[arin-ppml] Nomcom rejection explanatory letter

Patrick W. Gilmore patrick at ianai.net
Thu Nov 4 16:44:32 EDT 2021


Thank you, John. However, the first words in the quoted portion of the process are: “In consultation with ARIN’s GC”. Nothing in that process prevents the Chair from asking the GC for a draft, then sending it to the nominee as-is.

Not that it matters. Whether you believe it sounds like a lawyer letter or not, it provided no actual reasoning for keeping the nominee off the slate. 

As I said at the open mic, I am not complaining about the volunteers who gave their time to the NomCom. I am upset with the structure of the NomCom. An opaque committee selected by the board with zero accountability who gets to choose the slate is the exact opposite of how a community organization should run.

-- 
TTFN,
patrick


> On Nov 4, 2021, at 12:47, John Curran <jcurran at arin.net> wrote:
>  Patrick - 
> 
> To be clear, this was the statement as prepared by Catherine Middleton, in her role as Chair of this year’s Nomination Committee.   The relevant portion of the ARIN Election Process is attached for reference. 
> 
> Thanks.
> /John
> 
> John Curran
> President and CEO
> American Registry for Internet Numbers
> 
> ===  <https://www.arin.net/participate/oversight/elections/processes/>
> 
> In consultation with ARIN’s GC, the NomCom Chair may prepare an explanatory statement of the relevant factors regarding a nominee not included on an election slate. A nominee may request a copy of their statement. The statement may be disclosed publicly by the nominee at their discretion or by ARIN subsequent to public discussion by the nominee of their omission from the slate and/or their petition for slate inclusion.
> ===
> 
> 
>> On 4 Nov 2021, at 11:53 AM, Patrick W. Gilmore <patrick at ianai.net> wrote:
>> 
>> Sounds to me like a lawyer wrote it, not a member of the NomCom.
>> 
>> Which implies the NomCom was not allowed to answer.
>> 
>> -- 
>> TTFN,
>> patrick
>> 
>>> On Nov 4, 2021, at 11:44 AM, Scott Leibrand <scottleibrand at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> 
>>> This is very disappointing. Under the process to date, it was the NomCom's prerogative not to provide an explanation. But this non-explanation makes a mockery of the entire concept of an explanation. It literally says nothing about why the candidate was not selected. It simply restates the NomCom's charter and their decision.
>>> 
>>> If this is the kind of obfuscatory behavior we're going to get out of requiring explanations under the current process, then that process needs to be changed more radically than I thought.
>>> 
>>> -Scott
>>> 
>>> On Thu, Nov 4, 2021 at 9:37 AM Mike Burns <mike at iptrading.com> wrote:
>>>> Hello list,
>>>> 
>>>> 
>>>> I received the explanation for my exclusion from this year's AC slate. 
>>>> 
>>>> 
>>>> For those who believe this explanation provides any transparency, I post it in its totality below to disabuse them of that notion.
>>>> 
>>>> 
>>>> Required explanations don't move the needle at all in attempting to improve the nominations process. 
>>>> 
>>>> 
>>>> Perhaps all it would take would be a simple change to the charging language to instruct the nomcom not to exclude candidates who are qualified and include those minimum qualifications?
>>>> 
>>>> 
>>>> Regards,
>>>> 
>>>> Mike
>>>> 
>>>> 
>>>> 
>>>> 
>>>> 
>>>> 
>>>> Dear Mr. Burns,
>>>> 
>>>> The ARIN Nomination Committee (NomCom) is in receipt of your request for an explanatory statement on the reasons why you were not included on the Advisory Council candidate slate for the 2021 ARIN Elections. The ARIN NomCom reviewed all duly submitted and timely nominations and the materials provided by the nominees. The NomCom’s robust deliberation process was informed by the diversity of perspectives and experience among NomCom Members and strong adherence to the mandate and terms of reference. 
>>>> 
>>>> Various factors were considered including, but not limited to, experience, involvement in the ARIN community, and responses to the nominee questionnaires.  After careful and thoughtful review of each nominee, it was decided to not put your Advisory Council nomination forward onto the initial slate of candidates this year.  
>>>> 
>>>> Catherine Middleton
>>>> Chair, ARIN Nomination Committee 2021
>>>> 
>>>> 
>>>> 
>>>> 
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