JSR 355, JCP Executive Committee Merge, has been posted this week for JSR Review, with the JSR Review Ballot scheduled for 7-20 February. From Section 2.1 of the JSR proposal, this JSR proposes to make changes to the JCP's Process Document and the Executive
Committee's Standing Rules with the goal of merging the two Executive Committees
into one and reducing the total number of Executive Committee members from
the current total of 32. The existing two-to-one ratio of ratified to elected
seats will be maintained. On the merged EC neither Oracle nor any other member
may hold more than one seat.
Additional changes to election processes and related EC procedures (for example,
the possibility of moving to a two-year rather than a three-year election cycle,
or of changing the meeting quorum) and minor changes to JSR ballot processes
will also be considered; of course, since there will only be a single EC after
the merge, all JSRs - even those that are currently in progress - will in future
be approved by the merged EC.
Additional minor changes to the Process Document and Standing Rules may be
included if these are legitimate "bug fixes" resulting from the recent
completion of JSR 348 (JCP 2.8), but otherwise no additional changes will be proposed
in this JSR. (A follow-on JSR may introduce additional changes.)
The Expert Group intends to complete the JSR within about six months, thereby
permitting the changes to be initiated during the 2012 elections. The EG recognizes,
however, that the changes may need be phased in over time.
While devising the process to effect the merge and reduce the number of EC
members, the Expert Group will follow these guidelines:
- The process should be seen as fair.
- All members should have an equal chance of losing their seats through
elimination (this should not vary depending on when their terms expire.)
- If the reduction in numbers is phased in over time, the percentage of seats
eliminated and the ratio of ratified to elected seats should be consistent
in each phase.
- Oracle should have the greatest possible flexibility in reallocating ratified
seats to ensure that the merged EC adequately and fairly represents the entire
- The process should be completed as soon as possible.
A java.net project (http://java.net/projects/jsr355/pages/Home) will host all
communication mechanisms. The home-page of this project will contain pointers
to the mailing-lists, Wiki, document archive, discussion forum, and issue tracker,
and will explain how members of the public can observe and participate in the
activities of the Expert Group. The Final Release is planned for August 2012.
Please follow the progress and provide your feedback!