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

Alan Greenberg alan.greenberg at mcgill.ca
Sun Nov 9 23:36:21 UTC 2014

Thanks Holly.

I don't know the exact timing, but I suspect that Singapore would be 
too late for that. It is possible that the FBSC might meet in 
Singapore to review requests though. But I could be wrong...


At 09/11/2014 05:42 PM, Holly Raiche wrote:
>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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