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DOC - 2075 - Information Systems Technical Advisory Committee - Statutory (Congress Created)


Committee NameInformation Systems Technical Advisory CommitteeAgency NameDepartment of Commerce
Fiscal Year2020Committee Number2075
Original Establishment Date7/12/1985Committee StatusChartered
Actual Termination Date Committee URL
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYNoMax Number of Members*60
Current Charter Date5/3/2019Designated Fed Officer Position Title*DFO
Date Of Renewal Charter5/3/2021Designated Federal Officer PrefixMs.
Projected Termination Date Designated Federal Officer First Name*Anita
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle Name
Specific Termination AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Zinzuvadia
Establishment Authority*Statutory (Congress Created)Designated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*50 USC. app. 4604(h), as continued by EO 13222 (as amended by E.O. 13637)Designated Federal Officer Phone*(202) 482-3772
Effective Date Of Authority*7/12/1985Designated Federal Officer Fax*202-482-3345
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 Information Systems Technical Advisory Committee (ISTAC) focused on the following issues in FY2020: Developed Wassenaar proposals for issues related to Categories 3, 4, 5p1 and 5p2, and provide support as necessary for proposals that are advanced to Wassenaar. The 2020 slate of U.S. proposals to Wassenaar included five proposals and two non-papers in Cat 3/4/5p2 (there were no proposals in Cat 5p1) that were developed jointly by U.S. Government and the ISTAC. The ISTAC submitted seven proposals to the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) for consideration, of which only one was agreed within the interagency and was among the slate that was forwarded to Wassenaar: The proposal submitted was, US-019 (3A2d Signal Generator Bandwidth). Due to travel restrictions arising from Covid-19, the usual in-person Wassenaar EG meetings were cancelled in 2020. The U.S. organized a virtual Technical Working Group meeting for Category 3, in September 2020, and BIS extended invitations to and through the ISTAC to make presentations on US-017 and US-019. Because there were relatively few proposals, communication between BIS and the ISTAC was accomplished through email exchanges. The ISTAC maintained active communication between industry and the interagency in FY2020. ISTAC meetings were well-attended by U.S. Government members from BIS, Department of Homeland Security, Defense Technology Security Administration, Transportation Security Administration, Naval Research Laboratory, National Security Agency and Department of State. Review and development of Wassenaar proposals for 2020 was primarily by email between BIS and the ISTAC. The Standing Working Groups for each of Cat. 3A, Cat. 3B/3C, Cat. 4, Cat. 5p1 and Ca.t 5p2 and the new Working Group for Cybertools remain in place and remain active. The ISTAC continue to provide BIS with timely forecasts of industry technology improvements, product roadmaps, and feedback on proposed regulations. The tradition of technical presentations from subject-matter experts continued. Topics this year included: EUV Lithography, Network Visibility and Artificial Intelligence Chipsets and APP/Top500. There were no industry roadmap presentations. ISTAC members responded informally (by email) with feedback on the following: 1) One comment from one member on a draft NS Policy Rule “Amendments to National Security License Review Policy under the Export Administration Regulations.” 2) Consolidated comments from several members on the proposed rule to implement controls on quantum computers “Export Controls for Quantum Computers, Devices, Components, and Certain Associated Technology and Software.” 3) One comment from one member on a possible typographical error in the Wassenaar 2018 implementing regulation (85FR56294). The ISTAC had six overview briefings on topics outside the scope of traditional ISTAC activities, they were: 1) State Department draft guidance on Exports of Surveillance Technology; 2) External academic assessment of China’s technology strategy “China’s Vision of Victory”; 3) BIS activities in support of CWC treaty verification; 4) BIS activities in support of the Defense Production Act; 5) Treasury Department overview on CFIUS post-FIRRMA; and 6) NIST activities on AI Standardization. The ISTAC worked closely with BIS and other agencies in identifying and acting on high priority tasks. The ISTAC commensurate with few requests from BIS, and due to work disruptions arising from Covid-19, there were few major issues that the ISTAC discussed and/or worked on with BIS. The ISTAC work plan for FY2021 is to: 1) Develop Wassenaar proposals for issues related to Categories 3, 4, 5p1 and 5p2, and provide support as necessary for proposals that are advanced to Wassenaar. 2) Maintain close communication and cooperation between industry and the interagency during the review/vetting process of Wassenaar proposals. 3) Maintain the standing working groups for Cat 3A, Cat 3B/3C, Cat 4, Cat 5p1, Cat 5p2, and Cybertools; these working groups provide structure for ISTAC activities. 4) Continue to provide BIS with timely forecasts of industry technology improvements, product roadmaps, and feedback on proposed regulations. 5) Provide BIS with ideas on emerging and fundamental technology with Categories 3, 4 5p1 and 5p2. 6) Maintain active engagement of technical experts from industry in support of these activities. 7) Provide advice as requested by BIS.
How is membership balanced?*The ISTAC is composed of representatives of industry and government with specific technical expertise in the areas of semiconductors, computers, telecommunications and information security. The principal source for the members from industry are firms that export commodities and technology controlled under Commerce Control Lists 3, 4, and 5 (part 1 and 2).
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*The ISTAC met four times in FY 2020. It is sucessfully advising on the export control parameters for three interrelated Control List categories.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*The ISTAC addresses issues relating to Control List Categories 3 (electronics -semiconductor section), 4 (computers), and 5 (telecommunictions and information security). Few people possess the technical expertise needed to advise on controls in these areas. The ISTAC is the only group of its kind directly accessible to Government officials.
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 CommentN/A
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 CommentN/AGrants Review CommentN/A
Number Of Recommendations*65Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentThe Committee meets four times per year. There were 7 recommendations in FY20. The ISTAC submitted 1 of their own Wassenaar proposals and provided recommendations
on 7 additional Wassenaar proposals and non-papers. Due to Covid-19, there were not Wassenaar meeting in 2020, therefore, none were fully implemented.
Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*24.00%Access Committee WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentIn FY 2020, the interagency deliberation resulted in moving 1 Wassenaar proposal submitted by the
ISTAC. Due to Covid-19, there were not Wassenaar in-person meetings in 2020, therefore, none were fully implemented. Work will be carried over to FY 2021.
Access GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*30.00%Access PublicationsNo
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentIn FY 2020, the interagency deliberation resulted in moving 1 Wassenaar proposal submitted by the
ISTAC. Due to Covid-19, there were not Wassenaar in-person meetings in 2020, therefore, none were partially implemented. Work will be carried over to FY 2021.
Access OtherNo
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentN/A
Agency Feedback Comment*The agency includes the Information Systems Technical Advisory Committee in the process of incorporating the determinations of the various multilateral regimes into the Export Administration Regulations.Narrative Description*Industry input regarding controls on computers, semiconductors and related equipment, telecommunications, and information security is crucial in developing an export control policy that will maintain competitiveness in the global marketplace while addressing vital national security concerns. In the Information Systems Technical Advisory Committee, the Department of Commerce has a resource as dynamic and imaginative as the industry sectors it encompasses.
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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*$34,916.00Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$34,916.00
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$4,982.00Est. Other Costs Next FY*$0.00
Total Costs$39,898.00Est. Total Next FY*$34,916.00
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*0.30Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY*0.30
Cost RemarksEst Cost Remarks
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Interest Areas

Applied Science
Basic Science
Materials Research
Patents and Trademarks
Computer Technology
Information Technology
Systems Engineering
Federal Government
International Law
International Organizations
Law Enforcement
Regulatory Negotiation
Exports and Imports
International Commerce and Investment
Trade and Trade Policy


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Data from Previous Years

ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-035877Information Systems Technical Advisory Committee2019
 COM-034287Information Systems Technical Advisory Committee2018
 COM-001353Information Systems Technical Advisory Committee2017
 COM-002952Information Systems Technical Advisory Committee2016
 COM-003482Information Systems Technical Advisory Committee2015
 COM-005053Information Systems Technical Advisory Committee2014
 COM-005579Information Systems Technical Advisory Committee2013
 COM-007250Information Systems Technical Advisory Committee2012
 COM-007650Information Systems Technical Advisory Committee2011
 COM-009388Information Systems Technical Advisory Committee2010
 COM-009735Information Systems Technical Advisory Committee2009
 COM-011291Information Systems Technical Advisory Committee2008
 COM-011607Information Systems Technical Advisory Committee2007
 COM-013141Information Systems Technical Advisory Committee2006
 COM-013497Information Systems Technical Advisory Committee2005
 COM-015092Information Systems Technical Advisory Committee2004
 COM-015367Information Systems Technical Advisory Committee2003
 COM-017041Information Systems Technical Advisory Committee2002
 COM-017328Information Systems Technical Advisory Committee2001
 COM-019026Information Systems Technical Advisory Committee2000
 COM-019287Information Systems Technical Advisory Committee1999
 COM-020955Information Systems Technical Advisory Committee1998
 COM-021162Information Systems Technical Advisory Committee1997