Posted for Jim Kogler, Chair, RPR FOM PDG...

The RPR FOM PDG is looking for individuals from academia who would be interested in participating in the review and balloting of Version 2 of the RPR FOM.

This is our second call for volunteers. The first call resulted in a balloting pool that was too heavily weighted with representatives of the government and industry, so, in order to balance the pool, more representatives from academia are needed.

All those currently registered need not respond. If you have not registered, and are interested in participating in the electronic ballot, you must respond by January 20, 2004.

To register to ballot please go to:

Representation if defined by the BPDP ( as: ------

Representation is based on the employer or employment activities of an individual. A person working for a company on a government contract would usually be considered commercial. Similarly, an individual working for a college or university on a government grant or contract would generally be considered academic. These are only suggestions; it is up to the individual to determine the correct representation.



Obligations and Responsibilities of Balloters

If you choose to participate in this electronic ballot, once the ballot opens you will be provided the URLs for the subject documents and the ballot form. There are two documents to be reviewed in this ballot, the GRIM which is 164 pages long and the FOM which is 94 pages long. You will have 30 days to review the document and return the ballot with your vote. The SISO requires that a minimum of 75% of the balloting group return their ballots for the ballot to be valid. By joining the ballot group, an individual commits to conducting a thorough review of the product, completing the review in the required time period, and submitting the written ballot by the due date. As such, by agreeing to participate in this ballot you have an obligation to respond.

Failure to return a completed ballot may cause your name to be removed from the Invitation to Ballot list (i.e., the balloting pool), precluding your receiving Invitations to participate in future Ballots.

NOTE: This obligation to respond described above does not apply to Re-circulation Ballots (an additional ballot of a document you have previously voted on). You only need to respond to a Re-circulation Ballot if you wish to change your initial vote. If you do not respond to a Re-circulation Ballot, your last recorded vote will be carried forward.

The names of all voters will be listed in the front matter of the standard when it is published. No contact information or how you voted will be included. The paragraph above the balloting group listed will state: "The following members of the balloting group voted on this standard. Balloters may have voted for approval, disapproval, or abstention."

We would really appreciate your help.

Jim Kogler