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The work of the IETF is undertaken and supported by a wide variety of groups with differing structures, goals, and responsibilities.

While the technical work in the IETF is primarily undertaken in working groups as part of the IETF standards development process, other groups, including those described below, provide support for and help organize this work. These groups provide administrative oversight for the IETF,  help select individuals to serve in leadership roles, and develop the tools and services used as part of the IETF standards process.