[council] Travel funding

Gomes, Chuck cgomes at verisign.com
Wed Dec 5 23:09:06 UTC 2007

Thanks Denise.  Is the airfare cost estimate for travel to India for
economy or business class?

Chuck Gomes
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-council at gnso.icann.org 
> [mailto:owner-council at gnso.icann.org] On Behalf Of Denise Michel
> Sent: Wednesday, December 05, 2007 5:57 PM
> To: council at gnso.icann.org
> Subject: [council] Travel funding 
> Here is some information regarding travel funding and budgets 
> to inform your conversation about travel to the ICANN India 
> meeting.  (My additional comments are at the end).
> History - Initial requests for funding for some of the GNSO's 
> New gTLD Committee intersessional meetings came from the 
> Council Chair and were treated on an ad-hoc basis. I provided 
> funding on the basis of economy travel for one rep per 
> constituency, plus the Chair and NomCom appointees. Due to 
> the utility of these meetings, and the expectation that more 
> would be needed to complete this work, I incorporated some 
> travel funding in a revised Policy budget I created for the 
> latter part of FY 2006-2007 (ICANN's fiscal year runs from 1 
> July to 30 June).
> Rationale - The rationale was that it was reasonable for 
> constituencies/employers to pay for attendance at the main 
> ICANN meeting (where there are usually business opportunities 
> to discuss amongst ICANN participants), but not for some of 
> the policy-specific meetings held between the main ICANN meetings.
> Current Budget - I included US$140,000 for two intersessional 
> meetings in the Policy budget for FY 2007 - 2008.  The 
> Council has not held an intersessional meeting since 1 July 2007.
> India Travel -  It is estimated that airfare for 21 Council 
> members for this meeting would be US$147,000.  Cost for 
> hotel/per diem for 21 Council members for this meeting would 
> be US$205,800.
> I would be happy to discuss using the intersessional travel 
> funding to support Council members' travel to the India ICANN 
> meeting (as a one-off
> decision) (letters to the CEO not required).  If the Council 
> would like to request funding for Council members to receive 
> support to attend all ICANN formal meetings, then this will 
> need to be included in the budget for the FY 2008 - 2009.  I 
> will be requesting GNSO input for this budget cycle shortly.  
> As noted, travel funding also has been discussed in the 
> context of "GNSO Improvements" under consideration by the 
> Board Governance Committee.
> Regards,
> Denise
> Denise Michel
> ICANN VP, Policy Development
> denise.michel at icann.org

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