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AoC Accountability and Transparency Review: Independent Expert – Request for Proposals | Deadline extended to: 12 June 2010 – 23.59 UTC

Updated 12 June 2010
11 June 2010

In the Affirmation of Commitments (AoC), ICANN commits to maintain and improve robust mechanisms for public input, accountability and transparency so as to ensure that the outcomes of its decision-making reflect the public interest and are accountable to all stakeholders. To this end, the AoC prescribes the setting-up of a Review Team as to evaluate ICANN’s Accountability and Transparency – this led to the creation of the first ATRT in March 2010.

In its examination of ICANN’s activities, the first ATRT recently published Questions to the Community for Public Comment.

As part of its review effort, the AoC Accountability and Transparency Review Team (ATRT) now issues a Request for Proposals (RfP) [PDF, 49 KB] in order to appoint an independent expert.

The purpose of this assignment is to perform a n assessment of ICANN decision-making to identify whether ICANN’s processes and procedures are designed and executed in a manner that ensures its AoC commitments.

Interested parties are invited to provide relevant background material, written methodology for execution of this task, views on the tentative timeline enclosed in the RfP, a proposed budget, resumes, references and financial information by June 12, 2010 – 23.59 UTC to Alice E. Jansen, ICANN, Assistant, Organizational Reviews at alice.jansen@icann.org.

Interested parties, please be advised that the RT has addressed a set of questions received in response to the RfP: RfP Questions and Answers [PDF, 64 KB].

Based on review of the June 12, 2010 submissions, parties may be invited to present their proposals to perform this study to the ATRT during its meeting on June 18-19, 2010 in Brussels, Belgium.

The ATRT intends to notify candidates on Monday, 14 June 2010.

Candidates selected to make presentations to the ATRT will be notified of the date and time of their presentation and will present on one of the two dates indicated.


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