ICANN Resolutions » FY22-26 Operating and Financial Plan and FY22 Operating Plan and Budget Approval

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FY22-26 Operating and Financial Plan and FY22 Operating Plan and Budget Approval


Resolution of the ICANN Board
Meeting Date: 
Wed, 12 May 2021
Resolution Number: 
2021.05.12.11 – 2021.05.12.12
Resolution Text: 

Whereas, the draft FY22-26 Operating and Financial Plan and draft FY22 Operating Plan and Budget were posted for public comment in accordance with the Bylaws on 17 December 2020.

Whereas, the public comments received were considered and revisions were applied as appropriate and feasible to the revised draft FY22-26 Operating and Financial Plan and draft FY22 Operating Plan and Budget.

Whereas, in addition to the public comment process, ICANN organization actively solicited community feedback and consultation with the ICANN Community by other means, including a remote public session during ICANN 70.

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 Proposed for Board Adoption FY22-26 Operating and Financial Plan and the Proposed for Board Adoption FY22 Operating Plan and Budget.

Whereas, the BFC reviewed and discussed suggested changes to the FY22-26 Operating and Financial Plan and the FY22 Operating Plan and Budget resulting from public comment and consultations and recommended that the Board approve the Proposed for Board Adoption FY22-26 Operating and Financial Plan and the Proposed for Board Adoption FY22 Operating Plan and Budget.

Whereas, per section 3.9 of the 2013 Registrar Accreditation Agreements, the Board is to establish the Registrar Accreditation Fees and Variable Accreditation Fees, which must be established to develop the annual budget.

Whereas, the description of the Registrar fees, including the recommended Registrar Accreditation Fees Variable Accreditation Fees, for FY22 have been included in the FY22 Operating Plan and Budget.

Resolved (2021.05.12.11), the Board adopts the FY22-26 Operating and Financial Plan, which describes the activities ICANN org will undertake and the resources needed to achieve the ICANN Board adopted ICANN's Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years 2021-2025.

Resolved (2021.05.12.12), the Board adopts the FY22 Operating and Budget including the FY22 ICANN Caretaker Budget that would be in effect in the event the FY22 ICANN Operating Plan and Budget is not in effect at the beginning of FY22.

Rationale for Resolution: 

In accordance with Article 22, Sections 22.4 (a) and 22.5 (a) of the ICANN Bylaws, the Board is to adopt an annual budget and publish it on the ICANN website. On 17 December 2020, drafts of the ICANN FY22-26 Operating and Financial Plan and draft FY22 Operating Plan and Budget were posted for public comment. The Public Technical Identifiers (PTI) Board approved the PTI FY22 Operating Plan and Budget on 13 January 2021, and the PTI Operating Plan and Budget was received as input into the FY22 IANA Budget.

The published draft FY22-26 Operating and Financial Plan and draft FY22 Operating Plan and Budget and the FY22 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 no revisions to the 17 December 2020 draft FY22-26 Operating and Financial Plan and draft FY22 Operating Plan and Budget.

In addition, the following consultation activities were carried out:

6 October 2020 – Community webinar held on the FY2 Planning Process and Timeline.
12 January 2021 and 13 January – two Community webinars were held to review the Draft FY22-26 Operating and Financial Plan and draft FY22 Operating Plan and Budget published for public comment
9 March 2021- the comments received through the public comment process were discussed by Board members and ICANN organization members during a remote public session on public comments during ICANN 70 Prep week 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 during sessions with Supporting Organizations and Advisory Committees during ICANN 70.
All comments received were considered in developing the Proposed for Board Adoption FY22-26 Operating and Financial Plan and the Proposed for Board Adoption FY22 Operating Plan and Budget. Where feasible and appropriate these inputs have been incorporated into the Proposed for Board Adoption FY22-26

Operating and Financial Plan and the Proposed for Board Adoption FY22 Operating Plan and Budget.

In addition to the day-to-day operational requirements, the FY22 Operating Plan and Budget allocates amounts to various FY22 budget requests received from community leadership. The FY22 Operating Plan and Budget also discloses financial information on the 2012 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 FY22 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 FY22-26 Operating and Financial Plan and FY22 Operating Plan and Budget, 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 org 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.