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Committee NameInformation Systems Technical Advisory CommitteeAgency NameDepartment of Commerce
Fiscal Year2019Committee Number2075
Original Establishment Date7/12/1985Committee StatusChartered
Actual Termination Date Committee URL
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYNoMax Number of Members*60
Current Charter Date3/21/2017Designated Fed Officer Position Title*DFO
Date Of Renewal Charter3/21/2019Designated Federal Officer PrefixMs.
Projected Termination Date Designated Federal Officer First Name*Anita
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle Name
Specific Termination AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Zinzuvadia
Establishment Authority*Statutory (Congress Created)Designated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*50 USC. app. 4604(h), as continued by EO 13222 (as amended by E.O. 13637)Designated Federal Officer Phone*(202) 482-3772
Effective Date Of Authority*7/12/1985Designated Federal Officer Fax*202-482-3345
Committee Type*ContinuingDesignated Federal Officer Email*
Committee Function*Scientific Technical Program Advisory Board


Agency Recommendation*Continue
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNo
Legislation StatusNot Applicable
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*The Information Systems Technical Advisory Committee (ISTAC) focused on the following issues in FY2018: Developed Wassenaar proposals for issues related to Categories 3, 4, 5p1 and 5p2, and provide support as necessary for proposals that are advanced to Wassenaar. At the date of the FY2017 Annual Report, there were 12 Wassenaar proposals in Categories 3, 4, 5 that were either initiated by the ISTAC or were developed jointly by the U.S. Government (USG) and the ISTAC that were still open (list below). Eleven of those 12 proposals were agreed to at the October 2017 Wassenaar Experts Group (EG) meeting; they were: US-001 (4D4/4E Intrusion Software); US-003 (Cat 2 and 3 Linear and displacement measuring instruments); US-006 (Category 3 Definitions); US-008 (3A1b4 Solid State Amplifiers); US-009 (3A1e Primary Cells Threshold); US-011 (3B1f EUV Substrate Blank); US-012 (3B2 Semiconductor Test Equipment); US-013 (Category 4 Definitions); US-014 (4A3b/4E1b APP Thresholds); US-015 (5A1d Antenna Decontrol Note); US-021 (Definitions – Deletion of unused global definitions). The US-007 (3A1a12 Fast Fourier Transform Processors) was not agreed. The 2018 slate of US proposals to Wassenaar included six proposals in Categories 3, 5p1, 5p2 (there were no proposals in Category 4) that were either initiated by the ISTAC or were developed jointly by USG and the ISTAC. These six proposals are: US-002 (5A2 Clarification of Internet of Things); US-004 (3A1a5/3A1a14/3A2h ADC Thresholds); US-005 (3A1a5b DAC Overlapping Entries); US-006 (3A1b Wafer Clarification Note); US-008 (3A2d Vector Modulation and Modulators); and US-009 (5p2 “Cryptographic Activation” simplification). Of these six proposals, only one (US-005) was agreed to during the April 2018 Wassenaar EG meeting; such rapid agreement speaks to the quality and relevance of the proposal. The other five proposals remained open at the date of this Annual Report and will be further discussed at the October 2018 Wassenaar EG meeting. Multiple teleconferences, email exchanges and some meetings between ISTAC industry members and USG were required through the summer to provide BIS with additional technical information to respond to questions and concerns raised by foreign delegations. In addition, BIS invited four ISTAC members to attend the summer Wassenaar TWG to support discussions on four foreign proposals related to US-004 (ADC) and to the Plenary Mandate to review entry 3E2 microprocessor technology; two of those four members did attend. The relatively small number (six) of proposal in 2018 is a significant reduction from the past three years (in which there were ~13 proposals). Moreover, only one of the six proposals was technically substantive; the other five were of a corrective/grammatical nature. We anticipate a larger number of proposals of greater technical substance in 2019. At the date of this Annual Report, the ISTAC has raised and is developing 15 ideas for proposals for 2019: 11 ideas in Category 3A, two ideas in Category 4, and two ideas in Category 5p2. The ISTAC maintained active communication between industry and the interagency in FY2018. ISTAC meetings were well-attended by USG members from BIS, Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Defense Technology Security Administration (DTSA), Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), National Security Administration (NSA) and Department of State (DOS). The ISTAC maintained the Standing Working Groups for each of Categories 3A, Cat 3B/3C, Cat 4, Cat 5p1 and Cat 5p2 were established in July 2008. A new Working Group for Cybertools was established in 2017. These groups remain in place and remain active. The purpose of these working groups is to create a formal structure with which to track activities in each category/subcategory, coordinate responses to BIS, develop Wassenaar proposals, etc. Experience with the working groups has been excellent: Cooperation and communication with the interagency on development of Wassenaar proposals has increased; and ISTAC activities are more clearly understood by meeting attendees, both ISTAC members and non-members. Each of the Working Groups presented reports of their activities at each of the four ISTAC meetings held in FY2018. Additionally, the Cat 4 and Cybertools working groups each held multiple teleconferences among their industry members. The ISTAC continued to provide BIS with timely forecasts of industry technology improvements, product roadmaps, and feedback on proposed regulations. The tradition of technical presentations from subject-matter experts continued. Topics this year included: Wideband Civilian Radar Measurements; Basic Buffer Overflows; HPC Market and Top500; Gallium Nitride; IC Interconnects and Fab Overview; SQL Injection; Foreign Microprocessors; Semiconductor and Device Roadmap (10nm/7nm/5nm); Artificial Intelligence; and Digital Television. There were no industry roadmap presentations. The ISTAC maintained active engagement of technical experts from industry in support of these activities. The ISTAC has 27 industry members, representing Categories 3, 4, 5p1 and 5p2. Promoting broader awareness of other aspects export controls for ISTAC members: We had two presentations on export control topics outside the scope of traditional ISTAC activities: An overview from the National Institute of Standards and Technology on their IoT Cybersecurity Program and Lightweight Cryptography; and an overview from the International Trade Administration on efforts to identify trade barriers in the information and communication technology sector. The ISTAC worked closely with BIS and other agencies in identifying and acting on high priority tasks. Major issues that the ISTAC discussed and/or worked on with BIS were as follows: Wassenaar 2013 Cybertool Regulatory Implementation, Wassenaar Plenary Mandate for 3E2, and the Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Controls on Emerging Technology. Other issues raised to BIS that remain open but that the ISTAC continues to develop are: Export control issues associated with 5G cellular, relaxation of the 744.21 control on oscilloscopes from its current threshold of 2.5 GSa/s (possibly to a value in the range 5-20 GSa/s), based on the existence of indigenous Chinese oscilloscopes. License exception availability for 3E001 technology that pertains to 3A001b2 MMICs and 3A001b3 transistors. Currently there are no license exceptions available for this; the ISTAC is formulating a proposal to for availability of Technology and Software Unrestricted and Strategic Trade Authorization. Foreign Availability argument/study analog-to-digital converters (3A001a5). There is emerging evidence that China is starting to develop indigenous Analog to Digital Converter (ADC) and related technology. If so, this could be reason to relax the ADC control thresholds, to minimize the economic motivation for that indigenous development. The ISTAC work plan for FY2019 is to: Develop Wassenaar proposals for issues related to Categories 3, 4, 5p1 and 5p2, and provide support as necessary for proposals that are advanced to Wassenaar. Maintain close communication and cooperation between industry and the interagency during the review/vetting process of Wassenaar proposals. Maintain the standing working groups for Cat 3A, Cat 3B/3C, Cat 4, Cat 5p1, Cat 5p2, and Cybertools; these working groups provide structure for ISTAC activities. Continue to provide BIS with timely forecasts of industry technology improvements, product roadmaps, and feedback on proposed regulations. Provide BIS with on emerging and fundamental technology. Maintain active engagement of technical experts from industry in support of these activities.
How is membership balanced?*The ISTAC is composed of representatives of industry and government with specific technical expertise in the areas of semiconductors, computers, and telecommunications. The principal source for the members from industry are firms that export commodities and technology controlled under Commerce Control Lists 3, 4, and 5.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*The ISTAC met three times in FY 2018. It is sucessfully advising on the export control parameters for three interrelated Control List categories.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*The ISTAC addresses issues relating to Control List Categories 3 (electronics -semiconductor section), 4 (computers), and 5 (telecommunictions and information security). Few people possess the technical expertise needed to advise on controls in these areas. The ISTAC is the only group of its kind directly accessible to Government officials.
Why close or partially close meetings?Closed sessions are held to allow for discussion of information classified for reasons of national security, information the premature disclosure of which would be likely to significantly frustrate implementation of a proposed agency action, or information of a commercial or financial nature that is privileged or confidential.
Recommendation RemarksAuthorized by the Export Administration Act of 1979 (50 U.S.C. app. 2401-2420) as amended by the Export Administration Amendments Act of 1985, P.L. 99-64, 99 Stat. 120 (July 12, 1985). Although the Export Administration Act of 1979 (EAA), as amended, has expired, its provisions and those of the Export Administration Regulations were continued in effect, and to the extent permitted by law, when the President by Executive Order invoked the International Emergency Economic Powers Act.


Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*NoAction Reorganize Priorities*No
Outcome Trust In GovernmentNoAction Reallocate ResourcesNo
Outcome Major Policy ChangesNoAction Issued New RegulationsYes
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 CommentN/A
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsYesGrants Review*No
Outcome OtherNoNumber Of Grants Reviewed0
Outcome CommentNANumber Of Grants Recommended0
Cost Savings*Unable to DetermineDollar Value Of Grants Recommended$0.00
Cost Savings CommentN/AGrants Review CommentN/A
Number Of Recommendations*37Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentThe Committee meets four times per year. There were six recommendations in FY18.Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*40.00%Access Committee WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentN/AAccess GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*30.00%Access PublicationsNo
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentN/AAccess OtherNo
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentN/A
Agency Feedback CommentThe agency includes the Information Systems Technical Advisory Committee in the process of incorporating the determinations of the various multilateral regimes into the Export Administration Regulations.Narrative Description*Industry input regarding controls on computers, semiconductors and related equipment, telecommunications, and information security is crucial in developing an export control policy that will maintain competitiveness in the global marketplace while addressing vital national security concerns. In the Information Systems Technical Advisory Committee, the Department of Commerce has a resource as dynamic and imaginative as the industry sectors it encompasses.
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Data from Previous Years

ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-001353Information Systems Technical Advisory Committee2017
 COM-002952Information Systems Technical Advisory Committee2016
 COM-003482Information Systems Technical Advisory Committee2015
 COM-005053Information Systems Technical Advisory Committee2014
 COM-005579Information Systems Technical Advisory Committee2013
 COM-007250Information Systems Technical Advisory Committee2012
 COM-007650Information Systems Technical Advisory Committee2011
 COM-009388Information Systems Technical Advisory Committee2010
 COM-009735Information Systems Technical Advisory Committee2009
 COM-011291Information Systems Technical Advisory Committee2008
 COM-011607Information Systems Technical Advisory Committee2007
 COM-013141Information Systems Technical Advisory Committee2006
 COM-013497Information Systems Technical Advisory Committee2005
 COM-015092Information Systems Technical Advisory Committee2004
 COM-015367Information Systems Technical Advisory Committee2003
 COM-017041Information Systems Technical Advisory Committee2002
 COM-017328Information Systems Technical Advisory Committee2001
 COM-019026Information Systems Technical Advisory Committee2000
 COM-019287Information Systems Technical Advisory Committee1999
 COM-020955Information Systems Technical Advisory Committee1998
 COM-021162Information Systems Technical Advisory Committee1997
 COM-034287Information Systems Technical Advisory Committee2018