Java SE/EE/ME committee merger approved
The proposal, as part of JSR 355, to combine the previously separate Executive Committee (EC) for Java SE (Standard Edition) and Java EE (Enterprise Edition) and the Java ME (Micro Edition) Committee has now received the approval of the Java Community Process. There were no opposing votes to the plan, one abstention (Google) and one, Goldman Sachs, who did not vote on the Java SE/EE EC; AT&T and RIM, who sit on the Java ME EC, did not vote, but that was in accordance with the processes of JCP 2.8.
The pooling of the committees is part of the process to align Java ME and SE, which is expected to be completed when an Embedded Java SE 8 arrives as a subset of Java SE 8. Following the vote, elections for the ECs will take place, but with terms reduced to one year. After the elections, the two ECs will be merged and Oracle and IBM's second seats removed, leaving a single 30-person Executive Committee. Further balancing corrections will take place in 2013 and by 2014 all elected members will be serving a two-year term.