Compelling Need [Aeronautics and Space] Law and Legal Definition

According to 14 CFR 1206.101 (r) [Title 14 Aeronautics and Space; Chapter V National Aeronautics and Space Administration; Part 1206 Availability of Agency Records to Members of the Public; Subpart 1 Basic Policy], the term compelling need means:

“(1) That a failure to obtain requested records on an expedited basis could reasonably be expected to pose an imminent threat to the life or physical safety of an individual; or

(2) With respect to a request made by a person primarily engaged in disseminating information, urgency to inform the public concerning actual or alleged Federal government activity.”