IETF NomCom

The Nominating Committee or, as it is typically known, the NomCom, exists to review each open IESG, IAB and IAOC position and to nominate a candidate for each. The NomCom is comprised of at least one chair, 10 voting volunteers, 2-3 liaisons, and an advisor. The NomCom Chair is appointed between the first and second meetings of the year, and the new NomCom officially begins its work once the selected volunteers are seated following the volunteer solicitation, random selection and community review time periods.

Details of the selection and operation of the Nomcom can be found in RFCs 3777, 3797, 5078, 5633, 5680, and 6859. Four of those RFCs (3777, 5633, 5680 and 6859) comprise BCP 10.

The NomCom Chair

  • Is appointed by the Internet Society President
  • Ensures that NomCom completes its duties on schedule and in the best interest of the community
  • Does not vote on the selection of the candidates
  • Serves as an advisor to the next NomCom

The IESG and the IAB each provide a liaison to serve on NomCom, and ISOC Board of Trustees may also choose to provide a liaison.

The ten voting members of the NomCom are selected through a complex, random process detailed in RFC 3797 (Publicly Verifiable Nominations Committee (NomCom) Random Selection). In order to serve on the NomCom, an individual must have attended at least 3 out of the last 5 IETF meetings.

Once the NomCom has recommended candidates for the open positions, the candidates are reviewed and confirmed by another body. The IAB is responsible for confirming IESG candidates, the ISOC Board of Trustees confirms candidates for the IAB and the IESG confirms the candidate for the IAOC position.

NomCom Members and Messages

2013 Nomcom