[ALAC-LT] Finance and Budget Subcommitee (FBSC)

Holly Raiche h.raiche at internode.on.net
Sun Nov 9 22:42:44 UTC 2014

Hi Alan

This makes very good sense to me.  And a suggestion - maybe this can also be an agenda item for discussion at the RALO meetings in Singapore as well? (i.e., coordination of requests for funding)

On 9 Nov 2014, at 2:48 pm, Alan Greenberg <alan.greenberg at mcgill.ca> wrote:

> As you know, our track record on special budget requests for this current budget year was rather poor. To be more specific, we had one project approved, an IGF workshop. The MAG did not approve it, and accordingly we received nothing. (We have benefited from CROPP which was a funded project, but not due to any explicit request we made.)
> To turn that around, I think that we will have to make a number of changes.
> - For composition of the FBSC, I am thinking of suggesting the following:
>   - two members per region, one from the ALAC and one a RALO leader
>   - the RALO leader (either the Chair, a Vice-chair  or Secretariat would be the person in the RALO responsible for overseeing (and filtering) RALO request.
> - The FBSC will make choices to ensure that what we are submitting is high quality and more likely to get accepted.
> - We will set some guidelines for RALO and overall ALAC requests to try to ensure that the quality is there.
> - Although past success is not an assured guideline - we will carefully review what kinds of projects are being funded (https://www.icann.org/en/about/financials/budget-requests-fy15-09may14-en.pdf and https://www.icann.org/en/about/financials/budget-requests-xlsx-fy15-09may14-en.xlsx).
> - In the past, we have largely depended on RALO requests. I think that we may want to partially shift gears and also look at ALAC initiatives.
>   - One of these may be a request to expand the work-week, most likely the Saturday before the week, but this will take a lot more discussion.
> Based on his past experience, I have requested that Tijani stay on the FBSC and play a lead roll. I will chair the SC and preferably not also represent NARALO.
> May I quickly have thoughts on this. I would like to put this proposal, or some evolution of it, on the agenda of the forthcoming ALAC meeting for further discussion and perhaps approval.
> Alan
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