[ppml] Policy Proposal: Resource Review Process
This proposal was originally titled "Reclamation of Number Resources"; Owen
and I have reviewed comments on the second revision, have worked with the AC
shepherds to revise it again, and felt a change in title was prudent to
avoid potential confusion with the more recent, but unrelated, proposal
titled "Resource Reclamation Incentives".
Policy Proposal Name: Resource Review Process
Author: Owen DeLong, Stephen Sprunk
Proposal Version: 3
Submission Date: 07/17/07
Proposal type: modify
Policy term: permanent
Add the following to the NRPM:
1. ARIN may review the current usage of any resources issued by ARIN to
an organization. The organization shall furnish whatever records are
necessary to perform this review.
2. ARIN may conduct such reviews:
a. when any new resource is requested,
b. whenever ARIN has cause to believe that the resources had originally
been obtained fraudulently, or
c. at any other time without cause unless a prior review has been
completed in the preceding 12 months.
3. ARIN shall communicate the results of the review to the organization.
4. If the review shows that existing usage is substantially not in
compliance with current allocation and/or assignment policies, the
organization shall return resources as needed to bring them substantially
into compliance. If possible, only whole resources shall be returned.
Partial address blocks shall be returned in such a way that the portion
retained will comprise a single aggregate block.
5. If the organization does not voluntarily return resources as
required, ARIN may revoke any resources issued by ARIN as required to bring
the organization into overall compliance. ARIN shall follow the same
guidelines for revocation that are required for voluntary return in the
6. Except in cases of fraud, an organization shall be given a minimum of
six months to effect a return. ARIN shall negotiate a longer term with the
organization if ARIN believes the organization is working in good faith to
substantially restore compliance and has a valid need for additional time to
renumber out of the affected blocks.
7. ARIN shall continue to maintain the resource(s) while their return or
revocation is pending, except no new maintenance fees shall be assessed for
8. Legacy resources in active use, regardless of utilization, are not
subject to revocation by ARIN. However, the utilization of legacy resources
shall be considered during a review to assess overall compliance.
Delete NRPM sections 4.1.2, 4.1.3, 4.1.4
Remove the sentence "In extreme cases, existing allocations may be
affected." from NRPM section 18.104.22.168.
ARIN feels that current policy does not give them the power to review or
reclaim resources except in cases of fraud, despite this being mentioned in
the Registration Services Agreement. This policy proposal provides clear
policy authority to do so, guidelines for how and under what conditions it
shall be done, and a guarantee of a (minimum) six-month grace period so that
the current user shall have time to renumber out of any resources to be
The nature of the "review" is to be of the same form as is currently done
when an organization requests new resources, i.e. the documentation required
and standards should be the same.
The renumbering period does not affect any "hold" period that ARIN may apply
after return or revocation of resources is complete.
The deleted sections/text would be redundant with the adoption of this
Timetable for implementation: Immediate
Stephen Sprunk "Those people who think they know everything
CCIE #3723 are a great annoyance to those of us who do."
K5SSS --Isaac Asimov