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[802SEC] IEEE Staff interpretation of Suspension of P&Ps

Dear EC Members,
I just received the following communication from IEEE Staff regarding an interpretation of whether or not a Sponsor can suspend their P&P, which you need to consider when casting your vote on the motion to suspend that we have in process.  Please keep in mind it is an interpretation--not until SASB considers an action on a Sponsor motion to suspend their P&P, would a formal decision on the validity of such an action be made.
------ Forwarded Message ------
From: "Yvette Ho Sang" <>
To: "Paul Nikolich" <>
Cc: "Claire Topp" <>
Sent: 4/25/2013 2:16:04 PM
Subject: Suspension of P&Ps

I'd appreciate it if you could please send this to the EC reflector.

I was notified of the questions by EC members about whether the Sponsor P&Ps could be suspended by the EC.  I conferred with outside counsel, Claire Topp, whose advice mirrored my own opinion. We believe that the EC cannot suspend the Sponsor P&Ps because ultimate authority for the procedures lie not with the EC, but with AudCom and the SASB. Any action by the EC would have to be accepted by AudCom and/or approved by the SASB. 

Realistically, I don't believe AudCom or the SASB would allow Sponsors to suspend their P&Ps because of the risks associated with this action. However, the EC can present their request to AudCom if they would like it to be considered.



Yvette  Ho Sang, MBA, ARM
Risk Management Analyst
IEEE Standards Association
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