RE: USA designations, withheld TLEs

Phillip Clark (
Wed, 10 Mar 1999 07:58:16 +0000 (GMT)

On Tue, 9 Mar 1999, Richard T Fredrick wrote:
> Well, it looks like OIG is up to their old (new) tricks. Being a government
> agency, much like our representatives in Congress, they are answerable first
> to their special interest groups (in this case, the U.S. Air Force) and the
> public be damned. I've been actively involved in fighting their petty
> policies for the past year - this looks like just one more case of a
> government agency that is not responding to calls for them to provide what
> lawfully belongs in the public domain. Perhaps it's time to file some
> FIA's...

My understanding of the bureaucratic mind is that if there were to be any 
major fusses caused with regard to the TLEs and what gets issued, then 
USSPACECOM would simply pull the plug and issue nothing.   And a good way 
to do this is to start FIA actions.

Best to try working patiently behind the scenes.

Phillip Clark

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