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DOS - 76051 - The Secretary of State's International Council on Women's Business Leadership - Agency Authority


Committee NameThe Secretary of State's International Council on Women's Business LeadershipAgency NameDepartment of State
Fiscal Year2013Committee Number76051
Original Establishment Date Committee StatusTerminated
Actual Termination Date2/16/2013Committee URL
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYYesMax Number of Members*21
Current Charter Date2/16/2013Designated Fed Officer Position Title*DFO
Date Of Renewal Charter Designated Federal Officer Prefix
Projected Termination Date Designated Federal Officer First Name*Margareta
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle Name
Specific Termination AuthorityPL-463, Section 14 (a) (1)Designated Federal Officer Last Name*Schettler
Establishment Authority*Agency AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*22 U.S.C. 2656Designated Federal Officer Phone*(202) 647-6093
Effective Date Of Authority*2/16/2011Designated Federal Officer Fax*
Exempt From EO 13875 Discretionary Cmte Designated Federal Officer Email*
Committee Type*Continuing
Committee Function*Other Committee


Agency Recommendation*Continue
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNo
Legislation StatusEnacted
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*The Council serves the United States government in a solely advisory capacity concerning major issues and problems in international business and economic policy, including performance of the following functions: (a) Provides information and advice on the effective integration of business interests and women’s economic empowerment into overall foreign policy; (b) Appraises the role and limits of international economic institutions from a gender-specific perspective; and (c) Provides information and advice on the Department of State’s role in advancing and promoting the role of women in a competitive global economy.The Council consults with other interested parties, agencies, and interagency committees and groups of the United States government, foreign governments, and with national and international private sector organizations and individuals as the Department of State and the Council decide are necessary or desirable.
How is membership balanced?*Individuals are appointed as Representative members. Representatives are stakeholders who are selected for membership for the purpose of obtaining the point of view or perspective of an outside interest group or stakeholder interest. Representatives were selected to represent diverse points of view. Representative members represent groups or organizations, such as industry, labor, consumers, academics or any other recognizable global economic interests related to the role of women in international economic development. Other factors the State Department considers important in achieving a balanced Federal advisory committee include international geographic diversity, economic expertise, and industry sector diversity.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*One meeting was convened in January 2012. An additional meeting is planned prior to the end of the 2012 calendar year.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*The Secretary of State's International Council on Women's Business Leadership (the Council) provides advice and assistance in the formulation of U.S. policy, positions, proposals and strategies for multilateral and bilateral negotiations, business outreach and commercial diplomacy, particularly pertaining to the economic empowerment of women for global economic prosperity where the State Department has the lead negotiating authority. The objective of the Council is to bring to the United States Government a source of expertise, knowledge and insight not available within the State Department or elsewhere in the U.S. government on these issues.
Why close or partially close meetings?N/A
Recommendation RemarksThe Secretary of State's International Council on Women's Business Leadership (ICWBL) met on January 24, 2012, and plans to meet again prior to the end of 2012. Four Subcommittees have been created under the ICWBL: Access to Markets; Access to Capital; Skills Training and Capacity Building; Leadership. The Council reports to the Secretary of State or as the Secretary directs depending on the subject matter. Members perfered not to disclose email
addresses. Subcommittee information is docummented on the committee's URL.


Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*YesAction Reorganize Priorities*Yes
Outcome Trust In GovernmentYesAction Reallocate ResourcesNo
Outcome Major Policy ChangesYesAction 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 SatisfactionNoAction CommentThe ICWBL Committee (Council) convened its inaugural meeting in January 2012. Recommendations were submitted by the ICWBL in August 2012 based on the work of the four subcommittees and with the approval of the Council members. Recommendations were submitted in the form of letters to the Secretary of State.
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsYesGrants Review*No
Outcome OtherYesNumber Of Grants Reviewed 
Outcome CommentThe Committee contributes to the State Department's and the U.S. Government's integration of women into foreign and economic policy development.Number Of Grants Recommended 
Cost Savings*Unable to DetermineDollar Value Of Grants Recommended 
Cost Savings CommentThe Council met in January 2012. In August the Council submitted policy and program recommendations to the State Department. These will be discussed at the upcoming late-November meeting.Grants Review Comment
Number Of Recommendations*4Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentThe ICWBL assessed the current state of women in starting, growing and leading businesses and focused on four core areas that create barriers for women. The recommendations focus on: Access to Capital; Access to Markets; Capacity Building and Skills Training; and Women's Leadership. The recommendations complement and advance Secretary Clinton's policy guidance on promoting gender equality to achieve national security and U.S. foreign policy objectives.Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*0.00%Access Committee WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentRecommendations were submitted in August 2012.Access GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*100.00%Access PublicationsYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentThe State Department has worked with the ICWBL to identify policies and best practices conducive to improving women's access to markets, access to capital, skills training and capacity building, and leadership. On access to markets the Department has partnered with WEConnect International to convene meetings in Brazil, Peru, Chile and Mexico. Secretary Clinton has announced several new initiatives that are a direct result of the ICWBL recommendations. On access to capital the Department has worked through the ICWBL to raise awareness and mend the access gap by developing fact sheets and outreach efforts; coordinating with the World Bank to support the inclusion of gender targets in countries' national inclusion strategies; and promoting gender sensitive business practices in local banks, especially innovative solutions to address access for microloans. Regarding capacity and skills building, there is an ongoing effort to emphasize the importance of entrepreneurism, broaden entrepreneurial skill-building, and advance supply chain optimization. Five recommendations pertaining to women's leadership have been partially implemented, including promoting policies and programs that promote gender equality, identifying national examples that model successful/comprehensive family support infrastructure policies, and convening leadership dialogues. The Council recommended and committed to coordination with the State Department on these four policy and program areas.Access OtherNo
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentAccess is provided via DFO and Committee webpage at
Agency Feedback Comment*The State Department will provide formal feedback at the November ICWBL meeting. Comments are provided in an ongoing basis.Narrative Description*The Council provides advice and assistance in the formulation of U.S. policy, positions, proposals and strategies for multilateral and bilateral negotiations, business outreach and commercial diplomacy, particularly pertaining to the economic empowerment of women for global economic prosperity where the State Department has the lead negotiating authority.
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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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ActionCommittee System IDSubcommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-028921Access to Capital2013
 COM-031452Access to Markets2013
 COM-032104Capacity Building and Skills Training2013


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Data from Previous Years

ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-006851The Secretary of State's International Council on Women's Business Leadership2012
 COM-007980The Secretary of State's International Council on Women's Business Leadership2011