News from the IETF Administrative Support Activity (IASA)

The IETF Administrative Support Activity (IASA) structure is designed to ensure accountability and transparency of the IETF administrative and fiscal activities to the IETF community. The IETF Administrative Oversight Committee (IAOC) directs and oversees the IASA. The IAOC consists of volunteers, all chosen directly or indirectly by the IETF community, as well as appropriate ex-officio members from the ISOC and IETF leadership. The IAOC shall be accountable to the IETF community for the effectiveness, efficiency and transparency of the IASA.

IAOC responsibilities are:

  • provide direction to the IETF Administrative Director (IAD)
  • review regular reports
  • oversee the IASA functions to ensure administrative needs of the IETF community are met

The IAOC’s mission is not to be engaged in the day-to-day operations of the IASA, but rather to provide appropriate direction, oversight and approval.

The IAD is responsible for negotiating and maintaining contracts with outside organisations as well as providing any coordination necessary to make sure the IETF administrative support functions are covered properly.

The IAOC was seated in April after the publication of RFC 407 (BCP 101). One of their first activities was the hiring of the IAD: Ray Pelletier was hired for this position in May. At the moment the IAOC is working with CNRI on the transfer of IETF related IPR to “the trust”. The details of this trust are currently being discussed.

There are also discussions underway about a potential service contract for secretarial functions with NeuStar.

The official web site of the Internet Administrative Support Activity (IASA) and the IAOC is currently located at:

For questions, please send mail to: [email protected] or [email protected].