Update to RFC 3777 to Clarify Nominating Committee Eligibility of IETF Leadership
Author(s): Barry Leiba
RFC 3777 specifies that 'sitting members' of the IAB and IESG 'may not volunteer to serve on the nominating commitee'. Since the time that document was written the IAOC was formed, and that body is not covered by...
Network Working Group B. Leiba Internet-Draft Huawei Technologies Updates: 3777 (if approved) December 12, 2012 Intended status: BCP Expires: June 15, 2013 Update to RFC 3777 to Clarify Nominating Committee Eligibility of IETF Leadership draft-leiba-3777upd-eligibility-06 Abstract RFC 3777 specifies that "sitting members" of the IAB and IESG "may not volunteer to serve on the nominating commitee". Since the time that document was written the IAOC was formed, and that body is not covered by RFC 3777. There is also uncertainty in RFC 3777 about whether ex-officio members and liaisons are included as "sitting members". This document updates RFC 3777 to clarify the rules as they apply to members of the IAB, the IESG, and the IAOC. Status of this Memo This Internet-Draft is submitted in full conformance with the provisions of BCP 78 and BCP 79. Internet-Drafts are working documents of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF). Note that other groups may also distribute working documents as Internet-Drafts. The list of current Internet- Drafts is at http://datatracker.ietf.org/drafts/current/. Internet-Drafts are draft documents valid for a maximum of six months and may be updated, replaced, or obsoleted by other documents at any time. It is inappropriate to use Internet-Drafts as reference material or to cite them other than as "work in progress." This Internet-Draft will expire on June 15, 2013. Copyright Notice Copyright (c) 2012 IETF Trust and the persons identified as the document authors. All rights reserved. This document is subject to BCP 78 and the IETF Trust's Legal Provisions Relating to IETF Documents (http://trustee.ietf.org/license-info) in effect on the date of publication of this document. Please review these documents carefully, as they describe your rights and restrictions with respect Leiba Expires June 15, 2013 [Page 1] Internet-Draft NomCom Eligibility Update December 2012 to this document. Code Components extracted from this document must include Simplified BSD License text as described in Section 4.e of the Trust Legal Provisions and are provided without warranty as described in the Simplified BSD License. 1. Introduction The "Operation of the Nominating and Recall Committees" document [RFC 3777] defines the nominating committee process. It is important to include on the nominating committee people who have the experience necessary to understand the IETF process: those individuals can bring a broader perspective to the nominating committee and will help ensure that the people it selects are better prepared to fulfill the roles. That said, one of the key points in the process and in the selection of the nominating committee is that the IETF wants to avoid having the IAB and the IESG be self-selecting. The selection of the nominating committee, therefore, excludes individuals who currently serve on bodies to which the nominating committee selects seats. RFC 3777 specifies that "sitting members" of the IAB and IESG "may not volunteer to serve on the nominating committee". Since the time that document was written the IETF Administrative Oversight Committee (IAOC) was formed, some IAOC members are selected by the nominating committee (see [RFC4071], Section 4), and that body is not covered by RFC 3777. There is also uncertainty in RFC 3777 about whether ex- officio members, liaisons, and such are included as "sitting members". This document updates RFC 3777 to clarify the rules as they apply to members of the IAB, the IESG, and the IAOC, with the understanding of the intent of RFC 3777 as outlined above. RFC 3777 does not exclude participation by working group chairs, IRTF research group chairs, members of directorates and special review teams, and members of other advisory bodies. This document makes no changes in that regard. 2. Replacement of RFC 3777, Section 4, Rule 15 The following paragraph replaces RFC 3777, Section 4, rule 15 in its entirety. 15. Any person who serves on any of the Internet Society Board of Trustees, the IAB, the IESG, or the IAOC, including those who serve on these bodies in ex-officio positions, may not volunteer to serve as voting members of the nominating committee. Liaisons to these bodies from other bodies or organizations are not excluded by this rule. Leiba Expires June 15, 2013 [Page 2] Internet-Draft NomCom Eligibility Update December 2012 3. Security Considerations This is a procedural document, and is entirely unrelated to security. 4. IANA Considerations No IANA actions are requested by this document, and the RFC Editor is asked to remove this section before publication. 5. References 5.1. Normative References [RFC 3777] Galvin, J., "IAB and IESG Selection, Confirmation, and Recall Process: Operation of the Nominating and Recall Committees", BCP 10, RFC 3777, June 2004. 5.2. Informative References [RFC4071] Austein, R. and B. Wijnen, "Structure of the IETF Administrative Support Activity (IASA)", BCP 101, RFC4071, April 2005. Author's Address Barry Leiba Huawei Technologies Phone: +1 646 827 0648 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org URI: http://internetmessagingtechnology.org/ Leiba Expires June 15, 2013 [Page 3]