Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) S. Bradner, Ed.
Request for Comments: 7691 Harvard University
BCP: 101 November 2015
Category: Best Current Practice
Updating the Term Dates of
IETF Administrative Oversight Committee (IAOC) Members
BCP 101 defines the start and end dates for the terms of IETF
Administrative Oversight Committee (IAOC) members; these terms have
proven to be impractical. This memo updates BCP 101 to direct the
IAOC to establish more practical start and end dates for terms of
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Table of Contents
1. Background ..................................................... 2
2. Updates to BCP 101 ............................................. 3
3. Security Considerations ........................................ 3
4. Normative References ........................................... 3
Editor's Address .................................................. 4
Section 4 of RFC 4071 [BCP101] says "IAOC terms normally end at the
end of the first IETF meeting of a year." Having the terms of the
IAOC members expire at the end of the first IETF meeting of the year
has proved impractical for the IAOC to carry out its business and to
elect its Chair during the meeting week. For a number of years, the
IAOC has improvised by defaulting to an informal process of having
the transition occur during the administrative plenary (as the IESG
does). This informal arrangement violates the letter of BCP 101.
But even this arrangement is problematic if the transfer happens
after the IAOC's face-to-face meeting takes place that week. Under
the informal arrangement, the IAOC typically meets on the morning of
the administrative plenary, which means that the incoming IAOC
members, while present, are not seated.
Having the new IAOC members take office after the face-to-face
meeting has caused difficulties in the chair selection and voting
processes during the IAOC's face-to-face meeting held during the same
week. There has been confusion over who should vote in the chair
election and on any business actions that require a vote of the
Trustees. If the incoming members are not seated, then they should
not vote; however, to select a chair for the next year, for example,
they, more than the outgoing members, should have a say in the chair
selection. There is also confusion over who is eligible to be
elected as chair -- if the term of an IAOC member has not yet
started, could that IAOC member be elected chair (as the chair is
selected from among the members). Having the terms expire at the end
of the week also risks the IAOC not being able to raise a quorum if
outgoing members decide to not come to the meeting. Because the IAOC
members are the Trustees of the IETF Trust, the same issues arise
with the IETF Trust and its ability to carry out its business and
elect a Chair during the meeting week.
An additional issue with BCP 101 is the current definition of the
term length of the IAOC Chair. RFC 4071 [BCP101] says "The term of
the IAOC chair shall be one year from the time of selection or the
remaining time of his or her tenure on the IAOC, whichever is less."
Because the dates for the first IETF meeting of the year vary from
year to year, the current BCP 101 text could result in there being no
IAOC chair for weeks before the a meeting or in overlapping terms for
2. Updates to BCP 101
This memo updates Section 4 of RFC 4071 [BCP101] to remove the
IAOC terms normally end at the end of the first IETF meeting of a
Furthermore, the following requirements are added:
1. The IAOC and the IETF Trust each hold a regular meeting close to
the time of, or during, the first IETF meeting of the year.
2. The IAOC and the Trust select their chairs as the first order of
business in their individual meetings in a manner of their
3. The IAOC determines the beginning and end of the normal terms of
its members relative to the above mentioned IAOC meeting; such
terms must start and end close to the time of this meeting, unless
those determinations are made by the appointing bodies.
A regular meeting has proper notice, minutes that are posted, and may
be held face-to-face, via teleconference, or as a combination of the
3. Security Considerations
This memo relates to IETF process and not to any particular
technology, so it does not impact the security of the Internet.
4. Normative References
[BCP101] Austein, R., Ed., and B. Wijnen, Ed., "Structure of the IETF
Administrative Support Activity (IASA)", BCP 101, RFC 4071,
Carpenter, B., Ed., and L. Lynch, Ed., "BCP 101 Update for
IPR Trust", BCP 101, RFC 4371, January 2006.
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