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GENERAL INFORMATION

Committee NameIndustry Sector Advisory Committee on Wholesaling and Retailing for Trade Policy Matters (ISAC 17)Agency NameDepartment of Commerce
Fiscal Year2004Committee Number352
Original Establishment Date1/3/1975Committee StatusTerminated
Actual Termination Date6/16/2004Committee URLhttp://www.ita.doc.gov/icp
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYYesMax Number of Members*30
Current Charter Date3/17/2004Designated Fed Officer Position Title*DFO
Date Of Renewal Charter3/18/2004Designated Federal Officer PrefixMr.
Projected Termination Date6/16/2004Designated Federal Officer First Name*Bruce
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle Name
Specific Termination AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Harsh
Establishment Authority*Statutory (Congress Created)Designated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*19 U.S.C. 2155Designated Federal Officer Phone*202-482-4582
Effective Date Of Authority*1/3/1975Designated Federal Officer Fax*
Committee Type*ContinuingDesignated Federal Officer Email*bruce_harsh@ita.doc.gov
Presidential*No
Committee Function*National Policy Issue Advisory Board
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RECOMMENDATION/JUSTIFICATIONS

Agency Recommendation*Terminate
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNo
Legislation Status 
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*The ISAC members have provided advice through on pertinent issues that were presented at the ISAC meetings by U.S. government officials from the Department of Commerce (USDOC), the US Trade Representative (USTR) and other agencies. During the fiscal year 2004, the committee expressed substantial and most often consensual views to USDOC and USTR officials regarding key distribution services (includes wholesaling, retailing, franchising, and commission agents) and matters that U.S. negotiators should consider as priorities for the upcoming General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS)/World Trade Organization (WTO) negotiations, Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA), and several bilateral free trade agreement negotiations between the U.S. and Central America, Dominican Republic, and Australia. ISAC 17 members also meet with, and provide opinions to USDOC, USTR, and Customs officials, on cross-cutting issues such as electronic commerce, the facilitation of commercial exchanges through customs ports, and certain textile issues. The members will also continue to provide opinions on the priorities for distribution services negotiations taking place in the GATS/WTO, the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA), and the Universal Postal Union.
How is membership balanced?*ISAC 17 members represent a variety of companies and geographic representations of U.S. wholesalers and retailers. The members have an extensive working knowledge of various retail formats, logistics, and channels of distribution, including department, speciality, discount, catalog, Internet, and independent stores. Efforts are continuing to increase the number and diversity of ISAC 17's membership. Currently, direct marketing, direct selling, franchising, telemarketing, and other retailing issues have experts representing them on the committee.
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, regional, and bilateral trade policy initiatives including Asia - Pacific Economic Cooperation, Free Trade Area of the Americas, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, and the World Trade Organization. Also, U.S. bilateral meetings concerning textile issues will need industry input. 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?*ISAC 17 represents a major U.S. industry sector and top employer of the United States. The 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 these committees remain 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 committees 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.
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PERFORMANCE MEASURES

Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*NoAction Reorganize Priorities*Yes
Outcome Trust In GovernmentYesAction Reallocate ResourcesYes
Outcome Major Policy ChangesYesAction Issued New RegulationsYes
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 CommentIssued changes to text of trade agreements.
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsNoGrants Review*No
Outcome OtherNoNumber Of Grants Reviewed0
Outcome CommentEffective in formulating the trade policy and objectives of the United States.Number 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 CommentNo measurable calculation is possible as recommendations are mostly made during meetings.Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*0.00%Access Committee WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentNo measurable calculation is possible as recommendations are mostly made during meetings.Access GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*0.00%Access PublicationsNo
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentNo measurable calculation is possible as recommendations are mostly made during meetings.Access OtherNo
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentNA
Agency Feedback CommentFeedback is primarily rendered during meetings.Narrative Description*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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COSTS

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*$58,000.00Estimated 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$58,000.00Est. Total Next FY*$0.00
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*0.40Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY*0.00
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DATA FROM PREVIOUS YEARS

Committee

Data from Previous Years

 
ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-015380Industry Sector Advisory Committee on Wholesaling and Retailing for Trade Policy Matters (ISAC 17)2003
 COM-017037Industry Sector Advisory Committee on Wholesaling and Retailing for Trade Policy Matters (ISAC 17)2002
 COM-017265Industry Sector Advisory Committee on Wholesaling and Retailing for Trade Policy Matters (ISAC 17)2001
 COM-019028Industry Sector Advisory Committee on Wholesaling and Retailing for Trade Policy Matters (ISAC 17)2000
 COM-019240Industry Sector Advisory Committee on Wholesaling and Retailing for Trade Policy Matters (ISAC 17)1999
 COM-020900Industry Sector Advisory Committee on Wholesaling and Retailing for Trade Policy Matters (ISAC 17)1998
 COM-021119Industry Sector Advisory Committee on Wholesaling and Retailing for Trade Policy Matters (ISAC 17)1997