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Request for Proposal: ICANN's Technical Compliance Monitoring System

LOS ANGELES – 06 November 2017 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is seeking to identify a provider to develop and maintain a Technical Compliance Monitoring system. The Technical Compliance Monitoring system is intended to enable the ICANN org to help generic top-level domain (gTLD) registries and registrars ensure compliance with ICANN's consensus policies, as well as the provisions described in the 2017 gTLD Base Registry Agreement and the 2013 Registrar Accreditation Agreement (contracted parties' agreements).

This system will allow the ICANN org to operate more efficiently and engage parties in a consistent, transparent manner for issues related to compliance with the contracted parties' agreements.

The objective of the system is to automate the monitoring of compliance to approximately 80 provisions in the contracted parties' agreements and consensus policies (in addition to other already existing systems and processes). The system is intended to pull information from internal and external data sources, check compliance with relevant provisions, and push results to a central repository.

ICANN is seeking to identify a provider to develop this system based on ICANN's requirements, as well as to maintain the system and develop additional enhancements.

For a complete overview of the RFP including the timeline, please see here [PDF, 259 KB].

Indications of interest should be emailed to TechnicalComplianceMonitoring-RFP@icann.org. Proposals should be electronically submitted by 23:59 on 04 December 2017 UTC using ICANN's sourcing tool. Access to the ICANN org sourcing tool may be requested via the same email.

About ICANN

ICANN's mission is to help ensure a stable, secure and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you need to type an address – a name or a number – into your computer or other device. That address must be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with a community of participants from all over the world.


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