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DOL - 649 - President's Committee on the International Labor Organization - Presidential


Committee NamePresident's Committee on the International Labor OrganizationAgency NameDepartment of Labor
Fiscal Year2020Committee Number649
Original Establishment Date9/27/1991Committee StatusChartered
Actual Termination Date Committee URL 
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*Yes
Terminated This FYNoMax Number of Members*7
Current Charter Date1/22/2020Designated Fed Officer Position Title*Acting Deputy Undersecretary for International Affairs
Date Of Renewal Charter1/22/2022Designated Federal Officer Prefix
Projected Termination Date9/30/2021Designated Federal Officer First Name*Mark
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle NameA..
Specific Termination AuthorityE.O. 13889Designated Federal Officer Last Name*Mittelhauser
Establishment Authority*PresidentialDesignated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*E.O. 12216 continued by E.O. 13889 of September 27, 2019Designated Federal Officer Phone*(202) 693-4770
Effective Date Of Authority*6/18/1980Designated Federal Officer Fax*(202) 693-4780
Exempt From EO 13875 Discretionary CmteNot ApplicableDesignated Federal Officer Email*
Committee Type*Continuing
Committee Function*National Policy Issue Advisory Board


Agency Recommendation*Continue
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNot Applicable
Legislation StatusNot Applicable
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*The purpose of the President's Committee on the International Labor Organization (ILO) is to formulate and coordinate United States policy towards the ILO, with a view to promoting continued reform and progress in that organization. To accomplish this purpose, the committee monitors and assesses the work of the ILO; makes recommendations to the President or other officers of the federal government, including the Secretary of Labor; and performs other functions relevant to relations with the ILO as requested by the President or the committee chair. The committee also provides the mechanism for sharing information and, as needed, coordinating views relating to U.S. participation in the ILO. These consultations help to ensure a more effective role for the U.S. government in the ILO. The mechanism was originally established in 1975 and formalized as a federal advisory committee in 1980. Since 1988, the President's Committee mechanism has served as the principal means by which the United States complies with its treaty obligations under ILO Convention No. 144 concerning Tripartite Consultations to Promote the Implementation of International Labor Standards.
How is membership balanced?*The composition of the President's Committee reflects the treaty obligations undertaken by the United States when it joined the ILO in 1934 (by formally accepting the ILO Constitution) and when it ratified Convention No. 144 in 1988. Central to the ILO is its tripartite membership structure: in addition to governments, the ILO Constitution requires the autonomous participation of representative organizations of employers and workers from each Member State. Further, Convention No. 144 provides that consultations shall be undertaken with the “most representative” organizations of workers and employers in each ratifying country, and that the participants in the consultations shall be freely chosen by their respective organizations. Since its creation by Executive Order No. 12216 in 1980, the President's Committee (as well as the Cabinet-level committee that preceded it) has always included a representative of the U.S. business community and of organized labor. The most representative organizations of U.S. workers and employers engaged in ILO matters are the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL–CIO) and the United States Council for International Business (USCIB), respectively. Consistent with Executive Order 12216 and all subsequent Executive Orders continuing the Committee, the business and labor members are the presidents of their respective organizations or their designated representatives. All committee members are ex officio, as specified in the committee's charter.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*The Secretary of Labor convenes and chairs a formal meeting of the President's Committee only when specific issues require consultations at the highest level.
Meetings are directly relevant to the development of policy regarding U.S. participation in the ILO.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*Convention No. 144 requires that ratifying governments "operate procedures which ensure effective consultations" with respect to matters concerning specific activities of the International Labor Organization "between representatives of government, of employers and of workers." The United States ratified Convention No. 144 by virtue of the existence of the President's Committee on the ILO. No other mechanism exists to fulfill the requirements of Convention No. 144 or provides the means for effective tripartite consultations on ILO matters. Further, the committee is needed to ensure a coordinated U.S. presence in the ILO that takes into account the interests, needs and perspectives of those agencies responsible for issues pertaining to labor, international affairs, international commerce, as well as key representatives of the private sector. In particular, consultations between the parties are needed to direct USG action with respect to suggesting possible instruments for ratification.
Why close or partially close meetings?The President's Committee on the ILO discusses U.S. government policy and strategy vis-a-vis the ILO, the role and activities of the Director-General and other senior ILO officials, U.S. bilateral relations with a range of ILO Member States, and the feasibility of U.S. ratification of ILO conventions. These discussions involve information the premature disclosure of which would be likely to significantly frustrate implementation of proposed agency actions and, accordingly, are closed to the public. Since it was authorized in 1980, every meeting of the President's Committee has been closed.
Recommendation RemarksThe President's Committee was authorized in 1980 by Executive Order 12216, in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, and has been re-authorized by subsequent E.O.s without interruption. The PC/ILO was most recently continued by E.O. 13889 of September 27, 2019. Owing to United States treaty obligations, undertaken by virtue of the existence of the President's Committee, the continued existence of the committee cannot be considered a purely discretionary matter.

The Secretary of Labor convenes a formal meeting of the PC/ILO only when warranted by the issues under consideration. When the PC/ILO meets, its conclusions are transmitted to the President.


Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*NoAction Reorganize Priorities*Yes
Outcome Trust In GovernmentYesAction Reallocate ResourcesNo
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 SatisfactionNoAction CommentSee previous responses regarding recommendations by the PC/ILO.
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsNoGrants Review*No
Outcome OtherYesNumber Of Grants Reviewed0
Outcome CommentThe most significant outcome associated with the PC/ILO is the opportunity it provides for sharing information and, to the extent necessary, coordinating views and policy relating to United States participation in the ILO.Number Of Grants Recommended0
Cost Savings*Unable to DetermineDollar Value Of Grants Recommended$0.00
Cost Savings CommentNot ApplicableGrants Review CommentNot Applicable
Number Of Recommendations*0Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentDuring the committee's nearly 40-year history, the members of the committee have discussed a wide range of ILO-related issues, most of which were not (and cannot now be) translated into distinct recommendations. The most concrete conclusions coming out of the PC/ILO have been eight unanimous tripartite assessments with regard to feasibility of United States ratification of selected ILO conventions.Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*100.00%Access Committee WebsiteNo
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentAs noted above, most of the committee's deliberations cannot be translated into concrete recommendations. Nonetheless, the views of the PC/ILO have been fully taken into account by DOL, to the extent that the relevant action was within the competence of the Department.Access GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*0.00%Access PublicationsNo
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentNot ApplicableAccess OtherNo
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentQueries about the PC/ILO may be addressed to the Office of International Relations and Economic Research, U.S. Department of Labor, via telephone, email or the DOL website.
Agency Feedback Comment*Feedback is provided through the committee's two sub-groups, whose key functions are sharing information and providing policy options for consideration by the full committee.Narrative Description*The President's Committee on the International Labor Organization (ILO) enables DOL to achieve its mission of soliciting the views of, consulting, and interacting with all stakeholders regarding U.S. participation in the International Labor Organization. The ILO is a tripartite organization that requires the autonomous participation by governments, workers' organizations and employers' organizations. USG representation in the ILO is more effective when the views of U.S. workers and employers are taken into account. DOL is the lead USG agency in the ILO.
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Payments to Non-Federal Members*$0.00Est Payments to Non-Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Members*$2,000.00Est. Payments to Fed Members Next FY*$2,000.00
Payments to Federal Staff*$62,484.00Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$62,484.00
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$1,000.00Est. Other Costs Next FY*$1,000.00
Total Costs$65,484.00Est. Total Next FY*$65,484.00
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*0.30Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY*0.30
Cost RemarksEst Cost Remarks
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Interest Areas

International Economic Policy
International Law
International Organizations
Job Training
Occupational Safety and Health
Workforce and Occupations


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ActionCommittee System IDSubcommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-032337ILO Consultative Group2020
 COM-032011Tripartite Advisory Panel on International Labor Standards2020


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Data from Previous Years

ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-035631President's Committee on the International Labor Organization2019
 COM-032703President's Committee on the International Labor Organization2018
 COM-001551President's Committee on the International Labor Organization2017
 COM-002668President's Committee on the International Labor Organization2016
 COM-003720President's Committee on the International Labor Organization2015
 COM-004935President's Committee on the International Labor Organization2014
 COM-005818President's Committee on the International Labor Organization2013
 COM-006875President's Committee on the International Labor Organization2012
 COM-007920President's Committee on the International Labor Organization2011
 COM-009124President's Committee on the International Labor Organization2010
 COM-010111President's Committee on the International Labor Organization2009
 COM-010950President's Committee on the International Labor Organization2008
 COM-011746President's Committee on the International Labor Organization2007
 COM-012870President's Committee on the International Labor Organization2006
 COM-013766President's Committee on the International Labor Organization2005
 COM-014729President's Committee on the International Labor Organization2004
 COM-015519President's Committee on the International Labor Organization2003
 COM-016744President's Committee on the International Labor Organization2002
 COM-017611President's Committee on the International Labor Organization2001
 COM-018848President's Committee on the International Labor Organization2000
 COM-019447President's Committee on the International Labor Organization1999
 COM-020580President's Committee on the International Labor Organization1998
 COM-021489President's Committee on the International Labor Organization1997