RE: [nc-deletes] Kicking things off...
Title: RE: [nc-deletes] Kicking things off...
UK time is currently on GMT and it's a very pleasant change to not have to translate when a call will be. Except that I do have to as I'm going to be in Phoenix Thursday and Friday this week, which makes the Friday proposal not terribly attractive. I could make 15.00 GMT on Thursday.
A little belatedly, we have a chance to kick off the work of the Deletes Task Force. I'm excited to move ahead, and hope that all of you will share my enthusiasm for resolving some of the issues raised in the initial issues paper. If you have not already done so, please familiarize yourself with the paper, which can be found at:
The issues outlined in the paper tie directly to our terms of reference, which I've included below:
Terms of reference
Also, please keep in mind that this task force is operating under the principles of the new Policy Development Process, with very tight milestones and deadlines. Unfortunately, due to some slowness in getting the group up and running, we're already behind schedule, but I intend to keep us as close as possible to the original timelines, even if the specific dates may have to get pushed back a week or two due to the delays we've experienced thus far.
In the immediate future, I have three goals for the task force:
1) Organizing a conference call for a brief discussion of the various issues, to understand the concerns of various constituencies in each problem area, and to identify areas of common agreement that we can memorialize and use as a basis for further work. Also, I expect there will be some areas of disagreement, and we can begin to note the areas in which we are going to need to do some harder work in order to gain consensus. Ideally, I'd like to have this call on Thursday or Friday of this week. What are people's schedules like at around 13:00 GMT on Friday, or alternatively, 15:00 GMT on Thursday?
Generally, I'd like to do as much communication as possible via e-mail, but given the short time frames we're facing, some phone calls where we can all exchange ideas interactively will be helpful.
2) Get constituency position statements submitted. These were originally due on November 8. Due to our late start, I think we'll be looking at a new due date of November 22, but this date will be rigorously enforced. Please begin to communicate with others from your constituency now in order to get these developed.
3) Elect a permanent chair for the task force. I am currently serving as the interim chair, but one of our first orders of business should be to elect a permanent chair. Let's submit nominations via e-mail (feel free to nominate yourself if you're interested). If everyone is comfortable doing so, we can look to elect a chair on our first phone call.
Thanks for taking the time to read this. Please let me know if there's anything you'd like to address, or certainly feel free to start making substantive comments regarding the work we have ahead of us anytime.
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