[rfc-i] RFC Editor Services Contracting Status

Ray Pelletier rpelletier at isoc.org
Mon Apr 13 12:51:47 PDT 2009

The IAOC issued an RFC Editor Services RFI on January 23, 2009 to  
identify potential contractors to provide the RFC Editor services and  
to obtain feedback from contractors and the broader Internet community  
on the implementation of the new RFC services model based upon <draft- 

Four responses were received by the deadline on March 6 from potential  
contractors.  The RFI specified that vendor's input, including  
identification and cost estimates, would be kept confidential except  
if the vendors specified otherwise, and for responses in a specified  

Here is a summary of the responses.

Paraphrasing the input regarding the RFC Editor Services model:

  Separating the Independent Submissions Editor and RFC Series Editor  
from the Production Center and Publisher would create a systems of  
checks and balances, and provide accountability and transparency.

  The model proposed in the RFI and draft-iab-rfc-editor-model  
provides the proper separation between functions which are technical  
in nature and those which are editorial and production oriented.

All expressed an interest in performing functions of the RFC Editor.

The IAOC is taking the following actions based upon consideration of  
this input, previous community discussions, the recommendations of the  
RFC Services Selection Oversight Subcommittee and its own judgment:

1. Independent Submissions Editor
a. The IAOC is recommending to the IAB that it use the Statement of  
Work from the RFI for the Independent Submissions Editor when the IAB  
leads a community-based selection process for the ISE.

2. RFC Series Editor
  a. The IAOC is recommending to the IAB that it lead a community- 
based selection process to select the RFC Series Editor using the  
modified SOW.

3. RFC Publisher
  a. The IAOC will use the modified Publisher SOW.
  b. The IAOC will negotiate with the current Secretariat contractor  
for delivering RFC Publisher services before deciding whether to sole  
source the services or obtain competitive bids for the Publisher  
  c. If an agreement with the current Secretariat contractor for the  
Publisher services cannot be reached, the IAOC will issue a  
competitive RFP for the services.

4. RFC Production Center
  a. The IAOC will use the Production Center SOW from the RFI.
  b. The IAOC will issue a draft RFP for the RFC Production Center for  
community review.
  c. The IAOC will issue the RFC Production Center RFP following  
community review.

5. Timing
  a. Items 3 and 4 above will be delayed until after the IAB reviews  
the RFC Editor model at its  retreat the end of April.

There are matters still under discussion regarding the RFC Editor  
model on the rfc-interest at rfc-editor.org list.  The community is  
encouraged to participate.

All of the approved SOWs mentioned above can be found at: http://iaoc.ietf.org/rfpsrfis.html
(See RFC Editor Services.)

The IAOC anticipates having all four services under contract or  
agreement in October 2009.  Specific timelines will be announced for  
each component by the responsible parties when the activities are  

Ray Pelletier
IETF Administrative Director

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