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). Alexey Melnikov is planning to step down from his role on the RSOC when he is seated on the IESG in April 2016. 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 24 February 2016.

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 at IETF 95 in Buenos Aires.

The current focus of the RSOC is on:

  1. Overseeing and assisting the RSE in the process of evolving the RFC format and style.
  2. Periodic reviews of the RSE 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 has a one-hour teleconference once a month, 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. 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.

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