Plagiarism, Finances, and Credibility Sink Clearance Eligibility


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I ran across a recent Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Hearings and Appeals case that made me scratch my head and ask “What the heck was she thinking?’ This one involved a DOE contractor who was completing a master’s degree program related to her job that was paid for by the DOE. The local…


You know, any one of the issues listed by itself (with proper honesty during the interview) would probably have been easy to mitigate. But the combination of these things really blows her credibility.

I found myself believing her story and actually holding some sympathy for her up until I got to the emails she sent her husband. Those emails were the most important factor in this determination (aside from the fact that the emails are what likely kicked off the investigation as a whole).

She unfortunately made their tough situation worse.