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DOS - 1846 - United States International Digital Economy and Telecommunication Advisory Committee - Agency Authority


Committee NameUnited States International Digital Economy and Telecommunication Advisory CommitteeAgency NameDepartment of State
Fiscal Year2020Committee Number1846
Original Establishment Date2/15/1994Committee StatusChartered
Actual Termination Date Committee URL
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYNoMax Number of Members*Unlimited
Current Charter Date7/6/2018Designated Fed Officer Position Title*Foreign Affairs Officer
Date Of Renewal Charter6/30/2022Designated Federal Officer PrefixMr.
Projected Termination Date Designated Federal Officer First Name*Daniel
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle NameM
Specific Termination AuthorityAGENCYDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Oates
Establishment Authority*Agency AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*22 U.S.C. 2656Designated Federal Officer Phone*(202) 647-5205
Effective Date Of Authority*2/15/1994Designated Federal Officer Fax*(202) 647-5957
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?*In FY2020, the ITAC was rechartered and renamed as the International Digital Economy and Telecommunications (IDET) Federal Advisory Committee. This rechartered committee will advise the Department of State with respect to, and provide strategic planning recommendations on, digital economy, digital connectivity, economic aspects of emerging digital technologies, telecommunications, and communication and information policy matters, including those related to the U.S. participation in the work of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the Organization of American States Inter-American Telecommunication Commission (CITEL), the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Forum Telecommunications and Information Working Group, the Group of Seven (G7), the Group of Twenty (G20) Digital Economy Task Force, and relevant standards setting bodies. The Committee provides an effective, efficient and practical mechanism to support the Department with respect to United States engagement in these international engagements. In particular, the Committee assists in advancing and protecting American interests by providing advice on international digital economy and telecommunication policy and technical matters related to positions for various conferences and meetings. Some proposed USA contributions on technical matters are prepared and coordinated within the relevant preparatory process separate from the Committee, and are submitted to the Department as consensus positions of the US telecommunications industry for formal action (normally referred to an accredited U.S. delegation for presentation and support at an international meeting). Specialized advice and recommendations are prepared at relevant preparatory meetings to address specific agendas, including those related meetings of the technical Study Groups of the ITU sectors, more general ITU meetings of advisory management and governance groups, and various quadrennial plenipotentiary assemblies and conferences. Of the advice presented to the Department of State by the Committee in the form of recommended contributions to ITU meetings, approximately 98% are adopted and forwarded by the Department to these international organizations as United States positions.
How is membership balanced?*Together, the membership of the IDET will represent a balance of interests and diverse viewpoints and have substantial expertise participating in international organizations addressing communications and information technical and digital economy policy issues. Committee membership is open to applicants from all government agencies, and all telecommunication stakeholders (network operators, service providers, recognized operating agencies, equipment vendors, associations, academic institutions, civil society, individuals or other entities expressing an interest in the technical, regulatory, policy, and/or administrative activities of the ITU, CITEL, OECD, and APEC TEL as well as any other relevant matters). The Committee is well known to the telecommunications community, and has expanded its outreach to the Internet community in order to maintain a balanced level of participation and advice as Internet issues have increasingly appeared on ITU agendas. Advice and recommendations to the Department are developed on the basis of broad consensus of members that declare an interest, and is thus consistent with the multistakeholder environment that the US firmly supports for governance of the Internet. The Department publishes Committee meeting notices in the Federal Register and maintains a broad-based distribution list to invite participation by all stakeholders. In the case of very highly specialized issues, the Department may contact specific agencies and/or segments of industry to ensure broader participation when necessary.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*Committee meetings are generally held each quarter, but meetings to prepare for international meetings are held more often in order to provide sufficient oversight of issues and contributions to the ITU, CITEL and related international organizations. Although Committee meetings are regularly scheduled to occur each quarter, international meeting programs and schedules may influence the exact committee dates. In FY2020 the Committee held only two meetings due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*Advice and participation of stakeholders is required to develop positions that meet both U.S. government public interest obligations and private sector marketplace and economic objectives in international organizations. While there are other potential sources of advice on international digital economy and telecommunications issues, they usually represent narrow or specialized interests, often in direct competition with one another. The ability of the Committee to develop consensus positions and participate in developing positions for international meetings is a model of the US objective in implementing and maintaining a multistakeholder environment. The Committee's benefits to the United States are recognized overseas. Countries have sought assistance in the past on setting up their national process for handling telecom policy and technical issues, including an open and broadly based forum to develop national positions, and some countries have or are considering their own advisory committee.
Why close or partially close meetings?N/A
Recommendation RemarksN/A


Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*NoAction Reorganize Priorities*No
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 OtherNo
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionNoAction CommentN/A
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsNoGrants Review*No
Outcome OtherNoNumber Of Grants Reviewed0
Outcome CommentN/ANumber Of Grants Recommended0
Cost Savings*NoneDollar Value Of Grants Recommended$0.00
Cost Savings CommentN/AGrants Review CommentN/A
Number Of Recommendations*40Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentPreparatory meetings for international meetings develop recommendations for US input documents to each international meeting. They also recommend US positions on proposals from other countries. At least 30 preparatory meetings per year are supported with at least one contribution recommended for approval as a USA contribution for each ITU meeting, CITEL meeting, etc. During FY2020, the Committee provided recommendations on U.S. proposals for the ITU WTSA, OECD Digital Economy meetings; the ITU Council; ITU-R, ITU-D and ITU-T study groups and working parties; APEC-TEL, and CITEL.Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*98.00%Access Committee WebsiteNo
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentIt is rare that the recommendations of the Committee are not taken by the Department, since they represent the consensus of US stakeholders present, to include industry, government agencies, civil society, and academia.Access GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*2.00%Access PublicationsNo
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentCommittee advice is not formally offered nor independently implemented. Committee meetings are participatory meetings where advice from the non-government participating stakeholders is a matter of discussion with the agency stakeholders. While the government and non-government participating stakeholders come to a consensus agreement on U.S. positions, achieving the consensus is a process.Access OtherNo
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentN/A
Agency Feedback Comment*US positions are nearly always developed in Committee meetings and the feedback is instantaneous. Stakeholders have the possibility of participating in U.S. delegations as Private Sector Advisors or Government Advisors. They shape the input and the outcome of the international meeting for which they participated in preparations. The results of major meetings are customarily briefed at the following Committee meeting to establish a common understanding of U.S. positions, even among those who did not attend the meeting.Narrative Description*In its mission of conducting foreign affairs, the Department of State represents the United States before various UN organizations such as the ITU and other international organizations. In developing the policy and technical positions for its activities at the ITU and other international organizations, the Department of State depends on various interested Government Agencies and stakeholders from a broad range of US digital economy and telecommunications interests. Stakeholder advice is provided through this committee. Without this committee, there would be no vehicle for providing advice from interested parties outside the government.
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Payments to Non-Federal Members*$0.00Est Payments to Non-Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Members*$35,400.00Est. Payments to Fed Members Next FY*$33,300.00
Payments to Federal Staff*$27,200.00Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$27,200.00
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*$100.00Est Travel Reimb For Fed Members*$1,000.00
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*$0.00
Total Costs$62,700.00Est. Total Next FY*$61,500.00
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*0.20Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY*0.20
Cost RemarksIn rechartering the ITAC to the IDET, we have reconsidered how to staff this committee, and have updated costs accordingly.

Due to COVID-19, only one ITAC meeting was held mixed/in-person in FY2020, reducing the cost of travel for Federal Members. (The other meeting was held 100% virtually).
Est Cost RemarksIn rechartering the ITAC to the IDET, we have reconsidered how to staff this committee, and have updated cost estimates accordingly.
Hide Section - Interest Areas

Interest Areas

Applied Science
Patents and Trademarks
Broadcasting and Communications
Computer Technology
Information Technology
Data Integrity
Data Quality
Emergency Preparedness and Management
Disaster Assistance
Environmental Issues
Federal Government
International Economic Policy
International Organizations
Regulatory Negotiation
National Defense
National Security and Defense
Overseas Security Issues
Science and Technology
Science and Technology
International Commerce and Investment


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Data from Previous Years

ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-036303United States International Telecommunication Advisory Committee2019
 COM-033672United States International Telecommunication Advisory Committee2018
 COM-001608United States International Telecommunication Advisory Committee2017
 COM-002692United States International Telecommunication Advisory Committee2016
 COM-003734United States International Telecommunication Advisory Committee2015
 COM-004699United States International Telecommunication Advisory Committee2014
 COM-005865United States International Telecommunication Advisory Committee2013
 COM-007088United States International Telecommunication Advisory Committee2012
 COM-007814United States International Telecommunication Advisory Committee2011
 COM-009070United States International Telecommunication Advisory Committee2010
 COM-009884United States International Telecommunication Advisory Committee2009
 COM-011008United States International Telecommunication Advisory Committee2008
 COM-011960United States International Telecommunication Advisory Committee2007
 COM-012782United States International Telecommunication Advisory Committee2006
 COM-013817United States International Telecommunication Advisory Committee2005
 COM-014708United States International Telecommunication Advisory Committee2004
 COM-015769United States International Telecommunication Advisory Committee2003
 COM-016712United States International Telecommunication Advisory Committee2002
 COM-017730United States International Telecommunication Advisory Committee2001
 COM-018686United States International Telecommunication Advisory Committee2000
 COM-019459United States International Telecommunication Advisory Committee1999
 COM-020558United States International Telecommunication Advisory Committee1998
 COM-021569United States International Telecommunication Advisory Committee1997