ICANN Resolutions » Appointment of Independent Auditors for FY21

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Appointment of Independent Auditors for FY21


Resolution of the ICANN Board
Meeting Date: 
Thu, 25 Mar 2021
Resolution Number: 
2021.03.25.07
Resolution Text: 

Whereas, Article 22, Section 22.2 of the ICANN Bylaws (http://www.icann.org/general/bylaws.htm) requires that after the end of the fiscal year, the books of ICANN must be audited by certified public accountants, which shall be appointed by the Board.

Whereas, the Board Audit Committee has discussed the engagement of the independent auditor for the fiscal year ending 30 June 2021 and has recommended that the Board authorize the President and CEO, or his designee(s), to take all steps necessary to engage BDO USA, LLP and BDO member firms.

Resolved (2021.03.25.07), the Board authorizes the President and CEO, or his designee(s), to take all steps necessary to engage BDO USA, LLP and BDO member firms as the audit firm(s) for the financial statements for the fiscal year ending 30 June 2021.

Rationale for Resolution: 

The audit firm BDO USA, LLP and BDO member firms have been ICANN's independent audit firms since the audit of fiscal year 2014. In 2019, there was a partner rotation and a new audit partner was assigned to the ICANN engagement. Based on the report from the organization and the Audit Committee's evaluation of the work performed, the committee has recommended that the Board authorize the President and CEO, or his designee(s), to take all steps necessary to engage BDO USA, LLP and BDO member firms as ICANN's independent audit firm(s) for fiscal year 2021 for any annual independent audit requirements in any jurisdiction.

This furthers ICANN's accountability to its Bylaws and processes, and the results of the independent auditors' work will be publicly available. Taking this decision is both consistent with ICANN's Mission and in the public interest as the engagement of an independent auditor is in fulfilment of ICANN's obligations to undertake an audit of ICANN's financial statements and helps serve ICANN's stakeholders in a more accountable manner.

This decision will have a fiscal impact on ICANN, which is accounted for in the ICANN Operating Plan and Budget. This decision should not have any direct impact on the security, stability and resiliency of the domain name system.

This is an Organizational Administrative Function not requiring public comment.