[CCWG-ACCT] GAO meeting request

Mathieu Weill mathieu.weill at afnic.fr
Tue Mar 31 15:58:45 UTC 2015

Dear Colleagues,

Many thanks for the thoughtful contributions on this thread. We have 
taken good note of the concerns as well as the recommendations. Since we 
did not have enough time to address this particular topic on our call 
today, this email summarizes our current thoughts and steps forward.

First of all, we can confirm that the request from the GAO is directed 
to the co-chairs of the CCWG. We would certainly make clear that we are 
speaking in our personal capacities and not in the name of the CCWG.

Secondly, as was mentioned on the list, the GAO is currently engaging 
with a wide range of stakeholders, including members of this group. The 
list of questions provided is a generic one, and it is our understanding 
that, as far as we are concerned, the main expectation is to discuss 
about our process. Our key intent in this engagement will be focused on 
explaining our process, from the basic principles of the 
multistakeholder, open and transparent approach of the CCWG to the 
various steps we are taking to come up with WS1 proposals. Should the 
discussion come to contents, we will obviously stay within the grounds 
of tentative conclusions, as currently available to the public through, 
for instance, our co-chair statement.

Taking note of some of the comments received, we will ask the GAO 
whether they would rather hear our update shortly or delay by a few 
weeks until our public comment is out.

Finally, I want to make clear that, while taking note of the objection 
from Eberhard, the co-chairs decision to engage with the GAO does not 
fall within the remit of the "CCWG decision making rules" (including 
consensus, 2nd reading etc). Our commitment as co-chairs is to be as 
transparent about our engagements as possible, and we are perfectly ok 
to be held accountable (and transparent) for what we may say. I think 
Matthew referred to care and thoughtfulness as guiding principles.

Of course, should there be any request for written input after this 
teleconference, it would obviously be subject to review by the whole CCWG.

We hope these clarifications are useful and remain open to your inputs 
and advice.

Best regards,
Mathieu, Leon and Thomas

Le 30/03/2015 12:11, Mathieu Weill a écrit :
> Dear Colleagues,
> For your information, the US Governement Accountability Office has 
> requested a teleconference with the co-chairs of the CCWG. Tentative 
> date is currently discussed for next week (7 or 8 April).
> Your inputs are welcome.
> Best regards,
> Thomas Rickert, Leon Felipe Sanchez, Mathieu Weill
> -------- Message transféré --------
> Sujet : 	April 1, 2, or 3 Meeting Request CCWG-Accountability Chairs
> Date : 	Thu, 26 Mar 2015 17:45:11 +0000
> De : 	Healey, John C <HealeyJ at GAO.GOV>
> Pour : 	'rickert at anwaelte.de' <rickert at anwaelte.de>, 
> 'mathieu.weill at afnic.fr' <mathieu.weill at afnic.fr>, 
> 'leonfelipe at sanchez.mx' <leonfelipe at sanchez.mx>
> Good day, Mr. Rickert, Mr. Sanchez Ambia, and Mr. Weill:
> You may recall meeting my colleagues, Derrick Collins, Alwynne Wilbur, 
> and Kate Perl at the ICANN meeting in Singapore in February.
> At any rate, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) has been asked 
> by the Chairs of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce and its 
> Communications and Technology Subcommittee to review the National 
> Telecommunications and Information Administration’s (NTIA) proposed 
> transition of  key Internet domain name functions to the global 
> multistakeholder community. We are meeting with knowledgeable people 
> and organizations to gather information for our work.
> We would like to meet with you via teleconference to discuss the 
> proposed transition from the perspective of the Accountability working 
> group. We have provided a list of questions, below, to give you a 
> better idea of the topics we want to discuss with you, and I’ll 
> provide a teleconference line after confirming your availability 
> (please “reply all” so that others can know of your availability). In 
> addition to the discussion, we would also welcome written responses.
> Would you be available for a one-hour time slot during one of the 
> following blocks?
>   * Wednesday, April 1^st : 10:00 – 11:00 EST
>   * Thursday, April 2^nd : 11:00 – 12:00 EST
>   * Friday, April 3^rd : 10:00 – 11:00 EST
> We would also like to meet with Steve DelBianco and Cheryl Langdon-Orr 
> to discuss their work with the Stress Test Work Party. Please let me 
> know if you’d like to be part of that meeting, too.
> Thank you,
> John
> John Healey, Senior Analyst
> Physical Infrastructure Team
> U.S. Government Accountability Office
> 441 G Street NW, Washington DC, 20548
> (202) 512-5006   | HealeyJ at gao.gov

Mathieu WEILL
AFNIC - directeur général
Tél: +33 1 39 30 83 06
mathieu.weill at afnic.fr
Twitter : @mathieuweill

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