ICANN: Draft FY18 Operating Plan and Budget, and Five-Year Operating Plan Update

8 Mar 2017 - 28 Apr 2017


The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is seeking public comment on its Draft Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 Operating Plan & Budget and an associated update to the Five-Year Operating Plan.

These two draft documents were published for public review and comment on 8 March 2017. On 13 March, revised documents were published along with a summary the changes. The two draft documents describe ICANN's plans for FY18, including the plans to be carried out by Public Technical Identifiers (PTI), ICANN's affiliate that performs the IANA functions. Consultations were conducted on PTI's draft FY18 plans during October, November, and December 2016. A Report of Public Comments was published in January 2017 and the updated Operating Plan and Budget was adopted by the PTI Board and is now presented to ICANN Board for consideration as part of the FY18 IANA udget.

The Draft Five-Year Operating Plan update provides a high-level five-year perspective on the operations ICANN undertakes to implement its strategic plan. It breaks down the work by portfolio, describes the key performance indicators and any external factors that could impact successful execution of any particular plans. It also includes presents an approach to Five-Year financial management strategy. The Draft FY18 Operating Plan and Budget provides a plan to FY18's work and provides a budget breakdown. 

After the public comment period, ICANN will hold calls with the community to discuss aspects of the comments that need addition explanation. This step of the process is intended to enhance understanding of the comments and to improve the quality of the response. All calls will be public, focused on the organisation that submitted comments, and attended by at least one ICANN Board member. The staff and ICANN Board members attending will primarily ask clarifying questions and listen. Responses to public comments will not be provided during these calls, unless the comments are factual with a very specific and simple answer. The schedule for these calls, along with dial-in information, will be published on the ICANN Community Wiki Finance Workspace.

After holding calls with the community, a report on the comments received will be prepared. After incorporating changes based on suggestions and comments, the ICANN Board will be invited to adopt the Plan in June 2017.

To contribute to this consultation, visit the dedicated webpage