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rfc:rfc6859

Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) B. Leiba Request for Comments: 6859 Huawei Technologies BCP: 10 January 2013 Updates: 3777 Category: Best Current Practice ISSN: 2070-1721

         Update to RFC 3777 to Clarify Nominating Committee
                   Eligibility of IETF Leadership

Abstract

 RFC 3777 specifies that "sitting members" of the IAB and IESG "may
 not volunteer to serve on the nominating committee".  Since the time
 that document was written, the IETF Administrative Oversight
 Committee (IAOC) was formed; that body is not covered by RFC 3777.
 There is also ambiguity in RFC 3777 about whether ex officio members
 and liaisons are included as "sitting members".  This document
 updates RFC 3777 to clarify the rules as they apply to members of the
 IAB, the IESG, and the IAOC.

Status of This Memo

 This memo documents an Internet Best Current Practice.
 This document is a product of the Internet Engineering Task Force
 (IETF).  It represents the consensus of the IETF community.  It has
 received public review and has been approved for publication by the
 Internet Engineering Steering Group (IESG).  Further information on
 BCPs is available in Section 2 of RFC 5741.
 Information about the current status of this document, any errata,
 and how to provide feedback on it may be obtained at
 http://www.rfc-editor.org/info/rfc6859.

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Copyright Notice

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1. Introduction

 The "IAB and IESG Selection, Confirmation, and Recall Process:
 Operation of the Nominating and Recall Committees" document [RFC3777]
 defines the nominating committee process.  On the nominating
 committee, it is important to include people who have the experience
 necessary to understand the IETF process: those individuals can bring
 a broader perspective to the nominating committee and will help
 ensure that the people it selects are better prepared to fulfill the
 roles.  That said, one of the key points in the process and in the
 selection of the nominating committee is that the IETF wants to avoid
 having the IAB and the IESG be self-selecting.  The selection of the
 nominating committee, therefore, excludes individuals who currently
 serve on the bodies to which the nominating committee selects seats.
 RFC 3777 specifies that "sitting members" of the IAB and IESG "may
 not volunteer to serve on the nominating committee".  Since the time
 that document was written, the IETF Administrative Oversight
 Committee (IAOC) was formed.  Some IAOC members are selected by the
 nominating committee (see [RFC4071], Section 4), and that body is not
 covered by RFC 3777.  There is also ambiguity in RFC 3777 about
 whether ex officio members, liaisons, and such are included as
 "sitting members".  This document updates RFC 3777 to clarify the
 rules as they apply to members of the IAB, the IESG, and the IAOC,
 with the understanding of the intent of RFC 3777 as outlined above.
 RFC 3777 does not exclude participation by working group chairs, IRTF
 research group chairs, members of directorates and special review
 teams, or members of other advisory bodies.  This document makes no
 changes in that regard.

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2. Replacement of RFC 3777, Section 4, Rule 15

 The following paragraph replaces RFC 3777, Section 4, rule 15 in its
 entirety.
 15.  Any person who serves on any of the Internet Society Board of
 Trustees, the IAB, the IESG, or the IAOC, including those who serve
 on these bodies in ex officio positions, may not volunteer to serve
 as voting members of the nominating committee.  Liaisons to these
 bodies from other bodies or organizations are not excluded by this
 rule.

3. Security Considerations

 This is a procedural document, and it is entirely unrelated to
 security.

4. References

4.1. Normative References

 [RFC3777]  Galvin, J., "IAB and IESG Selection, Confirmation, and
            Recall Process: Operation of the Nominating and Recall
            Committees", BCP 10, RFC 3777, June 2004.

4.2. Informative References

 [RFC4071]  Austein, R. and B. Wijnen, "Structure of the IETF
            Administrative Support Activity (IASA)", BCP 101,
            RFC 4071, April 2005.

Author's Address

 Barry Leiba
 Huawei Technologies
 Phone: +1 646 827 0648
 EMail: barryleiba@computer.org
 URI:   http://internetmessagingtechnology.org/

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