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Re: [council] Input sought on ICANN budget and operating plan

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  • Date: Wed, 6 Feb 2008 19:02:29 +0000
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Thanks Denise, very helpful.  Pertinent to the tasting discussion Council will 
have on Sat... How much extra revenue is Staff expecting to see from the 
non-refundability of fees for AGP deletes?


-----Original Message-----
From: "Denise Michel" <denise.michel@xxxxxxxxx>

Date: Wed, 6 Feb 2008 10:29:15 
To:"Council GNSO" <council@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: [council] Input sought on ICANN budget and operating plan

Your opportunity to provide input -- collectively, and individually -- on 
ICANN's budget and operating plan for the next three fiscal years has begun.  A 
public comment email list will be opened on the "Initial Operating Plan and 
Budget Framework" <http://icann.org/announcements/announcement-2-04feb08.htm 
<http://icann.org/announcements/announcement-2-04feb08.htm> >, and it will be 
discussed in Delhi at a workshop on Wednesday, 13 February from 16:30 - 17:30.  
Additionally, ICANN's COO, CFO, and I will be available to discuss the  overall 
proposals, and elements directly related to Policy Development, with 
constituencies in Delhi and via conference calls afterwards. Please email me 
Glen to schedule a discussion.
As I noted previously, a new approach has been taken this year to allow more 
time for community consultation and to provide a three year projection for 
ICANN's operating plan and budget.  The process was launched four months 
earlier this year with the posting of initial proposals to jump-start 
discussions at the Delhi meeting.  The proposed budget and operating plan is 
based on the June 2008 - July 2011 Strategic Plan 
<http://www.icann.org/strategic-plan/ <http://www.icann.org/strategic-plan/> >, 
on which public comment was sought last year, and on the current operating plan 
and department budgets.  A series of consultations and a public comment period 
will be held through March (approximately), and then staff will incorporate the 
input, as appropriate, and a proposed Operating Plan and Budget will be 
available for further public comment until mid-May (approximately). The Board 
is scheduled to consider and vote on the Operating Plan and Budget in June.  
ICANN's next fiscal year begins on 1 July 2008.
Please take time to review these initial proposals and provide your input.  
Items that may be of particular interest to the GNSO include:

- A revenue budget for FY09 of about $61MM. This assumes modest transaction 
growth, contractually planned increases in Registry fees, and factors in the 
proposal of the elimination of ICANN fee refunds during the AGP.
 - Increases in the new gTLD and IDN projects from a base cost of about  $3.7MM 
in FY08 to almost $14.3MM. This includes expenses to complete the policy 
implementation elements, and the start-up expenses for going into operation. In 
the three-year projection model, total expenses go down by almost $5MM in 
FY2010 as these start-up expenses are no longer needed.
 - Increases in other initiatives from about $13.1MM to about $19.9MM, 
including compliance activities, registrant protection, infrastructure, and 
security. The deliverables are shown in the operating plan.
- Increases to complete organizational reviews and implement organizational 
improvements, including funding operational and structural changes to the GNSO.
 - Increases in Policy Development support over the next three fiscal years, 
including funds to retain expert analysis to inform key policy discussions, and 
provide additional secretariat support to SOs, constituencies and Advisory 
Again, the intent is provide a rough draft to engage the community in 
meaningful budget and operating plan discussions that will help us produce a 
draft plans for further comment.

I look forward to seeing those of you who will be in Delhi.

Denise Michel
ICANN VP, Policy 
denise.michel@xxxxxxxxx <mailto:denise.michel@xxxxxxxxx> 


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