Nomination Committee (NomCom) Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Frequently Asked Questions
- What is the purpose of the NomCom?
- Who serves on the NomCom?
- What is the process by which the NomCom selects candidates among the nominees?
- What criteria does the NomCom use to evaluate candidates?
- If a nominee is not part of the announced list of candidates, is there any action the nominee can take to become a candidate?
What is the purpose of the NomCom?
The NomCom shall be responsible for identifying, recruiting, and certifying a properly selected slate of ARIN Board of Trustees and Advisory Council (AC) candidates. (Bylaws, Article VIII, Section 2.a.) The NomCom will seek to advance twice the number of candidates than the number of open seats, even if a larger number of qualified candidates is available. The NomCom must advance a minimum of one more candidate than the open positions in each body. Details are available from the NomCom Charter.
Who serves on the NomCom?
The NomCom is comprised of seven individuals: two members of the Board of Trustees, and five (5) representatives from ARIN General Members in good standing. The representatives may include up to two (2) serving Advisory Council Members. NomCom appointees are required to make themselves available for conference calls during the nomination period and to hold all NomCom deliberations in confidence.
Volunteer General Members in good standing of the NomCom are asked to sign and return an NDA within three business days of being selected.
The list of 2014 NomCom Appointees are available on the ARIN Board / Advisory Council Committee page.
What is the process by which the NomCom selects candidates from among the nominees?
The Board forms the NomCom each year before the start of the nomination period. The NomCom evaluates nominees on established selection criteria. The deliberations of the NomCom regarding nominees are not open to ARIN staff or the non-participating members of the ARIN Board and AC. Following its deliberations, the NomCom provides a report to the ARIN President & CEO listing its slate of candidates for the general election to open seats on the Board and AC. Upon the ARIN President and CEO's receipt and acceptance of the report, the NomCom charter is complete and the committee is disbanded.
What criteria does the NomCom use to evaluate candidates?
After ARIN staff verifies the eligibility of the nominees and nominators, nominees are required to complete a questionnaire formulated by the NomCom. The NomCom evaluates the questionnaires and conducts any necessary follow-up discussions with nominees to determine that they meet the general criteria for the respective bodies and that they are able to support ARIN in the fulfillment of its mission. The evaluation criteria may include (but is not limited to):
- Experience with Internet number resource policy in the ARIN region
- Internet industry knowledge
- Availability conflicts (time commitments)
- Potential conflict of interest
Details regarding these criteria can be found in the NomCom Charter.
If a nominee is not part of the announced list of candidates, is there any action the nominee can take to become a candidate?
Yes. Both the Board and AC have petition processes available for elections, which is open to nominees that were not accepted to the NomCom's slate of candidates and to any individual who wishes to bypass the NomCom review process. For more information about the petition process, see the relevant section of the Board and AC Election Procedures page.