Historical Resolution Tracking Feature » 2012-06-23 - NOMCOM TRANSPARENCY GUIDELINES

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Resolution of the ICANN Board
Nomination Committee Transparency Guidelines

Board approves the Guidelines to Preserve Transparency of Nominating Committee.

ICANN Structures
Meeting Date: 
Sat, 23 Jun 2012
Resolution Number: 
2012.06.23.12 - 2012.06.23.13
Implementation Actions: 
  • Comply with the Transparency Guidelines
    • Responsible entity: Nominating Committee
    • Due date: None provided
    • Completion date: Ongoing
  • Post the Guidelines to Preserve Transparency of Nominating Committee on the NomCom website.
    • Responsible entity: ICANN staff
    • Due date: None provided
    • Completion date: 26 June 2012
Resolution Text: 

Whereas, the Accountability and Transparency Review Team has recommended that the Board and Nominating Committee (NomCom) should increase the transparency of the NomCom's deliberations and decision-making process.

Whereas, the Board Governance Committee (BGC) has developed and shared some suggested Guidelines with the current NomCom.

Whereas, the current NomCom has had the opportunity to review and comment on the Guidelines.

Resolved (2012.06.23.12), the Guidelines to Preserve Transparency of Nominating Committee (NomCom) Activities are approved and all Nominating Committees are required to comply with these Guidelines.

Resolved (2012.06.23.13), the Guidelines to Preserve Transparency of Nominating Committee (NomCom) Activities shall be posted in the appropriate location on the NomCom website.

Rationale for Resolution: 

ICANN is committed to the transparency, to the extent feasible, of all decision-making processes that impact the ICANN community. The Nominating Committee (NomCom) is a key part of the process in that the NomCom selects important leadership positions within ICANN's Supporting Organizations, Advisory Committees and Board. The community is entitled to have a clear and thorough understanding of the NomCom selection process, to the extent providing that information does not violate any rules of privacy or confidentiality.

Recognizing the importance of transparency in the NomCom processes, ATRT Recommendation No. 3, which was approved by the Board, stated: "Board & NomCom should increase transparency of NomCom's deliberations & decision-making process; e.g. explain timeline, skill-set criteria before process starts, & explain choices made at the end." The Board assigned this particular ATRT Recommendation to the BGC for managing. Noting that each NomCom is empowered to create its own procedural rules, the BGC deemed that creating a limited and focused set of Guidelines for all NomCom's to follow would be the most effective way to address ATRT Recommendation No. 3.

This resolution will have a positive impact on ICANN and the community as it will provide greater transparency into the NomCom activities. There will not be any fiscal impact or any impact on the security, stability or resiliency of the domain name system.

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