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Staff Report of Public Comments Published - ICANN's Draft FY18 Operating Plan and Budget

On 2 June 2017, ICANN published the Staff Report of Public Comments on ICANN's Draft FY18 Operating Plan and Budget, and an associated update to the Five-Year Operating Plan. These documents were available for community feedback during a public comment period from 8 March 2017 to 28 April 2017. The documents will be revised to incorporate necessary changes as indicated in the staff report, and will be posted to the public comment page within the next couple weeks.

ICANN recognizes and thanks all stakeholders who contributed to the submission of comments during this public comment period. Community and public participation in the planning and budget process of ICANN is a keystone of ICANN's multistakeholder model.

ICANN will seek adoption of the proposed FY18 Operating Plan and Budget and updated Five-Year Operating Plan at a board meeting during ICANN 59 in Johannesburg.


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