IAB and IESG Selection, Confirmation, and Recall Process: Operation of the Nominating and Recall Committees
RFC 2282

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Obsoleted by RFC 2727
Obsoletes RFC 2027
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Network Working Group                                           J. Galvin
Request for Comments: 2282                              eList eXpress LLC
BCP: 10                                                     February 1998
Obsoletes: 2027
Category: Best Current Practice

       IAB and IESG Selection, Confirmation, and Recall Process:
           Operation of the Nominating and Recall Committees

Status of this Memo

   This document specifies an Internet Best Current Practices for the
   Internet Community, and requests discussion and suggestions for
   improvements.  Distribution of this memo is unlimited.

Copyright Notice

   Copyright (C) The Internet Society (1998).  All Rights Reserved.

Abstract

   The process by which the members of the IAB and IESG are selected,
   confirmed, and recalled is specified.  The evolution of the process
   has relied principally on oral tradition as a means by which the
   lessons learned could be passed on to successive committees.  This
   document is a self-consistent, organized compilation of the process
   as it is known today.

Table of Contents

   1 Introduction .................................................    1
   2 General ......................................................    2
   3 Nominating Committee Selection ...............................    6
   4 Nominating Committee Operation ...............................    7
   5 Member Recall ................................................   11
   6 Changes From RFC2027 .........................................   12
   7 Security Considerations ......................................   13
   8 Editor's Address .............................................   13
   9 Full Copyright Statement .....................................   14

1.  Introduction

   This document supercedes RFC2027, the first complete specification of
   the process by which members of the IAB and IESG are selected,
   confirmed, and recalled.  Prior to that time, a single paragraph in
   RFC1602 is the extent to which the process had been formally
   recorded.

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RFC 2282                 IAB and IESG Selection            February 1998

   This revision is based on the experience of the 1996 Nominating
   Committee, the first committee to operate according to RFC2027.  The
   following two assumptions of that specification are also true for
   this revision.

    (1)   The Internet Research Task Force (IRTF) and Internet Research
          Steering Group (IRSG) are not a part of the process described
          here.

    (2)   The organization (and re-organization) of the IESG is not a
          part of the process described here.

   The time frames specified here use IETF meetings as a frame of
   reference.  The time frames assume that the IETF meets at least once
   per year with that meeting occurring during the North American Spring
   time, i.e., the IETF meets at least on or about March of each year.

   The remainder of this document is divided into four major topics as
   follows.

   General
        This a set of rules and constraints that apply to the selection
        and confirmation process as a whole.

   Nominating Committee Selection
        This is the process by which volunteers from the IETF community
        are recognized to serve on the committee that nominates
        candidates to serve on the IESG and IAB.

   Nominating Committee Operation
        This is the set of principles, rules, and constraints that guide
        the activities of the nominating committee, including the
        confirmation process.

   Member Recall
        This is the process by which the behavior of a sitting member of
        the IESG or IAB may be questioned, perhaps resulting in the
        removal of the sitting member.

   A final section describes how this document differs from its
   predecessor: RFC2027.

2.  General

   The following set of rules apply to the selection and confirmation
   process as a whole.  If necessary, a paragraph discussing the
   interpretation of each rule is included.

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RFC 2282                 IAB and IESG Selection            February 1998

    (1)   The principal functions of the nominating committee are to
          review the open IESG and IAB positions and to either nominate
          its incumbent or recruit a superior candidate.

        The nominating committee does not select the open positions to
        be reviewed; it is instructed as to which positions to review.

        At a minimum, the nominating committee will be given the title
        of the position to be reviewed.  The nominating committee may be
        given a desirable set of qualifications for the candidate
        nominated to fill each position.

        Incumbents must notify the nominating committee if they do not
        wish to be nominated.

        The nominating committee does not confirm its candidates; it
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