Testing Procedure

While a good bit of the detail described below may be modified as the TIP application spreads throughout the country, the words below do describe the testing mechanics which will be used at the outset.  Candidates can visualize the impacts on their political careers, voting members of an STIP can picture the work and skills required of them, and sustaining members can get a more detailed view of how their contributions will be used to further the efforts of the TIP system to restore the health of our country.

While state TIP organizations (STIPs) may ultimately be created in every state, those initially created may be involved with testing political candidates and STIP Voting Members in nearby states as well, pending the creation of STIPs in those nearby states.  Every test will be identified by a unique Test Number, which will consist of a numeric between 1 and 99,999, followed by the part number of the three-part test (P1, P2, or P3), followed by the letters STP or POL for tests of state TIP personnel or political candidates, respectively, followed by the two-letter state abbreviation used by the U.S Postal Service for the subject's state of residence, including Puerto Rico and Washington DC.  NTIP Voting Members are included in the above, under their retained status as STIP Voting Members.  For CEC personnel and any NTIP personnel who are not Voting Members, the Test Numbers will contain only a numeric, a part number, and the letters CEC or NTP.

This numbering system will accommodate the expected level of testing for many years into the future.  The STIP manager for a large state may assign blocks of numbers to county TIP committees (CTIP) from time to time, so that the county may assign a number to a given test without having to consult the state's STIP.  The subject will state the test number orally at the start of the test's voice record to permit later identification checking.  (E.g., "Please state the Test Number of this test."  Answer: "This is Test Number 1234-P2-POL-CA.")  The voice record will otherwise contain nothing to identify either the subject being tested or the interviewer.

The standard test questions, defined by the NTIP organization, will be played to a subject over a  computer speaker from a stored file on that computer.  The questions will be identical for every politician in every state, and will become familiar to the general public and to political candidates via public advertising.  (The questions for TIP and CEC personnel are similar to those for political candidates, but may differ in some details.)  In the test, the subject will state his yes or no answers to the questions as they occur, and the entire question and answer session will be digitally recorded.  At the end of the test, three digital records, one for each part of the test,  will be downloaded to the computer, where they will be played back to both the subject and the interviewer so that they can jointly verify the successful capture of the questions and answers.

The CTIP or STIP interviewer will then create a folder called c:\Interviews, store the three voice record files therein, and change their names to their respective test numbers.  He will then transmit those files as email attachments to the state's STIP manager, along with data documenting the names (subject, interviewer, witness, etc), dates, contact information, the test number, the release form, and anything else needed for archival storage by the state and national TIP organizations.  The STIP organization will be the keeper of the list of names and test numbers for its entire state, and possibly for one or more neighboring states.  NTIP will be the keeper of NTP and CEC files.

With respect to the release form, which is required only of political candidates, the subject must acknowledge in the first recorded question and answer on the test that he agrees to the release terms and has signed the form.  Lacking his signature, the test will not be permitted to proceed.  The release form is reproduced here.

The test files, which contain NO information about the identity of the subject tested, the interviewer, or the witness, will then be transmitted by the STIP Manager to a "CEC Manager," a senior highly trained Certified Examiner.  He will assign a Primary Examiner to identify and analyze the subject's responses, and document his conclusions concerning the subject's veracity.  He will then transmit the files, with the subject's responses now immediately printable, to a Backup Examiner who will independently analyze the data and document his conclusions in an email to the Primary Examiner.  That examiner will write a report containing the conclusions of both examiners (but not their identities), and return it, along with three computer-generated PDF files of the "waveforms" of the subject's responses in each of the three parts of the test, to the CEC Manager.  That manager will make annotations to the report as he sees fit, and will return the report, along with the three PDF files, to the  STIP manager from whom he originally received the test files. The STIP manager will add the written report and the response waveforms to the other archival information for the given test, and send pertinent portions of those state records to the NTIP, the National Truth In Politics organization, for their central archives.  The STIP manager will also send the test findings to the STIP or CTIP interviewer, who will in turn transmit those findings to the subject being tested.

For tests of political candidates (having POL in the Test Number), the final result reported by the CEC Manager will be Deception Indicated (DI) if and only if, on at least one of the relevant questions, both the Primary and Backup examiners find Deception Indicated on that question.  (I.e., in the rare case of a split decision on any question, the candidate is given the benefit of the doubt.)  For tests of TIP and CEC personnel, the final result will be No Deception Indicated (NDI) only if both examiners find NDI on all of the  relevant questions, a higher standard for "passing" than is required of political candidates.

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