[council] GNSO Council /ICANN Board dinner, Monday 26 in FES 2

Bret Fausett bfausett at internet.law.pro
Mon Jun 26 17:02:50 UTC 2006

> It would be useful for Council members to post to the list 
> any issues that they think should be raised with the ICANN Board.

I don't know if it's been raised separately, but I am concerned with the
budget growth and the planning process that has created this growth. 

The current budget process is to start with a set of goals ("strategic
planning"), figure out how to implement those goals ("operational planning")
and then attach dollars to them ("budget planning"). This is backwards.
Other entities start with a budget and then fit the goals into the available
revenue. If they can't accomplish all of their goals, they have to
prioritize those goals ito fit within the budget. (I also think that the
community would focus more on what is really important for ICANN if it was
forced to work within a certain budget.)

Another problem with the budget growth is that it is too fast. Here's the
budget arc:

2006..........$30,977,000 (proposed)

The number of staff members and offices also have grown during this time
along a similar arc. Most organizations in a single office cannot absorb
this sort of explosive growth, so you have to wonder how an organization as
geographically disperse as ICANN can do it. 

We should support measured growth, 5-10% per year, but not a process that
sees the budget double every two years. 

If the budget issues have not been raised with the Board, please raise them.


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