Description

The At-Large Operations, Finance and Budget Working Group (OFBWG) is an At-Large Working Group within the Operations section of the At-Large Organisation,  tasked with preparing statements and requests related to ICANN finance and budget, strategy, and operational initiatives. The Chair of the OFBWG has been delegated by the ALAC Chair who is in charge of At-Large Operations. 

The Operations Finance and Budget Working Group (OFBWG) arose out of a noticeable increase in the weekly workload of the Consolidated Policy Working Group (CPWG).  The CPWG recommended that any  ICANN Operating Initiative (non-policy) public comments should be considered by another group.  The Finance and Budget Subcommittee within the Operations section of the At-Large Organisation was the logical place, as ICANN's Operating Initiatives are coordinated by ICANN's Finance  section . 

However, the role of the Finance and Budget Subcommittee (FBSC) is quite specific.  It 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 Operations, Finance and Budget Working Group (OFBWG) is a separate and open membership group that will consist of Participants from the geographically diverse At-Large community,  who will contribute to the decision-making of the FBSC, public comments and other matters related to ICANN's Operating Budget and any Operating Initiatives that impact on the At-Large community.  The focus document of the OFBWG is ICANN's Strategic Plan 2021-2025, ICANN Org's F22-FY26 Operating and Financial Plan (and the current FY22 Operating Plan and Budget which is included in it.

The objectives of the group are:

Prioritisation: To study the operating initiatives of the five priority areas identified by the OFBWG at the beginning of FY22 which were:

    1. Strengthen MSM - facilitate diverse and inclusive participation
    2. Strengthen ICANN Community’s Decision making processes
    3. Universal Acceptance (tied with 2)
    4. Planning at ICANN
    5. Monitor legislation, etc that may impact on ICANN’s mission

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

    1.  a lead group for each initiative  to investigate what ICANN Org is focusing on within that initiative and within the FY22 timeframe
    2. what areas within the operating initiative specifically impact At-Large 
    3. provide a statement that may comment on these impacts for consideration by the specific section of ICANN Org (bring staff in to discuss these issues)
    4. and develop a plan of action for At-Large that will support that initiative across the At-Large community, for example,  
      1. how we as a community can support the Org's MSM, community decision-making, UA, planning or legislative initiatives  
      2. how can we help to strengthen each of these initiatives within our regional communities
      3. what ABR support might we need to request to help us implement these initiatives at the grassroots level

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

    • Contributing to the coordination of annual Additional Budget Requests from the ALAC and RALOs, to go into the yearly ICANN budget
    • Drafting any statement related to the ICANN strategic plan and processes
    • Drafting any statement regarding ICANN's operational initiatives
    • Drafting any statement related to the ICANN budget process



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 



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


Prioritization Activities:

OFB-WG Recommendation Prioritization Sub-Group 

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

ICANN Finance and Operations WG Timetable for Input into ICANN Finance and Planning Activities FY24

FY24 (Activities during 2022-2023)

Activity 

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

Final Comment

(Deadline)

Status
FY24 Strategic Trends Outlook Session
Mid-March 2022OFB-WG Co-chairs (ALT Plus) 


Completed
FY24 IANA Operating Plan and BudgetMid-OctoberMid-November 2022OFB-WG



FY24 ICANN Operating Plan and BudgetMid-December End of January 2023OFB-WG



FY24 Additional Budget RequestsLate NovemberEnd of January 2023FBSC 




















Planning Activities January to December 2022 



FY23 (Activities during 2021-2022)

Activity 

ICANN LaunchDeadline for Community CommentOFB-WG LeadDraft Comment Final CommentStatus

Proposed Supplemental Fund for Implementation of Community Recommendations 







FY24 Strategic Trends Outlook Session
Mid-March 2022


Completed
FY23 IANA Operating Plan and BudgetMid-OctoberMid-November 2021OFB-WG

Completed
FY23 ICANN Operating Plan and BudgetMid-December End of January 2022OFB-WG

Completed
FY23 Additional Budget RequestsLate NovemberEnd of January 2022FBSC 

Completed








FY22-26 Operating Initiatives

OFB-WG Poll Results for FY22-26 Operating Initiatives


Priority Initiatives: 

  1. Strengthen MSM - facilitate diverse and inclusive participation
  2. Strengthen ICANN Community’s Decision making processes
  3. Universal Acceptance (tied with 2)
  4. Planning at ICANN
  5. Monitor legislation, etc that may impact on ICANN’s mission


#

Initiative

High (B)

Med

(R)

Low (Y)

Top PrioritiesEnd User InterestsTeam 

1

Support Evolution of the Root Server system

36.4

54.5

9.1




2

Facilitate DNS Ecosystem Improvements

36.4

54.5

9.1




3

Strengthen MSM - facilitate diverse and inclusive participation

90.9

9.1

 

1The ability to ensure that input in ICANN's policy is globally representative. Marita Moll

4

Strengthen ICANN Community’s Decision making processes

63.6

36.4

 

2 (tied)
Maureen Hilyard, Vanda Scartezini

5

Develop Internal and External Ethics Policies

10

50

40




6

Promote & sustain a competition environment in the DNS

20

40

40




7

Universal Acceptance

63.6

36.4

 

2 (tied)UA promotes greater choice and broader access for end users. Satish Babu, Vanda Scartezini

8

Root zone management

30

50

20




9

Evaluate, Align and Facilitate Improved Engagement

30

60

10




10

Improve Governmental and IGO engagement & participation

27.3

54.5

18.2




11

Monitor legislation, etc that may impact on ICANN’s mission

36.4

63.3

 

5Providing educational information to governments. Holly Raiche

12

Formalise ICANN Org Funding Model & improve understanding of long term DN Market drivers

30

60

10




13

Implement new gTLD Auction Proceeds Recommendations

30

40

30




14

Planning at ICANN

45.5

45.5

9

4

Ricardo Holmquist, 

Dave Kissoondoyal

15

ICANN reserves

18.2

27.3

54.5



Members

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

    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
    EURALO/RALO Sebastien Bachollet Member
    EURALO/ALAC Matthias Hudobnik Member
    LACRALO/RALO Harold Arcos Member
    LACRALO/ALAC Carlos Raul Gutierrez Member
    NARALO/RALO Judith Hellerstein Member
    NARALO/ALAC Javier Rúa-Jovet Member
    Region Name Participants
    APRALO Sivasubramanian Muthusamy Participant
    NARALO Denise Hochbaum Participant
    LACRALO Laura Margolis Participant
    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


    *Please note that the RALO appointed Members have voting rights only for the annual ICANN Additional Budget Request (ABR) process. All other OFBWG Activities will aim to work by consensus of both Member and Participants. 


    Meetings

    Next Call: 01 September 2022 - **CANCELLED**

    Last Call: 18 August 2022

    Previous Calls

    Upcoming OFB-WG/Planning Workshops and Calls  for July through September 2021

    1. OFB-WG/Planning Team Workshop on the Planning Prioritization Framework Design Elements to include the definition of Participants and the Roles and Responsibilities of the participants. (End of July for 90 mins)
    2. OFB-WG-Planning Team Workshop to include the review of several researched Prioritization techniques to see which ones fit the ICANN model the best. (Early August for 90 mins)
    3. OFB-WG Call - Follow Up on Operating Initiatives (End of August for 60 mins)
    4. OFB-WG Call - IANA Functions Public Comment (Early September for 60 mins)


    Policy Advice and Comments Workspaces

    2020 ALAC Policy Comments & Advice

    OFB-WG Recommendation Prioritization Sub-Group 

    Finance and Budget Issues

    Approved FY21-25 Operating and Financial Plan and the FY21 Budget

    ICANN Strategic Plan FY21-FY25

    At-Large FY21 Budget Development Workspace (for the development of FY21 Additional Budget Requests)

    At-Large FY20 Additional Budget Request Implementation Workspace

    An Update Regarding the Board’s Operational Priorities- Blog by ICANN Board Chair Maarten Botterman; 13 May 2020

    Operational Initiatives

    Multistakeholder Model Issues

    Organizational Review Issues



    References

    ALAC Subcommittee on Finance and Budget - Previous FBSC Workspace (archived in May 2020)


    Documents



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