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GENERAL INFORMATION

Committee NameIndustry Trade Advisory Committee on Chemicals, Pharmaceuticals, Health Science Products and ServicesAgency NameDepartment of Commerce
Fiscal Year2019Committee Number21406
Original Establishment Date3/27/1975Committee StatusChartered
Actual Termination Date Committee URLhttp://www.trade.gov/itac
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYNoMax Number of Members*50
Current Charter Date2/14/2018Designated Fed Officer Position Title*International Trade Specialist
Date Of Renewal Charter2/14/2020Designated Federal Officer PrefixMr.
Projected Termination Date Designated Federal Officer First Name*John
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle NameJ.
Specific Termination AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Meakem
Establishment Authority*Statutory (Congress Created)Designated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*P.L. 93-618Designated Federal Officer Phone*(202) 482-4711
Effective Date Of Authority*3/27/1975Designated Federal Officer Fax*202-482-1436
Committee Type*ContinuingDesignated Federal Officer Email*john.meakem@trade.gov
Presidential*No
Committee Function*Other Committee
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RECOMMENDATION/JUSTIFICATIONS

Agency Recommendation*Continue
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNo
Legislation StatusNot Applicable
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*The Committee shall perform such functions and duties and prepare such reports, as may be required by Section 135 of the Trade Act, with respect to the industry trade advisory committees. The Committee advises the Secretary and USTR on trade matters referred to in section 135(a)(1) of the Act, and is consulted regarding the matters referred to in section 135(a)(2) of the Act. The Committee provides detailed policy and technical advice, information, and recommendations to the Secretary and USTR regarding trade barriers, negotiation of trade agreements under section 2103 of the Bipartisan Trade Promotion Authority Act of 2002, and implementation of existing trade agreements affecting its sector.
How is membership balanced?*Members shall be selected on a clear, standardized basis, in accordance with applicable Department of Commerce guidance, the principal criterion for selection being ability to carry out the objectives of this Committee as set forth in Section 3 of the Charter. Secondary selection criteria are ensuring that the Committee is balanced in terms of points of view, demographics, geography, and company size.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*Estimated Number of Meetings per Year 5-6. ITAC 3 usually meets every 2-3 months..
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*This Committee is essential to carry out the Secretary and USTR's responsibilities under section 135(c)(2) of the 1974 Trade Act, as delegated by E.O. 11846 of March 27, 1975. There is no other Committee that can perform the duties of this Committee.
Why close or partially close meetings?The Industry Trade Advisory Committees were established by the Trade Act of 1974 and in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA). Subsection 135(f) of the Trade Act provides that the ITACs shall be exempt from the provisions of the FACA relating to open meetings, public notice, public participation, and public availability of documents when it is determined that the proceedings would, if disclosed, seriously compromise the Government's negotiating objectives or bargaining positions regarding trade policy matters. ITAC meetings routinely involve these kinds of discussions. The United States Trade Representative evaluates each meeting agenda and issues a Notice of Determination when it is necessary to close meetings.
Recommendation RemarksSubcommittees, or their equivalents, are authorized to be formed under the terms of the Committees' charters, which were issued pursuant to Subsection 135 (f) of the Trade Act of 1974 (Public Law 93-618) as amended, and the Federal Advisory Committee Act (Public Law 92-463). Because subcommittees, or their equivalents, do not report out independently but through the parent Committee, the costs are included under the parent Committee.
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PERFORMANCE MEASURES

Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*YesAction Reorganize Priorities*Yes
Outcome Trust In GovernmentYesAction Reallocate ResourcesYes
Outcome Major Policy ChangesYesAction Issued New RegulationsNo
Outcome Advance In Scientific ResearchNoAction Proposed LegislationNo
Outcome Effective Grant MakingNoAction Approved Grants Or Other PaymentsNo
Outcome Improved Service DeliveryNoAction OtherNo
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionNoAction CommentNA
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsYesGrants Review*No
Outcome OtherNoNumber Of Grants Reviewed0
Outcome CommentThe Industry Trade Advisory Committees (ITACs) advise the Secretary of Commerce and the United States Trade Representative (USTR) on key objectives and bargaining positions for multilateral, regional, and bilateral trade negotiations and other trade policy matters. The ITACs were mandated by the Congress to ensure that trade negotiators are coordinating with the private sector during trade negotiations.Number Of Grants Recommended0
Cost Savings*Unable to DetermineDollar Value Of Grants Recommended$0.00
Cost Savings CommentNAGrants Review CommentNA
Number Of Recommendations*11Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentOn average 2-3 recommendations are made annually. The total number of recommendations is for the 2014-2018 charter term.Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*0.00%Access Committee WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentNo measureable calculation. Committee members that give advice to U.S. trade negotiators, typically do not receive feedback from negotiators regarding how their advice has been applied or utilized within the various bilateral and multilateral trade negotiations.Access GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*0.00%Access PublicationsYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentNo measureable calculation. Committee members that give advice to U.S. trade negotiators, typically do not receive feedback from negotiators regarding how their advice has been applied or utilized within the various bilateral and multilateral trade negotiations.Access OtherNo
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentInformation is provided to ITAC members through a secured website at USTR. Also the ITAC Office maintains its own website. Fast moving issues are communicated via email or via DFOs.
Agency Feedback CommentMost feedback is rendered orally during meetings; when written advice is sent to the Secretary of Commerce and USTR, or their designees, it is reviewed by Secretary's policy staff and tasked to appropriate ITA unit to prepare draft response. Commerce internal procedures require that all responses for Secretarial signature (and/or joint signature with USTR) go through a concurrence process which ensures that the appropriate level of Commerce officials are seeing the advice and have a chance for comment. All formal responses must be cleared by the Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade prior to Secretary's signature, which ensures that ITAC advice is weighed and considered.Narrative Description*The Committee shall perform such functions and duties and prepare such reports as may be required by section 135 of the Trade Act with respect to the industry trade advisory committees. The Committee advises the Secretary and the USTR concerning the trade matters referred to in section 135(a)(1) of the Trade Act, and is consulted regarding the matters referred to in section 135(a)(2) of the Trade Act.The Committee functions solely as an advisory committee in accordance with the provisions of the FACA, as amended, 5 U.S.C. App., with the exceptions set forth in the Trade Act. In particular, the Committee provides detailed policy and technical advice, information, and recommendations to the Secretary and the USTR regarding trade barriers, negotiation of trade agreements, and implementation of existing trade agreements affecting its sectors; and performs such other advisory functions relevant to U.S. trade policy as may be requested by the Secretary and the USTR or their designees.
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COSTS

Payments to Non-Federal Members* Est Payments to Non-Fed Members Next FY* 
Payments to Federal Members* Est. Payments to Fed Members Next FY* 
Payments to Federal Staff* Estimated Payments to Federal Staff* 
Payments to Consultants* Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY* 
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members* Est Travel Reimb Non-Fed Members nextFY* 
Travel Reimb. For Federal Members* Est Travel Reimb For Fed Members* 
Travel Reimb. For Federal Staff* Est. Travel Reimb to Fed Staff Next FY* 
Travel Reimb. For Consultants* Est Travel Reimb to Consultants Next FY* 
Other Costs Est. Other Costs Next FY* 
Total Costs$0.00Est. Total Next FY*$0.00
Federal Staff Support (FTE)* Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY* 
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SUBCOMMITTEES

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Subcommittees

ActionCommittee System IDSubcommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-032051Subcommittee on Life Sciences2019
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CHARTERS AND RELATED DOCS

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DATA FROM PREVIOUS YEARS

Committee

Data from Previous Years

 
ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-034301Industry Trade Advisory Committee on Chemicals, Pharmaceuticals, Health Science Products and Services2018
 COM-001344Industry Trade Advisory Committee on Chemicals, Pharmaceuticals, Health Science Products and Services2017
 COM-003013Industry Trade Advisory Committee on Chemicals, Pharmaceuticals, Health Science Products and Services2016
 COM-003504Industry Trade Advisory Committee on Chemicals, Pharmaceuticals, Health Science Products and Services2015
 COM-005076Industry Trade Advisory Committee on Chemicals, Pharmaceuticals, Health Science Products and Services2014
 COM-005559Industry Trade Advisory Committee on Chemicals, Pharmaceuticals, Health Science Products and Services2013
 COM-007251Industry Trade Advisory Committee on Chemicals, Pharmaceuticals, Health Science Products and Services2012
 COM-007703Industry Trade Advisory Committee on Chemicals, Pharmaceuticals, Health Science Products and Services2011
 COM-009359Industry Trade Advisory Committee on Chemicals, Pharmaceuticals, Health Science Products and Services2010
 COM-009753Industry Trade Advisory Committee on Chemicals, Pharmaceuticals, Health Science Products and Services2009
 COM-011300Industry Trade Advisory Committee on Chemicals, Pharmaceuticals, Health Science Products and Services2008
 COM-011611Industry Trade Advisory Committee on Chemicals, Pharmaceuticals, Health Science Products and Services2007
 COM-013187Industry Trade Advisory Committee on Chemicals, Pharmaceuticals, Health Science Products and Services2006
 COM-013485Industry Trade Advisory Committee on Chemicals, Pharmaceuticals, Health Science Products and Services2005
 COM-015033Industry Trade Advisory Committee on Chemicals, Pharmaceuticals, Health Science Products and Services2004