The "Central Triage" meetings have been going on regularly for quite some time now. That is, each area has local triage meetings to triage bugs, and then we we get close to things like public beta, we move to a central triage, where representatives come together .
We are right now talking about one team (the "single log on"initiative) who managed to get thru this central triage beta process so far without any bugs! Their manager is checking into that to confirm it-- would be cool, and fun to reward them. Of course, then the challendge would be for you beta testers to find as many single log on bugs as possible :)
Speaking of the public beta, it should be soon. We take every day (and every bug) as it comes. I am hoping that it will be in time for DNUG and ILUG next week, , because then not only can I demo it, but you can fiddle with it as well.
I am in "public beta 1 Central Triage" meetings daily...