Congress Wants To Enhance A Policy That Lost


Draft House FY2022 NDAA Calls for International Norms of Behavior in Space, Space Policy Online

“The House Armed Services Committee will mark up its version of the FY2022 National Defense Authorization Act tomorrow in what is expected to be a marathon session that may extend beyond midnight. Among the bill’s provisions is direction to the National Space Council to coordinate U.S. government efforts to prioritize objectives for developing norms of behavior for space and to the Secretary of State to use them in international negotiations.”

Keith’s note: Alas, if you are a policy maker wanting to learn more about this topic, or a reporter trying to write an article, or just a citizen wanting to learn more and see what the current ISS rules of behavior are, the natural place to go is the NASA Office of International and Interagency Relations (OIIR). Their “helpful inks” page (which is still full of broken and missing links) is the place where the information is supposed to be, But if you click on International Space Station Crew Code of Conduct. If you do then you get “This site can’t be reached”. But if you happen to know that there is a thing called Google, and look for that document under that same name, you can go to 14 CFR § 1214.403 – Code of Conduct for the International Space Station Crew at Cornel Law School.

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It is just plain baffling that NASA OIIR and PAO allow a page that is supposed to be the place where international relationships are explained sit in a public facing location – broken. I laid out these errors and offered corrections 2 months ago but NASA doesn’t seem to take public input – so things stay broke.

NASA Tries To Fix A Webpage By Breaking It
NASA’s Websites Need Some Attention, earlier post
NASA Is Still Sleepwalking When It Comes to Policy Transparency, earlier post
NASA’s International and Interagency Relations Team Doesn’t Bother To Update, earlier post

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