[gnso-improvem-impl-sc] SCI Charter considerations

Ron Andruff randruff at rnapartners.com
Mon Jul 8 23:18:45 UTC 2013

Dear Jonathan,


As you know, the Standing Committee on Improvements Implementation (SCI)
will provide an update on its work to the GNSO Council in Durban on 13 July.
One of issues the SCI is considering is an update of its Charter, as we have
reported previously.  This began as an effort to update the Charter to
include procedures to elect the SCI Chair and Vice Chair, but recently the
SCI also has considered whether other updates are necessary.  SCI members
have realized that they need guidance from the GNSO Council as to whether
the scope of the SCI's work should be limited to a review of the procedures
developed in the GNSO Implementations process, or whether the SCI should
also address other procedural issues not related to the improvements


The current Charter states:

"The GNSO Standing Committee on Improvement Implementation (SCI) will be
responsible for reviewing and assessing the effective functioning of
recommendations provided by the Operational Steering Committee (OSC), Policy
Process Steering Committee (PPSC) and Policy Development Process Work Team
(PDP-WT) and approved by the GNSO Council:

.    On request for those recommendations that have been identified to
present immediate problems

.    On a periodic timescale for all recommendations in order to identify
possible issues and/or improvements (subject to a clear definition by the
SCI on which recommendations should be reviewed)"


The SCI also seeks guidance from the Council with respect to the duration of
the SCI work. Should the SCI be considered the last in the series of
committees that arose from the Board review and thus cease to exist when it
has completed its review of that work?  Or should the SCI continue
indefinitely, as an ongoing body that considers procedural questions as
raised by the GNSO Council or a group Chartered by the Council?


The SCI requests that these fundamental questions be addressed before the
SCI considers revisions to the Charter.  The SCI members look forward to
discussing these questions with the Council in Durban.




Ron Andruff, Chair, SCI


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