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DOS - 2208 - International Security Advisory Board - Authorized by Law


Committee NameInternational Security Advisory BoardAgency NameDepartment of State
Fiscal Year2020Committee Number2208
Original Establishment Date1/28/1997Committee StatusChartered
Actual Termination Date Committee URL
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYNoMax Number of Members*25
Current Charter Date7/10/2019Designated Fed Officer Position Title*Director, AVC/VPO
Date Of Renewal Charter7/10/2021Designated Federal Officer PrefixMr.
Projected Termination Date Designated Federal Officer First Name*Johnny
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle NameNeil
Specific Termination Authority22 USC 2581(f)Designated Federal Officer Last Name*Couch
Establishment Authority*Authorized by LawDesignated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*22 U.S.C. § 2581Designated Federal Officer Phone*(202) 647-0902
Effective Date Of Authority*10/21/1998Designated Federal Officer Fax*202-647-1407
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 RequiredNo
Legislation StatusEnacted
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*The Board examines issues assigned by the Department of State relating to international security and makes specific recommendations to the Secretary of State and to the Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security. The Board casts a wide intellectual net, examining a broad range of information, evidence, and concepts relating to scientific, military, diplomatic, political, and public diplomacy aspects of arms control, disarmament, nonproliferation, cybersecurity, the national security aspects of emerging technologies, and international security. The Board reports to the Secretary and the Under Secretary on its findings and makes relevant and timely recommendations, as appropriate. The Board undertakes studies where the members consult with other parties and agencies to obtain a wide assessment of the issues that relate to international security and arms control. The Board's last study was completed in FY17. During FY18, FY19, and FY20 the Board was inactive and did not meet or conduct studies due to a review of its status by the current administration.
How is membership balanced?*The membership consists of a diverse set of recognized experts with professional backgrounds in diplomacy, the military, national defense, the intelligence community, academia, technology, and science. All have distinguished records and backgrounds in international security. Thus, the members are able to provide the Secretary and Under Secretary with diverse independent expertise and perspectives. The Department convenes a diverse board of experts with the appropriate background that allows for focused studies of the topics assigned by the Department.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*The Charter instructs Board meetings to be held approximately two or more times per year. Operationally, each meeting is designed to address the studies approved by the Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security and focuses the Board's work on its mission. During FY18, FY19, and FY20 the ISAB did not meet due to a review of its status by the current administration.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*The Board provides the Department of State with an expert, independent perspective on international security, nonproliferation, cybersecurity, and emerging technologies issues. In the present constrained fiscal environment, the ISAB gives the Department of State, at very low cost, access to expertise and experience not available on a full-time basis. The ISAB provides an outside perspective highly beneficial to the Department and the pursuit of U.S. national security objectives.
Why close or partially close meetings?The Board deals with classified national security information. Any unclassified information discussed during Board meetings could not be segregated in a way that would not hamper the Board's deliberations.
Recommendation RemarksThe Secretary of State's International Security Advisory Board (ISAB) provides the Department of State with independent insight and advice on all aspects of arms control, disarmament, nonproliferation, cybersecurity, the national security aspects of emerging technologies, international security, and related aspects of public diplomacy. The ISAB is sponsored and overseen by the Under Secretary of State for Arms Control And International Security. The ISAB is chartered to have up to 25 members. The Board members reflect a balance of backgrounds, points of view, and demographic diversity and include a wide variety of scientific, technology, military, diplomatic, and political backgrounds.


Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*NoAction Reorganize Priorities*No
Outcome Trust In GovernmentNoAction Reallocate ResourcesNo
Outcome Major Policy ChangesNoAction 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 CommentThe Department implements select ISAB recommendations.
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsNoGrants Review*No
Outcome OtherYesNumber Of Grants Reviewed0
Outcome CommentISAB has provided senior policy makers and the Department of State with valuable and unique insight and advice with regards to international security and nonproliferation. The Board is advisory only and does not make policy.Number Of Grants Recommended0
Cost Savings*Less Than $100,000Dollar Value Of Grants Recommended$0.00
Cost Savings CommentSome Board members and nearly all experts consulted by the Board serve without compensation. The costs of paying for the services of these experts would be significant for the government.Grants Review CommentNA
Number Of Recommendations*214Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentThe ISAB was inactive in FY18, FY19, and FY20.Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*0.00%Access Committee WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentN/AAccess GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*0.00%Access PublicationsYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentN/AAccess OtherNo
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentN/A
Agency Feedback Comment*Feedback, when provided, is provided during ISAB Plenary meetings.Narrative Description*The Board, dealing with the scientific, military, diplomatic, political, and public diplomacy aspects of arms control, disarmament, cybersecurity, the national security aspects of emerging technologies, international security, and nonproliferation provides valuable independent insight and advice and thereby meets an important requirement of the Department.
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Payments to Non-Federal Members*$0.00Est Payments to Non-Fed Members Next FY*$169,900.00
Payments to Federal Members*$17,080.00Est. Payments to Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Staff*$0.00Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$324,966.00
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*$74,600.00
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*$2,000.00
Total Costs$17,080.00Est. Total Next FY*$571,466.00
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*0.10Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY*2.50
Cost RemarksEst Cost RemarksThe cost estimates for the next FY are predicated on the assumption that the ISAB support staff is fully reconstituted with 2,5 FTE and that the ISAB is fully funded. These dollar estimates are carried forward from FY19.
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Interest Areas

Applied Science
Applied Sciences
Computer Technology
Federal Government
Internal Federal Government
International Law
International Organizations
National Defense
National Security and Defense
Overseas Security Issues
Science and Technology
Science and Technology


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Data from Previous Years

ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-036297International Security Advisory Board2019
 COM-033664International Security Advisory Board2018
 COM-001459International Security Advisory Board2017
 COM-002657International Security Advisory Board2016
 COM-003590International Security Advisory Board2015
 COM-004798International Security Advisory Board2014
 COM-005834International Security Advisory Board2013
 COM-006942International Security Advisory Board2012
 COM-007820International Security Advisory Board2011
 COM-009235International Security Advisory Board2010
 COM-010087International Security Advisory Board2009
 COM-011164International Security Advisory Board2008
 COM-011936International Security Advisory Board2007
 COM-012822Secretary of State's Arms Control and NonProliferation Advisory Board2006
 COM-013784Secretary of State's Arms Control and NonProliferation Advisory Board2005
 COM-014674Secretary of State's Arms Control and NonProliferation Advisory Board2004
 COM-015733Secretary of State's Arms Control and NonProliferation Advisory Board2003
 COM-016902Secretary of State's Arms Control and NonProliferation Advisory Board2002
 COM-017645Secretary of State's Arms Control and NonProliferation Advisory Board2001
 COM-018889Secretary of State's Arms Control and NonProliferation Advisory Board2000
 COM-019385Secretary of State's Arms Control and NonProliferation Advisory Board1999
 COM-021009Director's Advisory Committee1998
 COM-021077Director's Advisory Committee1997