Manuscripts/Mixed Material Interview with Francis J. Tatu
TATU: Oh, yes. She had a relationship with an individual named Scott McCloud, who became ambassador to Ireland, but that's another story. Anyway, there were four FSOs. One of whom became sufficiently discouraged as to resign in our first month. We were not there that long, maybe a year or so.
Q: What were you doing in the Passport Office?
TATU: We were called “adjudicators.”
Q: Which means what?
TATU: We looked at passport applications and determined if people were eligible. Our supervisors told us, “If you get an application from a black” - he didn't use the term 'black' - he said, “watch it very carefully, because these people never have enough money to sustain themselves overseas. So anything you can get them on: if they don't have a certificate of support or a definable income, you have to reject them.”
Q: That was contained in the law?
TATU: Oral instructions.
Q: I see. Interesting.
TATU: They were effective. We were rebellious about this, and we worked around it. We didn't do ourselves any good in the Passport Office. There was little career development experience to be gained.
Q: I find that very interesting. Was that one of Frances Knight'trademarks?
TATU: I don't know that it ever came to her attention. This was ouimmediate supervisor, who was a career civil servant.
Q: Did they have other restrictive type of instructions? Yomentioned blacks. Were there others?
TATU: This is the only one I can remember, in a general way.