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The other parts of the report....

2004-09-10 00:39:20
Now that we have had a long and informed debate about the question of organizational form of the IETF administrative support structure, I feel that I know a lot more about what can achieve IETF consensus on the subject....

However, that's not the only thing in the consultant report. I wonder if those other parts are "so obvious that we should just do them", "too far off to be worth commenting on", or whether people haven't yet gotten to them?

I'm particularly thinking of the following (from the index):

    3.1   Recommendation 1: Hire An Administrative Director  . . . . 20
    3.2   Recommendation 2: Establish Contracts for Core Services  . 21
      3.2.1   Details of Potential RFP Components  . . . . . . . . . 24
    3.3   Recommendation 3: Provide Timely and Uniform Financial
          Reporting  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27
    3.4   Recommendation 4: More Focus on Archives . . . . . . . . . 28

and the following from section 3.2:

  There are thus a spectrum of options available within the extremes of
  RFP and sole source procurement.  This report recommends one of the
  following three strategies:
  o  *Strategy 1.* Issue an RFP for all core secretariat services.
     This would allow the current provider to bid and thus establish
     contract terms upon a successful bid, but would also allow other
     vendors to compete.
  o  *Strategy 2.* Attempt to negotiate a sole source procurement on
     all of the functions, but after a designated time-out period
     (e.g., 30 days), if the negotiation is not successful, issue an
     RFP.  The term of the sole source procurement could be a subject
     of the negotiation, or a fixed term (e.g., 1 year) could be
     established a priori.  The intention would be to issue an RFP for
     the subsequent contractual period.
  o  *Strategy 3.* Some combination of the two above options.  For
     example, attempt a sole source procurement on two of the three
     functions, and issue an RFP for the third.


  Thus, the author of this report recommends that, if a hybrid strategy
  of attempting a sole source contract on two functions and an RFP is
  used for the third function, that core network services is a good
  candidate for an RFP and meeting planning and "Clerk" functions would
  be a good candidate for sole source procurement negotiations.

I feel some urgency to make sure that we have meeting arrangements in place for 2005 - without imperiling our ability to make the best long-term choices for the IETF.

So - I'd like some coments here.



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