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DOC - 2075 - Information Systems Technical Advisory Committee - Statutory (Congress Created)


Committee NameInformation Systems Technical Advisory CommitteeAgency NameDepartment of Commerce
Fiscal Year2022Committee 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 Date5/4/2021Designated Fed Officer Position Title*DFO
Date Of Renewal Charter5/4/2023Designated 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
Exempt From EO 13875 Discretionary CmteNot ApplicableDesignated Federal Officer Email*
Committee Type*Continuing
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 FY2022: Developed Wassenaar (WA) proposals for issues related to Categories (Cat) 3, 4, 5p1 and 5p2, and provide support as necessary for proposals that are advanced to WA. At the date of the FY20 Annual Report (2020 WA cycle), there were 13 proposals in Cat 3/4/5p2 (none in Cat 5p1) developed by U.S. Government, for which the ISTAC provided significant input. Due to COVID-19, these were all carried over to the 2021 cycle. They are: US-005; US-006; US-007 ; US-008/US008rev2; US-009; US-010; US-011; US-012; US-017; US-018; US-019; US-020; and US-021. The new proposal for 2021 was US-001. As noted in the 2020 Annual Report, the 2021 slate of new/additional US proposals to WA was abnormally small because the 2020 proposals were carried over to 2021 and there were few slots for new proposals. The outcome of the 2021 WA cycle was that four of the US proposals were agreed, they are: US-001 (4A3b APP Thresholds), US-012 (3E3h Multi-gate FETS), US-019 (3A2d Signal Generators Bandwidth), and US-020 (3B3 and 3D6 Equipment for imaging of semiconductors (3D6 was adopted, 3B3 was not). In 2022, the ISTAC submitted 10 proposals to BIS for consideration: six in 3A1/3A2 pertaining to microwave test & measurement instruments; one for 3C4 pertaining to adsorbed gases; one for 3C7 pertaining to Si substrates; and one in Cat 4 pertaining to APP thresholds. Of these, only the Cat 4 proposal was agreed within the USG interagency and was among the slate that was forwarded to WA: US-010. Other US proposals, initiated by U.S. Government and which the ISTAC commented on were: US-005, US-006, US-007, US-008, US-009 and US-011. At the date of this report, US-010 had been agreed; further details on the outcome at WA are not yet known to the ISTAC and will be discussed at the November 2022 meeting. Because there were relatively few proposals, and due to COVID-19, communication between BIS and the ISTAC was accomplished through email exchanges. The ISTAC will continue to develop and submit proposals; at the date of this Annual Report, the ISTAC anticipates submitting approximately three proposals in Cat 3A. The ISTAC maintained active communication between industry and the interagency in FY22. ISTAC meetings were well-attended by USG members from BIS, Department of Homeland Security, Defense Technology Security Administration, Transportation Security Administration, Naval Research Laboratory, National Security Agency and Department of State. Review and development of WA proposals for 2021 was primarily by email between BIS and the ISTAC. Standing Working Groups for each of Cat 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 three ISTAC meetings held in FY21. Additionally, Cat 3A, Category 4 and Cybertools working group each held multiple teleconferences among its industry members. The tradition of technical presentations from subject-matter experts continued. Topics this year included: HPC History and Future; AI, ML and Quantum Computing. There was an industry roadmap presentation on the Semiconductor Research Corporation Decadal Plan. The ISTAC provided feedback on the following: The Cat 4 WG provided formal comments to inquiries from DoD, regarding new ideas for Cat 4 export controls and specific 744 end use/end user controls. The ISTAC Chairs endorsed a letter from an ad hoc industry interest group (composed of both ISTAC and non-members) providing inputs regarding 3D6 implementation concerns. Several separate BIS requests for comments, which ultimately amalgamated into Docket No. 220930-0204, RIN 0694-AI94 Implementation of Additional Export Controls: Certain Advanced Computing and Semiconductor Manufacturing Items; Supercomputer and Semiconductor End Use; Entity List Modification, as requested by BIS: Consolidated comments regarding “AI related hardware (AT control level);” Consolidated comments regarding “Supercomputer definition;” Consolidated comments regarding “AI hardware (WA level control);” Coordinated individual comments for “Implementation of Additional Export Controls on Certain Semiconductor Manufacturing Items; Integrated Circuits End Use;” and Coordinated comments for “Implementation of Additional Export Controls: Certain Advanced Computing Integrated Circuits (ICs); Supercomputer End-Uses; and Entity List Additions.” The ISTAC has 36 industry members, representing Cat 3, 4, 5p1 and 5p2. Additionally, in FY21 the ISTAC drew upon the expertise of two non-member industry experts. The ISTAC continued to promote broader awareness for committee members of other aspects of export controls. In FY22 we had three overview briefings on topics outside the scope of traditional ISTAC activities: TRANSTAC Encryption Working Group, regarding encryption-enabled Line Replaceable Units (LRU’s), in passenger aircraft. The mobility of the aircraft presents a challenge very different from the IT industry, where the LRU’s may need to be stocked in several locations, to replace defective units in airplanes; WA Process Introduction and Overview, for the benefit of the many new ISTAC members who were not yet familiar this this process; and Brain-Computer Interface NOI (86FR59070, October 26, 2021), an update/summary from BIS on the public comments received. The ISTAC work plan for FY2023 is to: Develop Wassenaar proposals for issues related to Cat 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 ideas on emerging and fundamental technology with Cat 3, 4 5p1 and 5p2; Maintain active engagement of technical experts from industry in support of these activities and Provide advice as requested by BIS.
How is membership balanced?*The ISTAC is composed of representatives of industry and government with specific technical expertise in the areas of semiconductors, computers, telecommunications and information security. The principal source for the members from industry are firms that export commodities and technology controlled under Commerce Control Lists 3, 4, and 5 (part 1 and 2).
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*The ISTAC met three times in FY 2022. It is successfully 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*85Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentThe Committee met three times in FY22. There were 14 recommendations in FY22. Thirteen Wassenaar proposals were carried over from the 2020 Wassenaar cycle and one new proposal in Cat. 4 that was added for 2021. As noted in the 2020 Annual Report, the slate of 2021 new/additional US proposals to Wassenaar was abnormally small because the 2020 proposals were carried over to 2021 and there were few slots for new proposals. This was due to Wassenaar inability to meet in person due to the COVID19 situation.Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*29.00%Access Committee WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentFor this metric we are counting the number of Wassenaar proposals the ISTAC wrote or provided input to, that were adopted as multilateral controls as Wassenaar. Four of fourteen were agreed.Access GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*10.00%Access PublicationsNo
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentFor this metric we are counting the number or proposals submitted to the USG that became Wassenaar proposals. The ISTAC submitted 10 proposals to BIS for consideration in FY2022. One of the ten became a proposal to Wassenaar.Access OtherNo
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentN/A
Agency Feedback Comment*The 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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Payments to Non-Federal Members*$0.00Est Payments to Non-Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Members*$7,584.00Est. Payments to Fed Members Next FY*$7,584.00
Payments to Federal Staff*$42,131.00Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$42,131.00
Payments to Consultants*$0.00Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members*$0.00Est Travel Reimb Non-Fed Members nextFY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Members*$0.00Est Travel Reimb For Fed Members*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Staff*$0.00Est. Travel Reimb to Fed Staff Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Consultants*$0.00Est Travel Reimb to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Other Costs Est. Other Costs Next FY*$800.00
Total Costs$49,715.00Est. Total Next FY*$50,515.00
Date Cost Last Modified11/7/2022 9:52 AMEst. Fed Staff Support Next FY*0.30
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*0.30Est Cost Remarks
Cost RemarksDue to COVID all FY 2022 meetings were virtual.  
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Basic Science
Materials Research
Patents and Trademarks
Computer Technology
Information Technology
Systems Engineering
Federal Government
International Law
International Organizations
Law Enforcement
Regulatory Negotiation
Exports and Imports
International Commerce and Investment
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Data from Previous Years

ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-040172Information Systems Technical Advisory Committee2021
 COM-037957Information Systems Technical Advisory Committee2020
 COM-035877Information Systems Technical Advisory Committee2019
 COM-034287Information Systems Technical Advisory Committee2018
 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