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GENERAL INFORMATION

Committee NameAgricultural Technical Advisory Committee for Trade in Tobacco, Cotton, and PeanutsAgency NameDepartment of Agriculture
Fiscal Year2019Committee Number1934
Original Establishment Date3/28/1994Committee StatusChartered
Actual Termination Date Committee URLhttp://www.fas.usda.gov/atac-trade-tobacco-cott...
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYNoMax Number of Members*40
Current Charter Date6/7/2019Designated Fed Officer Position Title*DFO
Date Of Renewal Charter6/7/2023Designated Federal Officer Prefix
Projected Termination Date Designated Federal Officer First Name*Aileen
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle Name
Specific Termination AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Mannix
Establishment Authority*Authorized by LawDesignated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*Section 135(c)(2) of the Trade Act of 1974, as amended.Designated Federal Officer Phone*(202) 690-0292
Effective Date Of Authority*3/27/1975Designated Federal Officer Fax*(202) 720-3799
Committee Type*ContinuingDesignated Federal Officer Email*aileen.mannix@fas.usda.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 purpose of the Committee is to provide advice to the U.S. Trade Representative and the Secretary of Agriculture on trade and other economic issues that affect U.S. agriculture. In recent years, the Administration has consulted the Committee frequently on trade issues such as WTO negotiations, as well as the evaluation of benefits from existing FTAs with Canada, Mexico and Korea. The Administration relied heavily on the Committee's guidance on many aspects of the formulation of trade strategies, proposals, and agreements.The Committee accomplishes its purpose by reviewing sensitive materials provided by USTR/USDA and providing feedback to the principal parties either through written or electronic communications. Members also attend face-to face meetings with the Secretary of Agriculture and USTR in attendance. Advisors are required to hold a Secret Clearance. The minutes from the meetings are not available due to an exemption granted within the Trade Act of 1974.
How is membership balanced?*Members are selected from producers, processors, traders, manufacturers, and consumer representatives that are self-nominated or recommended by an organization for membership. Also, special emphasis has been placed on soliciting nominations from traditionally underrepresented groups.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*The Committee meets as needed to provide advice and counsel to the Administration on significant and timely agricultural trade matters. This Committee meets approximately twice a year. Conference calls are also a method used to hold ad hoc meetings.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*Meetings are conducted so that U.S. trade negotiators can use the meetings to discuss and seek private sector advice regarding sensitive trade policy matters, the disclosure of which could seriously compromise the U.S. Government's development of policy priorities, negotiating objectives, and bargaining positions. Members must obtain a confidential security clearance so that government-classified documents can be discussed. Thus, meetings are closed to the public. Given the nature of these discussions, no other setting can be used to seek such advice without compromising U.S. trade policy.
Why close or partially close meetings?Section 135(g) of the Trade Act (19 U.S.C. 2155(g)) protects certain communications between and among committee members and appropriate Federal government officials in connection with trade matters, more specifically, trade negotiations, the operation of an existing trade agreement, and other matters arising in connection with the administration of U.S. trade policy.
Recommendation RemarksThe meetings for this committee are typically closed to the public.
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PERFORMANCE MEASURES

Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*NoAction Reorganize Priorities*Yes
Outcome Trust In GovernmentYesAction Reallocate ResourcesNo
Outcome Major Policy ChangesYesAction Issued New RegulationsNo
Outcome Advance In Scientific ResearchNoAction Proposed LegislationYes
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 CommentN/ANumber Of Grants Recommended0
Cost Savings*Unable to DetermineDollar Value Of Grants Recommended$0.00
Cost Savings CommentN/AGrants Review CommentN/A
Number Of Recommendations*16Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentThe number of recommendations varies from year-to-year. Historically, the Agency has misunderstood the use of this field and therefore, the total number of recommendations noted above for the life of this Committee is underreported. Efforts are underway to search historical records to be able to amend this section in the future to include the total number of recommendations produced since inception. For FY 19, The Tobacco Cotton & Peanuts ATAC committee proposed no resolution however put forth 1 recommendations and letters. For FY 2019, the Agricultural Technical Advisory Committee for Trade in Tobacco, Cotton and Peanut issued no resolution so far.Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*100.00%Access Committee WebsiteNo
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentImplementation does not necessarily apply to a number of the recommendations. The committee provides formal recommendations in the form of resolutions, but the committee provides numerous recommendations orally at meetings. The recommendations in all cases are fully considered by USTR and USDA negotiators in the course of pursuing free trade agreements and resolving trade disputes.Access GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*0.00%Access PublicationsNo
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentSee above.Access OtherYes
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentThe advisors receive information via email notifications which direct them to go to a secured access website which is not available to the public and access is limited.
Agency Feedback CommentThrough frequent conference calls jointly held with USTR, and during committee meetings.Narrative Description*The Technical Advisory Committee for Trade in Tobacco, Cotton and Peanuts (TCP ATAC) supports USDA's international trade functions by providing technical advice to the U.S. Trade Representative and the Secretary of Agriculture on trade issues that affect U.S. agriculture.
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COSTS

Payments to Non-Federal Members*$0.00Est Payments to Non-Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Members* Est. Payments to Fed Members Next FY* 
Payments to Federal Staff* Estimated Payments to Federal Staff* 
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* Est Travel Reimb For Fed Members* 
Travel Reimb. For Federal Staff* Est. Travel Reimb to Fed Staff Next FY* 
Travel Reimb. For Consultants*$0.00Est Travel Reimb to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
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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DATA FROM PREVIOUS YEARS

Committee

Data from Previous Years

 
ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-001145Agricultural Technical Advisory Committee for Trade in Tobacco, Cotton, and Peanuts2017
 COM-003114Agricultural Technical Advisory Committee for Trade in Tobacco, Cotton, and Peanuts2016
 COM-003347Agricultural Technical Advisory Committee for Trade in Tobacco, Cotton, and Peanuts2015
 COM-005257Agricultural Technical Advisory Committee for Trade in Tobacco, Cotton, and Peanuts2014
 COM-005434Agricultural Technical Advisory Committee for Trade in Tobacco, Cotton, and Peanuts2013
 COM-007339Agricultural Technical Advisory Committee for Trade in Tobacco, Cotton, and Peanuts2012
 COM-007584Agricultural Technical Advisory Committee for Trade in Tobacco, Cotton, and Peanuts2011
 COM-009519Agricultural Technical Advisory Committee for Trade in Tobacco, Cotton, and Peanuts2010
 COM-009665Agricultural Technical Advisory Committee for Trade in Tobacco, Cotton, and Peanuts2009
 COM-010553Agricultural Technical Advisory Committee for Trade in Tobacco, Cotton, and Peanuts2008
 COM-011533Agriculture Technical Advisory Committee for Trade in Tobacco, Cotton, and Peanuts2007
 COM-012408Agriculture Technical Advisory Committee for Trade in Tobacco, Cotton, and Peanuts2006
 COM-014210Agriculture Technical Advisory Committee for Trade in Tobacco, Cotton, and Peanuts2005
 COM-014582Agriculture Technical Advisory Committee for Trade in Tobacco, Cotton, and Peanuts2004
 COM-016089Agriculture Technical Advisory Committee for Trade in Tobacco, Cotton, and Peanuts2003
 COM-017082Agriculture Technical Advisory Committee for Trade in Tobacco, Cotton, and Peanuts2002
 COM-018170Agriculture Technical Advisory Committee for Trade in Tobacco, Cotton, and Peanuts2001
 COM-018195Agriculture Technical Advisory Committee for Trade in Tobacco, Cotton, and Peanuts2000
 COM-019794Agriculture Technical Advisory Committee for Trade in Tobacco, Cotton, and Peanuts1999
 COM-020247Agriculture Technical Advisory Committee for Trade in Tobacco, Cotton, and Peanuts1998
 COM-021980Agriculture Technical Advisory Committee for Trade in Tobacco, Cotton, and Peanuts1997
 COM-033510Agricultural Technical Advisory Committee for Trade in Tobacco, Cotton, and Peanuts2018