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DOC - 360 - Materials and Equipment Technical Advisory Committee - Statutory (Congress Created)


Committee NameMaterials and Equipment Technical Advisory CommitteeAgency NameDepartment of Commerce
Fiscal Year2020Committee Number360
Original Establishment Date7/12/1985Committee StatusChartered
Actual Termination Date Committee URL
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYNoMax Number of Members*35
Current Charter Date7/2/2019Designated Fed Officer Position Title*DFO
Date Of Renewal Charter7/2/2021Designated Federal Officer PrefixMs.
Projected Termination Date Designated Federal Officer First Name*Betty
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle Name
Specific Termination AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Lee
Establishment Authority*Statutory (Congress Created)Designated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*50 U.S.C. §§ 4601-4623 (Supp. III 2015) (the “Act”)Designated Federal Officer Phone*(202) 482-5817
Effective Date Of Authority*7/12/1985Designated Federal Officer Fax*202-482-4145
Exempt From EO 13875 Discretionary CmteNot ApplicableDesignated Federal Officer Email*
Committee Type*Continuing
Committee Function*Scientific Technical Program Advisory Board


Agency Recommendation*Continue
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNo
Legislation StatusNot Applicable
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*The Materials and Equipment Technical Advisory Committee (METAC) focused on the following issues in FY2020: the first year of the METAC which was a union of the legacy Materials Technical Advisory Committee (MTAC) and the Materials Processing Equipment Technical Advisory Committee (MPETAC). The METAC membership was the combination of the prior TACs with two co-chairs representing each legacy TAC. Briefings were provided by the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS). Information conveyed in the briefings included: ANPRs for Emerging and Foundational technologies that are currently not enumerated on the Commerce Control List (therefore controlled under the Export Control Classification Number (ECCN) EAR99 that warrant enhanced controls. Updates to the entity list with respect to national security concerns regarding Huawei. Additional entities added to the list based on human rights violations and national security. Expansion of Foreign Direct Product Rule specifically for Huawei (will create extensive FAQ). Impact of tariff waivers for Titanium sponge related to the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Published controls on Emerging Tech (Novichok, single chamber). Revision to 744.21 to add controls for military end users (made extensive FAQ). Eliminated License Exception Civil End Users (CIV). BIS position on executive orders that impact digital apps WeChat and Tic Tok. Proposed Rule to add five chemicals (e.g., Carbamates) to the Chemical Weapons Convention. Proposed Rule to control equipment specially designed for the Additive Manufacture of energetic materials. Proposed Rule to eliminate License Exception TSR from ECCN 1E001. Wassenaar Arrangement updates include: Category 1 proposal for ECCN 1C006 to address fluourosilicones and foreign availability of controlled items. Proposal for ECCN 1C010.e to potentially raise the Tg (currently set between epoxy and BMIs (Bismaleimides). Category 2 proposal for Additive Manufacturing equipment, draft proposal submitted. Narrows down what kinds of machines can make high quality aerospace and other controlled items. Evaluating AM of plastics, metals, and ceramics. Proposals for ECCN 2E002 relative to diffusion bonding and casting decontrol for generic applications. Additionally, a proposed form for Thermal Barrier Coating on ceramic substrates, undecided on final Category. The Chemical Weapons/Biological Weapons Convention group focused on a presentation by Department of State on “Status of Efforts to List Novichoks and their Precursors.” There were technical briefings on: Industrial Pumps & Compressors; Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States updates following the 2018 Fiduciary and Investment Risk Management Association; Membership-Introductory Business Summaries; and Synthetic Biology. A special briefing on Pandemic Aftermath: Scenarios for socio-technical evolution in the next decade. In FY 2021 the METAC will focus on maximizing the membership and official attendance. Recruitment of additional eligible members. Continue to set up 1-2 presentations for each meeting to better integrate the MPETAC and MTAC. The working groups will be revaluated and reinvigorated in support of proposals for improvement of regime controls and consultation for U.S. Government discussions on METAC related issues.
How is membership balanced?*The METAC is composed of industry representatives and U.S. Government agencies with specific technical or export control expertise. The principal sources for industry members are large and small firms located throughout the country that produce materials, hardware and software, and design, develop and manufacture machine tools and equipment, as well as consultants and attorneys that represent these companies. The Committee's activities include evaluation and commentary on data and other evidence available from the Department, other reliable sources, and its own experience.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*The METAC met three times during FY 2020. The METAC successfully addressed technical issues related to the commodities and technology within Control List Categories 0,1 and 2.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*The METAC reviews proposals regarding Control List: Category 0 (nuclear materials and crime control); Category 1 (materials, chemicals, microorganisms, and toxins); and Category 2 (automated manufacturing equipment). Through this Committee, the Department of Commerce can obtain the advice of otherwise unavailable individuals who possess a high quality of expertise in the areas of advanced materials. No other sources within the Government can advise on the technical parameters for export controls in these areas.
Why close or partially close meetings?Closed sessions are held to allow for discussion of information classified for reasons of national security, information the premature disclosure of which would be likely to significantly frustrate implementation of a proposed agency action, or information of a commercial or financial nature that is privileged or confidential.
Recommendation RemarksAuthorized by the Export Administration Act of 1979 (50 U.S.C. app. 2401-2420) as amended by the Export Administration Amendments Act of 1985, P.L. 99-64, 99 Stat. 120 (July 12, 1985). Although the Export Administration Act of 1979 (EAA), as amended, has expired, its provisions and those of the Export Administration Regulations were continued in effect, and to the extent permitted by law, when the President by Executive Order invoked the International Emergency Economic Powers Act.


Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*NoAction Reorganize Priorities*No
Outcome Trust In GovernmentNoAction Reallocate ResourcesNo
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 OtherNo
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionNoAction CommentNA
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsYesGrants 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 CommentNAGrants Review CommentNA
Number Of Recommendations*6Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentThe Committee meets four times per year. There were four recommendations in FY 2020.Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*30.00%Access Committee WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentNAAccess GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*20.00%Access PublicationsYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentNAAccess OtherNo
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentN/A
Agency Feedback Comment*The agency involves the Materials and Equipment Technical Advisory Committee in the process of implementing the negotiated export controls through the Export Administration Regulations.Narrative Description*The Materials and Equipment Technical Advisory Committee provides the Department of Commerce with an extremely high level of technical and business expertise from a cross section of the biotechnology and materials industries. Its advice on the practicability and effectiveness of export controls on etiological agents, materials, and the related instrumentation and technology has been invaluable to the Department in developing export policy. The Committee is a readily available resource for the Department to call on in preparing for negotiations within the applicable multilateral regimes.
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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*$38,210.00Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$38,210.00
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$4,430.00Est. Other Costs Next FY*$0.00
Total Costs$42,640.00Est. Total Next FY*$38,210.00
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*0.30Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY*0.30
Cost RemarksEst Cost Remarks
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Interest Areas

Environmental Issues
Waste Disposal
Federal Government
International Organizations
Law Enforcement
Regulatory Negotiation
Exports and Imports
Trade and Trade Policy


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Data from Previous Years

ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-035922Materials Technical Advisory Committee2019
 COM-034323Materials Technical Advisory Committee2018
 COM-001304Materials Technical Advisory Committee2017
 COM-002986Materials Technical Advisory Committee2016
 COM-003463Materials Technical Advisory Committee2015
 COM-005060Materials Technical Advisory Committee2014
 COM-005588Materials Technical Advisory Committee2013
 COM-007228Materials Technical Advisory Committee2012
 COM-007681Materials Technical Advisory Committee2011
 COM-009374Materials Technical Advisory Committee2010
 COM-009770Materials Technical Advisory Committee2009
 COM-011319Materials Technical Advisory Committee2008
 COM-011616Materials Technical Advisory Committee2007
 COM-013181Materials Technical Advisory Committee2006
 COM-013460Materials Technical Advisory Committee2005
 COM-015088Materials Technical Advisory Committee2004
 COM-015376Materials Technical Advisory Committee2003
 COM-017153Materials Technical Advisory Committee2002
 COM-017375Materials Technical Advisory Committee2001
 COM-019021Materials Technical Advisory Committee2000
 COM-019267Materials Technical Advisory Committee1999
 COM-020895Materials Technical Advisory Committee1998
 COM-021144Materials Technical Advisory Committee1997