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DHS - 2564 - Commercial Customs Operations Advisory Committee - Statutory (Congress Created)


Committee NameCommercial Customs Operations Advisory CommitteeAgency NameDepartment of Homeland Security
Fiscal Year2020Committee Number2564
Original Establishment Date4/27/2016Committee StatusChartered
Actual Termination Date Committee URL
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYNoMax Number of Members*20
Current Charter Date5/21/2020Designated Fed Officer Position Title*Deputy Executive Director, Office of Trade Relations
Date Of Renewal Charter5/21/2022Designated Federal Officer PrefixMs.
Projected Termination Date Designated Federal Officer First Name*Valarie
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle NameM,
Specific Termination AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Neuhart
Establishment Authority*Statutory (Congress Created)Designated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*Pub.L. 114-125Designated Federal Officer Phone*(202) 344-1440
Effective Date Of Authority*4/1/2016Designated Federal Officer Fax*202-325-4290
Exempt From EO 13875 Discretionary CmteNot ApplicableDesignated Federal Officer Email*
Committee Type*Continuing
Committee Function*Non Scientific Program Advisory Board


Agency Recommendation*Continue
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNot Applicable
Legislation StatusNot Applicable
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*The work of the Committee helps ensure that the trade community is well informed of CBP trade transformation policies and programs helps ensure compliance and promote continued CBP-Trade partnerships. This collaboration enables CBP to incorporate feedback from the private sector into key initiatives, lessening the negative impact of new programs and ensuring that CBP and the trade advance toward a common goal. Issues addressed by the Committee included the following: 1) Trade Modernization and Trade Transformation Initiatives such Centers of Excellence and Expertise and Broker Regulations; 2) Trade Enforcement and Revenue Collection in the areas of Intellectual Property Rights Enforcement and Bonds; 3) Global Supply Chain including Land Border Initiatives and Air Cargo Security and the development of the Air Cargo Advance Screening (ACAS) Pilot; 4) Trusted Trader Initiatives and Incentives; 5) One U.S. Government at the Border which looks at a One U.S. Government Holistic Approach; and 6) Export and Outbound issues including reviewing the use of advance data for exports and exports manifest.
How is membership balanced?*According to the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015, the COAC shall consist of 20 members, two government co-chairs and two government deputy co-chairs. Committee co-chair are the Assistant Secretary for Tax Policy of the Department of the Treasury and the Commissioner of Customs and Border Protection. Deputy co-chairs include the Assistant Secretary for Policy at the Department of Homeland Security, and the Director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The membership is comprised of individuals and firms affected by the commercial operations of CBP and without regard to political affiliation. Members represent the viewpoint of their respective interests and are not Special Government Employees as defined in section 202(a) of Title 18, United States Code. In addition, the members shall be selected to avoid geographic or regional concentration. Members shall not be paid compensation.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*The advisory committee met four times this calendar year (three meeting for fiscal year due to timing) The purpose of the meetings is to share the work the COAC has been engaged in, deliberate and vote on the recommendations made to the agency, and give the public an opportunity to comment on the recommendations.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*The Committee is statutorily mandated by the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015. It would be difficult, if not impossible, to obtain such a broad variety of viewpoints from such well qualified individuals in any other single forum. CBP continues to seek advice from the trade community on trade security and facilitation policies and initiatives. COAC provided recommendations for Exports, One US Government at the Border, Trade Enforcement & Revenue Collection, Trade Modernization regarding ACE, Global Supply Chain Land and Air Security Improvements, and Trusted Trader Programs.
Why close or partially close meetings?Not Applicable
Recommendation RemarksNot Applicable


Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*NoAction Reorganize Priorities*No
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 DeliveryYesAction OtherNo
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionYesAction CommentThe COAC recommendations during FY2020 well received and will result in positive implications to the overall trade facilitation and security processes once implemented. CBP is in the process of determining the feasibility of many of the recommendations as some will required regulatory and possible statutory modifications.
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsYesGrants Review*No
Outcome OtherNoNumber Of Grants Reviewed0
Outcome CommentNot ApplicableNumber Of Grants Recommended0
Cost Savings*Unable to DetermineDollar Value Of Grants Recommended$0.00
Cost Savings CommentDue to the nature of COAC recommendations cost savings are unable to be quantified but there are definitely cost savings to CBP, other government agencies and to the international trade community.Grants Review CommentNot Applicable
Number Of Recommendations*110Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentThere were 110 COAC recommendations approved during FY 2020 . The recommendations were broken out in the following subcommittees:
1) Intelligent Enforcement recommendations pertained to IPR and Forced Labor processes and procedures.
2) Next Generation and Facilitation – recommendations pertained to 1 U.S. Government and Global Business Identifier initiatives and measures.
3) Secure Trade Lanes – recommendations pertained mostly to export modernization, Trusted Trader, Remote and Autonomous Conveyance Processing.
4) Rapid Response – recommendations were submitted, most of which pertained to Regulatory Reform, Broker Exam Modernization, and US Mexico-Canada Agreement.
Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*0.00%Access Committee WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentMany of the recommendations are being evaluated for feasibility as they may require regulatory changes. Two of the recommendations were merely advisory in nature.Access GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*10.00%Access PublicationsNo
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentCBP partially implemented several recommendations and continues to evaluate and determine the feasibility of the remaining recommendations.Access OtherNo
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentAll COAC materials are located on on the following web page:
Agency Feedback Comment*CBP provides feedback on the recommendations throughout the term through meetings with the subcommittees, and through documented quarterly updates on a excel schedule of COAC recommendations.Narrative Description*The COAC advises the Secretaries of the Department of the Treasury (Treasury) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on the commercial operations of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and related Treasury and DHS functions. In accordance with section 109 of the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015, the COAC:1. advises the Secretaries of the Treasury and DHS on all matters involving the commercial operations of CBP, including advising with respect to significant changes that are proposed with respect to regulations, policies, or practices of CBP;2. provides recommendations to the Secretaries of the Treasury and DHS on improvements to the commercial operations of CBP;3. collaborates in developing the agenda for COAC meetings; and4. performs such other functions relating to the commercial operations of CBP as prescribed by law or as the Secretaries of the Treasury and DHS jointly direct.
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Payments to Non-Federal Members* Est Payments to Non-Fed Members Next FY* 
Payments to Federal Members* Est. Payments to Fed Members Next FY* 
Payments to Federal Staff*$726,278.00Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$750,000.00
Payments to Consultants* Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY* 
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members* Est Travel Reimb Non-Fed Members nextFY* 
Travel Reimb. For Federal Members* Est Travel Reimb For Fed Members* 
Travel Reimb. For Federal Staff* Est. Travel Reimb to Fed Staff Next FY*$35,000.00
Travel Reimb. For Consultants* Est Travel Reimb to Consultants Next FY* 
Other Costs$5,388.00Est. Other Costs Next FY*$20,000.00
Total Costs$731,666.00Est. Total Next FY*$805,000.00
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*4.50Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY*5.00
Cost RemarksThe cost associated with travel was $0 due to COVID-19 pandemic. All COAC meetings were held virtually.Est Cost Remarks
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Interest Areas

Exports and Imports
International Commerce and Investment
Trade and Trade Policy


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ActionCommittee System IDSubcommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-032520Intelligent Enforcement Subcommittee2020
 COM-032521Next Generation Facilitation Subcommittee2020
 COM-032522Rapid Response Subcommittee2020
 COM-032407Secure Trade Lanes Subcommittee2020


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Data from Previous Years

ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-036207Commercial Customs Operations Advisory Committee2019
 COM-032823Commercial Customs Operations Advisory Committee2018
 COM-001269Commercial Customs Operations Advisory Committee2017
 COM-003027Commercial Customs Operations Advisory Committee2016