[CCWG-ACCT] CCWG - Recommendation 8 - Final draft version for legal review - co-chair approval requested

Edward Morris egmorris1 at toast.net
Sun Jan 31 17:47:54 UTC 2016

I agree with Greg.
 Chris, in his post, touched upon some of the role expansion noted by Bruce in an earlier post, noted an Ombudsman's role in "shuttle diplomacy" but also stressed the centrality of the concept of fairness in the Ombudsman's decision making process. Given the number of areas some have proposed the Ombudsman be involved with I do agree with Greg we may be talking about a position that may be a bit broader than that typically ascribed to an Ombudsman and may need a new title with the expanded function.

 From: "Greg Shatan" <gregshatanipc at gmail.com>
Sent: Sunday, January 31, 2016 4:32 PM
To: "Bruce Tonkin" <Bruce.Tonkin at melbourneit.com.au>
Cc: "CCWG Accountability" <accountability-cross-community at icann.org>
Subject: Re: [CCWG-ACCT] CCWG - Recommendation 8 - Final draft version for legal review - co-chair approval requested   
I don't think capacity is the issue.   
 I think it's critical that we restrict the Ombudsman (which I always took to refer to the function rather than the person(s) filling it) to the defined roles outlined by Chris LaHatte in his recent email.
 If we want an office that goes beyond those roles, we'll need to call it something else and staff it accordingly.

On Sunday, January 31, 2016, Bruce Tonkin <Bruce.Tonkin at melbourneit.com.au> wrote:  Hello All,

In terms of  this statement:

"Concern was raised that the Ombudsman is not sufficiently equipped and knowledgeable to do substantive evaluation. It is also suggested that an independent party, such as the Ombudsman, provide an initial assessment to the Board as to the merit of any and all Reconsideration Requests. "

It is worth considering that the Ombudsman is a function rather than just a single person.   At the moment there is more than one person involved in providing the Ombudsman function.   In addition to Chris LaHatte, Herb Waye has also provide adjunct services.

I suggest using the text "Ombudsman Function" where references are made to the Ombudsman in the CCWG report.

It is possible in future that we increase the number of people and skills available in the Ombudsman Function to meet the needs specified in the CCWG proposal, and as a result of further improvements resulting from work stream 2.

Bruce Tonkin

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