Structure of the IETF Administrative Support Activity, Version 2.0
RFC 8711

Document Type RFC - Best Current Practice (February 2020; No errata)
Authors Brian Haberman  , Joseph Hall  , Jason Livingood 
Last updated 2020-02-27
Replaces draft-ietf-iasa2-struct
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Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)                       B. Haberman
Request for Comments: 8711                      Johns Hopkins University
BCP: 101                                                         J. Hall
Obsoletes: 4071, 4333, 7691                             Internet Society
Category: Best Current Practice                             J. Livingood
ISSN: 2070-1721                                                  Comcast
                                                           February 2020

   Structure of the IETF Administrative Support Activity, Version 2.0

Abstract

   The IETF Administrative Support Activity (IASA) was originally
   established in 2005.  In the years since then, the needs of the IETF
   evolved in ways that required changes to its administrative
   structure.  The purpose of this RFC is to document and describe the
   IETF Administrative Support Activity, version 2.0 (IASA 2.0).  It
   defines the roles and responsibilities of the IETF Administration LLC
   Board (IETF LLC Board), the IETF Executive Director, and the Internet
   Society in the fiscal and administrative support of the IETF
   standards process.  It also defines the membership and selection
   rules for the IETF LLC Board.

   This document obsoletes RFC 4071, RFC 4333, and RFC 7691.

Status of This Memo

   This memo documents an Internet Best Current Practice.

   This document is a product of the Internet Engineering Task Force
   (IETF).  It represents the consensus of the IETF community.  It has
   received public review and has been approved for publication by the
   Internet Engineering Steering Group (IESG).  Further information on
   BCPs is available in Section 2 of RFC 7841.

   Information about the current status of this document, any errata,
   and how to provide feedback on it may be obtained at
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Table of Contents

   1.  Introduction
   2.  Scope Limitation
   3.  LLC Agreement with the Internet Society
   4.  Definitions and Principles
     4.1.  Terminology
     4.2.  Key Differences from the Old IASA Structure to IASA 2.0
     4.3.  General IETF LLC Responsibilities
     4.4.  IETF LLC Working Principles
     4.5.  Principles of the IETF and ISOC Relationship
     4.6.  Relationship of the IETF LLC Board to the IETF Leadership
     4.7.  Review of IETF Executive Director and IETF LLC Board
           Decisions
     4.8.  Termination and Change
   5.  Structure of IASA 2.0
     5.1.  IETF Executive Director and Staff Responsibilities
     5.2.  IETF LLC Board Responsibilities
     5.3.  Board Design Goals
   6.  IETF LLC Board Membership, Selection, and Accountability
     6.1.  Board Composition
     6.2.  IETF LLC-Appointed Directors
     6.3.  Recruiting IETF LLC Board Directors
     6.4.  IETF LLC Board Director Term Length
     6.5.  IETF LLC Board Director Limit
     6.6.  Staggered Terms
     6.7.  IETF LLC Board Director Removal
     6.8.  Filling an IETF LLC Board Director Vacancy
     6.9.  Quorum
     6.10. Board Voting
     6.11. Interim Board
     6.12. Board Positions
   7.  IETF LLC Funding
     7.1.  Financial Statements
     7.2.  Bank and Investment Accounts
     7.3.  Financial Audits
     7.4.  ISOC Financial Support
     7.5.  IETF Meeting Revenues
     7.6.  Sponsorships and Donations to the IETF LLC
     7.7.  Focus of Funding Support
     7.8.  Charitable Fundraising Practices
     7.9.  Operating Reserve
     7.10. Annual Budget Process
   8.  IETF LLC Policies
     8.1.  Conflict of Interest Policy
     8.2.  Other Policies
     8.3.  Compliance
   9.  Three-Year Assessment
   10. Security Considerations
   11. IANA Considerations
   12. References
     12.1.  Normative References
     12.2.  Informative References
   Acknowledgments
   Authors' Addresses

1.  Introduction

   The IETF Administrative Support Activity (IASA) was originally
   established in 2005.  In the years since then, the needs of the IETF
   evolved in ways that required changes to its administrative
   structure.  The purpose of this document is to document and describe
   the IASA 2.0 structure.

   Under IASA 2.0, the work of the IETF's administrative and fundraising
   tasks is conducted by an administrative organization, the IETF
   Administration LLC (IETF LLC).  Under this structure, the IETF
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