Important step in the right direction
The ICANN CFO and the ICANN Board finance committee should be complimented for release of this document, as it represents an important step toward increased transparency and accountability in connection with ICANN finances. However, as the comments of AFNIC and Dave Archbold highlight, this is a beginning and not an end. During my tenure on the ICANN Board finance committee, I often advocated the use of time sheets among ICANN staff. This was not because I questioned the dedication and devotion that most ICANN staff bring to their job 24 hours a day/365 days a year, but because it provided a much more detailed record to document to the Internet and ICANN community on how their money was being invested. ICANN has become a 60 million dollar a year plus global professional services firm, and just as similarly situated legal, accountancy and professional consultancy firms employ time sheets, so should ICANN. This increased transparency and documentation should not only extend toward ICANN staff but also ICANN's growing global army of consultants and lobbyists, particularly with regard to the procurement practices surrounding this growing segment of ICANN's budget.