[arin-ppml] NRPM Policies 4.6 and 4.7 Suspended by ARIN Board

John Curran jcurran at arin.net
Thu Jan 23 12:25:42 EST 2014

On Jan 23, 2014, at 6:28 AM, Morizot Timothy S <Timothy.S.Morizot at irs.gov<mailto:Timothy.S.Morizot at irs.gov>> wrote:

Actually, since the Board is elected by the community and its members are not ARIN employees, it seems to me that their actions in suspending policy represent an extension of the ARIN community’s self-governance. The board is, ultimately, accountable to those of us who elected them. John and other staff at ARIN do not, I believe, have any authority to suspend or alter policy themselves. So John’s statements that ARIN’s role is to implement and facilitate community-based self-governance are not deflated at all by this action. The activities of the AC and the Board are an integral part of that self-governance by the community.

Scott -

   You are correct (i.e. the Board is duly elected by the members and ultimately has
   responsibilities to them and ARIN's mission.)

   Steven is also correct, to the extent that it is noted that the Board takes advice from the
   ARIN Advisory Council (hence the "Advisory" in its name) on policy matters, and the AC
   follows ARIN's Policy Development Process (PDP) for consultation with the community.

   The Board has nicely constrained its actions predominantly to ratification of recommended
   draft policies but it does have geater powers which are elaborated in the PDP.  The authority
   does ultimately rest with the Board, but even in taking this action, it is following the published
   processes which call for ARIN AC review and community consultation, thus allowing for safe
   discussion of the issues involved without the problematic policy being active at the same time.


John Curran
President and CEO

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