[Internal-cg] Letter to the ICG from NTIA on the IANA Stewardship Transition

Alissa Cooper alissa at cooperw.in
Mon May 18 18:14:20 UTC 2015

Hi Manal,

Responses below.

On May 14, 2015, at 4:13 AM, Manal Ismail <manal at tra.gov.eg> wrote:

> Of course, the ICG has its own distinct role and timing, and that is something we can discuss amongst ourselves. As mentioned in the letter, there are, broadly speaking, three tasks remaining with the transition:
> 1. Finalization of the transition proposal.
> 2. NTIA/USG assessment and approval of the proposal.
> 3. Implementation of the proposal.
> The ICG and the communities we all represent have to take care of task 1. The communities or parts thereof may be involved in task 3, so gathering their input is especially important there. Neither we nor the communities are involved in task 2, but I think we can safely assume it will occupy a couple months’ time at minimum, accounting for the proposal to be reviewed across affected and interested parts of the USG.
> [MI]: Agree .. but I would also add a ‘step 0’ which is official submission of the names proposal to the ICG .. Having said that, do we know that the CWG will be able to submit their final final names proposal while the CCWG Stream1 proposal is still under discussion, or should we seek a confirmation or further guidance on that?

I believe the plan is still for the CWG to be able to submit its proposal pending some further refinements in the CCWG, but we will have more clarity on that when we get closer to Buenos Aires. 

> The chairs have discussed estimated timing for task 1. We believe that if we receive the CWG names proposal at or just after ICANN 53, we can aim to conclude our process and deliver the proposal to the ICANN Board for forwarding to NTIA by the conclusion of ICANN 54 in October. Attached and in Dropbox <https://www.dropbox.com/s/qsjrybo577ycrhe/TimelineGraphic-v10.xlsx?dl=0> is an updated version of our timeline showing how we could accomplish this. 
> [MI]: Thanks for your efforts in compiling this .. My memory fails me, have we agreed on one or two public comment periods, at the end of the Singapore meeting?

I don’t think we have committed one way or the other yet. We originally talked about having 2 comment periods, but then discussed having 1 and I don’t think we ever settled either way.


> If the names proposal slips, or if public comments that we solicit require further extensive discussion in the communities, then our timing will slip beyond ICANN 54. How long that slippage could be is difficult to predict of course. Larry’s letter requests a response from us by the end of June, so by that time we will have more current information about the status of the names proposal, but there will still be some uncertainty about what our own public comment process will generate. That uncertainty is something we likely want to reflect in our response.
> [MI]: Fair Enough ..
> We’ve also been in touch with the chairs of the CCWG to understand their timing. Their current timeline is available in the draft they recently released for public comment <https://www.icann.org/public-comments/ccwg-accountability-draft-proposal-2015-05-04-en>. It aligns well with the attached proposed update to our timeline in that both groups would conclude their transition-relevant work at or around ICANN 54.
> [MI]: Good .. Though, as highlighted above, I’m not sure whether the shift between the timelines of CWG & CCWG would affect the submission date of the final proposal of the CWG, and consequently the ICG timeline ..
> I wanted to sketch this out so that we can get discussion going on the list. We will certainly also have time for this on our next call and in Buenos Aires but please share thoughts on the list if you have them.
> Thanks,
> Alissa
> Couple of notes regarding the updated timeline:
> - The timeline includes an ICANN-standard 40-day public comment period on the full combined proposal.
> - The chairs are looking into the possibility of having an ICG F2F meeting during the second week of September.
> - ICANN 54 is October 18-22.

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