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The "IAB and IESG Selection, Confirmation, and Recall Process:
Operation of the Nominating and Recall Committees" document [RFC3777]
defines the nominating committee process. On the nominating
committee, it is important to include people who have the experience
necessary to understand the IETF process: those individuals can bring
a broader perspective to the nominating committee and will help
ensure that the people it selects are better prepared to fulfill the
roles. That said, one of the key points in the process and in the
selection of the nominating committee is that the IETF wants to avoid
having the IAB and the IESG be self-selecting. The selection of the
nominating committee, therefore, excludes individuals who currently
serve on the bodies to which the nominating committee selects seats.
RFC 3777 specifies that "sitting members" of the IAB and IESG "may
not volunteer to serve on the nominating committee". Since the time
that document was written, the IETF Administrative Oversight
Committee (IAOC) was formed. Some IAOC members are selected by the
nominating committee (see [RFC4071], Section 4), and that body is not
covered by RFC 3777. There is also ambiguity in RFC 3777 about
whether ex officio members, liaisons, and such are included as
"sitting members". This document updates RFC 3777 to clarify the
rules as they apply to members of the IAB, the IESG, and the IAOC,
with the understanding of the intent of RFC 3777 as outlined above.
RFC 3777 does not exclude participation by working group chairs, IRTF
research group chairs, members of directorates and special review
teams, or members of other advisory bodies. This document makes no
changes in that regard.