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DOC - 339 - Industry Sector Advisory Committee on Consumer Goods for Trade Policy Matters (ISAC 4) - Statutory (Congress Created)


Committee NameIndustry Sector Advisory Committee on Consumer Goods for Trade Policy Matters (ISAC 4)Agency NameDepartment of Commerce
Fiscal Year2004Committee Number339
Original Establishment Date1/3/1975Committee StatusTerminated
Actual Termination Date6/16/2004Committee URL
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYYesMax Number of Members*40
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*John
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle NameA.
Specific Termination AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Vanderwolf
Establishment Authority*Statutory (Congress Created)Designated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*19 U.S.C. 2155Designated Federal Officer Phone*202-482-0348
Effective Date Of Authority*1/3/1975Designated Federal Officer Fax*202-482-3981
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 Industry Sector Advisory Committee on Consumer Goods provides advice and recommendations on a wide range of trade policy issues affecting the consumer goods industries. For example, ISAC 4 continued to recommend the removal of foreign trade barriers such as the Mexican Reference Pricing System. ISAC 4 also expressed strong support for the WTO Negotiations and the FTAA. It continues to support the Chinese Compliance to their accession to the WTO. ISAC 4 members are also determined to make sure that U.S. negotiating strategies in multilateral fora include/take into account the interests of their sector, especially with regard to discussions on tariffs and non-tariff barriers or in retaliation cases when restrictions on imports may impede upon the exporting opportunities of the consumer goods industry.
How is membership balanced?*ISAC 4 membership covers a wide range of consumer goods including appliances, sporting goods, toys, jewelry, ceramics and glassware, motorcycles, outdoor power equipment, processed foods and beverages, boats, school and office products and tobacco products. The ISAC contains a wide range of views regarding foreign trade. The more competitive industries are interested in the removal of foreign trade barriers while the less competitive industries want to slow U.S. tariff reductions.
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 DOHA/WTO Round Negotiations, Free Trade Agreement for the Americas, FTA for Chile and Singapore issues, 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 committees will be an ongoing 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*No
Outcome Trust In GovernmentNoAction 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 OtherNo
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionNoAction CommentNA
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsYesGrants Review*No
Outcome OtherNoNumber Of Grants Reviewed0
Outcome CommentNANumber Of Grants Recommended0
Cost Savings*NoneDollar Value Of Grants Recommended$0.00
Cost Savings CommentNAGrants Review CommentNA
Number Of Recommendations*0Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentNAAccess Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*0.00%Access Committee WebsiteNo
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentNAAccess GSA FACA WebsiteNo
% of Recs Partially Implemented*0.00%Access PublicationsNo
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentNAAccess OtherNo
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentNA
Agency Feedback Comment*During ISAC meetings agencies provide feedback on how U.S. industry advice was viewed by other governments.Narrative Description*The committee provides negotiators with advice on trade issues for consumer goods industries.
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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*$48,000.00Estimated 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$458.00Est. Other Costs Next FY*$0.00
Total Costs$48,458.00Est. Total Next FY*$0.00
Date Cost Last Modified Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY*0.00
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*0.40Est Cost Remarks
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Data from Previous Years

ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-015425Industry Sector Advisory Committee on Consumer Goods for Trade Policy Matters (ISAC 4)2003
 COM-017039Industry Sector Advisory Committee on Consumer Goods for Trade Policy Matters (ISAC 4)2002
 COM-017275Industry Sector Advisory Committee on Consumer Goods for Trade Policy Matters (ISAC 4)2001
 COM-018987Industry Sector Advisory Committee on Consumer Goods for Trade Policy Matters (ISAC 4)2000
 COM-019279Industry Sector Advisory Committee on Consumer Goods for Trade Policy Matters (ISAC 4)1999
 COM-020957Industry Sector Advisory Committee on Consumer Goods for Trade Policy Matters (ISAC 4)1998
 COM-021174Industry Sector Advisory Committee on Consumer Goods for Trade Policy Matters (ISAC 4)1997