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Internet Architecture Board,                              G. Huston, Ed.
Internet Engineering Steering
Group                                                     B. Wijnen, Ed.
Internet-Draft                                                      IESG
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         Process for the IAB and IESG selection of IAOC members

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   This memo outlines the process by which the IAB and the IESG makes
   selections of members of the IETF Administrative Oversight Committee.

Document Revision Notes

   [RFC Editor: Please remove this section prior to publication.]

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   The following changes have been made to the draft:


      Section 3.1 Nominations and Eligibility
         Reworded a potential ambiguity over recusal in selection.


      Merged drafts
         This document is a merge of the IAB and IESG drafts on IAOC


      Confirmation of selected Candidate
         On the basis that this is an IAB selection as distinct from an
         IETF selection, the step of confirmation of the selected
         candidate by the IESG has been removed.

      Section 3.4 Timeframe
         Extended the time frame to allow for a total time of between 5
         to 7 weeks for this process.

1.  Introduction

   The IETF Administrative Support Activity (IASA) provides the
   administrative structure required to support the IETF standards
   process and to support the IETF's technical activities.  Within this
   activity is the office of an Internet Administrative Director (IAD)
   and the Internet Administrative Oversight Committee (IAOC).  In
   addition to the ex-officio roles of the IETF Chair and IAB Chair on
   this committee, the IAB and IESG are each responsible for the
   appointment of one voting member of this committee.

   This memo outlines the process by which the IAB and IESG make their
   selections.  This process will also be used in the event of mid-term
   vacancies that may arise with these positions.

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1.1  Overview of IAOC

   The IASA is described in [RFC4071].  It is headed by a full-time
   Internet Society (ISOC) employee, the IETF Administrative Director
   (IAD), an officer empowered to act on behalf of the IASA at the
   direction of the IAOC.

   The IAOC's role is to provide appropriate direction to the IAD, to
   review the IAD's regular reports, and to oversee the IASA functions
   to ensure that the administrative needs of the IETF community are
   being properly met.  The IAOC's mission is not to be engaged in the
   day-to-day administrative work of IASA, but rather to provide
   appropriate direction, oversight and approval.

   As described in [RFC4071], the IAOC's responsibilities are:

   o  To select the IAD and provide high-level review and direction for
      his or her work.  This task should be handled by a sub-committee,
      as described in [RFC4071].

   o  To review the IAD's plans and contracts to ensure that they will
      meet the administrative needs of the IETF.

   o  To track whether the IASA functions are meeting the IETF
      community's administrative needs, and to work with the IAD to
      determine a plan for corrective action if they are not.

   o  To review the IAD's budget proposals to ensure that they will meet
      the IETF's needs, and review the IAD's regular financial reports.

   o  To ensure that the IASA is run in a transparent and accountable
      manner.  While the day-to-day work should be delegated to the IAD
      and others, the IAOC is responsible for ensuring that IASA
      finances and operational status are tracked appropriately, and
      that monthly, quarterly, and annual financial and operational
      reports are published to the IETF community.

   o  To designate, in consultation with the IAB and the IESG, the
      person or people who carry out the tasks which other IETF process
      documents say are carried out by the IETF Executive Director.

   The IAOC's role is to direct and review, not perform, the work of the
   IAD and IASA.  The IAOC holds periodic teleconferences and face-to-
   face meetings as needed to carry out the IAOC's duties efficiently
   and effectively.

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1.2  Overview of Selection Process

   In brief, this document describes the time frame and procedures for
   the IAB and IESG to solicit public input and make a selection for the

2.  Desirable Qualifications and Selection Criteria for IAB and IESG
    Nominated IAOC members

   Candidates for these IAOC positions should have knowledge of the
   IETF, knowledge of contracts and financial procedures, and
   familiarity with the administrative support needs of the IAB, the
   IESG, and the IETF standards process.

   The candidates are also expected to be able to understand the
   respective roles and responsibilities of the IETF and ISOC in this
   activity, and be able to articulate these roles within the IETF

   The candidates will also be expected to exercise all the duties of an
   IAOC member, including being prepared to undertake any associated
   responsibilities, including the setting of administrative support
   policies, oversight of the administrative operations of the IETF,
   representing the interests of the IETF to the IAOC, and be able to
   undertake full participation in all Committee meetings and Committee

   In the case of the IAB-selected member of the IAOC, this individual
   does not directly represent the IAB.  Similarly for the IESG-selected
   member of the IAOC, this individual does not directly represent the
   IESG.  The IAB and IESG selected members are accountable directly to
   the IETF community.

3.  IAB and IESG Selection Process of an IAOC member

3.1  Nominations and Eligibility

   The IAB and IESG will alternate year by year in making a public call
   for nominations on the ietf-announce@ietf.org mailing list.  The
   public call will specify the manner by which nominations will be
   accepted and the means by which the list of nominees will be

   Self-nominations are permitted.  Along with the name and contact
   information for each candidate, details about the candidate's
   background and qualifications for the position should be attached to
   the nomination.  All IETF participants, including working group
   chairs, IETF Nominating Committee members, IAB and IESG members are

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   eligible for nomination.

   IAB members who accept a nomination for an IAB-selected position will
   recuse themselves from IAB selection discussions.  Similarly, IESG
   members who accept a nomination for an IESG-selected position will
   recuse themselves from IESG selection discussions.

3.2  Selection

   The selecting body will publish the list of nominated persons prior
   to making a decision, allowing time for the community to pass any
   relevant comments to that body.

   The selecting body will review the nomination material, any submitted
   comments, and make their selection.

3.3  Care of Personal Information

   The following procedures will be used by the IAB and IESG in managing
   candidates' personal information:

   o  The candidate's name will be published, with all other candidate
      names, at the close of the nominations period.

   o  Except as noted above, all information provided to the IAB or IESG
      during this process will be kept as confidential to that body.

3.4  Term of Office and Selection Timeframe

   The IAB and IESG expect to seat their selected committee member at
   the first IETF meeting of every second year, for a two year term of
   office.  The IAB and IESG will alternate each year in undertaking a
   selection, except for the initial selection.  For the first year the
   IAB and IESG will operate their selection process concurrently.  Also
   for the first year the IESG-selected candidate will serve on the
   committee for an initial term ending with the first IETF meeting of
   the following year, and the IAB-selected candidate will serve for a
   term one year longer than the IESG-selected candidate.  Thereafter
   the candidates will be seated for two year terms.

   Basic time frame requirements for the selection process are as

   o  2 - 3 weeks for solicitation of nominations.

   o  3 - 4 weeks for review of nominees, deliberation and selection.

   In November of every year, the selecting body of that year will

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   announce the specific dates for the selection process for that year,
   following the guidelines above.

3.5  Mid-term Vacancies

   This document describes the process for the general appointment of
   IAB-selected and IESG-selected IAOC members.  However, if the
   appointed member is unable to serve the full two year term, the
   selecting body may, at its discretion, immediately select a
   replacement to serve the remainder of the term using the interim
   process defined in Section 3.5.1.  If the selecting body does not
   invoke the interim process, the next biannual selection process will
   fill the vacancy.

3.5.1  Interim Appointment Process

   If the selecting body elects to fill the mid-term vacancy before the
   next biannual selection, a separate time line will be announced and
   the remainder of the process described in this document will be

4.  Acknowledgements

   This document is based extensively on RFC 3677 [RFC3677].  It has
   benefited from helpful review comments from Harald Alvestrand, Brian
   Carpenter Leslie Daigle, Rob Evans, Michael Patton and Margaret

5.  Informative References

   [RFC3677]  Daigle, L. and Internet Architecture Board, "IETF ISOC
              Board of Trustee Appointment Procedures", BCP 77,
              RFC 3677, December 2003.

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

Authors' Addresses

   Geoff Huston (editor)

   Email: gih@apnic.net

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   Bert Wijnen (editor)
   Internet Engineering Steering Group

   Email: bwijnen@lucent.com

Appendix A.  IAB Members

   Internet Architecture Board members at the time this document was
   drafted were:

      Bernard Aboba
      Loa Andersson
      Brian Carpenter
      Leslie Daigle
      Patrik Faltstrom
      Bob Hinden
      Kurtis Lindqvist
      David Meyer
      Pekka Nikander
      Eric Rescorla
      Pete Resnick
      Janathan Rosenberg
      Lixia Zhang

Appendix B.  IESG Members

   Internet Engineering Steering Group members at the time this document
   was drafted were:

      Brian Carpenter
      Bill Fenner
      Ted Hardie
      Sam Hartman
      Scott Hollenbeck
      Russell Housley
      David Kessens
      Allison Mankin
      Mark Townsley
      Jon Peterson
      Margaret Wasserman
      Bert Wijnen
      Alex Zinin

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