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ICANN Resolutions » Approval of Revised Delegation of Authority Guidelines regarding PTI

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Approval of Revised Delegation of Authority Guidelines regarding PTI


Resolution of the ICANN Board
Meeting Date: 
Thu, 16 Mar 2017
Resolution Number: 
2017.03.16.06
Resolution Text: 

Whereas, on 8 November 2016, the ICANN Board adopted Delegation of Authority Guidelines to set out a clear line of delegation of authority between the role of the Board and the roles of CEO and management. The Board noted therein that "the Guidelines shall be reviewed regularly and amended from time to time by resolution of the Board."

Whereas, the Board has considered how to properly reflect the relationship between the ICANN Organization and ICANN's affiliate, Public Technical Identifiers (PTI), in terms of roles of ICANN Board and the ICANN CEO.

Whereas, identifying the line of delegation authority in the ICANN Organization as it relates to PTI is beneficial for transparency and clarity.

Resolved (2017.03.16.06), the Board hereby adopts the updated "ICANN Delegation of Authority Guidelines" to continue to provide clear guidance and clarification of roles between the ICANN Board and the ICANN CEO/Management ("Guidelines").

Rationale for Resolution: 

The Board is taking action at this time in furtherance of its adoption of a set of guidelines, the "ICANN Delegation of Authority Guidelines," to provide greater clarity of roles between the Board and CEO/Management. As resolved on 8 November 2016, the Guidelines were anticipated to need updating and modification, and the process for such modification includes resolution of the Board.

As ICANN has gained experience in operating its affiliate, Public Technical Identifiers (PTI), as the contractor performing the IANA functions on behalf of ICANN (the IANA Functions Operator), there is a continued need for clarity in the relationship between ICANN and PTI, and the ICANN CEO's responsibilities for the operation of the IANA Functions. The modification to the Guidelines as adopted today is limited to reflecting this core area of delegation of authority.

By adopting these updated Guidelines, the Board intends to ensure that the Board and CEO/Management continue to operate within the scope of its mission. The Board's approval of the Guidelines will have positive impact on the community as it provides additional transparency and clarity about the roles and responsibilities of key members in the ICANN organization. Additionally, it provides additional accountability to the community by clearly defining the roles and responsibilities.

There is no anticipated fiscal impact of the Board taking this action, and there are no expected security, stability, or resiliency issues related to the DNS associated with the Board's approval of the Guidelines.

This decision is an Organizational Administrative Function that does not require public comment.