SOUTHEAST – A civilian employee for the Department of Energy (DOE) was denied for a Q-clearance based upon an extensive history of alcohol abuse, which included 4 DUIs. During his security clearance interview with a DOE psychologist, our client admitted to continued social drinking. Following the advice of the DOE psychologist, the DOE denied our client his Q-clearance, leading him to retain the services of JAG Defense. Our attorneys put together an extensive response package demonstrating our client’s rehabilitation, including a second opinion from a psychologist specializing in addictions. At his personal appearance, we presented testimony from numerous witnesses about our client’s lifestyle changes, and argued that he was successfully rehabilitated. Result: Over the continuing objection of the DOE psychologist, our client was granted his Q-clearance by the hearing officer.