I want to make sure that people reading this forum are familiar with the effort that has gone into revising these standards. The process has taken over a year and consumed scores of hours.
Appropriate USMS committee chairs and the National Office were consulted throughout the process.Regarding Eds main issues:
The concept of mandatory and target standards was approved by the USMS BOD last September.
All LMSC chairs were invited by their respective zone chairs to review and comment on the proposed revisions in March. Some zones held conference calls while others discussed the standards via email.
In early April the zone chairs met and updated the draft based on the input from the LMSC chairs.
In April and early May appropriate USMS committee chairs and the National Office were consulted and the draft was updated again.
On May 16th the LMSC Development Committee met and approved a version to submit to the USMS BOD.
1. The distinction of mandatory and target standards is described in the preamble:
Mandatory Standards are the most critical standards. All LMSCs are expected to be fully compliant with Mandatory Standards. These are subject to a remediation procedure if they are not met. All LMSCs are expected to strive to be compliant with all Target Standards. However, even a highly functioning LMSC may occasionally miss one or more of these standards. In such cases, the shortfalls must be quickly resolved.2. I disagree with the statement that 2.4 is beyond the control of an LMSC. Article 502 of our rulebook states that an LMSC is
a subordinate organization of the corporation with supervisory responsibilities within a specified geographical territory. Those supervisory responsibilities include the authority to issue, withhold, or withdraw sanctions. This standard allows for remediation if an LMSC consistently ignores its responsibility to make sure event hosts follow the rules.
3. The proposed standards do reflect the current registration system and cash flow. The chair of the Registration Committee and the national office both reviewed the standards.
I dont believe that any of these standards are difficult for LMSCs to comply with. Input was sought from LMSC chairs in March to make sure that LMSCs felt that they could comply.