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The IETF has a limited number of liaison relationships with other organizations. Liaisons are appointed by the Internet Architecture Board (IAB) when the IAB feels that conditions warrant appointing a specific person to such a task.

Establishing a liaison relationship can provide the framework for ongoing communications to:

  • Prevent inadvertent duplication of effort, without obstructing either organization from pursuing its own mandate
  • Provide authoritative information of one organization’s dependence on the other’s work

Note that such appointments are rare as the best way for organizations to work with the IETF is to do so within the working groups. The primary contact on liaison negotiation is the IAB. You can send email to the IAB liaison coordinators at The current liaison coordinators are Deborah Brungard, Wes Hardaker, and Tommy Pauly.

For more information about the procedures that govern IETF liaisons, please see RFC 4052 “IAB Liaison Management” and RFC 4053 (BCP 103) “Procedures for Handling Liaison Statements to and from the IETF.”

A list of liaison statements is available on the IETF Datatracker.

To submit a liaison statement:

  • Outgoing: If you are a Liaison Manager, you can submit an outgoing liaison here after logging into the datatracker
  • Incoming: If you are a Liaison Manager, you can submit an incoming liaison here after logging into the datatracker
  • Submit a liaison statement via email to if you prefer not to use the tool

The list of current liaisons appears below: 

SDO IETF Liaison Manager More InfoContact
3GPP Charles EckelRFC 
Broadband Forum David
CableLabs Jason Weil RFC 4965
Community Coordination Group Russ Housley, Barry Leiba, Tim Wicinski
ECMA TC39 Matt 
ICANN Board of Directors Harald AlvestrandRFC 2691
ICANN NomCom Vittorio Bertola
ICANN Root Server System Governance Working Group (GWG) Geoff Huston, Jim Reid
ICANN RSSAC Daniel MigaultIAB liaison to ICANN Root Server System Advisory Committee (RSSAC)
ICANN TLG Warren Kumari, Petr ŠpačekRFC 2691
IEEE 802.1 János FarkasRFC 
ISO/IEC JTC1 SC2 Patrik FältströmRFC 3718, Section 
ISO/IEC JTC1 SC29 Stephan 
ISO/IEC JTC1 SC6 Warren 
ISO/TC46 Peter 
ISO/TC154 Michael DouglassRequest to add the IETF as an external liaison to ISO/ 
ISO/TC204 Alexandre 
ITU-T Scott MansfieldRFC 
ITU-T SG15 (optical control plane) John 
Messaging Anti-Abuse Working Group (M3AAWG) Barry 
Multi Stakeholder Platform on ICT Standardisation Mat Ford, Andrei Robachevsky
Unicode Patrik FältströmRFC 
W3C Martin