An IESG charter (RFC3710)
Original Publication Date: 2004-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Feb-19
Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)
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.
Network Working Group H. Alvestrand
Request for Comments: 3710 Cisco Systems
Category: Informational February 2004
An IESG charter
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not specify an Internet standard of any kind. Distribution of this
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Copyright (C) The Internet Society (2004). All Rights Reserved.
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.
1.1. 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.
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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 . (The
previous process was documented in RFC 1310 ; RFC 1602 has later
been updated by RFC 1871  and obsoleted by RFC 2026 .)
Some of the functions were also defined in RFC 1603 , Working
Group Guidelines, which was later obsoleted by RFC 2418 .
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 .
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
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...