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DOC - 348 - Industry Sector Advisory Committee on Services for Trade Policy Matters (ISAC 13) - Statutory (Congress Created)


Committee NameIndustry Sector Advisory Committee on Services for Trade Policy Matters (ISAC 13)Agency NameDepartment of Commerce
Fiscal Year2004Committee Number348
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*Jennifer
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle NameR.
Specific Termination AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Moll
Establishment Authority*Statutory (Congress Created)Designated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*19 U.S.C. 2155Designated Federal Officer Phone*202-482-1316
Effective Date Of Authority*1/3/1975Designated Federal Officer Fax*202-482-2669
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 RequiredYes
Legislation StatusEnacted
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*ISAC 13 meets regularly (it met 13 times in FY 2004) to discuss trade policy issues and priorities for service industries with representatives from many government agencies, including the Departments of Commerce, Justice, Labor, State, Treasury, Transportation, the Environmental Protection Agency, and USTR. Members express their opinions on proposed policy initiatives directly to trade policy negotiators at ISAC meetings. The committee also writes letters of recommendations to the Administration stating its consensus opinion on policy matters. In FY 2004, ISAC 13 made effective use of the closed meeting format to examine and provide specific comments on draft services related text for active bilateral and multilateral trade negotiations, such as those related to the U.S.-Australia, Dominican Republic and Morocco FTAs, the U.S.-Central America FTA, negotiations with the South African Customs Union, the Free Trade Area of the Americas, and the General Agreement on Trade in Services.
How is membership balanced?*Representatives from nearly all of the major service industries serve on ISAC 13. Its members are carefully recruited from the sectors listed below so that the Committee truly represents the broad, diverse services industry. When a committee member resigns, attempts are made to immediately recruit another representative from the same industry to maintain balanced sectoral representation. Sectors represented on ISAC 13 include: Accountancy, Advertising, Architecture, Audio-visual, Education and Training, Energy, (construction related) Engineering, Entertainment, Environmental services, Express Delivery; Financial, Healthcare, Information Technology, Insurance, Legal, Management Consulting, Telecommunications, Transportation, and Travel and Tourism.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*The Committee met 13 times in FY 2004; however, the actual number of meetings is dictated by Government need for private sector advice. During the FY 2004, the U.S. Government has been engaged in multilateral and bilateral trade policy initiatives including the General Agreement on Trade and Services (GATS), U.S.-Morocco FTA, U.S.-Australia FTA, the U.S.-Central America FTA and the U.S.-Dominican Republic FTA; negotiations with the South African Customs Union (SACU), the Free Trade Area of the Americas and its working groups, and the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum (APEC). The advice provided through the advisory committee constitutes a very unique and committed way for the entire industry to formulate a position for the sector that strengthens the position of the US negotiators in international settings. ISAC 13 has made invaluable contributions to the development of U.S. services trade policy.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*The Committee structure ensures a unique source of information to the U.S. 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 these committees remain 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 committees 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 (ICP) 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. The meetings of the Industry Sector Advisory Committee on Services (ISAC 13) 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 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 CommentCommittee advice is vital to priorities during international trade negotiations.
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsNoGrants 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 CommentNAGrants Review CommentNA
Number Of Recommendations*11Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentThe number above is for a partial fiscal year (October 1, 2003 to March 17, 2004)and represents a combination of Statutory Reports and formal letters of opinion. The Committee also provides countless oral recommendations during the course of its closed sessions.Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*50.00%Access Committee WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentThis is a best estimate. Section 135 of Trade Act of 1974 as amended does not bind USTR and the Department of Commerce to take Committee advice.Access GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*25.00%Access PublicationsNo
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentThis is a best estimate. Section 135 of the Trade Act of 1974 as amended does not bind USTR and the Department of Commerce to take Committee advice.Access OtherNo
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentNA
Agency Feedback Comment*Most feedback is rendered orally during meetings; when written advice is sent to the Secretary of Commerce and the USTR or their designees, it is reviewed by the Secretary's policy staff and tasked to the appropriate ITA unit to prepare a draft response. Commerce internal procedures require that all responses for Secretarial signature (and/or joint signature with USTR) go through a concurrence process which ensures that all appropriate level Commerce officials are seeing the advice and have a chance for comment. All formal responses must be cleared by the Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade prior to the Secretary's signature, which ensures that ITAC advice is weighed and considered.Narrative Description*The Committee supports Commerce's mission and strategic plan because it acts as a major vehicle for obtaining industry views and conducting industry consultations, particularly as they relate to international trade policy.
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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*$27,000.00Estimated 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$27,000.00Est. Total Next FY*$0.00
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*0.60Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY*0.00
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Data from Previous Years

ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-015361Industry Sector Advisory Committee on Services for Trade Policy Matters (ISAC 13)2003
 COM-017051Industry Sector Advisory Committee on Services for Trade Policy Matters (ISAC 13)2002
 COM-017333Industry Sector Advisory Committee on Services for Trade Policy Matters (ISAC 13)2001
 COM-019011Industry Sector Advisory Committee on Services for Trade Policy Matters (ISAC 13)2000
 COM-019289Industry Sector Advisory Committee on Services for Trade Policy Matters (ISAC 13)1999
 COM-020969Industry Sector Advisory Committee on Services for Trade Policy Matters (ISAC 13)1998
 COM-021180Industry Sector Advisory Committee on Services for Trade Policy Matters (ISAC 13)1997