[At-review] List of issues that the A&T RT would like to discuss with ICANN staff on 5 May
rod.beckstrom at icann.org
Mon May 3 05:44:49 UTC 2010
Thank you for your email earlier today.
I will take part in the meeting by videoconference from 10.00 to 11.00 AM PDT on 5 May, and regret that commitments made prior to the receipt of your invitation prevent me being there in person. I do not believe I have been provided with a final agenda for the meeting, so I hope this timing works for the Review Team.
Denise Michel, Advisor to the CEO for Accountability and Transparency, whose work is dedicated entirely to the subject under discussion, will lead on our behalf. Chief Operating Officer Doug Brent and General Counsel and Secretary John Jeffrey will also be present for the scheduled sessions. All will be authorized to speak on behalf of the organization in my absence. ICANN's management team is looking forward to demonstrating the high levels of accountability and transparency we have already achieved, and to collaborating constructively with you and other members of the community in achieving even more.
It is also worth noting, that some of the initial questions are directed to the board and to parts of the organization beyond the staff level. Accordingly, Peter Dengate Thrush will be present as well during the sessions on both days. As you are aware, Peter has been an advocate for accountability and transparency on the Board of Directors since January of 2005 and the Board Chairman since November of 2007. Peter has also looked at transparency and accountability issues as the Co-Chairman (along with former ICANN CEO Dr. Paul Twomey) of Dr. Twomey's President's Strategy Committee. Peter as Chairman is the designated spokesperson for the Board, and is better positioned than anyone to respond to board related questions, and to provide information along with the ICANN Management representatives regarding ICANN's past and current practices in regard to accountability and transparency.
The ICANN team looks forward to participating in the meeting and to assisting the Review Team in conducting its work in accordance with the requirements of the Affirmation of Commitments. Thank you once again for your efforts.
On 5/2/10 4:34 AM, "Janis Karklins" <janis.karklins at icann.org> wrote:
Thank you for your response to the Review Team's requests with respect to our first face-to-face meeting on May 5, 2010 in Marina del Rey. The RT carefully considered the importance of holding its first meeting in Marina del Rey at ICANN headquarters and is quite disappointed to hear that you will not be joining us in person at the meeting. We request confirmation that other arrangements for your participation, in some form, will be made. At this meeting, the RT expects to receive verbal responses from key ICANN staff to the list of questions approved by the RT.
The RT views this initial exchange as an important and meaningful opportunity to begin the data collection aspect of our exercise and welcomes the participation of the Advisor to the CEO for Transparency and Accountability and other ICANN staff you may designate. This face-to-face meeting will allow the RT to hear directly from ICANN staff regarding the accountability and transparency mechanisms that are already in place and to begin the work process that will lead to RT recommendations under the Affirmation of Commitments. The RT notes that the December 2010 deadline for recommendations to the Board imposes time constraints that both the RT and ICANN staff share. Therefore, it is critical that the initial data collection aspect of the RT work commence so that the RT's other work streams can begin without delay.
On behalf of the Accountability and Transparency Review Team
From: at-review-bounces at icann.org [mailto:at-review-bounces at icann.org] On Behalf Of Rod Beckstrom
Sent: ceturtdiena, 2010. gada 29. apr?l? 23:32
To: Janis Karklins
Cc: Denise Michel; at-review at icann.org; Donna Austin
Subject: Re: [At-review] List of issues that the A&T RT would like to discuss with ICANN staff on 5 May
Thank you for forwarding the initial list of proposed questions under consideration from your Accountability and Transparency Review Team. On behalf of ICANN's Management Team, we welcome the opportunity to work with you in your consideration of ICANN's Accountability and Transparency. We believe that this process should be a meaningful opportunity for ICANN to demonstrate the high levels of accountability and transparency already in place, as well as an opportunity to collaborate in a constructive manner to develop the means by which to measure effectiveness and reach an even greater level.
Thank you also for your clarification and agenda from which we infer that written answers to the questions are not anticipated and that the purpose of your sessions in Marina del Rey next week will be focused on: 1) establishing the framework for review, including the development of standards and benchmarks, 2) creating modalities for interaction on the review points that you are intending to consider as part of the overall review, 3) developing the questions/issues that will need to be considered, and 4) establishing a methodology to refine requests for information, This agrees with discussions we have had with Peter Dengate Thrush on the meeting goals.
In light of the short time period since we have received these questions, and the somewhat conflicting instructions we received about Staff's expected role at the meeting next week, we know that you understand that next week's sessions will be limited in terms of our ability to respond and appreciate your acknowledgement that this is too short a timeline for us to provide formal responses. Since ICANN Staff will clearly need to provide complete and full written responses on the record, and noting that those responses will need to be responsive to the standards for review that have yet to be established, it is my assumption that Staff will not be expected to provide oral responses to these questions, during these sessions. Oral responses, if made during the session, would likely be incomplete, uneven, and could not be measured against to-be-determined standards. The result would be to retard, rather than inform, the group's work. However, I do expect an active staff role to: a) assist in helping frame the work to be completed in written responses, b) establish the processes and timelines for providing those written responses, and c) discuss proposed levels of resource allocation relating to this review.
To further this point, my instructions to Denise Michel (who reports directly to me as Advisor to the CEO for Transparency and Accountability and is tasked with leading the staff response and substantive support,) is for the ICANN Staff to focus on how to: i) discuss the various modalities for interaction regarding the reviews, ii) provide clarification of which questions/issues that staff can answer in writing, as well as beginning consideration of timelines for such responses, iii) assist the Review Team in developing a methodology to refine the questions/issues, and iv) direct or assist the Review Team in obtaining information from other sources, where the board, advisory committees, and/or supporting organizations are better sources of information.
I must emphasize that consideration of the breadth of the anticipated responses, and the level of resources that will be required to effectively respond to the questions/issues are important discussion topics for the interaction with ICANN Staff. Given that ICANN has finite organizational resources, and that this is one of a number of important reviews, a schedule will be developed to ensure that ICANN is responsive to this group's needs and that overall timelines are met.
We also note that processes for disclosure of, and methods for dealing with potential conflicts of interest (including proposed methods for withdrawal from participation or abstention on some issues of conflict) should be pre-requisites to substantively starting the review process (i.e., prior to establishing standards and questions). With that in mind, we think in more in concert with the ICANN model that the conflicts discussion should be moved to the front of the agenda.
Lastly, I have noted from a review of your agenda that you have scheduled a total of five hours of time with ICANN Management during your first day. This includes three hours of time with ICANN Staff for an open morning session, and two hours of time with ICANN Staff in a closed afternoon session. Given the role of ICANN Staff at this initial meeting described above, I would urge you to consider whether the agenda reflects the actual time required for ICANN Staff participation.
Thank you again for the information and clarifications. Please direct any responses or questions on the above points to Denise Michel (Denise.Michel at ICANN.org). I look forward to speaking with you and the Review Team next week. We look forward to participating and assisting your Review Team and thank you for your significant efforts in moving this process forward.
On 4/27/10 9:15 AM, "Janis Karklins" <janis.karklins at icann.org> wrote:
On behalf of the A&T RT I would like to submit the list of issues that the members of the Team would like to discuss with the senior management of ICANN. The Team leaves at your discretion the decision on which staff members you would like to take with you or delegate for this interaction.
I was mistaken yesterday when I was talking with you about written response. I misunderstood the discussion during the RT meeting where the term "to start building material/ documental trace of the work of the RT" was used. My apologies for confusion.
RT is not asking written reply to list of question. They are submitted to allow better preparation for the discussion.
As you know, the RT is meeting on 5 and 6 May in Marina del Ray Hotel. The interaction with staff is scheduled on 5 May. The morning session will be public. The subsequent session will be held in private. We should work together to set the modalities of the interaction.
I stand ready to provide further clarifications.
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