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PTI Board Adopts FY18 Budget and Publishes Report of Public Comments

The PTI Board has adopted its FY18 Operating Plan and Budget, following a seven-week Public Comment period on a draft published in October 2016. The ICANN Board will consider PTI's Budget at its March meeting, to be held during the ICANN58 meeting in Copenhagen, Denmark.

ICANN and PTI have also published the Report of Public Comments on PTI's draft FY18 plans. This detailed report responds to each of the 21 individual comments submitted. The report has been structured thematically and is accompanied by a sortable spreadsheet, to help readers find the comments and responses they are most interested in.

The FY18 PTI Operating Plan and Budget is the result of months of collaborative work by the community and staff. It includes:

  • Highlights of all PTI operations
  • Overview of the PTI Implementation Costs
  • Overview of PTI's FY18 budget
  • Detailed FY18 operating plan

PTI's fiscal year runs from 1 July through 30 June and the adopted Operating Plan and Budget will run from 1 July 2017.

Budget documents are published here.


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