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USDA - 1260 - Advisory Committee on Universal Cotton Standards - Authorized by Law


Committee NameAdvisory Committee on Universal Cotton StandardsAgency NameDepartment of Agriculture
Fiscal Year2015Committee Number1260
Original Establishment Date4/16/1991Committee StatusTerminated
Actual Termination Date10/18/2014Committee URL
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYYesMax Number of Members*Unlimited
Current Charter Date10/18/2012Designated Fed Officer Position Title*DFO
Date Of Renewal Charter Designated Federal Officer PrefixMr.
Projected Termination Date Designated Federal Officer First Name*James
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle NameL.
Specific Termination AuthorityDept.Reg. 1043-42; Pub Law 97-35; U.S.C. Sec. 61(Designated Federal Officer Last Name*Knowlton
Establishment Authority*Authorized by LawDesignated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*Dept.Reg. 1043-42; Pub Law 97-35; U.S.C. Sec. 61(a)Designated Federal Officer Phone*(901) 384-3030 x0
Effective Date Of Authority*6/19/2000Designated Federal Officer Fax*901-384-3032
Exempt From EO 13875 Discretionary Cmte Designated Federal Officer Email*
Committee Type*Continuing
Committee Function*Non Scientific Program Advisory Board


Agency Recommendation*Terminate
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNo
Legislation StatusNot Applicable
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*The committee physically reviews freshly prepared sets of Universal Cotton Standards for conformity with the existing standards. They also make recommendations regarding the establishment or revision of cotton standards.
How is membership balanced?*Committee membership is balanced to represent all segments of the cotton industry. Membership consists of 12 producers and ginners, 6 merchants and 6 textile manufacturers. The overseas members are selected by merchants and textile manufacturing associations who are signatories to the Universal Cotton Standards Agreement with USDA. To ensure that the recommendations of the Committee have taken into account the needs of the diverse groups served by USDA, membership shall include to the extent possible, individuals with demonstrated ability to represent minorities, women and persons with disabilities. Efforts will also be made to obtain geographic balance in committee representation across cotton production areas. Candidates for U.S. committee membership are identified by USDA through outreach to U.S. cotton industry organizations, tribal governments, interest groups, historically black colleges and universities, Hispanic serving institutions, Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, etc.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*This committee meets in conjunction with the Universal Cotton Standards Conference which takes place once every four years. The purpose is to physically review the Universal Cotton Grade Standards for American Upland cotton that are prepared by USDA. The committee also makes recommendations regarding the establishment or revision of the Universal Cotton Standards.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*This is the only group with representation of all segments of the U.S. cotton industry and representatives of overseas cotton merchants and textile manufacturers that are directly involved in cotton trading utilizing the Universal Cotton Standards. Their recommendations are essential to USDA in maintaining cotton standards which will support the pre-eminent position of American grown cotton in the world market.
Why close or partially close meetings?N/A
Recommendation RemarksThe charter terminated on 10/18/2014. There is no need to renew the charter or to maintain the committee since the next committee meeting will not be required until June of 2017.


Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*NoAction Reorganize Priorities*No
Outcome Trust In GovernmentYesAction 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 DeliveryYesAction OtherYes
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionYesAction CommentThe two Committee recommendations made at the Committee meeting in June of 2013 were approved by the Secretary in November of 2013. Actions are being implemented in the form of production of the Universal Cotton Trash Standards and planning for the next Committee meeting in 2017 as recommended by the Committee.
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsNoGrants Review*No
Outcome OtherYesNumber Of Grants Reviewed0
Outcome CommentFacilitates the trading of U.S. grown cotton both domestically and internationally.Number Of Grants Recommended0
Cost Savings*$5,000,001 - $10,000,000Dollar Value Of Grants Recommended$0.00
Cost Savings CommentThe Universal Cotton Standards provide the U.S. and international cotton industries with a globally accepted standard for cotton trading. The existence of the Universal Cotton Standards minimizes the need for the creation and production of other physical standards. This results in tremendous cost savings to the U.S. and international cotton industries.Grants Review CommentNA
Number Of Recommendations*2Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations Comment1. Committee recommended the addition of a Universal Cotton Standard for the instrument measurement of cotton trash.2. Committee recommended changing the frequency of Universal Cotton Standards Conferences from once every three years to once every four years.Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*100.00%Access Committee WebsiteNo
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentCommittee recommendations were passed to the Secretary for approval in August of 2013 and approved in November 2013.Access GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*0.00%Access PublicationsNo
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentNAAccess OtherNo
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentThe agency web site for the Universal Cotton Standards Advisory Committee can be found at:
Agency Feedback Comment*Feedback is provided to the committee at Universal Cotton Standards Conferences and by written communications directly to committee members. Feedback is also provided to the general cotton industry through presentations at cotton industry sponsored meetings.Narrative Description*The Committee provides the means for cotton industry input to the USDA in the development of cotton classification standards. This committee ensures that USDA's Universal Cotton Standards remain relevant to the needs of the cotton trade.
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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*$0.00Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$0.00
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$0.00Est. Other Costs Next FY*$0.00
Total Costs$0.00Est. Total Next FY*$0.00
Date Cost Last Modified Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY*0.00
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*0.00Est Cost Remarks
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Data from Previous Years

ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-004578Advisory Committee on Universal Cotton Standards2014
 COM-005421Advisory Committee on Universal Cotton Standards2013
 COM-009666Advisory Committee on Universal Cotton Standards2009
 COM-010542Advisory Committee on Universal Cotton Standards2008
 COM-012067Advisory Committee on Universal Cotton Standards2007
 COM-013241Advisory Committee on Universal Cotton Standards2006
 COM-014230Advisory Committee on Universal Cotton Standards2005
 COM-014392Advisory Committee on Universal Cotton Standards2004
 COM-016066Advisory Committee on Universal Cotton Standards2003
 COM-016225Advisory Committee on Universal Cotton Standards2002
 COM-018031Advisory Committee on Universal Cotton Standards2001
 COM-018190Advisory Committee on Universal Cotton Standards2000
 COM-019920Advisory Committee on Universal Cotton Standards1999
 COM-020236Advisory Committee on Universal Cotton Standards1998
 COM-021124Advisory Committee on Universal Cotton Standards1997