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Re: [gnso-travel-dt] Clarifying the calculation of funds provided

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  • Subject: Re: [gnso-travel-dt] Clarifying the calculation of funds provided
  • From: Robin Gross <robin@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2008 08:50:32 -0700

There is one point that confuses me in this discussion about the Nominating Committee Appointees travel funding. Is the travel for NCA appointees supposed to come out of this new GNSO travel fund? Because I thought NCA's travel was already funded by ICANN. Does ICANN now wish to re-allocate NCA travel funding to this new GNSO Travel Support fund? I'm not clear on this point.


On Oct 15, 2008, at 8:31 AM, Tim Ruiz wrote:

In the revised procedure as posted at:
http://www.icann.org/en/topics/travel-support/revised- procedure-11aug08-en.htm

It says in the last few bullets of 2.1:
-- ICANN will allocate sufficient funds so that the Chair, NomCom
appointees, and half of the remaining counselors will receive travel
support (again, travel support could be used to support

-- The Chair is assumed to use Business class air travel; remaining
travel is budgeted at economy rates. Average airfares are assumed to be
$2,000 economy and $6,000 business.

-- Average total per-diem is assumed to be $2800/meeting. Actual per
diem amounts will be published for each meeting, based on international

Also, look at the chart. The number of supported travelers is arrived at
as [NCAs + Chair + HalfofCouncilSize].

I think there's a math problem in the chart, but based on all the above
the calculated amount appears to include the Chair (at business class)
and NCAs. That's important to note as we define the process for dividing
the funds across constituencies. The funds to divide then might be
something like [FundsProvided - ChairTravel - NCATravel].

Personally, I still prefer that no funds are provided for business class for anyone. Regardless of the amount of work anyone does otherwise, the trip is just as long. It seems a waste to use up the equivalent of three
in economy for one in business. If the Chair is an NCA, maybe. If the
Chair is a constituency Councilor then let the constituency decide. The
funds to divvy up would then simply be [FundsProvided - NCATravel].


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