Internet Architecture Board


Call for RFC Series Oversight Committee (RSOC) Nominations

As specified in “RFC Editor Model (Version 2)” (RFC 6635), the IAB is responsible for appointing the members of the RFC Series Oversight Committee (RSOC).  Bernard Aboba has stepped down from his role on the RSOC.  The IAB thanks him for his service.

The IAB is now looking for a community member to appoint to the RSOC. This message is a call for nominations for that position.  If you are interested, or there is someone you know of who would make a good member, please nominate yourself or that person.

As noted in RFC 6635, the RSOC, which currently includes two IAB members, acts with authority delegated from the IAB, and the RSOC is responsible for approving consensus policy and vision documents developed by the RFC Series Editor (RSE) in collaboration with the community.  The RSOC is also responsible for ensuring that the RFC Series is run in a transparent and accountable manner.  For decisions that affect the RFC Series Editor individually, the RSOC prepares recommendations for the IAB, such as preparing the performance reviews of the RSE.  RSOC members are expected to recognize potential conflicts of interest and behave accordingly.

If you would like to nominate a candidate for membership in the RSOC, please send information on the candidate, including their email address, to iab-chair at and execd at  Self-nominations are acceptable.

The current membership of the RSOC can be seen at

Nominations should be received by 8 April 2014.

The IAB will confirm individuals willingness to be considered, and publish the resulting list so that the community can provide comments before the IAB makes any decisions on RSOC membership.

The new member will begin serving on the RSOC as soon as the IAB completes the selection process.

For the information of potential nominees, the RSOC will be having a half-day face-to-face meeting in Toronto on 19 July 2014, the Saturday before IETF 90.

The current focus of the RSOC is on:

1) Overseeing and assisting the RSE in the process of evoling the RFC format and style.

2) Periodic reviews of the RFSE performance.

3) Working with the RSE and the IETF Administrative Oversight Committee (IAOC) on the statements of work for contracts related to the RFC Production Center and RFC Publisher.

The RSOC usually meets virtually once a month for an hour, a lunch at every IETF meeting, and a half day in-person meeting once a year (usually scheduled the weekend before an IETF meeting at the same venue (as noted above the next one will be in Toronto).  More time may be required if the applicant participates in leadership of the committee, design teams, or other related activities. RSOC members are expected to follow the rfc-interest mailing list, a usually low-volume list for internal communication, and to be familiar with discussion topics related to the RFC series on the list.

Thank you,
Russ Housley
IAB Chair

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