The Trustees of the IETF Trust are considering changing the Trust
administrative procedures and seek community comment before doing so.
The Trustees propose to take action at its April 17th meeting and will
consider all comments received by that date.
The proposed changes would:
1. Permit the Trustees to select a Trustee to act as the Chair. Current
procedures state the IAOC Chair will convene and preside over the meetings
2. Recognize that the Chair holds no greater power than any other
Trustee and therefore their vote as Chair does not become a deciding
vote in cases where there is a tie vote.
3. Would synchronize the Administrative Procedures with the Trust
Agreement by recognizing that an IAOC member becomes a Trustee upon
their acceptance of the responibilties in writing, not merely by
becoming a member of the IAOC.
The proposed changes below modify paragraphs 2, 4 and 12 of the Trust
Administrative Procedures located here:
Look forward to your comments.
2. The meetings shall be convened and chaired by the IAOC Chair, or by any
Trustee if the IAOC Chair is not available.
2. The Trustees shall select one Trustee to serve as the Chair of the
Trust. The term of the Trust Chair shall be one year from the time of
selection or the remaining time of his or her tenure as a Trustee,
whichever is less. An individual may serve any number of terms as
Chair, if selected by the Trustees.
The Chair serves at the pleasure of the Trustees and may be removed from
that position at any time by a vote of 2/3 of the voting Trustees, not
counting the Trust Chair.
The Chair shall convene and preside over meetings of the Trustees
but shall have no other powers or authority beyond his or her powers
as a Trustee. If the Trust Chair is not available, then any other
Trustee may convene or preside over meetings of the Trustees in the
absence of the Trust Chair.
4. The Trust Agreement defines the quorum and voting rules for a
meeting. [Delete - If necessary, the Chair of the meeting shall hold the
deciding vote.] Motions passed by electronic means between meetings
shall be confirmed by a vote at the next possible meeting.
12. The Trustees are the current members of the IAOC. When a member
leaves the IAOC for whatever reason, he or she ceases to be a Trustee.
When a new member joins the IAOC, he or she becomes a Trustee [ADD -
upon their acceptance in writing]. If at any time the IAOC ceases to
exist, the Trustees then in office shall remain in office and determine
the future of the Trust in accordance with the Trust Agreement.
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