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 tasks of the OFBWG 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 budget process
- Drafting any statement regarding ICANN's operational initiatives
- Drafting any statement related to the ICANN strategic plan and processes
Staff Support Lead: Heidi Ullrich
Main mailing list: firstname.lastname@example.org
For Member votes: email@example.com
ICANN Finance and Operations WG Timetable for Input into ICANN Finance and Planning Activities
|ICANN Launch||Deadline for Community Comment||OFB-WG Lead||Draft Comment||Final Comment||Status|
|FY21 Strategic Outlook|
|FY23 IANA Operating Plan and Budget||Mid-October||Mid-November|
|FY23 ICANN Operating Plan and Budget||Mid-December||End of January|
|Additional Budget Requests||Late November||End of January||FBSC|
The 2019-2020 participants of the Operations, Finance and Budget Working (OFBWG), organized by regional affiliation, are noted below.
|Holly Raiche||Interim Chair|
|LACRALO/RALO||Carlos Leal Saballos||Member|
|LACRALO/ALAC||Carlos Raúl Gutiérrez||Member|
|AFRALO||Abdeldjalil Bachar Bong||Participant|
|AFRALO||Michel Tchonang Linze||Participant|
|AFRALO||Patricia Esther Akello||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.
Next Call: 13 May 2021
Last Call: 26 April 2021
Policy Advice and Comments Workspaces
- At-Large Workspace: Draft PTI FY21-24 Strategic Plan