WPCf  6;(K!k~|@)B;7M©J%Xqx8d<cp-/-ri0~X@0{eVI?[[n %z<}d(DZIg0Ҵ.)G!M??F,ol3Ⱦhn&CٶҾFU+i$=E0Gnu[Dg{K rf W[y雀ow⽤|6s!' *V%_~thGr --c|Yz) H t $JQ,_柿,(bۧ+Z꓎!: C({@U>ex_d3d@ ~չ6|Ƕ=ЃUn1U:PSC_A?Z#UN % 0: ^ C wO 4S g v mx Z Z NC C C EE NG G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G BI Hewlett-Packard HP LaserJet P3010 Series0(9 Z6Times New Roman RegularX($USUS.,z,K;EJntFold3|xU8DocumentManagement::ModifiedBooleanTRUE8DocumentManagement::ModifiedBooleanTRUE d !USUS.,  _KEYWORD:GuidelineH;GuidelineE  DIGEST:Applicantcitestofavorableevidence,suchasherfiveyearsofsobriety,her  employmentrecord,andherlettersofreference.Applicanthasnotrebuttedthepresumptionthat t theJudgeconsideredalloftheevidenceintherecord,norhassheshownthattheJudgeweighed ` theevidenceinamannerthatwasarbitrary,capricious,orcontrarytolaw.Adversedecision L  affirmed. 8  _CASENO_:1507644.a1  ` DATE:09/12/2017  8     `     h      p DATE:September12,2017   .؉7r(#(#.AY) xdEogA p InRe: k     ApplicantforSecurityClearance W AY) xdEgA / ) p ) \ ) H ) 4 )  p )  \ ) H ) 4    ! pX p _ISCR_ԀCaseNo.1507644 4$   p% .؉7r. \XXp %    APPEALBOARDDECISION & APPEARANCES X )  &o%XX FORGOVERNMENT  0"+ JamesB.Norman,Esq.,ChiefDepartmentCounsel #X,  FORAPPLICANT  $ . RyanC._Nerney_,Esq.#XX%&o# % /     TheDepartmentofDefense(DoD)declinedtograntApplicantasecurityclearance.OnJune @(#2 14,2016,DoDissuedastatementofreasons(_SOR_)advisingApplicantofthebasisforthat ,)|$3 decision!securityconcernsraisedunderGuidelineH(DrugInvolvement)andGuidelineE(Personal *h%4 Conduct)ofDepartmentofDefenseDirective5220.6(Jan.2,1992,asamended)(Directive). +T&5 Applicantrequestedahearing.OnJune16,2017,afterthehearing,DefenseOfficeofHearingsand +@'6 Appeals(DOHA)AdministrativeJudgeFranciscoMendezdeniedApplicantsrequestforasecurity ,,(7 clearance.ApplicantappealedpursuanttoDirectiveE3.1.28andE3.1.30. -)8 Ї  Applicantraisedthefollowingissueonappeal:whethertheJudgesadversedecisionwas  arbitrary,capricious,orcontrarytolaw.Consistentwiththefollowing,weaffirm.    TheJudgesFindingsofFact  `   From2007to2011,Applicantabused_oxycodone_Ԁand_percocet_,becomingaddictedtoopiates. 8  Shealsopurchasedandusedmarijuana.Atthetimeofthisconduct,ApplicantworkedforaDefense $ t contractorthathadapolicyagainsttheillegaluseofcontrolledsubstances.Bysummerof2011,  ` Applicantbeganinjectingherointodeaden_the_Ԁpainofherliverdisease.Shewasspendingabout  L  $100adayonheroin.Laterthatyear,sheenteredintoadetoxificationandsubstanceabuse  8  treatmentprogram.Applicantcompletedthe_rehab_Ԁprogram.Upondischargeayearlater,shewas $  advisedtoattendasupportgroupsuchasNarcoticsAnonymous(NA)inordertomaintainsobriety.   SheattendedNAforaboutsixmonthsbutthenstopped.Applicanthashadnocounselingsince   2012.Althoughshestoppedusingheroinandopiates,shecontinuedtousemarijuana.Shefinally   stoppedusingmarijuanaafteraDWIarrestinOctober2012.     In2011,Applicantcompletedanapplicationforapublictrustposition,uponwhichshedid \ notreportherillegaldruginvolvement.Inheranswertothe_SOR_,sheadmittedthatshefalsified H herresponse,characterizingheromissionsas wronganddishonest.Decisionat5.In2015, 4 Applicantcompletedasecurityclearanceapplication(_SCA_).Shereportedmostofhersubstance  p abuseproblems,butstatedthatshestoppedusingdrugsinOctober2011,whensheentered_rehab_.  \ Shedidnotdisclosehermarijuanausein2012.Shedeniedthatthisomissionwasdeliberate.She H alsostatedinher_SCA_Ԁthatshecontinuedtoreceivecounselingforsubstanceabuseproblemsand 4 togotomeetingsinordertomaintainsobriety.Shepresentednoevidenceofsuchcounseling,   however.     TheJudgesAnalysis     TheJudgestatedthatApplicantmadeastrongcaseformitigationoftheGuidelineH l concerns,citingherfiveyearsofsobrietyandhergoodemploymentrecord.However,henotedthat X  shehadalonghistoryofsubstanceabuseandthatshedidnotcontinuewithcounseling.Her D! falsificationoftwoFederalformsalsoweighedagainstafavorableconclusion. 0"    RegardingGuidelineE,theJudgefoundthatApplicanthaddeliberatelyfalsifiedher2015 $X" _SCA_.Hefoundherexplanationfortheomissiontobelackingcredibility.Healsonotedanother $D # falseclaiminher_SCA_,thatshehadcontinuedtogotocounseling.Inthewholepersonanalysis, %0!$ theJudgenotedApplicantssuccessinovercomingdrugaddiction.Hefound,however,thatherlack &"% ofcandorinreportinghersubstanceabusehistoryraisedunmitigatedconcernsabouther '#& trustworthinessandreliability. (#'   Discussion  |*%)   Applicantcitestofavorableevidence,suchasherfiveyearsofsobriety,heremployment T,'+ record,andherlettersofreference.Shealsonotesthatshediddisclosesomeofherdruguseinher @-(, 2015_SCA_,which,shecontends,showsthatsheistrustworthy.Applicanthasnotrebuttedthe  presumptionthattheJudgeconsideredalloftheevidenceintherecord,norhassheshownthatthe  Judgeweighedtheevidenceinamannerthatwasarbitrary,capricious,orcontrarytolaw.See,e.g.,  _ISCR_ԀCaseNo.1300502at3(App.Bd.Mar.7,2017).Applicantarguesthat,ifshehadpossessed t anactualintenttodeceive,shewouldhaveleftoutallofherdrugusein2015.However, ` consideringtheDecisionasawhole,weconcludethattheJudgesfindingofdeliberateomissionof L  marijuanauseuntillate2012issupportable.Amongotherthings,themultiplenatureofApplicants 8  omissionssupportsthechallengedfinding.See,e.g.,_ISCR_ԀCaseNo.1402567at45(App.Bd.Oct. $ t 5,2015).TheHearingOfficecasesthattheJudgecitesarenotsufficienttounderminetheJudges  ` analysisandconclusions.Inanyevent,HearingOfficecasearenotbindingonotherHearingOffice  L  JudgesorontheAppealBoard.See,e.g.,_ISCR_ԀCaseNo.1501416at3(App.Bd.Feb.15,2017).  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  4   TheDecisionis AFFIRMED .    \    `     h   Signed:Michael_Raanan_Ԁ     `     h   Michael_Raanan_     `     h   AdministrativeJudge     `     h   Chairperson,AppealBoard     `     h   Signed:JamesE.Moody 4"     `     h   JamesE.Moody  #p!    `     h   AdministrativeJudge  $\"    `     h   Member,AppealBoard $H #    `     h   Signed:JamesF.Duffy__ (#'    `     h   JamesF.Duffy )$(    `     h   AdministrativeJudge *%)    `     h   Member,Appeal_Board___