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

Brian E Carpenter brian.e.carpenter at gmail.com
Tue Feb 1 12:30:53 PST 2011

On 2011-02-02 09:04, Paul Hoffman wrote:
> 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.

It has to be IASA, unless we amend BCP 101 (which I don't believe we should

The IAB also must approve the choice, unless we amend BCP 39 (which I don't
believe we need to do, either).


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