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From Joseph Schaefer <>
Subject Re: [PROPOSAL] Creation of the Incubator Ombudsman
Date Mon, 17 Jun 2013 04:27:00 GMT
I'll grant you that it is an imperfect analogy, but I have no idea why you continue to make
such a fuss about things we've all come to accept about roles and responsibilities of a chair.
 Nobody is questioning the traditional role you seek for yourself, and you can take comfort
in the idea that you were elected in part because of your position on this subject.

So just chill out for a moment or two and try to take in the more substantive issue around
having someone who is proactively tasked with gathering data about our overall performance
as seen through the eyes of our consumers.  This isn't an activity past chairs have shown
a real willingness to tackle themselves other than to claim the standard open door policy
we all make.  Alan is right, the IPMC has little more than anecdotal evidence that we are
doing the needful and from what I've heard that evidence is mixed.  If you agree that this
merits some attention, I would be a little disappointed in your delegation skills if you refused
on principle to let someone who is not chair actually try.  But at least I will know your
heart is in the right place :).

Sent from my iPhone

On Jun 17, 2013, at 12:02 AM, Marvin Humphrey <> wrote:

> On Sat, Jun 15, 2013 at 12:38 PM, Joseph Schaefer
> <> wrote:
>> This argument reminds me of the current debate in Congress about whether or
>> not military sex offense reporting should remain within the chain of
>> command. Proponents argue that it's hard to hold commanders accountable if
>> they aren't empowered to act; adversaries say victims are afraid to report
>> while retribution remains possible.
> I don't agree with that line of reasoning because the PMC Chair is not
> supposed to be the commanding officer of a project.  I think it's an abuse of
> the position to act that way, and personally, I do not covet that power.  To
> my mind, the analogy with the military justice system does not apply because
> the PMC chair is *only* the ombud, not the commander.
> If others consider that view of the PMC Chair role too idealistic, I guess I
> find that disappointing.  But maybe it's so tempting to wield the VP title to
> further your own agenda that having some percentage of Apache PMC Chairs fail
> as ombud is a statistical certainty.
> If the IPMC arrives at a consensus that an independent ombud is necessary, so
> be it.  Until that time, I consider that role the chair's responsibility as
> part of the instruction to "ensure that everyone has a chance to be heard"[1].
> Should the Board pass the resolution appointing me as IPMC Chair on Wednesday,
> I think anyone who has read my posts over the years knows that I'd pursue the
> task with zeal.
> Marvin Humphrey
> [1]
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