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ICANN Resolutions » Initiating the Second Review of the Country Code Names Supporting Organization (ccNSO)

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Initiating the Second Review of the Country Code Names Supporting Organization (ccNSO)


Resolution of the ICANN Board
Meeting Date: 
Thu, 15 Mar 2018
Resolution Number: 
2018.03.15.05 - 2018.03.15.06
Resolution Text: 

Whereas, Article 4, Section 4.4. of the ICANN Bylaws state that "[t]he Board "shall cause a periodic review of the performance and operation of each Supporting Organization, each Supporting Organization Council, each Advisory Committee (other than the Governmental Advisory Committee), and the Nominating Committee (as defined in Section 8.1) by an entity or entities independent of the organization under review."

Whereas, as part of the first Country Code Names Supporting Organization (ccNSO) Review, the ccNSO Review Working Group submitted its Final Report to the ICANN Board on 4 March 2011, and per Resolution 2017.09.23.05, the Board resolved to defer the second ccNSO Review until August 2018.

Resolved (2018.03.15.05), the Board hereby initiates the second ccNSO Review and directs ICANN organization to post a Request for Proposal to procure an independent examiner to begin the review as soon as practically feasible.

Resolved (2018.03.15.06), the Board encourages the ccNSO to prepare for an independent examiner to begin work on the second ccNSO Review in August 2018 by organizing a Review Working Party to serve as a liaison during the preparatory phase and throughout the review, and to conduct a self-assessment prior to August 2018.

Rationale for Resolution: 

Why the Board is addressing the issue now?

This action is taken to provide a clear and consistent approach towards complying with ICANN Bylaws' mandate to conduct reviews. Moreover, the Board is addressing this issue because the Bylaws stipulate organizational reviews take place every five years. Following an initial deferral due to the IANA Stewardship Transition, the ICANN Board had deferred the Country Code Names Supporting Organization (ccNSO) Review in 2017 to commence in 2018. The Board is now initiating the second Review of the ccNSO to prepare for an independent examiner to begin work in August 2018.

Which stakeholders or others were consulted?

No consultation took place as this action is in line with the guidelines and provisions contained in Article 4, Section 4.4 of the ICANN Bylaws, and Resolution 2017.09.23.05.

Are there fiscal impacts or ramifications on ICANN org (strategic plan, operating plan, and budget); the community; and/or the public?

Timely conduct of organizational reviews is consistent with ICANN's strategic and operating plans. The budget for the second ccNSO Review has been approved as part of ICANN's annual budget cycle and the funds allocated to the ccNSO Review are managed by the ICANN organization team responsible for these reviews. No additional budgetary requirements are foreseen at this time and separate consideration will be given to the budget impact of the implementation of recommendations that may result from the review.

Are there any security, stability or resiliency issues relating to the DNS?

There are no security, stability or resiliency issues relating to the DNS as the result of this action.

This action is consistent with ICANN's mission and serves the public interest by supporting the effectiveness and ongoing improvement of ICANN's accountability and governance structures.

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