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USDA - 1263 - Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee for Trade - Authorized by Law


Committee NameAgricultural Policy Advisory Committee for TradeAgency NameDepartment of Agriculture
Fiscal Year2020Committee Number1263
Original Establishment Date4/7/1975Committee StatusChartered
Actual Termination Date Committee URL
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYNoMax Number of Members*40
Current Charter Date6/7/2019Designated Fed Officer Position Title*DFO
Date Of Renewal Charter6/7/2023Designated Federal Officer Prefix
Projected Termination Date Designated Federal Officer First Name*Jeffrey
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle Name
Specific Termination AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Jones
Establishment Authority*Authorized by LawDesignated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*Section 135(c)(1) of the Trade Act of 1974, as amended.Designated Federal Officer Phone*(202) 720-8495
Effective Date Of Authority*3/27/1975Designated Federal Officer Fax*(202) 720-0340
Exempt From EO 13875 Discretionary CmteNot ApplicableDesignated Federal Officer Email*
Committee Type*Continuing
Committee Function*Other Committee


Agency Recommendation*Continue
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNo
Legislation StatusNot Applicable
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*The purpose of the Committee is to provide advice to the U.S. Trade Representative and the Secretary of Agriculture on trade and other economic issues that affect U.S. agriculture. In recent years, the Administration has consulted the Committee frequently on trade issues such as WTO negotiations, as well as the evaluation of benefits from existing FTAs with Canada, Mexico and Korea. The Administration relied heavily on the Committee's guidance on many aspects of the formulation of trade strategies, proposals, and agreements.The Committee accomplishes its purpose by reviewing sensitive materials provided by USTR/USDA and providing feedback to the principal parties either through written or electronic communications. Members also attend face-to face meetings with the Secretary of Agriculture and USTR in attendance. Advisors are required to hold a Secret Clearance. The minutes from the meetings are not available due to an exemption granted within the Trade Act of 1974.
How is membership balanced?*Members are selected from producers, processors, traders, manufacturers, and consumer representatives that are either self-nominated or recommended by an organization for membership. Also, special emphasis has been placed on soliciting nominations from traditionally under-represented groups.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*The Committee meets as needed to provide advice and counsel to the Administration on significant and timely agricultural trade matters. This Committee meets approximately twice a year. Conference calls are also a method used to hold ad hoc meetings.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*Meetings are conducted so that U.S. trade negotiators can use the meetings to discuss and seek private sector advice regarding sensitive trade policy matters, the disclosure of which could seriously compromise the U.S. Government's development of policy priorities, negotiating objectives, and bargaining positions. Members must obtain a confidential security clearance so that government-classified documents can be discussed. Thus, meetings are closed to the public. Given the nature of these discussions, no other setting can be used to seek such advice without compromising U.S. trade policy.
Why close or partially close meetings?Section 135(g) of the Trade Act (19 U.S.C. 2155(g)) protects certain communications between and among committee members and appropriate Federal government officials in connection with trade matters, more specifically, trade negotiations, the operation of an existing trade agreement, and other matters arising in connection with the administration of U.S. trade policy.
Recommendation RemarksThe meetings for this committee are typically closed to the public in accordance with the Trade Act of 1974, 19 U.S.C. 2155(f)(2), and the Government in the Sunshine Act, 5 U.S.C. 552b(c)(4) and (6).


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 LegislationYes
Outcome Effective Grant MakingNoAction Approved Grants Or Other PaymentsNo
Outcome Improved Service DeliveryYesAction OtherNo
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionYesAction 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 CommentGrants Review CommentNA
Number Of Recommendations*36Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentThe number of recommendations varies from year-to-year. Historically, the Agency has misunderstood the use of this field and therefore, the total number of recommendations noted above for the life of this Committee is underreported. Efforts are underway to search historical records to be able to amend this section in the future to include the total number of recommendations produced since inception. For FY 20, The APAC committee proposed one resolution and put forth 6 recommendations and letters.Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*100.00%Access Committee WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentImplementation does not necessarily apply to a number of the recommendations. The committee provides formal recommendations in the form of resolutions, but the committee provides numerous recommendations orally at meetings. The recommendations in all cases are fully considered by USTR and USDA negotiators in the course of pursuing free trade agreements and resolving trade disputes.Access GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*0.00%Access PublicationsYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentSee above.Access OtherNo
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentN/A
Agency Feedback Comment*Through frequent conference calls jointly held with USTR, as well as during committee meetings.Narrative Description*APAC supports USDA's international trade functions by providing advice to the U.S. Trade Representative and the Secretary of Agriculture on trade policy and other economic issues that affect U.S. agriculture.
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Payments to Non-Federal Members*$0.00Est Payments to Non-Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Members* Est. Payments to Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Staff*$14,600.00Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$15,500.00
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$0.00Est. Other Costs Next FY*$1,000.00
Total Costs$14,600.00Est. Total Next FY*$16,500.00
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*0.40Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY*0.40
Cost Remarks($69,068 + $12,131)/7 + (68.38 * 52) = $11,600 + $3,000 = $14,600

Zero other cost this fiscal year due to inability to hold face-to-face meetings (because of COVID)
Est Cost Remarks
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Interest Areas

International Commerce and Investment
Trade and Trade Policy


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Data from Previous Years

ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-036083Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee for Trade2019
 COM-033403Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee for Trade2018
 COM-001798Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee for Trade2017
 COM-002446Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee for Trade2016
 COM-003364Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee for Trade2015
 COM-004592Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee for Trade2014
 COM-006020Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee for Trade2013
 COM-006383Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee for Trade2012
 COM-008176Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee for Trade2011
 COM-009467Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee for Trade2010
 COM-010532Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee for Trade2009
 COM-011394Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee for Trade2008
 COM-012365Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee for Trade2007
 COM-012411Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee for Trade2006
 COM-014200Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee for Trade2005
 COM-014498Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee for Trade2004
 COM-016213Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee for Trade2003
 COM-016331Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee for Trade2002
 COM-018062Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee for Trade2001
 COM-018472Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee for Trade2000
 COM-019916Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee for Trade1999
 COM-020097Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee for Trade1998
 COM-021968Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee for Trade1997