The US government has announced that it will renew the IANA contract for one year, pushing back the IANA transition deadline date to 1 October 2016.
In a Department of Commerce announcement on Monday, Assistant Secretary Larry Strickling said:
When we announced our intent in March 2014 to complete the privatization of the DNS, we noted that the base period of our contract with ICANN to perform technical functions related to the DNS, known as the IANA functions, expired on September 30, 2015. However, it has become increasingly apparent over the last few months that the community needs time to complete its work, have the plan reviewed by the U.S. Government, and then implement it if it is approved.
The announcement follows the release earlier this month of two plans relating to IANA transition, one on IANA transition itself, and the other on improving ICANN’s accountability. The proposals, which are open for comments until the 8th and 12th September respectively, are the outcome of a lengthy process of negotiation within the ICANN community. However, the extended deadline means that public comments may have an improved chance of influencing the outcome of the transition process.
For more information, see: US government tweaks internet handover date: 1 October 2016 - The Register