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GENERAL INFORMATION

Committee NameCommittee of Chairs of Industry Advisory Committees for Trade Policy MattersAgency NameDepartment of Commerce
Fiscal Year2004Committee Number323
Original Establishment Date1/3/1975Committee StatusTerminated
Actual Termination Date3/18/2004Committee URLhttp://www.ita.doc.gov/icp
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYYesMax Number of Members*21
Current Charter Date3/18/2002Designated Fed Officer Position Title*Director, Industry Consultations Program and DFO for Committee of Chairs
Date Of Renewal Charter3/18/2004Designated Federal Officer PrefixMs.
Projected Termination Date3/18/2004Designated Federal Officer First Name*Ingrid
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle NameV.
Specific Termination AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Mitchem
Establishment Authority*Statutory (Congress Created)Designated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*19 U.S.C. 2155Designated Federal Officer Phone*202-482-3268
Effective Date Of Authority*1/3/1975Designated Federal Officer Fax*202-482-4452
Committee Type*ContinuingDesignated Federal Officer Email*ingrid_mitchem@ita.doc.gov
Presidential*No
Committee Function*National Policy Issue Advisory Board
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RECOMMENDATION/JUSTIFICATIONS

Agency Recommendation*Continue
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNo
Legislation Status 
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*The Committee of Chairs is comprised of the chairs of the 21 Industry Sector Functional Advisory Committees (ISACs/IFACs). The Committee of Chairs is an integral part of the advisory committee system, and directly advises the USTR and Secretary of Commerce on matters of common interest to the ISACs and IFACs referred to in sections 101, 102, and 124 of the Trade Act of 1974, as amended, with respect to the operation of any trade agreement once entered into; and with respect to other matters arising in connection with the development, implementation, and administration of the trade policy of the United States, including those matters referred to in Reorganization Plan Number 3 of 1979 and Executive Order 12188, and the priorities for action thereunder. It is at the Committee of Chairs level that cross-sharing of views among the ISACs and IFACs takes place. The Committee of Chairs are briefed directly by the USTR, Secretary of Commerce, and other high-level officials, and provide advice on issues that are deemed classified, sensitive, or restricted, which limits commenting on the details and specifics of the issues involved. The role of the Committee of Chairs has become increasingly important as the USG is in the middle of the Doha Round of trade negotiations, which is expected to conclude by 2005, and due to the Administration's ambitious trade agenda and number of free trade agreements being actively pursued. Since the Tokyo Round of Multilateral Trade Negotiations, the Department of Commerce and the United States Trade Representative (USTR) have jointly administered 22 trade advisory committees pursuant to section 135 of the Trade Act of 1974, as amended. The Committee of Chairs and the 21 ISACs and IFACs have provided valuable advice in connection with sensitive trade negotiations and on trade policy matters.
How is membership balanced?*The Committee of Chairs consists of the chairs of the 17 ISACs and four IFACs.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*The Committee of Chairs meets approximately two-four times a year. However, the actual number of meetings is dictated by the U.S. Government's need for private sector advice. USTR also holds regular monthly conference calls to brief all the Chairs in the USTR-led trade advisory committee system, along with the DFOs, to provide the trade calendar of negotiations looking forward 30-60 days. This allows the Chairs, in consultation with their DFOs, to plan their meeting schedules and agenda topics accordingly.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*The U.S. Government is engaged in a number of multilateral, bilateral and regional trade negotiations, including the World Trade Organization (WTO) Doha Round of trade negotiations; WTO implementation and accession issues; Free Trade Area of the Americas, free trade agreements (FTA) with Australia,Central America, Dominican Republic, Morocco, Southern African Customs Union (SACU), et al.; European Union issues; trade agreement compliance issues; as well as other trade policy issues. The Committee of Chairs plays an integral role in advising the U.S. Government on these and other issues as they arise and cut across all the committees. The advice the U.S. Government receives from the private sector through the Committee of Chairs is an ongoing process and their advice and recommendations are used to assist U.S. trade negotiators in achieving the international trade objectives of the United States.The Committee of Chairs structure ensures a unique source of information to the U.S. 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 the ISACs and IFACs 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. Also, because ISAC/IFAC advice is submitted in confidence, the Committee of Chairs is the only level where cross-sharing of advice is allowed. Overall, 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 these committees 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. The meetings of the Committee of Chairs 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 RemarksN/A
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PERFORMANCE MEASURES

Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*NoAction Reorganize Priorities*Yes
Outcome Trust In GovernmentNoAction Reallocate ResourcesYes
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 SatisfactionYesAction CommentAmended trade policy positions in finalizing trade agreements.
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsNoGrants Review*No
Outcome OtherYesNumber Of Grants Reviewed0
Outcome CommentEffective trade agreements.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 as most advice is rendered orally while the USTR trade negotiators are in the meeting.Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*50.00%Access Committee WebsiteNo
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentNAAccess GSA FACA WebsiteNo
% of Recs Partially Implemented*50.00%Access PublicationsNo
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentNAAccess OtherNo
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentNA
Agency Feedback CommentThe Secretary of Commerce and the USTR will reply in writing to formal written recommendations received by the committee; however, most feedback is done orally during committee meetings.Narrative Description*The Committee of Chairs advises the Secretary and the United States Trade Representative concerning the trade matters of common interest to the ISACs and IFACs; with respect to the operation of any trade agreement once entered into; and with respect to other matters arising in connection with the development, implementation, and administration of the trade policy of the United States, including those matters referred to in Reorganization Plan Number 3 of 1979 and Executive Order 12188, and the priorities for actions thereunder.
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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*$46,550.00Estimated 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$46,550.00Est. Total Next FY*$0.00
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*4.00Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY*4.00
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DATA FROM PREVIOUS YEARS

Committee

Data from Previous Years

 
ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-015381Committee of Chairs of Industry Advisory Committees for Trade Policy Matters2003
 COM-017073Committee of Chairs of Industry Advisory Committees for Trade Policy Matters2002
 COM-017322Committee of Chairs of Industry Advisory Committees for Trade Policy Matters2001
 COM-019017Committee of Chairs of Industry Advisory Committees for Trade Policy Matters2000
 COM-019296Committee of Chairs of Industry Advisory Committees for Trade Policy Matters1999
 COM-020872Committee of Chairs of Industry Advisory Committees for Trade Policy Matters1998
 COM-021165Committee of Chairs of Industry Advisory Committees for Trade Policy Matters1997