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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 Date5/3/2019Designated Fed Officer Position Title*DFO
Date Of Renewal Charter5/3/2021Designated 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 FY2019: 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. The 2019 slate of US proposals to Wassenaar included five proposals and two non-papers in Cat 3/4/5p2 (there were no proposals in Cat. 5p1) that were developed jointly by U.S. Government and the ISTAC. The ISTAC submitted 14 proposals to the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) for consideration but none of those were agreed within the interagency and consequently were not among the slate that was forwarded to Wassenaar. These proposals and non-papers forwarded to Wassenaar are: US-006 (3B1f1 Lithography Equipment), US-007 (3C7 Silicon-on Insulator Substrates), US-008 (3D3 Software for EUV Lithography), US-009 (4A4d Quantum Computers), US-011 (Non-Paper: 5A2 Cryptographic Activation), US-012 (Non-Paper: Quantum Technology) and US-012 (3B1k EUV Masks, Reticles and Pellicles). Of these five proposals, none were agreed to during the April 2019 Wassenaar EG meeting. Details on the outcome are not yet known to the ISTAC and will be discussed at the November 2019 meeting. Because there were relatively few proposals, communication between BIS and the ISTAC was accomplished through email exchanges. The relatively small number (five) of proposals in 2019 is similar to the relatively small number in 2018 (six), and represents a significant reduction from 2017 and prior years (~13 proposals). The ISTAC will continue to develop and submit proposals, but recognizing that fewer proposals are likely to be forwarded to Wassenaar, will correspondingly reduce the proposals submitted to BIS. At the date of this Annual Report, the ISTAC has raised and is developing nine ideas for proposals for 2020: six ideas in Cat. 3A and three ideas in Cat. 4. The ISTAC maintained active communication between industry and the interagency in FY19. The Standing Working Groups for each of Cat. 3A, Cat. 3B/3C, Cat. 4, Cat. 5p1 and Ca.t 5p2 and the new Working Group for Cybertools 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. 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 FY19. Additionally, the Cybertools working group each held multiple teleconferences among its industry members. Additionally, in FY19 the ISTAC drew upon the expertise of six non-member industry experts. We continued to promote broader awareness of other aspects export controls for ISTAC members. This year we had a classified threat briefing. 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 2019 Foreign Proposals; and the Draft GAAFET and Quantum Rules. 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 and Foreign Availability argument/study analog-to-digital converters (3A001a5). There is emerging evidence that China is starting to develop indigenous 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 FY2020 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 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 2019. 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*58Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentThe Committee meets four times per year. There were 21 recommendations in FY19. The ISTAC submitted 14 of their own Wassenaar proposals and provided recommendations on 7 additional Wassenaar proposals and non-papers.Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*24.00%Access Committee WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentIn FY 2019, the interagency deliberation did not result in moving forward any of the ISTAC’s proposals or the proposals were not adopted by the Wassenaar Arrangement.Access GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*30.00%Access PublicationsNo
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentIn FY 2019, the interagency deliberation did not result in moving forward any of the ISTAC’s proposals or the proposals were not adopted by the Wassenaar Arrangement.Access 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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Payments to Non-Federal Members*$0.00Est Payments to Non-Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Members*$0.00Est. Payments to Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Staff*$34,916.00Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$34,916.00
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$4,982.00Est. Other Costs Next FY*$4,982.00
Total Costs$39,898.00Est. Total Next FY*$39,898.00
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*0.30Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY*0.30
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Data from Previous Years

ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 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