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Re: Last Call: <draft-ietf-tsvwg-iana-ports-09.txt> (Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) Procedures for the Management of the Service Name and Transport Protocol Port Number Registry) to BCP

2011-01-30 12:52:30

On Jan 29, 2011, at 8:54 PM, Cullen Jennings wrote:
AFAICT, the experts team reports to IANA. We make recommendations to
them. They are the ones who have the conversation with the applicant.
They can take our advice or not - that's their decision.

I think you are pretty misrepresenting the situation. My impression of the 
reality of the situation is that if the IANA did not like the advice of the 
expert reviewer, they might ask the AD to override but short of that they 
pretty much do whatever the expert says. 

Joe is closer.  

In general, IANA staff are not technical experts in any of the wide variety of 
areas for which they are asked to provide registry services.  As such, they 
rely on technical experts to provide input/advice/recommendations.  In the 
past, there were some very rare cases in which the advice provided by the 
technical experts was deemed insufficient and IANA staff looked to the ADs or 
the IESG for additional input.  However, at least historically, IANA staff 
viewed the maintenance of the registries as their responsibility (at the 
direction of the IESG), not the technical experts' responsibility. I would be 
surprised if this had changed.


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