Procedures for Handling Liaison Statements to and from the IETF
RFC 4053

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Network Working Group                                      S. Trowbridge
Request for Comments: 4053                           Lucent Technologies
BCP: 103                                                      S. Bradner
Category: Best Current Practice                       Harvard University
                                                                F. Baker
                                                           Cisco Systems
                                                              April 2005

    Procedures for Handling Liaison Statements to and from the IETF

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 (2005).

Abstract

   This document describes the procedure for proper handling of incoming
   liaison statements from other standards development organizations
   (SDOs), consortia, and industry fora, and for generating liaison
   statements to be transmitted from IETF to other SDOs, consortia and
   industry fora.  This procedure allows IETF to effectively collaborate
   with other organizations in the international standards community.

   The IETF expects that liaison statements might come from a variety of
   organizations, and it may choose to respond to many of those.  The
   IETF is only obligated to respond if there is an agreed liaison
   relationship, however.

Trowbridge, et al.       Best Current Practice                  [Page 1]
RFC 4053             Handling of Liaison Statements           April 2005

Table of Contents

   1. Introduction ....................................................3
   2. Liaison Statements and Their Handling ...........................3
      2.1. Definitions ................................................3
      2.2. Liaison Statements .........................................4
           2.2.1. Contents of a Liaison Statement .....................4
                  2.2.1.1. Envelope Information .......................4
                  2.2.1.2. Liaison Content ............................5
      2.3. Addressee Responsibilities .................................6
      2.4. Lifetime of a Liaison Statement ............................7
   3. Tools for Handling Liaison Statements ...........................7
      3.1. Liaison Statements from Other SDOs, Consortia, and
           Fora to IETF ...............................................7
           3.1.1. Liaison Statement Submission ........................8
           3.1.2. Mechanism for Displaying Liaison Statements .........9
      3.2. Communicating IETF Information to Other SDOs,
           Consortia, and Fora ........................................9
           3.2.1. Spontaneously Generating Liaison Statements
                  to Other ............................................9
                  3.2.1.1. Transmitting IETF Documents to
                           Other Organizations .......................10
                  3.2.1.2. Requests for Information ..................10
                  3.2.1.3. Requesting Comments on Work in Progress ...11
                  3.2.1.4. Requests for Other Actions
                           (Besides Comments on IETF Drafts) .........11
           3.2.2. Responding to Incoming Liaison Statements ..........11
                  3.2.2.1. Responding to Requests for Information ....11
                  3.2.2.2. Responding to Requests for Comments .......12
                  3.2.2.3. Responding to Request for Action ..........12
                  3.2.2.4. Generating Liaison Statements .............13
   4. Security Considerations ........................................13
   5. Acknowledgements ...............................................14
   A. Implementation Road map ........................................15
      A.1. Phase I: Initial Implementation ...........................15
           A.1.1.   Displays .........................................15
           A.1.2.   Actions on Submission ............................16
   B. Phase II: Additional Instrumentation and Responses to
      Usage Experience ...............................................17
   Normative References ..............................................17

Trowbridge, et al.       Best Current Practice                  [Page 2]
RFC 4053             Handling of Liaison Statements           April 2005

1.  Introduction

   This document describes the procedure for generating and handling
   liaison statements between the IETF and other SDOs, so that IETF can
   effectively collaborate with other organizations in the international
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