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Minutes | Organizational Effectiveness Committee (OEC) Meeting

OEC Attendees: Khaled Koubaa - Chair, Avri Doria, Lito Ibarra, George Sadowsky, Leon Sanchez and Matthew Shears

Executive and Staff Attendees: Samantha Eisner, Negar Farzinnia, Larisa Gurnick, Lars Hoffmann, Göran Marby, Wendy Profit, Laena Rahim and Theresa Swinehart


The following is a summary of discussions, decisions, and actions identified:

  1. Agenda – The Chair established the agenda for the meeting and gave an overview of items to be discussed.
  2. At-Large Review Mapping Document – In relation to the ICANN At-Large Review Final Report by ITEMS International ("Final Report") and At-Large Review Recommendations Feasibility Assessment & Initial Implementation Plan ("Feasibility Study"). The Final Report was submitted on 3 May 2017. The At-Large Review Working Party ("RWP"), in cooperation with the ALAC and RALO leadership, reviewed the Final Report and developed the Feasibility Study. On 21 September 2017, a representative from the independent examiner, ITEMS International, shared an overview of the findings and recommendations with the OEC, and then representatives from the RWP also discussed their observations with the OEC on the Final Report and the Feasibility Study.

    At its previous meeting, the OEC requested ICANN organization to develop documentation to map the underlying issues noted by ITEMS International to the Feasibility Study, to assist the OEC in the formation of a recommendation of how to address the divide between the Final Report and the Feasibility Study. ICANN organization presented the informational mapping document, which is aimed at providing better understanding of the differences between the underlying issues and recommendations by ITEMS International, and the proposed implementation by the RWP.

    The OEC identified some improvements for ICANN organization to implement in the mapping document. The OEC also agreed that it would be prudent to share the mapping document with the RWP for their review and assessment of the issues/queries raised in the mapping document. The RWP will have an opportunity to provide further clarification and/or additional information to the OEC. The OEC agreed further discussion with the RWP is required on this topic, prior to making a recommendation to the Board on the Final Report or the Feasibility Study.

    • Action Items:

      • Based on the feedback received from the OEC during the meeting, ICANN organization to amend the informational mapping document appropriately, and to circulate the same to the RWP.
      • ICANN organization to work together with the RWP to establish a feasible timeline for the RWP to provide a response and/or an updated Feasibility Study to the OEC.
  3. Any Other Business
  4. The Chair called the meeting to a close.

Published on 24 January 2018

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