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[council] ICANN Expense Analysis: by Stakeholder Interest Area

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  • From: Glen de Saint Géry <Glen@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 31 May 2009 08:57:34 -0700
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ICANN Expense Analysis: by Stakeholder Interest Area

29 May 2009

As one important element of transparency and accountability, ICANN strives to 
publish meaningful, accessible financial and operational information. Through 
its history, ICANN has consistently increased its financial reporting. Within 
the last 24 months, for example, ICANN developed monthly dashboard reporting on 
financial data. Earlier this year, the dashboard started to provide financial 
information by primary functions. See http://forms.icann.org/idashboard/public/.

In response to community requests to view ICANN’s expenses in reports more 
aligned with stakeholder interest areas, ICANN has developed a new financial 
report: Expense Area Group (EAG) reporting. The categories depicted in this 
view of ICANN’s budget are based on ICANN’s organizational structure. 

The attached 
paper<http://www.icann.org/en/financials/eag-analysis-29may09-en.pdf> [PDF, 
describes the Expense Area Group reporting, the analysis and methodology used 
to create these reports, and more information on cost accounting at ICANN.

This new EAG reporting is simply one more view of ICANN’s finances, equal in 
importance with a functional representation, or a representation by ICANN’s 
accounting codes. In fact, no single representation captures the fundamentally 
interconnected nature of ICANN’s work and mission. ICANN is responsible for 
coordinating the Internet’s unique identifiers at a global level, which is only 
possible when all of ICANN’s organizational structures are working with each 
other, and on a global basis. Still, this EAG analysis should provide another 
useful way to understand the totality of ICANN’s financial operation.

The community is encouraged to provide feedback on this new financial report, 
to help ensure that this type of reporting is responsive to the needs of the 
community. A comment period has been opened for feedback on the Expense Area 
Group reporting at this online 
 and will remain open until after the Sydney meeting.
Glen de Saint Géry
GNSO Secretariat

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