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DOC - 340 - Industry Sector Advisory Committee on Electronics and Instrumentation for Trade Policy Matters (ISAC 5) - Statutory (Congress Created)


Committee NameIndustry Sector Advisory Committee on Electronics and Instrumentation for Trade Policy Matters (ISAC 5)Agency NameDepartment of Commerce
Fiscal Year2004Committee Number340
Original Establishment Date1/3/1975Committee StatusTerminated
Actual Termination Date6/16/2004Committee URL
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYYesMax Number of Members*50
Current Charter Date3/17/2004Designated Fed Officer Position Title*DFO
Date Of Renewal Charter3/18/2004Designated Federal Officer Prefix
Projected Termination Date6/16/2004Designated Federal Officer First Name*N. Gerard
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle Name
Specific Termination AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Zapiain
Establishment Authority*Statutory (Congress Created)Designated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*19 U.S.C. 2155Designated Federal Officer Phone*202-482-2410
Effective Date Of Authority*1/3/1975Designated Federal Officer Fax*202-482-0975
Exempt From EO 13875 Discretionary Cmte Designated Federal Officer Email*
Committee Type*Continuing
Committee Function*National Policy Issue Advisory Board


Agency Recommendation*Terminate
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNo
Legislation Status 
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*The Committee's main purpose is to advise the Government on trade negotiations and to express the industry viewpoint. As a regular part of each meeting, we organized briefings on the Semiconductor Arrangement, the Information Technology Agreement, Mutual Recognition Agreements, Telecommunications negotiations, computer agreements with Japan, China's and Russia's accession to the World Trade Organization, and others. While the briefings allow the negotiators to discuss the details of ongoing negotiations, they lead to instrumental technical exchanges from the industry experts that strengthen the U.S. officials in multilateral discussions. ISAC 5 members are knowledgeable about their industries and committed, within the advisory system, to provide the most accurate information that will benefit the industry in various trade rounds. Thus, ISAC 5 members related to the Administration the importance of: tariff concessions on electronic products by the European Union; intellectual property protection; and the need to protect U.S. antidumping laws and other domestic trade legislations. The ISAC members also produced reports on major issues, relating to the industries position on trade negotiations.
How is membership balanced?*ISAC 5 membership reflects the points of view from the entire electronics spectrum. It covers U.S. manufacturers in semiconductor manufacturing equipment; electronic components, including semiconductors and printed circuit boards; medical devices (including dental); instrumentation; computers and software; telecommunications equipment; photographic equipment; and fire, saftey and security equipment. Members of the Committee include representatives from small, medium size companies as well as trade associations, all prominent in the electronics industry. The balanced and well coordinated membership permits substantial consensus and harmonization in the recommendations and guidance provided to the U.S. officials.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*The Committee meets approximately four times a year. However, the actual number of meetings is dictated by Government need for private sector advice. The U.S. Government will be engaged in multilateral and bilateral trade policy initiatives including Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development issues, Japan, World Trade Organization implementation and accession by Russia, China, Saudi Arabia, and other countries, and enforcement of trade agreements. The advice the Government receives from the private sector through the advisory committee will be an on-going process and will be an intrinsic part of developing U.S. positions for all policy negotiations.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*The Committee structure ensures a unique source of information to the Government. All members have security clearances and through a continuing dialogue with Government officials are made aware of Government trade policy at a level not otherwise available to the private sector. Because this Committee remains current in the broad spectrum of trade policy rather than a single facet--as would be the case in the absence of a committee structure--the private sector input from the Committee is more pertinent. The advisory committee program, legislatively mandated, is the single formal comprehensive consultative link between the U.S. Government and U.S. industry and has the responsibility to address all issues concerning trade policy.
Why close or partially close meetings?The Industry Consultations Program was established by the Trade Act of 1974 and in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA). Subsection 135(f) of the Trade Act provides that the ISACs shall be exempt from the provisions of the FACA relating to open meetings, public notice, public participation, and public availability of documents when it is determined that the proceedings would, if disclosed, seriously compromise the Government's negotiating objectives or bargaining positions regarding trade policy matters. ISAC meetings routinely involve these kinds of discussions. The United States Trade Representative (USTR) evaluates each meeting agenda and issues a Notice of Determination when it is necessary to close meetings.
Recommendation Remarks


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 LegislationNo
Outcome Effective Grant MakingNoAction Approved Grants Or Other PaymentsNo
Outcome Improved Service DeliveryNoAction OtherYes
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionNoAction CommentThe Department solicits and considers the input provided by industry in trade negotiations.
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsNoGrants 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 CommentNAGrants Review CommentNA
Number Of Recommendations*4Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentRecommendations refers to commentaries submitted to the Administration on four free trade agreements: U.S. - Australia FTA, U.S. - Morocco FTA, U.S. - Dominican Republic FTA, U.S. Central America FTA.Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*100.00%Access Committee WebsiteNo
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentNAAccess GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*0.00%Access PublicationsNo
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentNAAccess OtherNo
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentNA
Agency Feedback Comment*Administration decisionmakers meet with ISAC members and discuss the results of negotiations after taking industry interests into account.Narrative Description*The Committee performs such functions and duties and prepares reports, as required by Section 135 of the Trade Act of 1974, as amended, with respect to the sector and functional advisory committees.The Committee advises the Secretary and the USTR concerning the trade matters referred to in Sections 101, 102, and 124 of the Trade Act of 1974, as amended; with respect to the operation of any trade agreement once entered into; and with respect to other matters arising in connection with the development, implementation, and administration of the trade policy of the United States including those matters referred to in Reorganization Plan Number 3 of 1979 and Executive Order 12188, and the priorities for actions thereunder. In particular, the Committee provides detailed policy and technical advice, information, and recommendations to the Secretary and the USTR regarding trade barriers and implementation of trade agreements negotiated under Sections 101 or 102 of the Trade Act of 1974, as amended, and Sections 1102 and 1103 of the 1988 Trade Act, which affect the products of its sector; and performs such other advisory functions relevant to U.S. trade policy as may be requested by the Secretary and the USTR or their designees.
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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*$54,000.00Estimated 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$54,000.00Est. Total Next FY*$0.00
Date Cost Last Modified Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY*0.00
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*0.50Est Cost Remarks
Cost Remarks  
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Data from Previous Years

ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-015387Industry Sector Advisory Committee on Electronics and Instrumentation for Trade Policy Matters (ISAC 5)2003
 COM-017066Industry Sector Advisory Committee on Electronics and Instrumentation for Trade Policy Matters (ISAC 5)2002
 COM-017314Industry Sector Advisory Committee on Electronics and Instrumentation for Trade Policy Matters (ISAC 5)2001
 COM-019056Industry Sector Advisory Committee on Electronics and Instrumentation for Trade Policy Matters (ISAC 5)2000
 COM-019269Industry Sector Advisory Committee on Electronics and Instrumentation for Trade Policy Matters (ISAC 5)1999
 COM-020993Industry Sector Advisory Committee on Electronics and Instrumentation for Trade Policy Matters (ISAC 5)1998
 COM-021090Industry Sector Advisory Committee on Electronics and Instrumentation for Trade Policy Matters (ISAC 5)1997