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Re: [802SEC] +++ SEC Rules Change Letter Ballot +++ Addition ofsecond vice chair position to SEC

I vote "Disapprove", with the following comments:

Under the current position descriptions, we do not need two Vice 
Chairs any more than we need two Chairs, two Treasurers, or two 
Recording Secretaries. In each of these cases, we are better off with 

As described in the rules, the duties of the Vice Chair come down to 
maintaining the rules change process. While this is an important 
responsibility, it does not cry out for a second person to help 
manage it. On the contrary, having two people in charge of the same 
task only decreases the likelihood of someone taking responsibility 
for it.

Before I can support a rules change to specify two Vice Chairs, I 
would like to see their explicit assignments defined. I don't think 
it's appropriate to split the work by technical topic (e.g., 
wireless/wireline) because the SEC is not a technical body. I think 
it would be more valuable to take a look at where the SEC needs some 
help. I suggest that the place to look is Procedure 8 ("PROCEDURE FOR 
PROJECT MANAGEMENT"), which lists a number of jobs that are currently 
not done at all or have been done by the Vice Chair. Many of those 
jobs are related to the general topic of gathering and distributing 
information about our standardization activities. Perhaps we should 
re-write Procedure 8, adding related assignments that we need help 
with (webmaster, publicity coordinator, etc.) and dividing up the 
work among two Vice Chairs.


At 2:42 PM -0500 02/03/31, Paul Nikolich wrote:
>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 802ís
>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