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Process Proposal for Streamlining Organizational Reviews

Open Date: 30 April 2019 Close Date: 15 July 2019
Originating Organization: Multistakeholder Strategy and Strategic Initiatives
  • Accountability/Transparency
  • Bylaws
  • Reviews/Improvements
  • Strategy
Brief Overview:

Organizational reviews are a key component of ICANN accountability and transparency measures as mandated by the ICANN Bylaws, Section 4.4. The community has identified areas of the organizational review process that may benefit from streamlining. This public comment proceeding seeks to solicit community input on "Process for Streamlining Organizational Reviews: A Proposal". Specifically, the community is asked to provide feedback on four questions that are the focus of this public comment:

  1. Do you/your organization agree with the proposed list of issues that should form the focus of the streamlining process? If not, with which do you disagree and what would you like to add?
  2. Do you/your organization agree with the proposed underlying principles that should guide the solutions? If not, with which do you disagree and what would you like to add?
  3. Do you/your organization agree with the community role in the streamlining process? If not, what would you propose?
  4. Do you/your organization agree with the proposed high-level timeline? If not, what would you propose?

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