Proposed bylaw amendments open for public comment through May 30, 2020

Team –

 

I hope this message finds you and your families healthy and well. While we are all managing through this unprecedented time, it’s important to the health of USOPC and the Olympic and Paralympic movements in the United States that we also forge ahead with our commitment to governance reforms.

 

To that end, I am pleased to share our second phase of proposed bylaw amendments.

 

Based on specific recommendations made to the working groupfrom many important stakeholders, including the AAC, USOPA and NGB Council, the USOPC board has posted proposed bylaw changes for a 60-day public comment period. We hope you will share broadly and we will continue to move forward with intention and clarity.

 

You can view the entire proposed redline bylaw changes at TeamUSA.org/Footer/Legal/Public-Notices, and then click on “Proposed Bylaw Amendments 2020”  

 

Some of the changes are minor, including wording clarifications, while others are more substantial. The key proposals center around the following areas:

 

  • UpdatedCompetition andAthlete-RelatedDefinitions will allow us to more clearly delineate the Team USA athletes supported within our missionand expand athlete representation.
  • USOPCOrganization, Board andCommittee Reform will increase athlete representation on committees, ensure transparency through annual reports to Congress, published board meeting agendas and minutes and create a joint nomination process between AAC and USOPA for open board at-large athlete seats on the board.
  • NGB Certification Requirementsare further enhanced toallow for increased oversight andimplementation ofathlete advisory councils, anti-retaliation and whistleblower policies at the NGBs.
  • Grievance Process Clarificationof Board and staff roles in initiating and supporting dispute resolution processes.
  • Strengthening Constituent GroupRepresentation andOrganization through articulation of the AAC, USOPA and NGBC's roles in governance, and the standardizing of language and structure of their leadership teams.

This is another important step in – but by no means the end of – the process as we continue building an organization as exceptional as the athletes we serve.

 

Note that the proposed amendments were posted on March 20, 2020. If you would like to comment, you are invited to do so by email at generalcounseloffice@usopc.org or post (address below) on or before May 30, 2020. All received comments will be provided to the Board prior to its vote regarding these amendments.

 

Thank you, 

Sarah

Post Address:
Chief Executive Officer
United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee
One Olympic Plaza
Colorado Springs, CO 80909