[atrt2] One pager ICANN finances

Lise Fuhr lise.fuhr at difo.dk
Mon May 20 11:20:50 UTC 2013

Dear Olivier,


I know a lot of changes are being done at the moment. When analysing
finances you have to take into account the changes that have been
implemented but also evaluate the methods that are planned to be used, so I
am not afraid of the timing. Actually the focus from external consultants
could help ICANN staff evaluate the new processes as they go along, which
might be helpful. 






Fra: Olivier MJ Crepin-Leblond [mailto:ocl at gih.com] 
Sendt: 20. maj 2013 11:05
Til: Lise Fuhr
Cc: atrt2 at icann.org
Emne: Re: [atrt2] One pager ICANN finances


Dear Lise,

I can see a challenge with this study - which is that we are dealing with
moving goalposts at the moment. The next round of ICANN Operating Plan &
Budget feedback has just started and this year, the process is quite
different from prior years due to the new management & introduction of a
cross-matrix of cost centres thus breaking down silos but introducing
complexity at the budget making level as well as bottom-up interaction with
the community.
Last week I took part in a Budget call with the presentation of this year's
budget. Whilst I think that a lot of work has gone into the communication
and engagement aspect of the process, a vital question was asked by
participants: how much of this draft budget is frozen already? The answer
was that 80-90% of it was already frozen, exceptionally this year, due to
the late start. This shortness of time was explained because last year's
plans for budget and strategic planning and framework cycles have been
replaced by this new system.

In short, I am worried that we're taking a snapshot of a process which is
actually undergoing a change and that snapshot will not be a good reflection
of the process at it will be by the time our report will be drafted and
released. As in any work in progress, perhaps would it be important to wait
for the finished article to be more ready? Open question to all.

Kind regards,


On 19/05/2013 18:39, Lise Fuhr wrote:

Dear all,


A proposal for a study. Have a nice Sunday.




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