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Public Comment: Draft FY11 Operating Plan and Budget...Ready for Community Consideration

17 May 2010

The draft FY11 Operating Plan and Budget is posted and ready for community consideration.

Draft FY11 Operating Plan and Budget for Community Review:

ICANN's annual operating plan and budget describes the planned activities and required resources for the fiscal year. These activities are based on ICANNs strategic objectives. The Bylaws require that the draft FY11 Operating Plan be posted by the 17th of May to ensure adequate opportunity for community feedback. In mid February, an even earlier draft of FY11 plans was posted – the Budget Framework - and community members provided feedback in online fora, meetings in Nairobi, and on conference calls. The comments received and the summary analysis, and proposed responses to those comments, can be found here: http://forum.icann.org/lists/op-budget-fy2011/msg00012.html

Based in part on that feedback, this draft FY11 Operating Plan and Budget provides more data views and more detailed information than ever before. The draft achieves the key objective to keep the FY11 operating expense budget within a $59 million limit to ensure sound fiscal principles. A few highlights to note:

  • Some growth in internal security efforts – DNSSEC, Business Continuity; no funding in this fiscal year for some security initiatives such as DNS-CERT
  • More support for ICANN’s policy development processes

The draft identifies areas that have been cut or slowed down due to budget constraints.

Over a month remains before the final budget is submitted to the Board for approval. As always, the community is encouraged to provide feedback: http://www.icann.org/en/public-comment/public-comment-201006-en.htm#draft-budget.

After further community feedback, and synthesis, the final FY11 budget is to be submitted to the ICANN Board for adoption at its Brussels meeting in June 2010.