[rfc-i] RSOC oversight role

Glenn Kowack glenn at riveronce.com
Tue Feb 15 19:44:18 PST 2011

In order to maintain a clear line between the oversight role of the
RSOC and the development role of the RSE, I recommend adding
the following sentence to Section 3 of draft-kolkman-rse-2011-02,
probably immediately after the 3rd sentence:

"RSOC and its members should abstain from direct participation
in policy-making or formation of policy-making committees, which
would interfere with RSOC's oversight role."

FYI, Section 3 follows:
3.  RSE oversight

  The IAB is responsible for oversight over the RFC Series.

  In order to provide continuity over periods longer than the nomcom
  appointment cycle and assure that oversight is informed through
  subject matter experts the IAB will establish a group that implements
  oversight for the IAB, the RFC Series Oversight Committee (RSOC).

  The RSOC will act with authority delegated from the IAB: In general
  it will be the RSOC that will approve consensus policy and vision
  documents as developed by the RSE in collaboration with the

  In those general cases the IAB is ultimately responsible for
  oversight and acts as a body for appeal and resolution.

  For all aspects that affect the RSE itself (e.g. hiring and firing)
  the RSOC prepares recommendations for the IAB but final decision is
  the responsibility of the IAB.  For instance the RSOC would:

  o  perform annual reviews of the RSE and reports to the IAB.

  o  manage RSE candidate selection and advises the IAB on candidate
     appointment (in other words select the RSE, subject to IAB

  It is expected that such oversight by the IAB is a matter of due
  diligence and that the reports and recommendations from the RSOC are
  approached as if they are binding.

  There is one aspect in which the RSOC will work with the IASA: the
  renumeration of the RSE itself.  The RSOC will propose a budget for
  approval to the IASA.

  The RSOC will be responsible to ensure that the RFC Series is run in
  a transparent and accountable manner.

  The RSOC shall develop and publish its own rules of order.


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