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Public Comment Period Opens for Board Member Integrity Screening Process

On 1 November 2017, ICANN Board Chair Cherine Chalaby reported on several steps that the Board agreed to take around Board Member Integrity Screening, an issue we had been discussing for a while. These steps included, among others, the passage of Resolution 2017.11.02.33, which directed the President and CEO, or his designee(s), to develop and post for public comment calling on the Supporting Organizations and Advisory Committees that do not currently employ a due diligence integrity screening process to seriously consider utilizing a due diligence integrity screening process similar (or identical to) the processed used by the Nominating Committee.

Today, the ICANN organization published the proposal paper and opened a public comment period that will run until 17 April 2018 at 23:59 UTC. On behalf of the Board Governance Committee, which I chair, I encourage you to participate to ensure that your concerns are heard and addressed.

Post a comment or view comments on the proposed Board Member Integrity Screening Process.

The Board will include this on the agenda for our sessions during ICANN61 with relevant Supporting Organizations and Advisory Committees. Following the public comment period, all relevant comments will be taken into consideration for finalization of the process, which will be submitted for approval to the ICANN Board. We look forward to continuing the discussion of this issue during ICANN61 and following the public comment.


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