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DOC - 341 - Industry Sector Advisory Committee on Energy for Trade Policy Matters (ISAC 6) - Statutory (Congress Created)


Committee NameIndustry Sector Advisory Committee on Energy for Trade Policy Matters (ISAC 6)Agency NameDepartment of Commerce
Fiscal Year2004Committee Number341
Original Establishment Date1/3/1975Committee StatusTerminated
Actual Termination Date6/16/2004Committee URL
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYYesMax Number of Members*30
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*Samuel
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle NameC.
Specific Termination AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Beatty
Establishment Authority*Statutory (Congress Created)Designated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*19 U.S.C. 2155Designated Federal Officer Phone*202-482-4179
Effective Date Of Authority*1/3/1975Designated Federal Officer Fax*202-482-0170
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?*The Committee meets approximately six times a year to discuss trade policy and advise the government on industry positions related to commercial matters. The Committee met five times during FY 2004: on 10/21/03, 03/04/04, 03/30/04, 04/07/04, and 04/15/04. The Committee focused on several multilateral and bilateral trade negotiations. ISAC 6 members provided valuable insight, recommendations, and guidance on the WTO Energy Services negotiations; the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA)negotiations; the U.S.-Australia Free Trade Agreement (FTA)negotiations; the U.S.-Central America Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA)negotiations; the U.S.-Morocco Free Trade Agreement (FTA) negotiations; the U.S-Southern Africa Customs Union (SACU) Free Trade Agreement (FTA) negotiations; the U.S-Dominican Republic Free Trade Agreement negotiations; and investor-state dispute settlement and international arbitration provisions for future trade agreements and investment treaties.
How is membership balanced?*The Committee consists of members from the private sector and trade associations which represent a wide spectrum of energy interests, including oil, natural gas, and coal producers; petroleum refiners; electric utilities; renewable energy producers; gas distribution companies; power sector equipment and services suppliers. While all members are experts in their fields, close attention is given - during the selection process - to the representation of candidates/enterprises with a large geographical, gender and size diversification.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*The Committee meets approximately six times a year. However, the actual number of meetings is dictated by Government need for private sector advice. The U.S. Government will be involved in multilateral and bilateral trade policy negotiations with respect to any new WTO round; APEC; OECD; WTO accessions; FTAA negotiations; U.S.-Morocco FTA negotiations; U.S.-Australia FTA negotiations; U.S.-CAFTA negotiations; U.S.-Dominican Republic FTA negotiations; U.S.-SACU FTA negotiations; and enforcement of trade agreements. The advice the Government receives from the private sector through the advisory committee will be an on-going process and will be an intrinsic part of developing U.S. positions for all policy negotiations.
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 ISAC's 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 position 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*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 CommentNone to note.
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 CommentNAGrants Review CommentNA
Number Of Recommendations*5Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentNAAccess Agency WebsiteNo
% of Recs Fully Implemented*0.00%Access Committee WebsiteNo
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentThe committee's recommendations for investor-state dispute settlement in the U.S.-Australia FTA were not implemented. It is impossible to determine or surmise if these and/or similar recommendations will be implemented in future trade agreements.Access GSA FACA WebsiteNo
% of Recs Partially Implemented*0.00%Access PublicationsNo
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentIt is impossible to surmise whether the above mentioned recommendations will be implemented in future trade agreements.Access OtherNo
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentNA
Agency Feedback Comment*USTR has recently begun (April 2004) to brief the committee on the unique circumstances of the investment negotiations of each trade agreement. Prior to this, the commmittee had submitted a recommendation letter providing its opinion on investor-state dispute settlement and international arbitration provisions as per ongoing and future trade and investment treaty negotiations to the USTR and the Secretary of Commerce on December 23, 2003. USTR replied to this recommendation letter with a written response dated April 21, 2004. The Department of Commerce responded to the recommendation letter with a written response on January 28, 2004.Narrative Description*The committee provides private sector advice to the USTR and the Secretary of Commerce on international energy trade policy issues.
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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*$57,000.00Estimated 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$57,000.00Est. Total Next FY*$0.00
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*0.40Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY*0.00
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Data from Previous Years

ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-015415Industry Sector Advisory Committee on Energy for Trade Policy Matters (ISAC 6)2003
 COM-017099Industry Sector Advisory Committee on Energy for Trade Policy Matters (ISAC 6)2002
 COM-017324Industry Sector Advisory Committee on Energy for Trade Policy Matters (ISAC 6)2001
 COM-018990Industry Sector Advisory Committee on Energy for Trade Policy Matters (ISAC 6)2000
 COM-019281Industry Sector Advisory Committee on Energy for Trade Policy Matters (ISAC 6)1999
 COM-020966Industry Sector Advisory Committee on Energy for Trade Policy Matters (ISAC 6)1998
 COM-021166Industry Sector Advisory Committee on Energy for Trade Policy Matters (ISAC 6)1997