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[rpd] New Proposal - "Internet Number Resources Audit by AFRINIC (AFPUB-2016-GEN-001-DRAFT01)"

Omo Oaiya Omo.Oaiya at
Sun May 22 16:17:39 UTC 2016

Andrew, All

On 22 May 2016 at 12:10, Andrew Alston <Andrew.Alston at>

> > When I first read this proposal, my first reaction was does AFRINIC
> really need this proposal because surely an organisation of its stature
> should already have every mechanism in place to enforce compliance to its
> own
> > RSA and Allocation/Assignment Policies.
> And THAT is the entire point – I do not believe the community should be
> trying to micro manage the work of AfriNIC staff and that is what this
> proposal attempts to do.  AfriNIC has an MSA that states the rules and its
> members bind itself to the rules, and submit detailed allocation documents
> which are reviewed by staff.  Now, either we trust the staff to do the job
> or we don’t.  Mandating the staff to do audits though I believe is starting
> to smell like micro management and is also completely and totally
> impractical in so many ways.  (especially since the policy proposal
> contains NO details of how this is meant to be accomplished)

We are reserving for IXPs, Critical infrastructure, have policies for
soft-landing etc.  Surely auditing to be sure that already allocated
resources are used as agreed or recovered and reallocated is good practice.

The RSA is an agreement with the community.  No reason why the community
shouldn't be empowering the staff to act on a section of the agreement.

We have had some members challenge the staff in the past, suggesting that
they were overreaching in their requirements.  A policy that guides the
staff  makes a whole lot of sense to me

As for the practicalities, I suggest one of two things

1)  We do not micromanage and let the staff determine how to be guided by
available policies on the matter
2)  We suggest amendments that can contribute towards limiting any
perceived overheads in enforcing

I support the policy.

- Omo
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