[rfc-i] IAB/RSOC relationship‏

Bernard Aboba bernard.aboba at gmail.com
Fri Jul 1 12:51:06 PDT 2011

Ran Atkinson said:

I would like to see edits made clarifying that the IAB is NOT
expected to act as a "rubber stamp" with respect to RFC matters,

but instead the IAB is expected to actually exercise oversight.

[BA] Section 3.1 attempts to explain the relationship between IAB and RSOC:

*3.1.  RFC Series Oversight Committee (RSOC)*

   The IAB is responsible for oversight over the RFC Series and acts as
   a body for appeal and conflict resolution.

   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
   community.  While it is expected that the IAB will exercise due
   diligence in its supervision of the RSOC, the RSOC should be allowed

   the latitude to do its job without undue interference from the IAB.
   Therefore, it is expected that the IAB will accord RSOC reports and
   recommendations the benefit of the doubt.

[BA] What this is trying to convey is that while the IAB is
responsible (and accountable) for the RFC Series,

in its role as a Board, the IAB is delegating responsibility to the
RSOC.  To allow the RSOC (and the IAB) to
do their jobs, the IAB has to provide some latitude to the RSOC and
not micro-manage it.   That would not only

make the RSOC's job difficult, but it would also negate any benefits
the IAB might accrue from delegation.
At the same time, the IAB has final say, and is accountable for the
results (or lack of same).

Suggestions on how to clarify or improve this text are welcome.
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