[atrt2] Preliminary Staff Assessment/Response to ATRT2 Draft Recommendations

Denise Michel denise.michel at icann.org
Fri Dec 6 02:21:03 UTC 2013

Dear ATRT2 Members,
Staff appreciates the opportunity to engage with the Review Team in our
ongoing information sharing and discussions focused on our mutual goal ­ a
Final Report that makes a significant and valuable contribution to ICANN¹s
accountability and transparency by offering recommendations that are
necessary, feasible and implementable.
Having reviewed and considered the Draft ATRT2 Report and Recommendations,
staff from numerous departments have prepared the attached document as
initial feedback and to support further interactions with ATRT2.  Staff
welcomes the opportunity for follow-up discussions within the next few days,
recognizing the compressed timeline under which the ATRT2 is working. Larisa
and Charla have already arranged conference calls on some topics and look
forward to supporting additional calls and email inquiries.
Staff is pleased to observe that there is a significant alignment between
ATRT2 findings and draft recommendations, and work that is underway at
ICANN. This alignment represents a positive development in the evolution of
the AoC Reviews and staff suggests that it be noted in the ATRT2¹s
observations, and that ongoing work be factored into future reviews. For
recommendations where work is already underway, staff proposes, for the
ATRT2¹s consideration, that such recommendations be replaced with
observations acknowledging the work currently being performed. ICANN commits
to providing public status reports, milestones and deliverables to keep the
community informed about this work. Such reporting is well aligned with the
concept of an annual Accountability Report, requested by the ATRT2. Annual
Accountability Reporting also is anticipated to be an important vehicle for
communicating ICANN¹s continuous improvement efforts in accountability and
the implementation of the Accountability Framework for measuring ICANN¹s
progress through benchmarks and metrics, which will be informed by the work
of One World Trust. In addition, at the beginning of the ATRT2 process, Fadi
had expressed his enthusiasm for the work of the ATRT2 along with his
overarching request that the work of the Review Team would result in a small
number of focused, high impact recommendations that staff, Board and the
community could implement.
Based on experience to date, we know that the large number of ATRT2
potential recommendations and sub-recommendations would require a
significant amount of resources from staff, Board and community ­  public
consultations, tracking, reporting, and ultimately assessment by the
subsequent Review Team (for recommendations that address work underway; for
new recommendations resources also will be required to develop and execute
implementation plans). In considering staff proposals to replace certain
recommendations with observations, the Review Team may wish to consider
several factors, such as the concern about ³review fatigue,² challenges
faced by the Review Team in getting substantive feedback from a diverse
cross-section of the ICANN community, as well as requests for simplification
of information to make it more accessible to a wider audience, not just
those with deep knowledge and experience at ICANN.
We hope you find staff¹s initial input on each of the draft recommendations
and sub-recommendations useful and staff welcomes the opportunity to
elaborate. Again, we would like to acknowledge the value of ATRT2¹s work and
its importance to the legitimacy of ICANN.  We also wish to thank all the
members of the ATRT2 for their dedication and hard work.  Staff is committed
to supporting and assisting the work of the Review Team during these final
few weeks of your work.

Denise Michel
VP Strategic Initiatives
denise.michel at icann.org

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