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Public Comment: Draft FY12 Operating Plan and Budget…Ready for Community Consideration

The draft FY12 Operating Plan and Budget is posted and ready for community consideration.

Draft FY12 Operating Plan and Budget for Community Review:

ICANN's annual operating plan and budget describes the planned activities and required resources for the fiscal year. These activities are based on ICANNs strategic objectives and community input. The Bylaws require that the draft FY12 Operating Plan be posted by the 17th of May to ensure adequate opportunity for community feedback. In mid-February, a Framework of the FY12 plan was posted and community members provided feedback through online public comment and during sessions held in Silicon Valley this past March. The comments received and the summary analysis, and proposed responses to those comments, can be found here:

Based in part on that feedback, further review by ICANN staff and the Board Finance committee, this draft FY12 Operating Plan and Budget provides the detail for ICANN operations this coming fiscal year. The draft reflects the goal of keeping to the FY12 operating expense budget of $67 million.

Over a month remains before the final budget is submitted to the Board for approval. As always, the community is encouraged to provide feedback:

After further community feedback and discussion, the final FY12 budget is to be submitted to the ICANN Board for adoption at its 41st meeting in Singapore this June 2011.

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