Historical Resolution Tracking Feature » Initiating the Second Review of the Root Server System Advisory Committee (RSSAC)

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Initiating the Second Review of the Root Server System Advisory Committee (RSSAC)

Resolution of the ICANN Board
Meeting Date: 
Wed, 19 Apr 2017
Resolution Number: 
2017.04.19.01 – 2017.04.19.02
Resolution Text: 

Whereas, the ICANN Bylaws state that the ICANN Board 'shall cause a periodic review of the performance and operation of each Supporting Organization, each Supporting Organization Council, each Advisory Committee (other than the Governmental Advisory Committee), and the Nominating Committee (as defined in Section 8.1) by an entity or entities independent of the organization under review';

Whereas, as part of the first Root Server System Advisory Committee (RSSAC) Review, the RSSAC Review Working Group submitted its Final Report to the ICANN Board on 5 August 2010;

Whereas, on 28 July 2015 the Board resolved to defer the second RSSAC Review until 2017.

Resolved (2017.04.19.01), that the Board initiates the second RSSAC Review and directs ICANN organization to post a Request for Proposal to procure an independent examiner to begin the review as soon as practically feasible.

Resolved (2017.04.19.02), that the Board encourages the RSSAC to prepare for the second RSSAC review by organizing a Review Working Party to serve as a liaison during the review and to conduct a self-assessment of effectiveness of implementation of recommendations from the first review.

Rationale for Resolution: 

Why is the Board addressing the issue?

This action is taken to provide a clear and consistent approach towards complying with ICANN Bylaws' mandate to conduct reviews. Moreover, the Board is addressing this issue because the Bylaws stipulate organizational reviews take place every five years. The ICANN Board had deferred the RSSAC Review in 2015 to commence in 2017. After the RSSAC declined the offer to defer the review by another 12 months, the Board is now initiating the second Review of the Root Server System Advisory Committee (RSSAC).

Which stakeholders or others were consulted?

The Board Organizational Effectivness Committee (OEC) reached out to the RSSAC leadership to confirm their support to initiate the second RSSAC Review in 2017.

Are there fiscal impacts or ramifications on ICANN (strategic plan, operating plan, and budget); the community; and/or the public?

Timely conduct of organizational reviews is consistent with ICANN's strategic and operating plans. The budget for the second RSSAC Review has been approved as part of ICANN's annual budget cycle and the funds allocated to the RSSAC Review are managed by the ICANN organization team responsible for these reviews. No additional budgetary requirements are foreseen at this time and separate consideration will be given to the budget impact of the implementation of recommendations that may result from the review.

Are there any security, stability or resiliency issues relating to the DNS?

There are no security, stability or resiliency issues relating to the DNS as the result of this action.