[rfc-i] Developing consensus, episode 2: Who chooses the Production Center and Publisher

Paul Hoffman paul.hoffman at vpnc.org
Tue Feb 1 12:04:20 PST 2011

There was not a strong (or possibly even weak) consensus during the past 
month about who it was who gets the final say in the choice of the 
Production Center and the Publisher. In reading Section 2 of the 
proposed document, that is still unclear to me. The first three bullets say:

    o  The RSE provides input to the IASA budget, statements of work, and
       manages vendor selection processes.  The RSE performs annual
       reviews of the Production and Publication function which are then
       provided to IASA.

    o  Vendor selection is done in cooperation with the streams.

    o  The IASA has the responsibility to approve the total RSE budget
       (and the authority to deny it) The RSE has the responsibility to
       manage all the series functions within that budget.  It is assumed
       that there is a level of cooperation between RSE and IASA that
       allows decisions by the IASA to be 'pro forma'.  In case of
       disagreement the IAB acts as mediator.

The phrase "manages vendor selection processes" could be interpreted 
either as "is in charge of..." or "facilitates the discussion of...". 
Similarly, the third bullet only talks about IASA approving the budget, 
not the choice of vendor.

None of those bullets say "The RSE chooses the Production Center and 
Publisher" or "The IASA chooses Production Center and Publisher", and 
one of those two statements should be made. I have a weak preference for 
one over the other, while others have stated much stronger preferences 
one way or the other.

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