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Root Server System Advisory Committee Review: Final Report Now Available

10 July 2018

LOS ANGELES – 10 July 2018 – Today, Interisle Consulting Group, LLC, the independent examiner performing the second Root Server System Advisory Committee (RSSAC) Review, published its final report.

Read the report [PDF, 2.58 MB].

The final report includes an assessment of the RSSAC with eight principal findings and six principal recommendations for improving its operations. The recommendations focus on RSSAC purpose, effectiveness, and accountability.

The final report published today considers comments on the draft final report published on 1 May 2018, input provided during the public webinar on 9 May 2018 and any other feedback Interisle may have received.

Next Steps

The RSSAC Review Work Party (RWP) will prepare a feasibility assessment and initial implementation plan (FAIIP) based on the final report. This will include an analysis of recommendations in the final report for usability and prioritization, provisional budget implications, anticipated resources and the proposed implementation timeline.

Interisle and the RWP respectively will then present the final report and the FAIIP to the ICANN Board's Organizational Effectiveness Committee (OEC). The OEC will make a recommendation to the Board on next steps.


An independent review of the RSSAC is mandated by ICANN's Bylaws and is part of ICANN's commitment to its own evolution and improvement, accountability and transparency. Interisle was selected to perform the review and began its work in September 2017.

The purpose of the RSSAC review, according to the Bylaws, is to determine (i) whether the RSSAC has a continuing purpose in the ICANN structure, (ii) if so, whether any change in structure or operations is desirable to improve its effectiveness and (iii) whether the RSSAC is accountable to its constituencies, stakeholder groups, organizations and other stakeholders. The review also includes an assessment of the implementation state of RSSAC's prior review [PDF, 234 KB].

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