The IANA Stewardship Coordination Group (ICG) today issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) seeking complete formal responses from the “operational communities” of IANA (i.e. those with direct operational or service relationships with the IANA functions operator, in connection with names, numbers, or protocol parameters). The target deadline for all complete formal responses to this RFP is 31 December 2014.*

Proposals are expected to enjoy a broad consensus of support from all interested parties. During the development of their proposals, the operational communities are requested to consult and work with other affected parties. Likewise, in order to help the ICG maintain its light coordination role, all other affected parties are strongly encouraged to participate in community processes.

Information about ongoing community processes and how to participate in them can be found here.

Communities are asked to adhere to open and inclusive processes in developing their responses, so that all community members may fully participate in and observe those processes. Communities are also asked to actively seek out and encourage wider participation by any other parties with interest in their response.

Additionally, while the ICG is requesting complete formal proposals from the operational communities only, and that all interested parties get involved as early as possible in the relevant community processes, some parties may choose to provide comments directly to the ICG about specific aspects of particular proposals, about the community processes, or about the ICG‘s own processes. Comments may be directly submitted to the ICG any time via email to [email protected]. Comments will be publicly archived at:

The full RFP can be found here [PDF, 95 KB].

RFP Activities Schedule:

RFP Published 3 September 2014
Closing Date for Submission of Proposals 31 December 2014*

* The RFP was updated subsequent to this announcement and the target deadline was changed. Please see