The IESG and the IAB have a close working relationship that requires joint meetings and discussions. There are two members of the IAB that sit on the IESG: the IAB chair and the IESG Liaison. The IAB chair is a de-facto member of the IESG, but does not take part in decisions made by the IESG. The IAB Liaison acts primarily as an observer and occasionally offers IAB relevant perspectives when needed. They may choose to participate in some of the IESG non-standards-activities work activities for the general improvement of the IETF.
The IESG Liaison is expected to attend:
- weekly IESG meetings
- IESG meetings at IETF conferences
- the IESG retreat
- the iabiesg chat channel
- the IESG chat channel
- the IESG mailing list
Note that the chat channels currently use Slack, but this could change in the future.
The IESG Liaison will not attend:
- any IESG executive sessions
- any other IESG confidential discussions
Passing of Information
The IESG Liaison is expected to capture information of interest to the IAB at IESG events and pass that back to the IAB via the IAB list(s) or at IAB meetings. Although this is likely to be done by the IAB chair as well, the IESG Liaison serves as a neutral third-party to double check that all relevant information is indeed reported and to accurately summarize the opinions of the IESG.