Public Comment

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Draft FY10 Operating Plan and Budget

Open: 17 May 09
Closed: 17 June 09

Explanation: Draft FY10 Operating Plan and Budget for Community Review [PDF, 936 KB]

The draft FY10 Operating Plan and Budget is posted and ready for community feedback.

The draft plan and budget follows the plans described in the FY10 Framework which was posted in mid February prior to the Mexico City meeting. The FY10 Framework was discussed with members of the ICANN community at the Mexico City meeting in March, through online public fora, and through conference calls with ICANN constituencies. The comments received and the summary analysis of those comments can be found here:

This draft FY10 Operating Plan and Budget provides more detailed information but follows the essence of the plan and budget described in the Framework with adjustments in response to community feedback and further research including:

  • Constrain budget growth to 5% over FY2009 budget
  • Revenues declining somewhat due to reductions in estimated domain transaction volume
  • Possible fee reductions to offset the costs to registrars to adopt early the RAA amendments currently under consideration
  • Some increases in travel support
  • Offsetting cost reductions in a number of areas

In addition, more detailed analysis and more views of ICANN’s budget are provided.

ICANN has now completed its 10th year, and this draft FY10 Operating Plan and Budget reflects a growing organization that is attaining operational maturity in many areas. Many of the organizational support elements envisioned for ICANN are at levels adequate to provide sufficient support for the current scale of community work. This means that ICANN’s spending growth is anticipated to slow substantially in the FY10 budget as compared with previous years (4.9% compared with 30.1% in FY09).

After more public comment and feedback, the budget is expected to be adopted by the ICANN Board at its Sydney meeting in June 2009.

The world economic environment has dictated that costs that can be deferred will be. ICANN will likely under run its FY09 budget through some explicit cost controls as well as through the shifting of some program expenses into FY10.

As always, the community is encouraged to comment on how well this plan addresses priorities identified in the Strategic Plan. The community is encouraged to comment further regarding the plan elements that might be streamlined, reduced, or deferred:
Staff member responsible: Kevin Wilson

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