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DOC - 338 - Industry Sector Advisory Committee on Chemicals and Allied Products for Trade Policy Matters (ISAC 3) - Statutory (Congress Created)


Committee NameIndustry Sector Advisory Committee on Chemicals and Allied Products for Trade Policy Matters (ISAC 3)Agency NameDepartment of Commerce
Fiscal Year2004Committee Number338
Original Establishment Date1/3/1975Committee StatusTerminated
Actual Termination Date6/16/2004Committee URL
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYYesMax Number of Members*50
Current Charter Date3/17/2004Designated Fed Officer Position Title*DFO
Date Of Renewal Charter3/18/2004Designated Federal Officer Prefix
Projected Termination Date6/16/2004Designated Federal Officer First Name*Mike
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle Name
Specific Termination AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Kelly
Establishment Authority*Statutory (Congress Created)Designated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*19 U.S.C. 2155Designated Federal Officer Phone*202-482-0811
Effective Date Of Authority*1/3/1975Designated Federal Officer Fax*202-482-2565
Exempt From EO 13875 Discretionary Cmte Designated Federal Officer Email*
Committee Type*Continuing
Committee Function*National Policy Issue Advisory Board


Agency Recommendation*Terminate
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNo
Legislation Status 
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*ISAC 3 provides advice to the Secretary of Commerce and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative on a wide range of trade issues. ISAC 3 consults with U.S. negotiators on trade and/or international environmental agreements with trade impacts, and will, upon request, develop sectoral trade proposals, e.g., lists of products nominated for tariff reduction or elimination, which represent the interests of the sector and strengthen the position of the US negotiators in various negotiating fora. ISAC 3 also renders advice to Government officials on all tariff offers submitted by countries seeking accession to the WTO. The ISAC assists negotiators with technical advice deemed instrumental in tariff, standards or Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) negotiations. ISAC 3 members have shown strong commitment in expressing consensual priorities on trade policy matters to the benefit of the overall US government in world trade negotiations.
How is membership balanced?*ISAC 3 members represent organic, inorganic, and petrochemical industries. Also, members represent the pharmaceutical, plastic, dyes and pigments, biotechnology, paints and coatings, advanced composite materials, fertilizer, and agricultural chemicals. Among the membership, twelve advisors reside outside the beltway and one in a foreign country. The members residing within the Beltway represent companies headquartered in geographic areas from the entire federation. Furthermore, ISAC 3 members represent small to large manufacturers and major trade associations.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*The Committee usually meets on a monthly basis, with the exception of August. However, a lawsuit filed by Earthjustice Legal Defense Fund in April 2000, to obtain environmental representation on the Committee, caused six meetings to be canceled. Agendas consist of issues upon which government officials request advice for major domestic or international meetings. These issues generally comprised market access issues with the Chile, Singapore, and VietNam Free Trade Agreements, China's accession to the WTO, the addition of chemicals to the Pharmaceutical Zero/Zero List for tariff elimination, and preparations for the WTO Ministerial. The advice provided through the advisory system constitutes a very unique and committed way for the entire industry to formulate consensual advice. It has become an intrinsic part of the development of U.S. negotiating positions in multilateral negotations.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*The Committee structure ensures a unique source of information to the Government. All members have security clearances and through a continuing dialogue with Government officials are made aware of Government trade policy at a level not otherwise available to the private sector. Because this Committee remains current in the broad spectrum of trade policy rather than a single facet--as would be the case in the absence of a committee structure--the private sector input from the committee is more pertinent. The advisory committee program, legislatively mandated, is the single formal comprehensive consultative link between the U.S. Government and U.S. industry and has the responsibility to address all issues concerning trade policy.
Why close or partially close meetings?The Industry Consultations Program was established by the Trade Act of 1974 and in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA). Subsection 135(f) of the Trade Act provides that the ISACs shall be exempt from the provisions of the FACA relating to open meetings, public notice, public participation, and public availability of documents when it is determined that the proceedings would, if disclosed, seriously compromise the Government's negotiating objectives or bargaining positions regarding trade policy matters. ISAC meetings routinely involve these kinds of discussions. The United States Trade Representative (USTR) evaluates each meeting agenda and issues a Notice of Determination when it is necessary to close meetings.
Recommendation Remarks


Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*NoAction Reorganize Priorities*Yes
Outcome Trust In GovernmentNoAction 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 CommentIssued new text in trade agreemetns
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsNoGrants Review*No
Outcome OtherNoNumber Of Grants Reviewed0
Outcome CommentNANumber Of Grants Recommended0
Cost Savings*NoneDollar Value Of Grants Recommended$0.00
Cost Savings CommentNAGrants Review CommentNA
Number Of Recommendations*4Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentMost advice is rendered orally while the trade negotiators are in the room; however, 4 advisory committee reports were filed with USTR in fulfillment of statutory reporting requirement at the conclusion of trade agreements. In FY'04, these included Australia FTA, CAFTA, Dominican Republic, and Morocco.Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*60.00%Access Committee WebsiteNo
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentNAAccess GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*60.00%Access PublicationsNo
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentNAAccess OtherNo
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentNA
Agency Feedback Comment*Most feedback is rendered orally by trade negotiators to the committee members during their meetings; formal written advice is responded to by the Secretary of Commerce and the USTR.Narrative Description*The Committee shall perform such functions and duties and prepare reports, as required by Section 135 of the Trade Act of 1974, as amended, and Sections 1102 and 1103 of the 1988 Trade Act, with respect to the sector and functional advisory committees. The Committee advises the Secretary and the USTR concerning the trade matters referred to in Sections 101, 102, and 124 of the Trade Act of 1974, as amended; with respect to the operation of any trade agreement once entered into; and with respect to other matters arising in connection with the development, implementation, and administration of the trade policy of the United States including those matters referred to in Reorganization Plan Number 3 of 1979 and Executive Order 12188, and the priorities for actions thereunder. In particular, the Committee provides detailed policy and technical advice, information, and recommendations to the Secretary and the USTR regarding trade barriers and implementation of trade agreements negotiated under Sections 101 or 102 of the Trade Act of 1974, as amended, and Sections 1102 and 1103 of the 1988 Trade Act, which affect the products of its sector; and performs such other advisory functions relevant to U.S. trade policy as may be requested by the Secretary and the USTR or their designees.
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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*$39,000.00Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$0.00
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*$0.00
Total Costs$39,000.00Est. Total Next FY*$0.00
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*0.40Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY*0.00
Cost RemarksEst Cost Remarks
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Data from Previous Years

ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-015382Industry Sector Advisory Committee on Chemicals and Allied Products for Trade Policy Matters (ISAC 3)2003
 COM-017007Industry Sector Advisory Committee on Chemicals and Allied Products for Trade Policy Matters (ISAC 3)2002
 COM-017282Industry Sector Advisory Committee on Chemicals and Allied Products for Trade Policy Matters (ISAC 3)2001
 COM-019014Industry Sector Advisory Committee on Chemicals and Allied Products for Trade Policy Matters (ISAC 3)2000
 COM-019263Industry Sector Advisory Committee on Chemicals and Allied Products for Trade Policy Matters (ISAC 3)1999
 COM-020889Industry Sector Advisory Committee on Chemicals and Allied Products for Trade Policy Matters (ISAC 3)1998
 COM-021170Industry Sector Advisory Committee on Chemicals and Allied Products for Trade Policy Matters (ISAC 3)1997