[council] Budget Input
I am writing to seek any thoughts, comments, suggestions that the
GNSO Council or any of the GNSO constituencies might have regarding
the ICANN 2003-2004 budget that commences July 1, 2003.
We are now beginning the budget process. The key milestones in the
process are the posting for public comment of the Preliminary Budget
around the middle of February, 2003 and of the Proposed Budget for
public comment around the middle of May, 2003. The board adopts the
actual Final Budget at its meeting at the end of June.
In the preparation of the Preliminary and Proposed Budgets, I am
advised by the Finance Committee, a committee of the ICANN Board, and
by the Budget Advisory Group, a committee appointed by me composed of
nominees recommended by the four functions of ICANN that provide the
bulk of our funding (the Registrars and Registries Constituencies,
the ccTLD Constituency, and the RIRs).
To assist me and these Committees in the formation of the Preliminary
Budget, your input would be very valuable. To help you in this
regard, I would point you to the approved Final Budget for the
current fiscal year, 2002-2003: see
The main focus of changes for 2003-2004 will be:
(a) Changes to the 2003-2004 that relate to inflation and other known
(b) Changes attributable to what is required to accomplish what is
mandated by the reform steps approved by the Board, including by the
new Bylaws, designed to improve services to the community.
(c) Adjustments to strengthen ICANN's ability to provide other
services to the community that can be funded through redirection of
existing resources. I would note that we are still in process of
recruiting staff to fill the positions authorized as part of the
2002-2003 budget; this staff expansion as of itself will lead to
Any thoughts, comments or proposals you might have that fit within
these categories would be most welcome. Proposals for expanded
activities that do not fit within these categories would also be
welcome, but it would be fair to note that it is less likely that
there will be funding available.
Please could you let me have your comments no later than Monday,
February 3, 2003.
Thank you, and all best wishes for 2003.
President and CEO
4676 Admiralty Way, Suite 330
Marina del Rey, CA 90292