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DOC - 344 - Industry Sector Advisory Committee on Building Products and Other Materials for Trade Policy Matters (ISAC 9) - Statutory (Congress Created)


Committee NameIndustry Sector Advisory Committee on Building Products and Other Materials for Trade Policy Matters (ISAC 9)Agency NameDepartment of Commerce
Fiscal Year2004Committee Number344
Original Establishment Date1/3/1975Committee StatusTerminated
Actual Termination Date6/16/2004Committee URL 
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYYesMax Number of Members*10
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*Patrick
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle NameH.
Specific Termination AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*MacAuley
Establishment Authority*Statutory (Congress Created)Designated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*19 U.S.C. 2155Designated Federal Officer Phone*202-482-0134
Effective Date Of Authority*1/3/1975Designated Federal Officer Fax*202-482-0382
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?*ISAC 9 provided advice and recommendations on a wide range of trade policy issues affecting the building products industry.Key issues in FY 2004 included: Doha Round of WTO negotiations, CAFTA-US Free Trade Agreement,Australia-US Free Trade Agreement,Morocco-US Free Trade Agreement Free Trade Area of the Americas negotiations, Environmental Regulations and Global Warming, China WTO Compliance, Building Product standards, and Dominican Republic-US Free Trade Agreement.Other issues included: DoC Manufacturing Initiative, Super 301 report on foreign trade barriers, Generalized System of Preferences, High Foreign Tariff Rates, Foreign corrupt practices, Foreign sales corporations, and European Union enlargement. ISAC 9 accomplished most of its work at the regular meetings held quarterly. During these meetings, the Committee advised U.S. officials who want industry advice, and conversely, the Committee was briefed by U.S. officials on subjects of concern to the building products industry. As part of the advisory process, ISAC 9 produced a quarterly priorities statement, which states the highest-priority trade issues and the ISAC position on these issues. This priorities statement is reviewed and updated at each meeting given informally to interested trade officials at USTR and Commerce. The Committee also prepared four reports on the four FTAs that were concluded between Oct.1, 2003 and May 1, 2004: Cafta-US FTA, Australia-US FTA, Morocco-US FTA, and Dominican Republic-US FTA.
How is membership balanced?*ISAC 9 represents most of the wide variety of building materials that are produced by this sector. Among the many products represented are: glass, window screens, gypsum board, ceiling tiles, floor tiles, vinyl flooring, insulation, plumbing products, door locks, prefabricated housing, insulation, steel pipe, cement, and builders' hardware. The membership is mostly drawn from large companies, although two small businesses are represented. Two of the members are trade associations, which often reflect the views of smaller businesses.
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 ChangesNoAction 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 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 CommentThe committee provides inside business information to trade negotiators, which helps negotiators to develop better trade policies. This is valuable information, but we cannot estimate the cost of obtaining this information because it would be otherwise unobtainable.Grants Review CommentNA
Number Of Recommendations*5Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentDuring FY2004 the committee submitted 5 written reports. In addition the committee provides oral advice and specialized industry information during closed meetings.Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*0.00%Access Committee WebsiteNo
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentUS trade officials listen to advice, and take it into consideration, but are not required to implement it in whole or in part.Access GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*0.00%Access PublicationsNo
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentNAAccess OtherNo
Agency Feedback*NoAccess CommentNA
Agency Feedback Comment*NANarrative Description*The Committee provided advice and recommendations on a wide variety of trade policy issues affecting the building products industry, such as the Free Trade Agreement in the Americas, the DOC Manufacturing Initiative, the CAFTA-US Free Trade Agreement, and the Australia-US Free Trade Agreement. The Committee accomplished most of its work at meetings and teleconferences.
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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*$54,300.00Estimated 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$54,300.00Est. Total Next FY*$0.00
Date Cost Last Modified Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY*0.30
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*0.30Est Cost Remarks
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Data from Previous Years

ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-015385Industry Sector Advisory Committee on Building Products and Other Materials for Trade Policy Matters (ISAC 9)2003
 COM-017028Industry Sector Advisory Committee on Building Products and Other Materials for Trade Policy Matters (ISAC 9)2002
 COM-017316Industry Sector Advisory Committee on Building Products and Other Materials for Trade Policy Matters (ISAC 9)2001
 COM-019018Industry Sector Advisory Committee on Building Products and Other Materials for Trade Policy Matters (ISAC 9)2000
 COM-019280Industry Sector Advisory Committee on Building Products and Other Materials for Trade Policy Matters (ISAC 9)1999
 COM-020987Industry Sector Advisory Committee on Building Products and Other Materials for Trade Policy Matters (ISAC 9)1998
 COM-021102Industry Sector Advisory Committee on Building Products and Other Materials for Trade Policy Matters (ISAC 9)1997