Description

Background 

The At-Large Operations, Finance and Budget Working Group (OFB-WG) is an At-Large Working Group within the Operations section of the At-Large Organization, tasked with preparing statements and requests related to ICANN finance and budget, strategy, and operational initiatives, including the At-Large Funding Requests. 

Additionally, the OFB-WG is tasked with preparing statements related to organizational reviews and Continuous Improvement.  The co- Chairs of the OFB-WG have been delegated by the ALAC Chair who is in charge of At-Large Operations. 

Finally, the OFB-WG facilitates the participation of At-Large community volunteers in ICANN workgroups, whose focus are operational, budgetary or financial concerns, through consensus development, consultation and support.

The OFB-WG is an open membership group that will consist of Participants from the geographically diverse At-Large community. Membership in the OFB-WG is mandatory for the 15 Members of the At-Large Advisory Committee (ALAC). 

The objectives of the group are:

Prioritisation: To study the operating initiatives of the three priority areas identified by the OFB-WG at the beginning of FY 25  which are:

  1. Evolve and strengthen the multistakeholder model to facilitate diverse and inclusive participation in policy making.
  2. Promote and evolve the DNS through open and transparent processes that enable competition and open entry in the Internet related markets while insuring the stability, security and resiliency of the DNS.
  3. Evolve and strengthen the ICANN community’s decision making processes to ensure efficient and effective policymaking. 

At Working group level: To identify within each of the operating initiatives

  • One lead  for each initiative will be identified or volunteered to shepherd that initiative within the OFB/At-Large.
  • Provide a statement that may comment on these impacts for consideration by the specific section of ICANN Org 
  • Develop a plan of action for At-Large that will support that initiative across the At-Large community, for example,  
    • how we as a community can support the Org's MSM, community decision-making, UA, planning or legislative initiatives  
    • how can we help to strengthen each of these initiatives within our regional communities
    • At-Large Funding Requests are needed to help meet the ALAC’s strategic priorities  

At Task level: Tasks include, but are not limited to:

  • Providing input to, and drafting any statement related to, the ICANN strategic plan and processes
  • Providing input to, and drafting any statement related to, ICANN's operational initiatives
  • Providing input to, and drafting any statement related to, the ICANN and IANA/PTI budget process
  • Providing input to, and drafting any statement related to, Organizational Reviews and Continuous Improvement.
  • Reviewing any Fiscal Year At-Large Funding Requests for inclusion into the ALAC’s statement on ICANN’s annual budget and operating plan.
  • Establishing consensus positions and decision frameworks for volunteers engaged in OFB focused community workgroups.

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Contact

Staff Support Lead: Silvia Vivanco and Heidi Ullrich

Main mailing list: ofb-wg@icann.org

For Member votes:  finance-sc@atlarge-lists.icann.org 



Meetings

Next Call: 25 January 2024

Last Call: 18 January 2024

Previous Calls

Action Items : At-Large Operations, Finance and Budget Working Group


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FY25 (Timeline and Activities during 2024-2025):



At-Large Top 3 FY25 ICANN Operating Plan and Budget Priorities 

RankingPriority NumberStrategic PriorityLead
13Evolve and strengthen the multistakeholder model to facilitate diverse and inclusive participation in policymaking.
26Promote and evolve the DNS through open and transparent processes that enable competition and open entry in Internet-related markets while ensuring the stability, security, and resiliency of the DNS.
34Evolve and strengthen the ICANN community’s decision-making processes to ensure efficient and effective policymaking

The At-Large Top 3 Priorities were identified via Survey sent to ALAC Members and RALO leaders in December 18 2023.



At-Large FY25 Funding Requests

See: FY25 At-Large Funding Request Workspace



Upcoming OFB WG Activities 2023 and 2024


TOPIC

Activity

OFB WG call

Draft FY 25-29 OF & FP and FY25 0P&B

Public comment proceeding – PC open from 12 Dec 2023- 12 Feb 2024

December: WG call focused on FY 25-29 OF & FP and FY25 0P&B public comment


At-Large Funding Requests



Continuous Improvement 

See: At-Large Continuous Improvements Program Community Group (CIP-CCG) Workspace



Activity 

LaunchDeadline for Community CommentOFB-WG LeadPenholder(s)Draft Comment (Deadline)

Final Comment

(Deadline)

Status
FY25 Strategic Trends Outlook Session

OFB-WG Co-chairs 



FY25 IANA Operating Plan and Budget

 


OFB-WGRicardo Holmquist 


FY25 ICANN Operating Plan and Budget

 


OFB-WGRicardo Holmquist 


FY25 At-Large Funding Requests

 

   

OFB-WGClaire Craig 


















At-Large Operations, Finance and Budget Working Group Past Fiscal Year Activities


Prioritization Activities:

New! FY 25 Planning team update at ICANN 78

OFB-WG Recommendation Prioritization Sub-Group 

ICANN73 At-Large Policy Session 2: Prioritisation Framework : ALAC Prioritisation Assessment Tool Review


Members

The participants of the Operations, Finance and Budget Working (OFBWG), organized by regional affiliation, are noted below. 

    Region Name ALAC Members*


    Claire Craig
    Co-Chair
    Ricardo Holmquist
    Jonathan Zuck
    Advisor
    AFRALO/ALAC Aziz Hilali
    AFRALO/ALAC Bukola Oronti
    AFRALO/ALAC Raïhanath Gbadamassi
    APRALO/ALAC Justine Chew
    APRALO/ALAC Satish Babu
    APRALO/ALAC Shah Zahidur Rahman
    EURALO/ALAC Joanna Kulesza
    EURALO/ALAC Pari Esfandiari
    EURALO/ALAC Tommi Karttaavi
    LACRALO/ALAC Lilian Ivette De Luque Bruges
    LACRALO/ALAC Marcelo Rodriguez
    NARALO/ALAC Bill Jouris
    NARALO/ALAC Eduardo Diaz
    Region Name
    AFRALO Raymond Mamattah
    AFRALO Bram Fudzulani
    AFRALO Hadia Elminiawi
    AFRALO Adebunmi Adeola Akinbo
    AFRALO Emmanuel Mfitumukiza
    AFRALO Michel Tchonang Linze
    AFRALO Imrane Ahmat Souleymane
    AFRALO Stephen Dakyi
    AFRALO Fatou Sarr 
    AFRALO Lavish Mawuena Mensah
    AFRALO

    Thokozile (Thoko) Miya


    AFRALO

    Moses Serugo 


    APRALO Maureen Hilyard
    APRALO Nazmul Hasan Majumder 
    APRALO Barkha Manral 
    APRALO Faheem Soomro
    APRALO Vahan Hovsepyan 
    APRALO Cheryl Langdon-Orr
    APRALO Naureen Amjad
    APRALO Ali AlMeshal
    APRALO Sivasubramanian Muthusamy
    EURALO Sébastien Bachollet
    LACRALO Sergio Salinas Porto
    LACRALO Sandra Rodriguez
    LACRALO Lance Hinds
    NARALO Marita Moll
    NARALO Judith Hellerstein
    NARALO Avri Doria
    Region Name Members*


    Holly Raiche Chair
    Ricardo Holmquist Vice Chair
    Maureen Hilyard Advisor
    AFRALO/RALO Aziz Hilali Member
    AFRALO/ALAC Dave Kissoondoyal Member
    APRALO/RALO Satish Babu Member
    APRALO/ALAC Justine Chew Member
    EURALO/RALO Sébastien Bachollet Member
    EURALO/ALAC Matthias Hudobnik Member
    LACRALO/RALO Harold Arcos Member
    LACRALO/ALAC Carlos Raúl Gutiérrez Member
    NARALO/RALO Judith Hellerstein Member
    NARALO Marita Moll Member
    Region Name Participants
    AFRALO Abdeldjalil Bachar Bong Participant
    AFRALO Sarata Omane Participant
    AFRALO Bukola Oronti Participant
    AFRALO Joan Katambi Participant
    AFRALO Raymond Mamattah Participant
    AFRALO Sarah Kiden Participant
    AFRALO Sonigitu Ekpe Participant
    AFRALO Michel Tchonang Linze Participant
    AFRALO Patricia Esther Akello Participant
    APRALO Fouad Bajwa Participant
    APRALO Nadira AlAraj Participant
    EURALO Clément Genty Participant
    EURALO Joanna Kulesza Participant
    LACRALO Kerry Kerr Participant
    LACRALO Vanda Scartezini Participant


    * OFBWG Activities will aim to work by consensus of both Member and Participants. 


    Meetings

    Next Call: 08 February 2024

    Last Call: 01 February 2024


    Previous Calls


    Policy Advice and Comments Workspaces

    OFB-WG Recommendation Prioritization Sub-Group 



    References

    ALAC Subcommittee on Finance and Budget 

    The ALAC Subcommittee on Finance and Budget (FSBC) coordinates the annual additional budget requests from the ALAC and RALOs to go into the yearly ICANN budget.

    Because of this specific task on behalf of the ALAC, the membership of the FBSC consists of one ALAC member and one community member from each of the five RALOs to vote on any financial matters relating mainly to Additional Budget Requests (ABRs). 

    While most decisions by the FBSC are by consensus, should a vote be required, this vote is coordinated by the ALAC Chair. The FBSC committee and its purpose will continue. The FSBC is a diverse group geographically, which requires at least one member from the ALAC representing an Regional At-Large Organisation (RALO), and at least two At-Large members from each RALO. However, all FBSC calls are open to observers. 

    The FBSC is supported in its work by the Operations, Finance and Budget Working Group (OFBWG), an open membership group from within the At-Large Community who register as participants in the discussions about Operational Finance and Budget matters related to At-Large and the drafting of public comments relating to ICANN's Operating Initiatives.

    ICANN Org planning team wiki : FY25 Operating Plan and Budget

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