IAB and IESG Selection, Confirmation, and Recall Process: Operation of the Nominating and Recall Committees
RFC 3777

Document Type RFC - Best Current Practice (June 2004; Errata)
Obsoleted by RFC 7437
Obsoletes RFC 2727
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Network Working Group                                     J. Galvin, Ed.
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Obsoletes: 2727                                                June 2004
BCP: 10
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 (2004).

Abstract

   The process by which the members of the IAB and IESG are selected,
   confirmed, and recalled is specified.  This document is a self-
   consistent, organized compilation of the process as it was known at
   the time of publication.

Table of Contents

   1.  Introduction . .  .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  2
   2.  Definitions  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  3
   3.  General  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  3
   4.  Nominating Committee Selection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
   5.  Nominating Committee Operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
   6.  Dispute Resolution Process . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
   7.  Member Recall  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24
   8.  Changes From RFC 2727. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26
   9.  Acknowledgements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
   10. Security Considerations  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29
   11. Informative References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29
   A.  Oral Tradition . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30
   B.  Nominating Committee Timeline  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31
       Author's Address . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33
       Full Copyright Statement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34

Galvin                   Best Current Practice                  [Page 1]
RFC 3777                 IAB and IESG Selection                June 2004

1.  Introduction

   This document is a revision of and supercedes RFC 2727 [2].  It is a
   complete specification of the process by which members of the IAB and
   IESG are selected, confirmed, and recalled as of the date of its
   approval.

   The following two assumptions continue to be true of this
   specification.

   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 three times
   per calendar year with approximately equal amounts of time between
   them.  The meetings are referred to as the First IETF, Second IETF,
   or Third IETF as needed.

   The next section lists the words and phrases commonly used throughout
   this document with their intended meaning.

   The majority 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 the
      volunteers who will serve on the committee are recognized.

   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: RFC 2727 [2].

   An appendix of useful facts and practices collected from previous
   nominating committees is also included.

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RFC 3777                 IAB and IESG Selection                June 2004

2.  Definitions

   The following words and phrases are commonly used throughout this
   document.  They are listed here with their intended meaning for the
   convenience of the reader.

   candidate: A nominee who has been selected to be considered for
      confirmation by a confirming body.

   confirmed candidate: A candidate that has been reviewed and approved
      by a confirming body.

   nominating committee term: The term begins when its members are
      officially announced, which is expected to be prior to the Third
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