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Framework for the FY12 Operating Plan and Budget Posted for Community Review

Proposed Framework for the Fiscal Year 2012 (FY12) Operating Plan and Budget [PDF, 1.07 MB]

FY12 Summary of SO/AC/SG Additional Requests [PDF, 41 KB]

The release of Proposed Framework for the Fiscal Year 2012 (FY12) Operating Plan and Budget [PDF, 1.07 MB] kicks off the operational planning process for ICANN, providing the community with their first look at the current and planned work, along with estimated financial resources required for FY12.

There are several noticeable changes in this year's Framework. One is that it is in a presentation format to provide an overview of the proposed components that will evolve into a full Operating Plan and Budget for the coming year. The feedback and involvement of the ICANN community in the evolution from Framework to Operating Plan is critical in making this a workable and implementable budget. Second, this year there was early and targeted engagement between the ICANN staff and the leaders of the various SO's, AC's and SG's, establishing an agreed upon base of services and support that have been and will continue to be included in the yearly budget. Along with this came the opportunity for these constituencies to provide input regarding additional services and activities for fiscal year 2012. The schedule of this input is posted with the Framework in the public comment area. It is now up to the community to comment on this set of identified priorities and how they should fit into the FY12 plan. Last but not least, a shift in how the budget is viewed: from both an Operating and Fixed Cost standpoint as well as from planned and ongoing Project work costs. Core Operations is everything that is the daily work of ICANN(support, maintenance, services) and Projects are the short and long term activities and programs that are born out of community and /or Board requests, funded, and do reflect ICANN's Strategic Plan and Mission.

The Framework will be discussed with members of the ICANN community at the Silicon Valley meeting in San Francisco this March, with feedback received through both the online public comment process as well as through individual meetings and conference calls with ICANN Supporting Organizations (SO), Advisory Committees (AC) and Stakeholder Groups (SG). A more detailed draft FY12 Operating Plan and Budget will be posted by 17 May 2011. After additional public comment and feedback is received and synthesized, the budget will be sent to the ICANN Board for adoption at ICANN Public Meeting 41 in June 2011.

Please go to and provide your input by 4 April 2011.

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