The IOAG shall maintain a Secretariat to assist the Chairman in the
orderly functioning of the IOAG. The Chairman may delegate as many
of his duties and obligations as he wishes to the IOAG Secretariat.
Since the IOAG’s formation, NASA has provided the IOAG Secretariat.
The term of the Secretariat shall be indefinite; however, at any
time during a regular IOAG meeting the IOAG Members can choose to
move the Secretariat function to a different Agency, provided that
Agency is a Full Member of the IOAG.
The IOAG Secretariat is responsible for assisting the Chairman in
the operation of the IOAG. In particular, the IOAG Secretariat will:
In addition to assisting the Chairman with the day-to-day operation
of the IOAG, the IOAG Secretariat shall serve as an advisor to the
Chairman and to the IOAG at large. It is the duty of the Secretariat
to be thoroughly familiar with the procedures outlined in this
document and to advise the IOAG as to the correct procedures to
follow in all situations. It is the responsibility of the IOAG
Secretariat to provide continuity during and between meetings.
When acting as the IOAG Secretariat, the IOAG Secretariat does not
serve any Agency or espouse any position relative to the positions
taken by an Agency, the IOAG, or the IOP.
Agencies attending Inter-Operability Plenary (IOP) Meeting shall be
Charter Members of the IOAG or participate by invitation only. With
particularity, the following international space agencies are
Representatives shall review and discuss high-level space
communications matters, evaluate the current state of, and establish
priorities for, achieving interoperability, review progress on
action items, and take such further actions as they deem necessary
to achieve full inter-agency interoperability.
In the event that other matters arise on which agreement among IOAG
representatives cannot be reached, or which involve agency policies
at a level which the representatives to the IOAG have not the
authority to deal, then such matters shall be referred to the Heads
of Delegation to the most recent IOP Meeting, or their currently
designated alternate, for decision. The Heads of Delegation will be
invited to schedule a subsequent IOP, at their pleasure, to effect
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