Historical Resolution Tracking Feature » Approval of audit firm for FY14 independent audit

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Approval of audit firm for FY14 independent audit

Resolution of the ICANN Board
Approval of Audit Firm

Board authorizes engagement of independent auditor

Administration and Budget
Meeting Date: 
Wed, 30 Jul 2014
Resolution Number: 
Resolution Text: 

Whereas, Article XVI of the ICANN Bylaws (http://www.icann.org/general/bylaws.htm) requires that after the end of the fiscal year, the books of ICANN must be audited by certified public accountants, which shall be appointed by the Board.

Whereas, the Board Audit Committee, which is tasked with recommending the independent auditors for selection each year, discussed the engagement of the independent auditor for the fiscal year ending 30 June 2014, and determined that given ICANN's growth, including its expanding global presence and level of revenue, it was important to conduct an RFP for a new audit firm.

Whereas, staff conducted an open RFP process, received responses from several firms and, after careful consideration and discussion with the Audit Committee, staff and the Audit Committee recommend that the Board engage BDO USA, LLP to serve as ICANN's new independent audit firm.

Resolved (2014.07.30.02), the Board authorizes the President and CEO, or his designee(s), to engage BDO USA, LLP as the audit firm for the financial statements for the fiscal year ending 30 June 2014.

Rationale for Resolution: 

The engagement of an independent audit firm is in fulfillment of ICANN's Bylaws' obligation to undertake the annual independent audit of its financial statements. This furthers ICANN's accountability to its Bylaws and processes, and the results of the independent audit firms' work are publicly available.

ICANN has used the same audit firm, Moss Adams, for the past eight years (with one partner rotation after five years), and considered it important to examine its current and future needs in relation to existing audit services offered among top tiers audit firms. As a result an open RFP was conducted. Several firms responded, ICANN staff evaluated the various responses, discussed the top two firms with the Audit Committee and has now identified the top choice.

There is a fiscal impact to the engagement, but that has already been budgeted for in the FY15 budget. There is no impact on the security or the stability of the DNS as a result of this appointment.

This is an Organizational Administrative Function not requiring public comment.