On 2011-03-31 01:44, Russ Housley wrote:
I have just chartered a very short draft that intends to update BCP101. It
can be found at:
The draft is very short and contains only a few sentences of substance:
The IETF chair, the IAB chair, and the ISOC President/CEO may
delegate their responsibilities to other persons. The delegations by
the IETF chair and the IAB chair need to be confirmed by the IESG and
IAB respectively. The terms of delegation is for a longer term for
instance aligned with the IESG and IAB appointment cycles (roughly
John Klensin made me aware he also had a similar idea earlier:
The main difference is between his and this draft is that John's I-D makes
the person the chair delegates to a non-voting liaison. I have a small
preference for the IAB and the IESG keeping the control point, and I
implicitly assume that for IASA matters the persons delegated to will
escalate to the chairs and ask for specific guidance when appropriate. I
realize that for the Trust anybody serves on personal title. For the trust
alignment with the IAOC membership is just a practical considerations.
The shared requirement is unloading the I* chairs and the ISOC president
and empowering the people that serve in that role to organize themselves.
(I should have paid more attention to this much earlier.)
I find myself very torn on this proposal. Believe me, I understand the
workload issue. But on the other hand, at the very beginning of my
time as IETF Chair, I experienced the *previous* workload issue,
when there was no IASA, IAD or IAOC. There was a dramatic decrease
when the IAD arrived and the IAOC (and Trust) started to function.
But the IETF Chair, as a full member of the IAOC, still got to
understand the ongoing issues and of course influence the decision
process. Yes, it was part of the workload, and I think that was
a good thing. I'm very concerned about the IETF Chair getting decoupled
from the IAOC. The IETF Chair's job is a whole lot more than being
IESG Chair, and some degree of personal responsibility for oversight of
the administrative work seems to me to be appropriate.
So I'm not at all sure this delegation is a good thing.
I'm not commenting on the IAB Chair and ISOC CEO slots. Delegation
probably makes sense for them.
I completely understand you points. I do not plan to delegate my seat.
However, it is quite painful to open a BCP and make changes. I can imagine a
future where delegation might be appropriate. For this reason, I am in favor
of opening up the BCP only once to insert this capability for all of the
That completely makes sense. Thanks.
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