SECTION 21 INTERSOCIETY COOPERATION COMMITTEE

21.1 PURPOSE OF THE COMMITTEE

To encourage, develop, maintain, and evaluate relationships between the IEEE Computer Society and other organizations with similar or related interests, for the purpose of benefiting the members of the IEEE Computer Society and the profession.

21.2 SCOPE

The Intersociety Cooperation Committee, a committee of the Board of Governors, interacts and may establish formal relations with entities within the IEEE and other national and international professional and scientific organizations that have missions in the fields of interest of the Computer Society.  The ICC coordinates related relationship policies on behalf of the Computer Society, with the appropriate vice presidents, representatives to external organizations, and other volunteer leaders of the Society.  The ICC acts as a catalyst for cooperative activities that are agreeable to the responsible program boards and committees of the Society.

21.3 MEMBERSHIP

21.3.1 The Committee shall consist of the past president as chair, president, president-elect, and the subcommittee chairs.   The Society Executive Director shall be the liaison to the ICC, and with other appropriate staff members shall be ex officio, non-voting members of the committee.

21.4 REGIONAL OR COUNTRY INITIATIVES COMMITTEES

21.4.1 The Intersociety Cooperation Committee may create subcommittees to undertake special projects and initiatives involving computing-related areas of interest, or with countries or regions of the world.  The chairs of such subcommittees shall be appointed by the chair of the Intersociety Cooperation Committee.  The members of such subcommittees shall be appointed by their respective subcommittee chairs.   The Intersociety Cooperation Committee shall propose budgets for such subcommittees, if required, through the Society's normal budget development process.

21.5 CATEGORIES OF RELATIONSHIPS

The Computer Society establishes and maintains relationships with a variety of societies and organizations.  These are categorized as 1) Intersociety relationships, 2) Sister Society Associate relationships, and 3) Organization relationships. A complete and up-to-date  list of each of these, including relevant terms of the relationship, shall be posted on the Computer Society website.  The terms and conditions of each of these relationships are defined in memoranda of understanding (MOU) or other documents agreed to by both parties in a relationship.

Intersociety Relationships:  These may be established between the Computer Society and other professional organizations whose purpose and activities complement those of the Computer Society.  

Sister Society Associate Relationships: These are relationships in which the Computer Society provides, for a negotiated fee, bundled products and/or services to individual members of the Sister Society, as defined in a Sister Society Associate Relationship MOU.  Individual members of Sister Societies who participate in such a relationship with the Computer Society are designated as Sister Society Associates.  Sister Society Associates are not member of the IEEE or the Computer Society unless they fulfill the IEEE and/or Computer Society member requirements defined in appropriate IEEE and CS governance documents.  

Organization Relationships: These are developed to support the IEEE Computer Society's mission, perhaps with the Computer Society acting as a founding member, or as an active participant in the governance of such an organization.  If a financial obligation to participate is required, documents defining the nature of the participation require approval of the Computer Society Board of Governors.  Computer Society representatives to such societies shall be appointed as described in Section 23 of the PPM.

21.6 OPERATIONS

21.6.1 The Society's representatives to societies with which it has relationships described in Section 21.5 shall make regular informational reports to the ICC.

21.6.2 The ICC shall periodically review its relationships with other societies, and shall report to the Board the results of these reviews.  Such reviews will be carried out at least every 5 years.
 

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