Network Working Group G. Huston, Ed.
Request for Comments: 4333 APNIC
BCP: 113 B. Wijnen, Ed.
Category: Best Current Practice Lucent Technologies
The IETF Administrative Oversight Committee (IAOC)
Member Selection Guidelines and Process
Status of This Memo
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Internet Community, and requests discussion and suggestions for
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Copyright (C) The Internet Society (2005).
This memo outlines the guidelines for selection of members of the
IETF Administrative Oversight Committee, and describes the selection
process used by the IAB and the IESG.
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 the IETF Administrative Director (IAD) and
the IETF 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.
The document also provides guidance to the IETF Nominations Committee
regarding desirable qualifications and selection criteria for IAOC
The same guidance may be used by the Internet Society (ISOC) Board of
Trustees within its process of IAOC member appointment.
Huston & Wijnen Best Current Practice [Page 1]RFC 4333 IAOC Member Selection December 20051.1. Overview of IAOC
The IASA is described in [RFC4071]. It is headed by a full-time 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 as
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 that other IETF process
documents say are to be carried out by the IETF Executive
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.
Huston & Wijnen Best Current Practice [Page 2]RFC 4333 IAOC Member Selection December 20051.2. 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 IETF-Nominated