Any FSDO manager can designate an ASI as "best qualified". Flying has nothing to do with the endorsement. The ASI doing the endorsement doesn't even need to be an NVG qualified pilot or an IP himself. Ive been doing a lot of talking with the FAA, and Im making progress. Its just interesting to watch people continually just defer you to someone else. Whats even better is actually hearing a FSDO respond "Well, thats just how we've always done it" as a viable answer. It was extremely refreshing when I found someone who decided to grab on and work through this with me. Its actually an extremely simple process. It was just a matter of finding someone who was interested in it.
I wont even go down the road of the FAA guy who told me I needed to attend a specific flight school and bring him a certificate of completion from their $7500 course.
I spent the last four days at the Robinson factory teaching a course to them and participating in USHST face to face work shops in areas of concern that we are addressing.
I did take time to ask the head of AFS-800 about the confusion and issues with NVG IPs, etc.
He was aware of the problem and told me to contact a member of AFS-800 that was not present but was going to address all of this at Night Con.
I will PM you his email and you can use me as a reference along with his boss's name to get the truth and answers to all of your questions.