The IEEE Board of Directors has delegated responsibility to the IEEE Governance Committee for the review of all proposed revisions to IEEE governing documents including IEEE’s Constitution, Bylaws, Policies, Finance Operations Manual, Investment Operations Manual, Standing Committee Charters, and Operations Manuals (including the Major Board Operations Manuals) as described in IEEE Bylaws I-303.9 and I-305.7.
The above-mentioned documents are publicly available and shall be consistent across organizational units (OUs) and shall be legally compliant. Each organizational unit shall make available and maintain its Operations Manual online.
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All submissions should use the Operations Manual Submission template (DOC, 32 KB) and include the following:
- An Executive Summary: The Executive Summary should be written as if it were being shown to someone new to the organization. It should be clear, concise, and complete. It should include the rationale; a brief history behind the change; the names of any organizational units that have seen, endorsed, or provided comment on the item (including dates, if appropriate); and the name and number of the specific manual section of the manual being changed.
- The current text, as it appears in the most recently approved manual: Use strikethroughs and underscores to note the change(s) being submitted for review.
The IEEE Governance Committee, or the designated staff, as the case may be, discusses modifications, if needed, and comes to agreement with the organizational unit. The organizational unit may adopt the revision according to its own established approval process.
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In order to accommodate the Major Boards meeting schedule and allow for a thorough review by the IEEE Governance Committee, items requiring IEEE Board approval should be submitted no later than the submission dates for the IEEE Board items. For 2013, those dates are:
View the 2014 agenda item submission deadlines (PDF, 57 KB)
Items that do not require IEEE Board approval may be submitted at any time. A response on the outcome of the review from the Staff designee will be provided normally within two weeks. If a longer period for the review is needed, the submitter(s) shall be notified and a new date for completion will be set.
The Governance Staff is available to answer questions and assist in the development and review of new documents or amendments at any time prior to submission.
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