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RE: [802SEC] +++ SEC Rules Change Letter Ballot +++ Addition of s econd vice chair position to SEC

Paul / Pat / All,

I'm a non-voting member, but still would like to express my opinion on this
issue with the recognition by all that it does directly impact me.  I
largely agree with Pat.  However, I'd like to suggest a slightly different

First, there is an existing model in 802 for having 2 Vice Chairs to be
considered.  Both 802.11 and 802.15 have multiple Vice Chairs.  In both
working groups, there is no formal distinction between the Vice Chairs. The
operating rules for 802.11 and 802.15 both call out a "co-vice chair"
position.  802.15 rules do not clearly call out the function of a co-vice
chair.  802.11 does more fully define the co-vice chair position, but
neither 802.11 nor 802.15 clearly define an order of succession as it would
relate to the co-vice chair position identified.  Also, none of the
individuals currently elected and acting in the "Vice Chair" capacity for
802.11 and 802.15 are called co-vice chairs or anywhere identified as such.
In the recent elections, they were all nominated and elected simply as "Vice
Chairs".  The co-vice chair position in the 802.11 and 802.15 rules seems to
be unused and out of date.  The 802.11 and 802.15 working groups seem to
have informally superceded the rules moving instead to have two Vice Chair
positions.  To my knowledge, the issue of succession between these vice
chairs is never formally addressed.  It is also my understanding that at
least in 802.11, the operating rules are actively being amended, and that
the "co-vice chair" position may be eliminated leaving only Vice Chairs.
I'm not sure if the succession issue will be addressed.

My own opinion is that designating a co-vice chair, or, 1st and 2nd vice
chairs is actually more confusing then simply having two vice chairs.  I
think it was Paul's intent that both individuals would serve equally, and he
would have no formal distinction in how he calls on them, or the duties they
would be asked to perform.  I believe that this is how things currently work
in 802.11 and 802.15 as well.  I don't believe any issues have arisen with
this approach in 802.11 or 802.15, and the approach seems to work well.
Also, 802.11 and 802.15 migrated to having two Vice Chairs from having a
vice chair and a co-vice chair, so there would seem to be some superiority
to the approach of having two vice chairs.  However I agree with Pat that
there should be a formalization of succession between the Vice Chairs in
case a dispute ever did arise.  To resolve the issue, I would suggest the

In the proposed rules change, after:

"(The LMSC Chair may appoint one or two Vice Chairs at his' or her's


"If two vice chairs are nominated for appointment, the minutes of the
meeting where nomination occurs must clearly note the order of nomination.
In case of a dispute over succession, the first person nominated as Vice
Chair shall have priority."

Note that I also agree with Pat's grammatical correction concerning "his or
her", though I have not noted it above.  In the case of Geoff and myself,
should the rules changes above be adopted, Geoff was nominated first, and
would have priority as far as succession is concerned.

Since I am a non-voting member, I'm not sure what the disposition of my
comments on this ballot would be.  However, I would most be interested in
hearing peoples opinions on my comments, particularly Pat's and Geoff's,
though I believe Roger also raised this issue.  If anyone likes my proposed
resolution, I guess they could add it to their own comments.  

Anyway, hope my opinion is helpful.  


Matthew Sherman 
PTSM - Communications Technology Research 
AT&T Labs - Shannon Laboratory 
Room 3K18, Building 104 
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-----Original Message-----
From: []
Sent: Monday, April 01, 2002 6:02 PM
Subject: RE: [802SEC] +++ SEC Rules Change Letter Ballot +++ Addition of
s econd vice chair position to SEC


Please consider the following comments on the addition of a second vice

Since part of the purpose of having a vice chair is to ensure that there is
a leader in the case where the chair becomes unexpectedly unable to serve
(either temporarily or permanently), the chain of succession needs to be
made clear. (Things may not be contentious at the current moment, but at
some point in the future they might be.) Therefore, some text should be
added to cover that such as "When there are two vice chairs, they shall be
designated first vice chair and second vice chair. The first vice chair will
assume the duties of chair if the chair is unable to do so. The second vice
chair assumes those duties if both the chair and the first vice chair are

Secondly, I believe it is time to remove "ex-officio members" from the list
of executive committee members. As Bob Grow pointed out, the statement has
no meaning for the current Executive committee. When the rules were first
written, the chairs of the original 802 MAC and Physical Layer working
groups were ex-officio members of the Executive committee - members as a
consequence of having held those offices. Currently, the only ex-officio
members are the working group and tag chairs but they are listed explicitly.

Balance of elected vs. appointed members: currently, 6 (or 7 if the TAG got
approved) executive committee members are elected and 4 are appointed (not
counting the Executive committtee chair in either group). This seems a bit
heavy on the appointed side.

Grammar: It should be "his or her discretion." His and her are already
possessive and don't need 's added to make them so.


-----Original Message-----
From: Paul Nikolich []
Sent: Sunday, March 31, 2002 11:43 AM
To: 'IEEE802'
Subject: [802SEC] +++ SEC Rules Change Letter Ballot +++ Addition of
second vice chair position to SEC

Dear SEC,

This email provides notice of the rules change letter ballot for the
addition of a second vice chair to the SEC.  The detailed changes are
included in the attached PDF file.

Scope:  Rules Change to add a second SEC vice chair.

Purpose: To amend to rules allow the SEC to have two vice chair positions.

The scope and size of the IEEE Project 802 has increased to the point where
the amount of project 802 management work and range of knowledge has
significantly increased in the past 5 years.  Adding a second vice chair to
the sponsor executive committee will better enable it to manage IEEE 802's
wide range of activities.

The ballot opens March 31, 2002 and closes June 8, 2002 12 midnight EDT
(remember if you do not vote or abstain it is equivalent to a DISAPPROVE
vote).  Buzz, please ensure this gets sent to the 802-wide email list as
well.  WG chairs, please invite your WG members to comment through you.


--Paul Nikolich

Chair, IEEE802 LAN/MAN Standards Project
cell:    857.205.0050
mail:   18 Bishops Lane, Lynnfield, MA 01940