[ARIN-consult] FYI - Proposed process change at ARIN for some request tickets (was: Fwd: Consultation on Retiring the Officer Attestation Requirement)

John Curran jcurran at arin.net
Tue Aug 3 19:55:01 EDT 2021

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On 3 Aug 2021, at 7:41 PM, Owen DeLong <owen at delong.com<mailto:owen at delong.com>> wrote:

- Today IPv4 resources are issued by ARIN predominantly via the Waitlist policy, and this policy has been revised to only allow one small request per party (thus avoiding the original risk of “hoarding” via large suspect requests prior to runout).

Correct me if I am wrong, John, but I believe this is one small request per party at a time, not for all time. (e.g. unlike APNIC’s original final /22 per member policy for their last /8, ARIN does allow an organization to apply to the waitlist, receive addresses, then upon utilization of those addresses apply to the waitlist again).

Owen -

That is correct, but the total resource limit and holding requirements means that we do not see many repeat applicants (and those who do are limited in the maximum resources that are obtainable.)

The review identified that at this point in time the Officer Attestation process is problematic for many customers, predominantly posing an administrative burden that does not materially improve policy implementation and resulting in numerous complaints and adding unnecessary delay (varying between two days and an entire week) to completion of resource request tickets.

It’s a small administrative burden, but despite processing requests for many clients of a variety of sizes and assisting many other clients of significant size in handling their own requests, I have not encountered a single environment where I would call it “problematic”.

I have always felt that it did not materially improve policy implementation with regard to IPv6 and I stand by that sentiment.

I remain unconvinced that it is unimportant for IPv4, despite the escalating costs of IPv4 addresses.

In light of the administrative burden to customers and undefined benefit, ARIN proposes dropping the Officer Attestation requirement – note that this specifically does not change documentation requirements related organization recovery of IP number resources or related anti-fraud measures that ARIN has implemented.

I think removing this requirement for IPv4 is premature at best.

I think removing this requirement for IPv6 is long overdue as it has never served a policy purpose.

Good to know - thanks for participating in the consultation!

John Curran
President and CEO
American Registry for Internet Numbers

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