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.

Proposed Framework for ICANN’s FY10 Operating Plan and Budget

Open: 17 February 09
Closed: 30 April 09

Explanation: The release of ICANN’s Proposed Framework for the Fiscal Year 2010 (FY10) Operating Plan and Budget [PDF, 868 KB] kicks off the operational planning process for ICANN, providing the community the first look at the planned work and financial resources required for FY10. The framework will be discussed with members of the ICANN community at the Mexico City meeting in March, through online public comment areas, and through conference calls with ICANN constituencies. A more detailed draft FY10 Operating Plan and Budget will be posted by 17 May 2009. After more public comment and feedback, the budget is expected to be adopted by the ICANN Board at its Sydney meeting in June 2009.

ICANN has now completed its 10th year, and this framework 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).

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.  This year, specifically in light of the world economic climate, the community is encouraged to comment regarding the plan elements that might be streamlined, reduced, or deferred:

The framework is currently available in English: [PDF, 868 KB]

Translated versions will be available in the following languages soon:

This first public comment period on the Framework for the Operating Plan and Budget FY10 will end 30 April 2009.
Staff member responsible: Kevin Wilson

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