[Ccwg-auctionproceeds] Auction Proceeds Mechanisms

Xavier J. Calvez xavier.calvez at icann.org
Thu Nov 21 22:23:17 UTC 2019

You are having a great productive brainstorming about costs. To feed into this brainstorming exercise, please consider the following few comments which have been made at some point, usually verbally, by the Board liaisons, Sam and I over the past 2.5 years:
1. Any estimate of costs can only be done once we know what we do. The mechanisms will need to be transformed into implementation plan with detailed design in order to be able to evaluate the costs. An illustration of such questions (please don’t comment on this example, it just an example), is the size of the grants: 1 grant of $200m is very differently managed than 200,000 grants of $1,000, with many differences in costs.
2. However, some differences and logical principles can be formulated:
- mechanisms B and C would have higher overheads costs than A, because there would be some duplication of costs between ICANN and the partner organization (mechanism B) and ICANN and the foundation (mechanism C). There is also a cost of coordinating 2 entities which exists with B and C and does not with A.
- I would expect C to have, for the same reason, higher overhead costs than B, because some of the costs in B would be shared resources since the partner organization would leverage its existing structure.
- resources directly and fully allocated to the program would probably cost the same in the 3 mechanisms: there is a requirement in not-for-profit oversight that salaries must be reasonable for the job purpose, so we would expect that across each of these mechanisms, the salaries paid to support the program itself would be somewhat similar.
- If the focus is on selecting the lowest cost mechanism, the focus would be on areas of duplication of roles and cost drivers.

I hope this helps.

Thank you.



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From: Ccwg-auctionproceeds <ccwg-auctionproceeds-bounces at icann.org> on behalf of Sam Lanfranco <sam at lanfranco.net>
Date: Thursday, November 21, 2019 at 1:16 PM
To: "ccwg-auctionproceeds at icann.org" <ccwg-auctionproceeds at icann.org>
Subject: Re: [Ccwg-auctionproceeds] Auction Proceeds Mechanisms

First a little humor. As U.S. actor-turned-President Ronald Reagan liked to say: “There you [I] go again”.

I would like to approach the issue of Mechanisms and Costs in a reverse order. If we start from the deliverables, they are the same for each Mechanism, and baring different Mechanisms facing different prices for similar skills, the overall dollar costs should be about the same. Thus, costs probably should not be a deciding factor in ranking preferences for Mechanisms A, B, and C. All three options will be approached of course with “…a best practice approach with a prudent and modest administrative cost allocation.”

There may be some cost savings from Mechanism B depending on how partner expertise is costed out, and there may be some one-time additional cost to set up a Foundation for Mechanism C. ICANN services and staff provided for Mechanism A (and B) would probably be costed competitively to those provided by others within Mechanisms B and C.

In my view a best practice approach to making the Mechanism choice is to complete this Work Phase focused on the complicated issues we have explored, what we want the Mechanism to do, and how we want it to work. This is then handed off to the Implementation Phase, along with comments (and questions) about the issues relevant for ranking A, B and C. These might include elapsed time to implementation (i.e., how long to the first round of grant applications), prospects for receiving additional funds from other sources, (to do more things or do things longer) and the like.

In this scenario the Implementation Phase would be where the Mechanism choice was identified, and then subject to whatever ICANN stakeholder approval process is appropriate. If we are to make that choice at this Work Phase, we need to make a list of the factors, other than costs, about what evidence we need to assess, and what decisions (e.g. open to supplemental funding) need to be made before ranking the Mechanisms.
Sam L.

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