Request to Join a Team

The Standards Oversight Council relies heavily on volunteer team members to contribute their time, expertise, and experience to the development of standards.  Each person who is interested in participating on a work team is asked to submit an application with a summary of their relevant experience to the SOC Program Manager. The Team Leader with guidance from the Council will make the final decision on team members.  For optimal conditions, work teams typically have no more than ten members.  

Members of a technical standard team are selected based upon a variety of criteria, but the following are of particular importance:

  • A demonstrated knowledge and technical expertise in the relevant field – by vocation or academic record; and
  • Geographic and/or discipline diversity.

Team members do not need to be affiliated with any particular agency or organization. They may serve as individuals or as representatives of a larger group, but they should disclose the interests they are representing upfront.

Specific responsibilities of team members include the following:

1.   General Work Team Duties

  • Attending team meetings, actively participating in the discussions and abiding by the adopted ground rules;
  • Acknowledging the process outlined in the SOC Technical Standards Process Handbook;
  • Assisting with workload items associated with the team effort; and
  • Supporting team decisions and the final product of the team.

2.   Review and Evaluation Process

  • Selecting technical standard reviewers for the draft review and coordinating those review efforts;
  • Providing responses to the comments submitted by reviewers within the given time periods; and
  • Completing an evaluation of the technical standard process upon completion of team mission.

3.   Development of Supporting Materials and Companion Documents

New teams should anticipate the need to develop supporting materials to help users properly understand and implement the standard.  If it is determined that a companion document(s) should be developed, the team may need to be responsible for:

  • Evaluating the existing companion documents, their purpose, and where they are located;
  • Identifying the form and target audience for any potential companion documents; and
  • Assisting in the research, development, and review of companion documents.