[Owasp-board] Electronic Vote

Matt Tesauro matt.tesauro at owasp.org
Mon May 2 04:07:40 UTC 2011

Seba et al,

I've put the thoughts I have for a more complete and equitable method to
deal with governance of finances, especially budgeting:


Readers Digest version is to put funds into 4 buckets:

   1. Operational Budget
   2. Committee Budget
   3. Foundation Budget
   4. Sustaining Budget

And to ensure we have a reasonable balance in the bank at all times - call
it a CYA or rainy day fund.  I've named it the sustaining budget.  I think
we've lacked a long-term perspective when budgeting.  I'd like my kids to
have a chance to be OWASP leaders.

The other concept I have is by-directional approval of spending on budget
items.  In broad terms, the funds the committees spend is approved by the
board, funds the board spends are approved by the committees, operational
funds are approved by the board and sustaining funds are purposefully hard
to spend.

The rest is detailed in the Google doc.

-- Matt Tesauro
OWASP Board Member
OWASP WTE Project Lead
http://AppSecLive.org - Community and Download site

On Wed, Apr 27, 2011 at 7:39 AM, Seba <seba at owasp.org> wrote:

> Hi Matt, All,
> Is it feasible to have your "how to allocate OWASP funds" proposal by the
> next board call next Monday?
> Did you have a change to look at the questions/remarks I had on the new
> bylaws?
> I propose to add a paragraph on local chapters governance. Something along
> the lines of:
> Local Chapters Governance
> A local OWASP chapter may establish local chapters within the geographical
> boundary of a chapter, such as country or a city. The bylaws of a chapter
> must not contain anything that is at variance with the expressed purposes of
> the OWASP Foundation or with the OWASP Foundation Bylaws, and must be
> approved as specified by the OWASP Foundation board of directors before
> becoming effective. A chapter may not change its bylaws, its name, or its
> boundaries without approval as specified by the OWASP Foundation. Chapter
> Bylaws may be produced in the native language of a nation, but must be
> translated into English for submission to the OWASP Foundation.
> The chapter leader and local chapter board has to manage the local chapter
> according the guidance and rules defined in the Chapter Leader Handbook. The
> Global Chapters Committee provides the support required by the local
> chapters to thrive and contribute to the overall mission and goals of the
> OWASP Foundation.
> The OWASP Foundation may, by affirmative vote of at majority of the board
> of directors, suspend or annul a chapter if, in the judgment of the board of
> directors, such action is in the best interests of the OWASP Foundation.
> Regards,
> --Seba
> On Sat, Apr 16, 2011 at 6:33 PM, Matt Tesauro <matt.tesauro at owasp.org>wrote:
>> Eoin:  I agree with staggering but technically speaking, that's not what
>> we're voting on.  We should communicate this to the committee chairs first.
>>  I sat in on the committee chair call earlier in the week and warned those
>> on that call that OWASP is not flush with cash and we may need to scale back
>> the committee budgets in the near term.  However, we need to make sure
>> committees understand this is not us hindering their work but the current
>> fiscal realities.
>> My votes:
>> No on remaining budgets.
>>     More time is needed to understand fully the impact of the summit's
>> expense on this years budget.
>> No on the ByLaws.
>>     I'd like to have some time to review what Seba sent.
>> I propose we re-vote these issues next Friday (April 22) to give us the
>> time to look into them - especially the budget issue.
>> I also have a proposal I'll be crafting on how to allocate OWASP funds
>> going forward with respect to the global committees and overarching expenses
>> (those that touch multiple committees).  However, I need some more time with
>> the numbers I got from Alison before I can make a specific proposal.
>> --
>> -- Matt Tesauro
>> OWASP Board Member
>> OWASP WTE Project Lead
>> http://www.owasp.org/index.php/Category:OWASP_Live_CD_Project
>> http://AppSecLive.org <http://appseclive.org/> - Community and Download
>> site
>> On Sat, Apr 16, 2011 at 4:46 AM, Eoin <eoin.keary at owasp.org> wrote:
>>> Yes, bit let's stagger committee funding or provide when required.
>>> Sent from my HTC hero.
>>> owasp board member
>>>  On 15 Apr 2011 13:48, "seba seba" <seba at owasp.org> wrote:
>>> All,
>>> 1. Yes, but under the condition that these are part of an overall 2011
>>> budget?
>>> 2. No - I have some questions & remarks on the Bylaws attached. There are
>>> references that are not clear, roles that are not defined and committee's of
>>> which no governance is defined. Furthermore I'd like to add a paragraph that
>>> clarifies the International role which provides a legal umbrella for legal
>>> entities in other countries or regions that fall under it.
>>> --Seba
>>>  On Fri, Apr 15, 2011 at 2:20 PM, Kate Hartmann <kate.hartmann at owasp.org>
>>> wrote:
>>> >
>>> > As per the board...
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