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ICANN Resolutions » FY19 Operating Plan and Budget and FY19 Five – Year Operating Plan Update Approval

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FY19 Operating Plan and Budget and FY19 Five – Year Operating Plan Update Approval


Resolution of the ICANN Board
Meeting Date: 
Wed, 30 May 2018
Resolution Number: 
2018.05.30.01 - 2018.05.30.02
Resolution Text: 

Whereas, the draft FY19 ICANN Operating Plan and Budget and FY19 ICANN Five Year Operating Plan Update were posted for public comment in accordance with the Bylaws on 19 January 2018.

Whereas, comments received through the public comment process were discussed by Board members and ICANN organization during two public sessions at ICANN 61 with representatives of the bodies that submitted those public comments to help ensure the comments were adequately understood and appropriate consideration was given to them.

Whereas, the public comments received were considered to determine required revisions to the draft FY19 ICANN Operating Plan and Budget and the draft FY19 ICANN Five‐Year Operating Plan Update.

Whereas, in addition to the public comment process, ICANN organization actively solicited community feedback and consultation with the ICANN community by other means, including conference calls, public sessions at ICANN 61 and email communications.

Whereas, at each of its recent regularly scheduled meetings, the Board Finance Committee (BFC) has discussed, and guided ICANN organization on the development of the final FY19 ICANN Operating Plan and Budget and final FY19 ICANN Five‐Year Operating Plan Update.

Whereas, the BFC evaluated and recommended approval of the Supporting Organization (SO) and Advisory Committee (AC) additional budget requests in a meeting on 23 April 2018.

Whereas, the BFC met on 12 May 2018, to review and discuss suggested changes resulting from public comment and consultations, as well as the final draft ICANN FY19 Operating Plan and Budget and final draft FY19 ICANN Five Year Operating Plan Update, and recommended that the Board adopt the FY19 ICANN Operating Plan and Budget and FY19 ICANN Five Year Operating Plan Update.

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 to develop the annual budget.

Whereas, the description of the Registrar fees, including the recommended Registrar Variable Accreditation Fees, for FY19 has been included in the FY19 ICANN Operating Plan and Budget.

Resolved (2018.05.30.01), the Board adopts the FY19 ICANN Operating Plan and Budget, including the FY19 ICANN Caretaker Budget that would be in effect until the Board decision becomes effective.

Resolved (2018.05.30.02), the Board adopts the FY19 ICANN Five Year Operating Plan Update.

Rationale for Resolution: 

In accordance with Section 22.4 of the ICANN Bylaws, the Board is to adopt an annual budget and publish it on the ICANN website. On 19 January 2018, drafts of the FY19 ICANN Operating Plan and Budget and the FY19 ICANN Five Year Operating Plan Update were posted for public comment. The Public Technical Identifiers (PTI) Board approved the PTI Budget on 11 January 2018, and the PTI Budget was received as input into the FY19 IANA Budget.

The published draft FY19 ICANN Operating Plan and Budget and the FY19 IANA Budget were based on numerous discussions with members of ICANN organization and the ICANN community, including extensive consultations with ICANN Supporting Organizations, Advisory Committees, and other stakeholder groups throughout the prior several months.

The comments received from the public comment process resulted in some revisions to the 19 January 2018 draft FY19 ICANN Operating Plan and Budget. In addition, the following consultation activities were carried out:

06 September 2017 and 07 September 2017 – Community webinar on the FY19 Planning Schedule
13 March and 14 March, the comments received through the public comment process were discussed by Board members and ICANN organization members during two public sessions on public comments at ICANN 61 with representatives of the ICANN bodies that submitted them to help ensure the comments were adequately understood and appropriate consideration was given to them.
In addition to the public comment process, ICANN actively solicited community feedback and consultation with the ICANN community by other means, including conference calls, public sessions at ICANN 61 and email communications.
All comments received in all manners were considered in developing the final FY19 ICANN Operating Plan and Budget and the FY19 ICANN Five Year Operating Plan Update. Where feasible and appropriate these inputs have been incorporated into the final FY19 ICANN Operating Plan and Budget and the FY19 ICANN Five Year Operating Plan Update proposed for adoption.

In addition to the day-to-day operational requirements, the FY19 ICANN Operating Plan and Budget includes the FY19 new gTLD budget items and amounts allocated to various FY19 budget requests received from community leadership. The FY19 ICANN Operating Plan and Budget also discloses financial information on the New gTLD Program, relative to expenses, funding and net remaining funds. Further, because the Registrar Variable Accreditation Fee is key to the development of the budget, the FY19 ICANN 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.

The FY19 Operating Plan and Budget and the FY19 Five Year Operating Plan Update, all will have a positive impact on ICANN in that together they provide a proper framework by which ICANN will be managed and operated, which also provides the basis for the organization to be held accountable in a transparent manner.

This decision is in the public interest and within ICANN's mission, as it is fully consistent with ICANN's strategic and operational plans, and the results of which in fact allow ICANN to satisfy its mission.

This decision will have a fiscal impact on ICANN and the community as is intended. This should have 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.

This is an Organizational Administrative Function that has already been subject to public comment as noted above.