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Meeting Agenda: November 16, 2017

Elections Commission
City and County of San Francisco
Don Chan, Secretary
Open Source Voting System Technical Advisory Committee
Christopher Jerdonek, Chair
Larry Bafundo, Vice Chair
Carl Hage
Roan Kattouw
Tony Wasserman
Open Source Voting System Technical Advisory Committee (OSVTAC)
of the San Francisco Elections Commission
Thursday, November 16, 2017
6:00 p.m.
City Hall, Room 421
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place
San Francisco, California 94102

[Note: links to packet documents will be inserted below as soon as they are available.]

Order of Business

1. Call to Order & Roll Call

2. Project Management and Procurement

Discussion and possible action regarding project management and procurement, including topics like modular contracting, agile development in government, and incremental approaches to the project.

3. General Public Comment

Public comment on any issue within the Committee’s general jurisdiction that is not covered by another item on this agenda.

4. Approval of Minutes of Previous Meetings

Discussion and possible action to approve Minutes for the September 21, 2017 and October 19, 2017 Committee meetings.

Agenda Packet: (1) September 21 Draft Minutes, (2) October 19 Draft Minutes

5. Member Reports

Member reports on committee-related activities not covered by another item on this agenda, including but not limited to the last Elections Commission meeting, Department of Elections progress, research findings, and news reports.

6. Administration

Discussion and possible action regarding administrative issues including but not limited to attendance at Elections Commission meetings by Committee members, the Committee’s website, and licensing the Committee’s work.

7. Committee Goals and Assumptions

Discussion and possible action regarding committee goals, scope, and assumptions, including assumptions.

8. Project Background and Terminology

Discussion and possible action regarding project background and terminology, including around voting system components and other voting system projects.

9. Committee Recommendations

Discussion and possible action regarding Committee recommendations on the subjects of requirements, open source, software development processes, software architecture and design, hardware, intellectual property, and testing.

10. Topics for future discussion

Discussion and possible action regarding topics for future discussion.


There will be an opportunity for public comment on each agenda item.

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