The IETF Administration LLC (IETF LLC) provides the corporate legal home for the IETF, the Internet Architecture Board (IAB), and the Internet Research Task Force (IRTF).

Key Info

The responsibilities of the IETF LLC include:

  • Supporting the ongoing operations of the IETF, including meetings and non-meeting activities,
  • Managing the IETF's finances and budget,
  • Raising money on behalf of the IETF, and
  • Establishing and enforcing policies to ensure compliance with applicable laws, regulations, and rules.

Based on discussions within the IASA2 working group, the IETF LLC has been created as a disregarded entity of the Internet Society (i.e., it is treated as a branch or division for tax purposes). It has no role in the oversight or steering of the standards process as currently conducted by the IESG and IAB, the appeal chain, the confirming bodies for existing IETF and IAB appointments, the IRTF, or ISOC's memberships in other organizations.

The IETF LLC conducts its work according to the following principles:

  • Transparency: The LLC will keep the IETF community informed about its work and will engage with the community to obtain consensus-based community input on key issues and otherwise as needed. Whatever doesn't have a specific justification for being kept confidential, should be made public. There must exist a public list of confidential items, describing the nature of the information and the reason for confidentiality.

  • Responsiveness to the community: The LLC will act consistently with the documented consensus of the IETF community, to be responsive to the community's needs, and adapt its decisions in response to consensus-based community feedback.

  • Diligence: The LLC will act responsibly so as to minimize risks to IETF participants and to the future of the IETF as a whole, such as financial risks.

The IETF Administration LLC is overseen by the IETF Administration LLC Board of Directors.

Jay Daley is the IETF Executive Director.