DOE Contractor Overcomes Multiple Issues to Get Clearance Reinstated

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One of the first security clearance appeal cases in 2023 for the Department of Energy (DOE) involved issues and concerns under sexual behavior, personal conduct, drug involvement, psychological conditions, and criminal conduct. The DOE contractor was issued a Letter of Interrogatory and his subsequent response did not mitigate the concerns. The contractor was evaluated by…

Sexual Behavior – he exhibited poor judgment in continuing to meet men through online dating sites despite having been sexually assaulted in 2021.

This seems really unusual to me; would they say the same thing to a woman who was sexually assaulted after going to a bar? That continuing to date in person is a lack of judgment? Online dating is a fact of life nowadays. I wonder how something like this would have even come up, I don’t remember any SF-86 I filled out asking about how you chose to date?

I know the feds don’t have to follow state laws but some states have VERY strict laws concerning the rights of sexual assault survivors and discrimination against crime victims. Imagine DOE being told "The State University of Wherever will no longer send interns to your facilities or engage in research with you due to your violation of (insert victims rights law here). Similar things can and have happened.