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Public Comment

Public Comment is a vital part of our multistakeholder model. It provides a mechanism for stakeholders to have their opinions and recommendations formally and publicly documented. It is an opportunity for the ICANN community to effect change and improve policies and operations.

ICANN Draft FY23-27 Operating and Financial Plan and Draft FY23 Operating Plan and Budget

CategoryOperations
RequestersICANN org
ICANN org Contact(s)planning@icann.org

What We Need Your Input On

The purpose of this Public Comment is to seek community feedback on ICANN’s Draft FY23–27 Operating and Financial Plan and Draft FY23 Operating Plan and Budget.

The Draft FY23–27 Operating and Financial Plan continues to define and demonstrate how ICANN org will implement the Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years 2021–2025, which was adopted by the ICANN Board in June 2019. The Strategic Plan enables ICANN to continue to fulfill its Mission and to meet new and continuously evolving challenges and opportunities.

The Draft FY23–27 Operating and Financial Plan is intended to serve as an overarching holistic view of the activities ICANN org is or will support of its FY21–25 Strategic Plan. The Five-Year Operating and Financial Plan is not a replacement for ICANN org's annual operating plans, but is meant to complement them by providing a comprehensive overview of how ICANN will carry out its Mission in the public interest over the next five years.

The Draft FY23 Operating Plan and Budget defines and describes ICANN's planned activities in FY23 and the anticipated funding sources and levels.

Proposals For Your Input
Draft FY23–27 Operating and Financial Plan and Draft FY23 Operating Plan
Highlights of the Draft FY23-27 Operating & Financial Plan and Draft FY23 Operating Plan & Budget
Draft FY23 Budget

Background

ICANN's planning process has three components:

  • A Five-Year Strategic Plan,
  • A Five-Year Operating and Financial Plan, and
  • An annual Operating Plan and Budget

Input from ICANN constituency groups, stakeholders, Board of Directors and ICANN org is key to the development of these plans, in keeping with ICANN's multistakeholder model.

Five-Year Strategic Plan

Designed to shape ICANN's priorities, the Five-Year Strategic Plan establishes a vision and a set of strategic objectives and goals in service of ICANN's Mission. The Strategic Plan enables ICANN to continue to fulfill its Mission and meet new and continuously evolving challenges and opportunities. ICANN's Bylaws, Article 22, section 22.5 require the preparation and adoption of a Strategic Plan every five years. The current Five-Year Strategic Plan covers fiscal years 2021 through 2025.

Five-Year Operating and Financial Plan

The Five-Year Operating and Financial Plan articulates the feasibility and timing of services, activities, and milestones identified to achieve the Strategic Plan's objectives and goals. It is intended to serve as an overarching, holistic view of the activities ICANN org is undertaking, or will undertake, in support of the Strategic Plan, to carry out ICANN’s Mission in the public interest over the next five years. ICANN's Bylaws, Article 22, section 22.5 require the preparation and adoption of a Five-Year Operating Plan at the beginning of each fiscal year.

Annual Operating Plan and Budget

Informed by the Five-Year Operating and Financial Plan, the Annual Operating Plan and Budget further clarifies specific activities and resources for the upcoming year. The Annual Operating Plan and Budget sets forth the focus of efforts and organizational commitments for the current fiscal year. ICANN's Annual Operating Plan and Budget includes the IANA and PTI Annual Operating Plan and Budget. ICANN's Bylaws, Article 22, section 22.4 require the preparation and adoption of an Annual Operating Plan and Budget prior to the commencement of each fiscal year.

Next Steps

During this Public Comment Period:

  1. Two community webinars will be held in December 2021 to provide an overview of the draft plans.
    1. 08 December 2021 at 16:00 UTC, please register here.
    2. 09 December 2021 at 01:00 UTC, please register here.
  2. Community members seeking clarification on any details in the Draft FY23–27 Operating and Financial Plan and/or Draft FY23 Operating Plan and Budget should submit questions to planning@icann.org by Friday, 07 January 2022.
  3. ICANN org will endeavor to provide responses to clarifying questions by Thursday, 20 January 2022, approximately three weeks before this Public Comment period ends.

After this Public Comment Period:

  1. ICANN org will hold sessions with the ICANN Board and community during ICANN73 regarding these draft plans.
  2. ICANN org will analyze the received Public Comments, prepare a report of the Public Comments, and publish the report by Wednesday, 23 March 2022.
  3. Where appropriate, changes will be made to the draft plans, and the revised draft plans will be presented to the ICANN Board for consideration in May 2022. Once adopted by the Board, the plans will go through the Empowered Community period for consideration, which is a minimum of 28 days prior to the start of fiscal year 2023.

Supporting Information

This additional information from ICANN org provides more context for this Public Comment Proceeding and may help you review the proposals for input and publish a submission.

Supporting Information
Draft FY23 Plans Clarifying Questions Report
Funding Forecast Assumptions for Fiscal Years 2023-2027