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Committee NameCultural Property Advisory CommitteeAgency NameDepartment of State
Fiscal Year2019Committee Number1319
Original Establishment Date1/12/1983Committee StatusChartered
Actual Termination Date Committee URL
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*Yes
Terminated This FYNoMax Number of Members*11
Current Charter Date3/26/2018Designated Fed Officer Position Title*Senior Cultural Property Analyst
Date Of Renewal Charter3/26/2020Designated Federal Officer Prefix
Projected Termination Date Designated Federal Officer First Name*Andrew
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle NameC.
Specific Termination Authority19 U.S.C. 2601 et seqDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Cohen
Establishment Authority*Statutory (Congress Created)Designated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*19 U.S.C. 2601 et seqDesignated Federal Officer Phone*(202) 632-6307
Effective Date Of Authority*1/12/1983Designated Federal Officer Fax*(202) 632-6300
Committee Type*ContinuingDesignated Federal Officer Email*
Committee Function*National Policy Issue Advisory Board


Agency Recommendation*Continue
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNot Applicable
Legislation StatusNot Applicable
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*The President has delegated the authority to carry out most provisions in the CPIA to select senior officials at the Department of State. The government of any State Party to the 1970 UNESCO Convention may request a cultural property agreement by submitting a written request to the Department of State. On receiving a request, the Department will refer the matter to the Cultural Property Advisory Committee (CPAC) for its recommendations and views. In making its recommendations, the CPAC takes into consideration the foreign government’s request and supporting documentation, as well as information that may be available from other sources. These sources include, but are not limited to, individuals, academic and scientific organizations, the United States government, intergovernmental organizations, and non-governmental organizations with recognized expertise in the subject matter. Public comment, while not required, may also be solicited.
How is membership balanced?*The Committee has balanced representation as required by the Cultural Property Implementation Act Section 306 (b) (1-2). Appointments to the Committee are made by the President, not by the agency.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*The Committee typically meets three times a year. In accordance with the CPIA, the Department engages in a consultative process with the CPAC when reviewing a request for an agreement and reviewing a proposal to extend an agreement. CPAC’s meeting dates and agenda are published in the Federal Register. All cultural property agreements in force and all emergency import restrictions are subject to continuing review of their effectiveness.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*The Committee is established by statute.
Why close or partially close meetings?The Cultural Property Implementation Act, Section 306(h) exempts the Committee from open meetings whenever and to the extent it is determined by the President's designee that the disclosure of matters involved in the Committee's proceedings would compromise the government's negotiating objectives or bargaining positions on the negotiations of any agreement authorized by this title.
Recommendation RemarksAs a State Party to the 1970 UNESCO Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export, and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property, the United States strives to protect and preserve cultural property from threats of pillage and trafficking. The Convention on Cultural Property Implementation Act (CPIA), 19 U.S.C. §§ 2601-2613, implements the United States’ obligations under the 1970 UNESCO Convention, either through emergency actions or bilateral cultural property agreements (typically framed as Memoranda of Understanding) with partner countries. In collaboration with partner countries, certain categories of cultural property are designated by the U.S. government as important to archaeology, prehistory, history, literature, art or science. These include archaeological objects (e.g., antiquities, historical monuments) and ethnological objects (e.g., rare manuscripts, items used in rituals).


Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*NoAction Reorganize Priorities*Yes
Outcome Trust In GovernmentNoAction Reallocate ResourcesNo
Outcome Major Policy ChangesNoAction Issued New RegulationsNo
Outcome Advance In Scientific ResearchNoAction Proposed LegislationNo
Outcome Effective Grant MakingNoAction Approved Grants Or Other PaymentsNo
Outcome Improved Service DeliveryNoAction OtherYes
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionNoAction CommentIn response to a new or extended cultural property agreement entering into force, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) regulations are amended to either initiate or continue import restrictions on categories of archaeological and/or ethnological material.
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsYesGrants Review*No
Outcome OtherNoNumber Of Grants Reviewed0
Outcome CommentN/ANumber Of Grants Recommended0
Cost Savings*NoneDollar Value Of Grants Recommended$0.00
Cost Savings CommentN/AGrants Review CommentN/A
Number Of Recommendations*66Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*No
Number Of Recommendations CommentThe Committee conducted reviews of the Department's proposals to extend cultural property agreements with Cambodia, China, Honduras, and Bulgaria. The Committee also reviewed requests to enter into cultural property agreements with Ecuador and Algeria.

In FY 2017, the Committee reviewed a request to enter into a cultural property agreement with Libya. The Department acted to impose emergency import restrictions on Libyan cultural property and then enter into an agreement with Libya in FY 2018.
Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*98.00%Access Committee WebsiteNo
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentIn 2015, the Department acted to extend and amend the Agreement between the Government of the United States of America and the Government of the Republic of Nicaragua Concerning the Imposition of Import Restrictions on Archaeological Material from the Pre Hispanic Cultures of the Republic of Nicaragua. The CPAC did not recommend this action.Access GSA FACA WebsiteNo
% of Recs Partially Implemented*0.00%Access PublicationsNo
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentN/AAccess OtherNo
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentOnline information is available to the public at Other information or documentation of the Committee's activities may be requested through Freedom of Information Act procedures.
Agency Feedback CommentThrough memoranda and meetings.Narrative Description*U.S. efforts to protect and preserve cultural heritage through cultural property agreements promote stability, economic development, and good governance in other countries, while denying critical financing to terrorist organizations and other criminal networks that engage in illicit trade. In essence, cultural property agreements are tools for preventing illicit activity. In some countries, it is unlawful to excavate, remove, or export cultural objects without a permit. Once a bilateral agreement is in place, importation of designated objects into the United States is prohibited except under limited circumstances. The goal of such an agreement is to protect cultural heritage by reducing the incentive for further pillage of archaeological and ethnological material.
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Data from Previous Years

ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-001418Cultural Property Advisory Committee2017
 COM-002688Cultural Property Advisory Committee2016
 COM-003807Cultural Property Advisory Committee2015
 COM-004784Cultural Property Advisory Committee2014
 COM-005855Cultural Property Advisory Committee2013
 COM-007091Cultural Property Advisory Committee2012
 COM-007988Cultural Property Advisory Committee2011
 COM-009252Cultural Property Advisory Committee2010
 COM-010052Cultural Property Advisory Committee2009
 COM-010918Cultural Property Advisory Committee2008
 COM-011983Cultural Property Advisory Committee2007
 COM-012830Cultural Property Advisory Committee2006
 COM-013781Cultural Property Advisory Committee2005
 COM-014698Cultural Property Advisory Committee2004
 COM-015740Cultural Property Advisory Committee2003
 COM-016707Cultural Property Advisory Committee2002
 COM-017694Cultural Property Advisory Committee2001
 COM-018636Cultural Property Advisory Committee2000
 COM-020088Cultural Property Advisory Committee1999
 COM-020909Cultural Property Advisory Committee1998
 COM-021135Cultural Property Advisory Committee1997
 COM-033678Cultural Property Advisory Committee2018