[Owasp-board] Paulo @ OWASP AppSec USA 2011?

Jason Li jason.li at owasp.org
Mon Aug 15 23:18:56 UTC 2011


We had heard some previous discussions that implied that there were
already existing plans/budget to bring Paulo to AppSecUSA (either by
the conference organizers or by the Board), so I asked Paulo to verify
if his expenses would be covered by some other initiative within

The GPC had already planned for Paulo to attend both our working
sessions in our original budget proposal this year, so we will cover
the appropriate expenses based on our existing policies.

Specifically, our policy is to provide committee members with an
allowance up to the equivalent of the cheapest cost of airfare and
accommodations. This allowance is calculated taking into account that
it may be cheaper for OWASP to pay for additional night(s) of
accommodation if the airfare is substantially cheaper by either
arriving or staying earlier/later. For example, by arriving a day
earlier to the working session at AppSec EU, the GPC saved several hundred
dollars *per person* on airfare, which was more than enough to cover
the additional night of accommodations. Even after the additional
night of accommodations, the final costs of the first GPC working
session were still 11.6% under budget.

This "allowance" is the model we pioneered for the OWASP Summit once
it became clear that Diplomata/Summit Attendees needed proper guidance
to spend OWASP funds appropriately. Obviously, we also used the same
model for the previous GPC Working Session
(http://sl.owasp.org/gpcws-jun11-proceedings#h.8jvs9j2p59fn). This
policy ensures that OWASP is not paying unnecessarily high costs for
travel, while granting the attendee the flexibility to work their own
travel schedule and arrangements.

The GPC will communicate with Paulo the appropriate allowance and he
can choose his travel plans accordingly.


On Mon, Aug 15, 2011 at 9:12 AM, Paulo Coimbra <pcoimbra at owasp.org> wrote:
> Board,
> Since the OWASP AppSec USA 2011 is swiftly approaching, it seemed
> appropriate to ask whether you consider my presence useful.
> For your information, except for being confronted with an unplanned event, I
> am available to join the meeting and believe that I could give a
> contribution.
> Also, the GPC is considering a working session to be held beginning
>  September, 18 and I believe it supports my participation.
> Being so, I ask whether OWASP pays the travel and accommodation costs
> associated with my presence at these two events (GPC WS + Conf) throughout
> the period 18 – 23 of September.
> Additionally, in the event of your answer to the question above being
> positive, please allow me, I have a couple more of issues on which I need
> your evaluation as follows.
> As my wife will need to be in Boston for work on the week before the OWASP
> conference, I was thinking to also be in Boston during that time. I would be
> working as normal throughout this period and go to Minneapolis immediately
> after. What do you think?
> If OK, I would obviously pay for the internal flight Boston-Minneapolis, and
> would expense OWASP the stay in Minneapolis and the flights Lisbon-Boston
> and Minneapolis-Lisbon.
> Do you think this would work? If so, which OWASP budget would support this
> cost? How should I proceed in operational terms? Can I book my flights and
> see with Kate about accommodation?
> Thanks,
> - Paulo
> Paulo Coimbra
> OWASP Project Manager

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