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An IESG charter (RFC3710)

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000022023D
Original Publication Date: 2004-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Feb-19
Document File: 13 page(s) / 25K

Publishing Venue

Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)

Related People

H. Alvestrand: AUTHOR

Abstract

This memo provides a charter for the Internet Engineering Steering Group (IESG), a management function of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF). It is meant to document the charter of the IESG as it is presently understood.

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Network Working Group H. Alvestrand

Request for Comments: 3710 Cisco Systems

Category: Informational February 2004

An IESG charter

Status of this Memo

This memo provides information for the Internet community. It does

not specify an Internet standard of any kind. Distribution of this

memo is unlimited.

Copyright Notice

Copyright (C) The Internet Society (2004). All Rights Reserved.

Abstract

This memo provides a charter for the Internet Engineering Steering

Group (IESG), a management function of the Internet Engineering Task

Force (IETF). It is meant to document the charter of the IESG as it

is presently understood.

1. Introduction

1.1. The Role of the IESG

The Internet Engineering Steering Group (IESG) is the group

responsible for the direct operation of the IETF and for ensuring the

quality of work produced by the IETF.

The IESG charters and terminates working groups, selects their

chairs, monitors their progress and coordinates efforts between them.

The IESG performs technical review and approval of working group

documents and candidates for the IETF standards track, and reviews

other candidates for publication in the RFC series. It also

administers IETF logistics, including operation of the Internet-Draft

document series and the IETF meeting event.

Alvestrand Informational [Page 1]

RFC 3710 An IESG Charter February 2004

1.2. Historic Note

The role of the IESG in the IETF management structure has been

largely constant since 1993, after the significant changes introduced

by the "POISED" process, and documented in RFC 1602 [5]. (The

previous process was documented in RFC 1310 [4]; RFC 1602 has later

been updated by RFC 1871 [7] and obsoleted by RFC 2026 [1].)

Some of the functions were also defined in RFC 1603 [6], Working

Group Guidelines, which was later obsoleted by RFC 2418 [2].

As the community has grown, and the IESG has gathered experience, the

ways in which the IESG has approached its tasks have varied

considerably, but the tasks have remained relatively constant.

This document describes the tasks assigned to the IESG. It does not

attempt to describe in detail the procedures the IESG uses to

accomplish these tasks; that is done elsewhere - consult the IESG's

Web pages on the IETF Website for more information [9].

At this time (spring 2003), the structure of the IETF is undergoing

reevaluation, and the result is likely to include changes to the

IESG's role. Therefore, this document was written as a

"documentation of existing practice" rather than as IETF consensus on

what the IESG should do.

This document is published as an Informational RFC, detailing the

current operations of the IESG. It does not claim to represent

consensus of the IETF that this is the right set of instructions to

the IESG.

2. The Composition of the IESG

The IESG has the following members:

o The IETF Chair, who also functions as the General Area Director

when this area is active

o The Area Directors (ADs) for the IETF Areas

o The Internet Architecture Board (IAB) C...