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ICANN Draft FY13 Operating Plan and Budget

Comment/Reply Periods (*) Important Information Links
Comment Open: 1 May 2012
Comment Close: 24 May 2012 Extended to 8 June 2012
Close Time (UTC): 23:59 UTC Public Comment Announcement
Reply Open: 25 May 2012 Extended to 9 June 2012 To Submit Your Comments (Forum Closed)
Reply Close: 15 June 2012 View Comments Submitted
Close Time (UTC): 23:59 UTC Report of Public Comments
Brief Overview
Originating Organization: ICANN Finance
  • Operations-Finances
  • ICANN Board/Bylaws
Purpose (Brief): ICANN is now opening a public comment forum for the draft Operating Plan and Budget for fiscal year 2013 [PDF, 3.28 MB]. Community members are kindly asked to provide feedback on the various aspects of the proposed budget and implementation of ICANN resources for the coming fiscal year, including operational growth tied to carry-over and new projects and the core functions of ICANN.
Current Status: The Framework of the FY13 Budget was posted on 17 January 2012 for community feedback through online public comment and during sessions held in Costa Rica this past March. The comments received and the summary analysis, and proposed responses to those comments, can be found here: This FY13 draft Operating Plan and Budget has incorporated the previous public comments, as well as input from ICANN Staff and Board.
Next Steps: The FY13 draft Operating Plan and Budget will be modified as a result of feedback from the community, ICANN's staff and Board during this comment period, and will be presented to the ICANN Board for final approval at ICANN 44 in Prague, 24-29 June 2012.
Staff Contact: Xavier Calvez, CFO Email:
Detailed Information
Section I: Description, Explanation, and Purpose
The budget process and its outcome formalized in this document aims at establishing a detailed, documented description of the operational activities of the coming fiscal year and their financial impacts. The budget needs to be built with sufficient details to allow an adequate monitoring of activities during the year, while understanding the flexibility that is required to handle a reality that is always different than what was anticipated. Consistent with our multi-stakeholder model, this budget is the result of input from ICANN constituency groups, stakeholders, the Board of Directors and the ICANN Staff. The involvement of the various ICANN stakeholders in the operating plan and budget building process is a corner stone to the success of the multi-stakeholder model.
Section II: Background
The Framework for the FY13 Operating Plan and Budget was posted 17 January 2012 for initial input into the FY13 Budget planning process. Community consultations were held via webinars and face to face meetings in Costa Rica, March 2012.
Section III: Document and Resource Links

Summary of Comments

General Disclaimer: This section is intended to broadly and comprehensively summarize the comments submitted to this Forum, but not to address every specific position stated by each contributor. Staff recommends that readers interested in specific aspects of any of the summarized comments, or the full context of others, refer directly to the specific contributions at the link referenced above (View Comments Submitted).

Responses to all of the received comments on the FY13 draft Operating Plan and Budget are provided within one spreadsheet, as linked here [PDF, 248 KB].

Section IV: Additional Information

(*) Comments submitted after the posted Close Date/Time are not guaranteed to be considered in any final summary, analysis, reporting, or decision-making that takes place once this period lapses.

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