[Owasp-board] [Governance] A Thought on Fund Request Transparency

johanna curiel curiel johanna.curiel at owasp.org
Wed Sep 2 21:22:43 UTC 2015

+Josh +Larry

On Wed, Sep 2, 2015 at 5:00 PM, Larry Conklin <larry.conklin at owasp.org>

> Hello Josh, I am fine with this. But I believe the transparency needs to
> go in both directions. When a project/chapter requests funds the monies
> spent should  be available for everyone to see. I think it would be good to
> see an explanation of how the money was spent on the chapter/project wiki
> page and a master wiki page showing all monies requested by all
> chapters/projects showing if the request was approve or not, why funds were
> requested and last who requested the funds. I also think it is appropriate
> when funds are requested the funds and the spending of the funds should
> require two members in the chapter/project to request and spend the funds
> this helps in preventing anyone in making a bad decision.
> Larry Conklin
> On Wed, Sep 2, 2015 at 2:02 PM, Josh Sokol <josh.sokol at owasp.org> wrote:
>> 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
>> transparency.
>> 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.
>> ~josh
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