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SIC is the abbreviation for Structural Improvements Committee. It was established at the Cairo meeting in November, 2008. SIC is responsible for reviewing policies and providing oversight, as part of ICANN's ongoing organizational review process. SIC conducts the reviews as per the bylaws of ICANN and uses the reviews to evaluate whether any given committee, organization, etc has a persistent purpose within the structure of the ICANN. SIC also provides recommendations from time to time with the sole objective of enhancing the effectiveness of the structure. The SIC consults the Advisory Committee, Supporting Organizations and the Nominating Committee with respect to the various reviewing aspects of any such organization associated with ICANN.[1][2]


SIC is comprised of a minimum of two but a maximum of five voting Board Directors. It also contains several Liaison Directors, who are appointed annually by the Board. These directors need to comply with the Conflicts of Interest Policy. The voting Board Directors are the only voting members of the Committeem and they serve at the discretion of the Board. The SIC also has the full right to organize itself into subcommittees so as to complete their work.[3]


The Structural Improvements Committee sets forth the following responsibilities, as well as other actions as prescribed by the Committee’s purposes or as stated by the Board:

  1. Reviews ICANN’s policies and suggests changes to standardize and streamline those policies. It also processes the governing organizational review of ICANN.
  2. Oversees work in combination with the ICANN staff. It checks the content and the quality of the work produced for ICANN and pursues all the necessary follow-up.
  3. Coordinates with Working Groups and estimates the recommendations that come from the reviewing processes.[4]

The SIC coordinates ongoing review processes with the help of Working Groups (WGs). It also reconsiders the current review processes and formulates a wide set of proposals to help in streamlining processes, enhancing interaction with the community, increasing accountability and transparency, and increasing the value of output of the organizations within ICANN.[5]