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DOC - 349 - Industry Sector Advisory Committee on Small and Minority Business for Trade Policy Matters (ISAC 14) - Statutory (Congress Created)


Committee NameIndustry Sector Advisory Committee on Small and Minority Business for Trade Policy Matters (ISAC 14)Agency NameDepartment of Commerce
Fiscal Year2004Committee Number349
Original Establishment Date1/3/1975Committee StatusTerminated
Actual Termination Date6/16/2004Committee URL 
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYYesMax Number of Members*27
Current Charter Date3/17/2004Designated Fed Officer Position Title*DFO
Date Of Renewal Charter3/18/2004Designated Federal Officer PrefixMs.
Projected Termination Date6/16/2004Designated Federal Officer First Name*Amy
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle Name
Specific Termination AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Ryan
Establishment Authority*Statutory (Congress Created)Designated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*19 U.S.C. 2155Designated Federal Officer Phone*202-482-4792
Effective Date Of Authority*1/3/1975Designated Federal Officer Fax*202-482-4452
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 Small and Minority Business for Trade Policy Matters (ISAC-14) offers a unique perspective on trade issues and policy. ISAC-14's advice helps to keep the work of the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) and Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) relevant to the real export problems that small and minority businesses experience. ISAC-14 provides advice on a broad range of trade policy issues and initiatives undertaken by the Administration. ISAC-14 met four times during FY 2004. Two meetings were held in Washington, DC and two meetings were held by conference call. At one of these meetings, the committee was briefed by U.S. trade negotiators and often immediately responded with verbal feedback to a certain trade issue or free trade agreement (FTA). The other three meetings were held for the purpose of deliberating over and voting on the committee's four FTA reports.Throughout the year, ISAC-14 provided written feedback to U.S. trade negotiators on the FTAs for Australia, Central America, the Dominican Republic, and Morocco; steel tariffs; and ITA's proposed assistant secretary for manufacturing and textile issues.
How is membership balanced?*Committee members have been appointed to represent a broad range of industry and service sectors and to reach a demographic balance. Current membership consists of approximately 40 percent manufacturers and 60 percent service industries. Women members constitute aproximately 30 percent of the committee, and minorities constitute about 37 percent.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*The Committee met four times in the first five months of FY 2004. The timing of these meetings is sometimes dictated by the U.S. Government's need for timely private sector advice, as in the case of the four different FTA reports. The main topics that the committee is briefed on during each meeting are current trade issues that require the committee's timely input and therefore the members are able to formulate and vote on their position papers together in person. 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?*ISAC-14 is the only advisory committee focused on small and minority business trade issues. As U.S. small businesses make up about 99% of all U.S. companies and 97% of all U.S. exporters, the representation of their trade barrriers directly to the negotiators is crucial. In addition, the general 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 ResourcesYes
Outcome Major Policy ChangesNoAction 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 SatisfactionYesAction CommentWith each free trade agreement (FTA) that is negotiated, the committee is required to submit a report giving recommendations on the text of the FTA. Even though, U.S. government officials are not required to incorporate the advisors' recommendations, their advice has been used, and thus, changes have been made to the text of several FTAs.
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsNoGrants Review*No
Outcome OtherYesNumber Of Grants Reviewed0
Outcome CommentThe advisors provide feedback to U.S. trade negotiators both verbally and in writing about how U.S. trade policy is affecting the everyday activities of small businesses. The comments and input of the committee members are often effective in formulating the trade policy objectives of the Administration.Number Of Grants Recommended0
Cost Savings*Unable to DetermineDollar Value Of Grants Recommended$0.00
Cost Savings CommentNAGrants Review CommentNA
Number Of Recommendations*0Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentIn written form, the committee submitted seven reports during FY 2004. However, due to the fact that most of the committee's recommendations are made verbally during meetings, no measurable calculation is possible.Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*0.00%Access Committee WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentBecause U.S. government officials are not required to incorporate the committee's recommendations, no measurable calculation is possible.Access GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*0.00%Access PublicationsNo
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentBecause U.S. government officials are not required to incorporate the committee's recommendations, no measurable calculation is possible.Access OtherNo
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentNA
Agency Feedback Comment*Feedback on the advisors' recommendations is given two ways: in writing or verbally at their meetings. When the committee submits a written report or a response to a request for comment, Commerce and USTR officials have replied with both written and verbal feeback. However, at their December meeting, several advisors commented that both agencies could be better about sending responses to the committees when they provide recommendations because it would be nice to know that the committee's reports are actually being read. When U.S. trade negotiators brief the advisors at their meetings, the committee members often provide a recommendation immediately, and in turn, negotiators respond with their own comments.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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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*$53,260.00Estimated 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$100.00Est. Other Costs Next FY*$0.00
Total Costs$53,360.00Est. Total Next FY*$0.00
Date Cost Last Modified Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY*0.00
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*0.85Est Cost Remarks
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Data from Previous Years

ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-015356Industry Sector Advisory Committee on Small and Minority Business for Trade Policy Matters (ISAC 14)2003
 COM-017030Industry Sector Advisory Committee on Small and Minority Business for Trade Policy Matters (ISAC 14)2002
 COM-017264Industry Sector Advisory Committee on Small and Minority Business for Trade Policy Matters (ISAC 14)2001
 COM-019085Industry Sector Advisory Committee on Small and Minority Business for Trade Policy Matters (ISAC 14)2000
 COM-019271Industry Sector Advisory Committee on Small and Minority Business for Trade Policy Matters (ISAC 14)1999
 COM-020943Industry Sector Advisory Committee on Small and Minority Business for Trade Policy Matters (ISAC 14)1998
 COM-021179Industry Sector Advisory Committee on Small and Minority Business for Trade Policy Matters (ISAC 14)1997