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DOC - 5299 - Industry Functional Advisory Commttee on Electronic Commerce for Trade Policy Matters - Statutory (Congress Created)


Committee NameIndustry Functional Advisory Commttee on Electronic Commerce for Trade Policy MattersAgency NameDepartment of Commerce
Fiscal Year2004Committee Number5299
Original Establishment Date1/3/1975Committee StatusTerminated
Actual Termination Date6/16/2004Committee URL
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYYesMax Number of Members*18
Current Charter Date3/17/2004Designated Fed Officer Position Title*International Trade Specialist
Date Of Renewal Charter3/18/2004Designated Federal Officer PrefixMs.
Projected Termination Date6/16/2004Designated Federal Officer First Name*Andrea
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle Name
Specific Termination AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Da Silva
Establishment Authority*Statutory (Congress Created)Designated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*19 U.S.C. 2155Designated Federal Officer Phone*(202) 482-3686
Effective Date Of Authority*1/3/1975Designated Federal Officer Fax*(202) 482-0952
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?*In FY 2004, IFAC 4 played an active role in advising the U.S. Government on negotiating objectives and priorities to address the numerous international issues affecting the development and growth of electronic commerce. The wide range of policy issues that they provided advice on were electronic commerce within the WTO, customs duties on electronic transmissions, transborder data transfers and privacy protection, access to telecommunications networks, electronic ordering and delivery of services, consumer protection, spam, EU VAT on electronic commerce, and Internet taxation, and legal issues, such as electronic authentication, jurisdiction, and liability.
How is membership balanced?*IFAC 4 is reasonably well-balanced between members who represent a broad spectrum of electronic commerce industries, including small, medium, and large companies. The committee also has representatives from associations who represent various trade sectors, not just the information technology industry. IFAC 4 would benefit from additional expertise and representation from minority-owned electronic commerce companies.
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, World Trade Organization Ministerial and Free 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 continuing dialogue with Government officials are made aware of Government trade policy at a level not otherwise available to the private sector. Because the 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 IFACs 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. IFAC 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 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 CommentDOC and USTR officials have utilized recommendations provided by IFAC-4 when formulating policy and position papers.
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsNoGrants Review*No
Outcome OtherNoNumber Of Grants Reviewed0
Outcome CommentNANumber Of Grants Recommended0
Cost Savings*NoDollar Value Of Grants Recommended$0.00
Cost Savings CommentNAGrants Review CommentNA
Number Of Recommendations*4Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentNAAccess Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*60.00%Access Committee WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentNAAccess GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*60.00%Access PublicationsNo
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentNAAccess OtherNo
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentNA
Agency Feedback Comment*Most feedback is rendered orally during IFAC-4 meetings. When written advice is sent to the Secretary of Commerce and the USTR, it is reviewed by their policy staff and tasked to appropriate ITA units to prepare draft responses. DOC internal procedures require that all responses for Secretarial signature go through a concurrence process.Narrative Description*IFAC-4 plays an active role in advising the USG on negotiating objectives and priorities to address the numerous international policy issues affecting the development and growth of the digital economy and e-commerce. In FY04, the committee provided advice on e-commerce within the WTO, free trade agreements, customs duties on e-transmissions, transborder data transfers and privacy protection, and access to telecommunications networks. The committee provided final reports on the CAFTA, Morocco and Dominican Republic FTAs, and input to the WTO Cancun Ministerial.
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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*$60,000.00Estimated 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$60,000.00Est. 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
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Data from Previous Years

ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-015373Industry Functional Advisory Commttee on Electronic Commerce for Trade Policy Matters2003
 COM-017042Industry Functional Advisory Commttee on Electronic Commerce for Trade Policy Matters2002
 COM-017308Industry Functional Advisory Commttee on Electronic Commerce for Trade Policy Matters2001
 COM-018994Industry Functional Advisory Commttee on Electronic Commerce for Trade Policy Matters2000
 COM-019283Industry Functional Advisory Commttee on Electronic Commerce for Trade Policy Matters1999