[cabfpub] Ballot 196: Define "Audit Period"

Gervase Markham gerv at mozilla.org
Mon Apr 3 18:05:49 UTC 2017

*Ballot 196 - Define "Audit Period"

*Purpose of Ballot: *It appears that CAs are sometimes confused by the
phrase Audit Period. This ballot adds a definition of that phrase to the
BRs, in the hope of heading off any further misunderstandings.

The following motion has been proposed by Gervase Markham of Mozilla and
endorsed by Ryan Sleevi of Google and Jody Cloutier of Microsoft:


Add the following definition to section 1.6.1 of the Baseline Requirements:

*Audit Period:* In a period-of-time audit, the period between the first day (start) and
the last day of operations (end) covered by the auditors in their
engagement. (This is not the same as the period of time when the auditors are on-site at the CA.) The coverage rules and maximum length of audit periods are defined in section 8.1.


The procedure for approval of this Final Maintenance Guideline ballot is
as follows (exact start and end times may be adjusted to comply with
applicable Bylaws and IPR Agreement):



Status: Final Maintenance Guideline


Start time (23:00 UTC)


End time (23:00 UTC)

Discussion (7 to 14 days)


3rd April


10th April

Vote for approval (7 days)


10th April


17th April

If vote approves ballot: Review Period (Chair to send Review Notice) (30

If Exclusion Notice(s) filed, ballot approval is rescinded and PAG to be

If no Exclusion Notices filed, ballot becomes effective at end of Review


Upon filing of Review Notice by Chair


30 days after filing of Review Notice by Chair


>From Bylaw 2.3: If the Draft Guideline Ballot is proposing a Final
Maintenance Guideline, such ballot will include a redline or comparison
showing the set of changes from the Final Guideline section(s) intended
to become a Final Maintenance Guideline, and need not include a copy of
the full set of guidelines.  Such redline or comparison shall be made
against the Final Guideline section(s) as they exist at the time a
ballot is proposed, and need not take into consideration other ballots
that may be proposed subsequently, except as provided in Bylaw Section


Votes must be cast by posting an on-list reply to this thread on the
Public list.  A vote in favor of the motion must indicate a clear 'yes'
in the response. A vote against must indicate a clear 'no' in the
response. A vote to abstain must indicate a clear 'abstain' in the
response. Unclear responses will not be counted. The latest vote
received from any representative of a voting member before the close of
the voting period will be counted. Voting members are listed here:

In order for the motion to be adopted, two thirds or more of the votes
cast by members in the CA category and greater than 50% of the votes
cast by members in the browser category must be in favor.  Quorum is
shown on CA/Browser Forum wiki.  Under Bylaw 2.2(g), at least the
required quorum number must participate in the ballot for the ballot to
be valid, either by voting in favor, voting against, or abstaining.

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