigator.ApplicantwasprovidedacopyoftheresultsofthatinterviewwiththeFORMandwas l+&* givenanopportunitytosubmitobjectionsorcommentsregardingit,buthedidnotdoso.We X,'+ concludetheJudgeschallengedfindingissupportedbysuchrelevantevidenceasareasonablemind D-(, mightacceptasadequatetosupportaconclusioninlightofallthecontraryevidenceintherecord.  DirectiveE3.1.32.1.      ThebalanceofApplicantsargumentsamounttoadisagreementwiththeJudgesweighing t oftheevidence.ThepresenceofsomemitigatingevidencedoesnotalonecompeltheJudgetomake ` afavorabletrustworthinessdecision.Asthetrieroffact,theJudgehastoweightheevidenceasa L  wholeanddecidewhetherthefavorableevidenceoutweighstheunfavorableevidence,orviceversa. 8  ApartysdisagreementwiththeJudgesweighingoftheevidence,oranabilitytoarguefora $ t differentinterpretationoftheevidence,isnotsufficienttodemonstratetheJudgeweighedthe  ` evidenceorreachedconclusionsinamannerthatisarbitrary,capricious,orcontrarytolaw.See,  L  e.g.,_ISCR_ԀCaseNo.1501652at2(App.Bd.Jul.7,2017).  8    TheJudgeexaminedtherelevantevidenceandarticulatedasatisfactoryexplanationforthe   decision.Thedecisionissustainableonthisrecord. Thegeneralstandardisthataclearancemay   begrantedonlywhenclearlyconsistentwiththeinterestsofthenationalsecurity.Department   oftheNavyv.Egan,484U.S.518,528(1988).SeealsoDirective,Encl.2,App.A2(b): Any   doubtconcerningpersonnelbeingconsideredfornationalsecurityeligibilitywillberesolvedinfavor p ofthenationalsecurity.  \   @( Order     TheDecisionis AFFIRMED .     `     h   Signed:Michael_Raanan_Ԁ <     `     h   MichaelRaanan ( x    `     h   AdministrativeJudge  d    `     h   Chairperson,AppealBoard  P     `     h   Signed:JamesE.Moody      `     h   JamesE.Moody      `     h   AdministrativeJudge      `     h   Member,AppealBoard t @*   `     h   Signed:JamesF.Duffy__ $t    `     h   JamesF.Duffy `    `     h   AdministrativeJudge L    `     h   Member,Appeal_Board___