Update to RFC 3777 to Clarify Nominating Committee Eligibility of IETF Leadership
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Network Working Group                                           B. Leiba
Internet-Draft                                       Huawei Technologies
Updates: 3777 (if approved)                                 S. Moonesamy
Intended status: BCP                                     August 16, 2012
Expires: February 17, 2013

 Update to RFC 3777 to Clarify Nominating Committee Eligibility of IETF
                               Leadership
                   draft-leiba-3777upd-eligibility-01

Abstract

   RFC 3777 specifies that "sitting members" of the IAB and IESG "may
   not volunteer to serve on the nominating commitee".  Since that
   document was written the IAOC was formed, and that body is not
   covered by RFC 3777.  There is also uncertainty about whether ex-
   officio members and liaisons are included as "sitting members".  This
   document clarifies those situations.

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Table of Contents

   1.    Introduction  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3

   2.    Addition of the IAOC to the Text of RFC 3777  . . . . . . . . 4

   3.    Security Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

   4.    IANA Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

   5.    References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
   5.1.  Normative References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
   5.2.  Informative References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

         Authors' Addresses  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

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1.  Introduction

   The "Operation of the Nominating and Recall Committees" document
   [RFC3777] defines the nominating committee (NomCom) process.  One of
   the key points in the process and in the selection of the NomCom is
   that the IETF wants to avoid having its top leadership be self-
   selecting: the leaders should not be the ones who choose the leaders.
   The selection of the NomCom, therefore, excludes those individuals
   who are in top leadership positions currently.

   That said, it would be bad to eliminate people who have the
   experience necessary to understand of the IETF process: those
   individuals can bring a broader perspective to the NomCom and will
   help ensure that the people it selects for the leadership positions
   are better prepared to fulfill the roles.

   RFC 3777 specifies that "sitting members" of the IAB and IESG "may
   not volunteer to serve on the nominating committee".  Since that
   document was written the IETF Administrative Oversight Committee
   (IAOC) was formed, and that body is not covered by RFC 3777.  There
   is also uncertainty about whether ex-officio members liaisons, and
   such are included as "sitting members".  This document clarifies
   those situations, with the understanding that the intent of RFC 3777
   was to exclude those currently in IETF leadership positions, or who
   would otherwise have a conflict of interest, from voting on the
   selection of the new leadership.
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