Re: OPA to graduation

Torin Sandall

Hi All,

Maor from sent a follow up email asking about organization responsibilities for different repos. This is all covered in the file:
# Maintainers

The following table lists OPA project maintainers and areas of expertise in alphabetical order:

| Name | GitHub | Email | Organization | Repositories/Area of Expertise | Added/Renewed On |
| --- | --- | --- | --- | --- | --- |
| Ash Narkar | @ashutosh-narkar | anarkar4387@... | Styra | opa, opa-istio-plugin | 2020-04-14 |
| Craig Tabita | @ctab | ctab@... | Google | gatekeeper, gatekeeper-library | 2020-04-14 |
| Max Smythe | @maxsmythe | smythe@... | Google | frameworks/constraints, gatekeeper, gatekeeper-library | 2020-04-14 |
| Patrick East | @patrick-east | east.patrick@... | Styra | opa | 2020-04-14 |
| Rita Zhang | @ritazh | rita.z.zhang@... | Microsoft | frameworks/constraints, gatekeeper, gatekeeper-library | 2020-04-14 |
| Sertaç Özercan | @sozercan | sozercan@... | Microsoft | gatekeeper, gatekeeper-library | 2020-04-14 |
| Tim Hinrichs | @timothyhinrichs | timothy.l.hinrichs@... | Styra | all repositories | 2020-04-14 |
| Torin Sandall | @tsandall | torinsandall@... | Styra | all repositories | 2020-04-14 |

We also have non-voting folks w/ write access on certain repos, which is valuable for onboarding new contributors to admin the project on a day-to-day basis w/o inheriting full voting rights that are essentially a conflict resolution mechanism for when other attempts to reach consensus fail. Here's a summary of contributor organizations w/ write across across major repos under the open-policy-agent org:

* open-policy-agent/conftest - DataWorkz, Plex, Red Hat,Snyk, Styra
* open-policy-agent/frameworks - Google, Microsoft, Styra
* open-policy-agent/gatekeeper - Google, Microsoft, Styra
* open-policy-agent/gatekeeper-library - Google, Microsoft, Styra
* open-policy-agent/opa - Styra
* open-policy-agent/opa-envoy-plugin - Styra

We're always looking for folks that are interested in making long-term sustained contributions. If you're interested, please get in touch.

On Wed, Sep 16, 2020 at 6:05 PM Torin Sandall <torin@...> wrote:
Hi Maor,

Gatekeeper is not a separate project--it's a part of the OPA project. Microsoft and Google are maintainers of Gatekeeper as well as OPA, meaning all three organizations have the voting rights that go along with maintainership as outlined in our and files:

As far as plans for more organizations go, we have a governance process defined that outlines how new maintainers can be added. It requires a proposal from an existing maintainer and a vote from the other maintainers. That would likely occur after someone has made sustained contributions over a period of time. Note, the governance model allows for individuals to be granted permission to admin repos on GitHub without being granted full voting rights to onboard external efforts within OPA (this is how open-policy-agent/conftest is currently managed.)


On Wed, Sep 16, 2020 at 5:03 PM Maor Goldberg <maor@...> wrote:

Great news and congratulations to the OPA team, great project and a cornerstone for the cloud native enterprise. 

Looking at the maintainer status on the project, I wonder if there’s a plan to add more organizations?
I believe there’s only one organization (Styra) with maintainer status on the OPA project while Google and Microsoft only maintain the Gatekeeper project (my understanding is that Gatekeeper is a separate project). 

I think it will be great to see more than one organization sharing responsibility and leadership for this important project.

Good luck,

On Sep 16, 2020, at 10:46 AM, Brendan Burns via <> wrote:


The OPA project has applied for graduation from incubation to graduated. (

The public comment period is now open for 2 weeks, and all SIGs, end users, TOC members, and community members are welcome to comment by replying to this thread.

Brendan Burns



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