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Fiscal Year 2011 Operating Plan and Budget Framework Posted for Community Review

Proposed Framework for the Fiscal Year 2011 (FY11) Operating Plan and Budget [PDF, 767 KB]

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The release of ICANN's Proposed Framework for the Fiscal Year 2011 (FY11) Operating Plan and Budget [PDF, 767 KB] kicks off the operational planning process for ICANN, providing the community the first look at the planned work and financial resources required for FY11. The framework will be discussed with members of the ICANN community at the Nairobi meeting in March, through online public comment areas, and through conference calls with ICANN constituencies. A more detailed draft FY11 Operating Plan and Budget will be posted by 17 May 2010. After more public comment and feedback, the budget is expected to be adopted by the ICANN Board at its Brussels meeting in June 2010.

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 revised format reflecting 4 key focus areas in the adopted Strategic Plan, the community is encouraged to comment regarding the plan elements as it relates to those areas, as well as the five fundamental aspects of ICANN's activities, which cut across all focus areas:

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