[Owasp-board] A Thought on Fund Request Transparency

Josh Sokol josh.sokol at owasp.org
Wed Sep 2 19:02:18 UTC 2015

I had a thought and wanted to throw it out there to see what others think
of it.  As a Board, all of our votes are tracked.  Both the proposal, who
proposed it, relevant discussion, and the result of the vote itself.  It
doesn't matter whether the vote passes or fails, we track it for reasons of

What if we treated requests for funds similar to Board votes?  Maybe we do
this already and I'm just not aware of where to find the data points, but
what if every request for funding went in a public place where others could
see it.  Not only the request, but also the response.  So, the request for
funds becomes a matter of public record but also the rationale as to why it
was approved or denied.  Was it a specific law, policy, moral, etc that
prohibits that activity?  Lack of budget?  All of that should be
immediately obvious and transparent so that there are no questions.

Does that make sense?  Do we have this level of transparency today and I
just don't know it?  Would that help to show the volume of requests and
what is being approved or denied?  Thanks for your comments.

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