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IAF User Advisory Committee Chair Made a Video, and It Makes No Goddamn Sense
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23 June, 2019 - 1:51 AM
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Image EnlargerSheronda Jeffries continues her rise in the IAF, and was featured in one of a series of videos published by the organization to show that they are hip with the kids and can use social media. The Jeffries video in particular is just absolutely, mind-bogglingly baffling. Seriously, it’s only 90 seconds long, and I have no idea what she said in it.

Go have a look. When I hit the video, it was at 9 views (I was number 9), so if you see that number go up, it’s because the Oxebridge readers are pinging it. You’re welcome, IAF.

I see Ms. Jeffries’ mouth moving, and I hear sounds coming out, but I have no idea what concepts those sounds are supposed to come together to mean. I am starting to get the idea that her idea of “users” is not at all referring to you, dear reader, but instead the Accreditation Bodies. But the video is about her putting forth a two-part plan to apparently plan something, which presumably required planning. Or something.

If someone can translate from IAFspeak to English, please let me know.

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I’m none the wiser for watching the video. But according to the IAF website “The IAF Technical Committees are powerful sources of knowledge. They are composed of experts and global leaders in difference fields of space activities, who discuss and anticipate the evolution of space activities.” I’ll take their word for it.

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Hilarious! Talk about content-free. This is my favorite “sentence”:

“We also discussed the discussion papers that were on the table at the TC and for those what we discussed was how to move forward making sure that industry and users that we have come together and formed a consensus with regard to those discussion papers.” And … breathe.

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25 June, 2019 - 9:04 AM
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Good catch, Jim.

I had an industry insider tell me what’s going on here. They said that essentially Jeffries is talking about efforts which center around communicating to IAF meeting participants (i.e., reps of the Accreditation Bodies) what key positions will be AHEAD of meetings, so that essentially there’s no opposition DURING the meeting. This is common in the US, and the TAG 176 — which Jeffries is also on — does the same thing. They inform members what official positions are likely to be so that when everyone shows up, there’s no discussion. They then brand this as “informing” the members, but it’s actually just to keep everyone in line.

Remember, it was Jeffries who distributed a survey on ISO 9001 standards development among her pals and then pulled it when I opened the survey up to actual users and the public. She is allergic to anything having to do with the unwashed masses.

So Jeffries’ cheery disposition may be hinting at something more nefarious. When she talks about “discussion” points, this is to give the proceedings a sheen of democratic process where, in fact, there is none.

Also, and I wrote about this before, IAF takes a different view on what “User Advisory Committee” means. It doesn’t mean getting advice FROM users, it means ADVISING users. So the actual name should be “Advising Users Committee.” But if you squint, it’s sort of what the committee’s name is saying.

Again, nefarious.

But if you look at Jeffries’ rising star status, this kind of thing is exactly what they reward people for.

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25 June, 2019 - 9:41 AM
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Paul Lanagan said
I’m none the wiser for watching the video. But according to the IAF website “The IAF Technical Committees are powerful sources of knowledge. They are composed of experts and global leaders in difference fields of space activities, who discuss and anticipate the evolution of space activities.” I’ll take their word for it.

  

Wrong IAF – that’s the International Astronautical Federation. The Jeffries video is for the International Accreditation Forum (www.iaf.nu).

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