Comments on ATRT Draft Recommendations - addendum
The following is an addendum to my earlier comments on recommendation 7.In the more general case, the concept of "consultation" must be enlarged. The current process of ACs and SOs or even more importantly the evolving cross constituency working groups writing a report and tossing it over a wall to the Board is not working well. Groups are under pressure to be concise and brief in their reports to ensure that they are not incorrectly condensed by staff before consideration by the Board. It is impossible to take a complex subject that may have been discussed over 10s or 100s of hours and expect that a brief report captures all of the necessary nuances. It is really necessary that there be some level of Director involvement in the discussion process, preferably with some interaction and not just as observers (but Board observers would be better than nothing). In the absence of that, there must be at least an opportunity for discussion with the group after the report is created.