ICANN Resolutions » FY14 Budget Approval
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Board adopts FY14 Operating Plan and Budget.
Whereas, the draft FY14 Operating Plan and Budget was posted for public comment in accordance with the Bylaws on 10 May 2013, which was based upon numerous community consultations, and consultations throughout ICANN staff and the Board Finance Committee, during the past fiscal year.
Whereas, intervening activities, and comments received from the public comment forum resulted in some significant revisions to the 10 May 2013 draft FY14 Operating Plan and Budget.
Whereas, due to the revisions to the draft FY Operating Plan and Budget communicated during the Durban meeting on 17 July 2013, ICANN re-opened the public comment forum until 4 August 2013.
Whereas, in addition to the public comment forum, ICANN actively solicited community feedback and consultation with the ICANN community by other means, including online conference calls, meetings in Beijing and Durban, and email communications.
Whereas, the Board Finance Committee has discussed, and guided staff on, the development of the FY14 Operating Plan and Budget at each of its recent, regularly scheduled meetings.
Whereas, the Board Finance Committee met on 7 August 2013 to discuss the final draft FY14 Operating Plan and Budget, and recommended that the Board adopt the FY14 Operating Plan and Budget.
Whereas, per section 3.9 of the 2001, 2009 and 2013 Registrar Accreditation Agreements, respectively, the Board is to establish the Registrar Variable Accreditation Fees, which must be established in order to develop the annual budget.
Whereas, the description of the Registrar fees, including the recommended Registrar Variable Accreditation Fees, for FY14 has been included in the FY14 Operating Plan and Budget.
Resolved (2013.08.22.02), the Board adopts the FY14 Operating Plan and Budget and in doing so establishes the Variable Accreditation Fees (per registrar and transaction) as set forth in the FY14 Operating Plan and Budget.
In accordance with Article XVI, Section 4 of the ICANN Bylaws, the Board is to adopt an annual budget and publish it on the ICANN website. On 10 May 2013, a draft the FY14 Operating Plan and Budget was posted for public comment. This version was based on numerous discussions with members of the Executive team, and extensive consultations with ICANN Supporting Organizations, Advisory Committees, and other stakeholder groups throughout the prior several months. Intervening activities, and comments received from the public comment forum resulted in some limited but significant revisions to the 10 May 2013 draft FY14 Operating Plan and Budget. Accordingly, to ensure full transparency and accountability, on 17 July 2013, ICANN communicated the revisions during a public session at the Durban Meeting and re-opened the public comment forum until 4 August 2013.
All comments received in all manners were considered in developing the final version of the FY14 Operating Plan and Budget, and where feasible and appropriate have been adopted.
In addition to the day-to-day operational requirements, the FY14 Operating Plan and Budget includes the FY14 new gTLD budget items and amounts allocated to various FY14 budget requests received from community leadership. The annual budget also discloses the impacts of the new gTLD program. Further, because the Registrar Variable Accreditation Fee is key to the development of the budget, the FY14 Operating Plan and Budget sets out and establishes those fees, which are consistent with recent years, and will be reviewed for approval by the Registrars.
This FY14 Operating Plan and Budget will have a positive impact in that it provides a proper framework by which ICANN will be managed and operated. It also provides the basis for the organization to be held accountable in a transparent manner. This will have a fiscal impact on ICANN and the community as is intended. This should not have anything but a positive impact on the security, stability and resiliency of the domain name system (DNS) with respect to any funding that is dedicated to those aspects of the DNS.