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
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
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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