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DOC - 350 - Industry Sector Advisory Committee on Textiles and Apparel for Trade Policy Matters (ISAC 15) - Statutory (Congress Created)


Committee NameIndustry Sector Advisory Committee on Textiles and Apparel for Trade Policy Matters (ISAC 15)Agency NameDepartment of Commerce
Fiscal Year2004Committee Number350
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 PrefixMs.
Projected Termination Date6/16/2004Designated Federal Officer First Name*Maria
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle Name
Specific Termination AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*D'Andrea
Establishment Authority*Statutory (Congress Created)Designated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*19 U.S.C. 2155Designated Federal Officer Phone*202-482-4058
Effective Date Of Authority*1/3/1975Designated Federal Officer Fax*202-482-0667
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 15 provided advice to the Department of Commerce and to the United States Trade Representative on a wide range of issues during the charter period. The committee was particularly active in issues regarding Free Trade Agreement (FTA) negotiations with Australia, Central America, the Dominican Republic and Morocco, and market access and compliance issues. The committee provided valuable input on negotiating positions for these negotiations, as well as FTA negotiations with the Southern African Customs Union. ISAC 15 members advised the interagency Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements (CITA) on trade negotiations including three China textile safeguard actions, transshipment issues, rules of origin, and commercial availability petitions. The Committee also continued its subcommittee work, to streamlining paperwork requirements for textile and apparel trade preference programs.
How is membership balanced?*The membership of ISAC 15 is well-balanced geographically and also in terms of the number of industry sectors and viewpoints represented. Industry trade associations and individual companies are represented on the committee. The textile sector committee members include fiber producers, yarn spinners, fabric mills, fabric dyers and finishers, carpet mills, and household and industrial textile product manufacturers. The apparel sector members comprise outerwear, underwear, knitwear, and neckwear. The majority of companies represented manufacture domestically and most export their goods, while some include import operations. All of these segments of the industry bring different viewpoints on the international trade issues considered at committee meetings.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*ISAC 15 meets three to six times a year. The actual number of meetings is determined by Government need for private sector advice and the consensus of the Committee regarding meeting frequency and dates. Members offer advice throughout the year at meetings, through phone calls, and by fax and letter. 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 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*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 CommentNA
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*4Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentISAC 15 generally does not have a consensus view on textile and apparel trade issues. Under Section 135(e)(1) of the Trade Act of 1974 regarding any trade agreement entered into under section 2103(a) or (b) of the Trade Act of 2002, the Committee was required to provide the U.S. Trade Representative, the President, and Congress with reports on the U.S.-Australia Free Trade Agreement (FTA); the U.S.-Central America FTA; the U.S.-Dominican Republic FTA; and the U.S.-Morocco FTA. The reports included an advisory committee opinion as to whether and to what extent the agreements promote the economic interests of the United States and achieve the applicable overall and principle negotiating objectives, and whether the agreements provide for equity and reciprocity within the textile and apparel area. These reports reflected diverse advisory opinions on the proposed Agreements.Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*0.00%Access Committee WebsiteNo
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentNAAccess GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*0.00%Access PublicationsNo
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentGiven that ISAC 15 generally does not have a consensus view on textile and apparel trade issues, it is not possible to measure the approximate percentage of the recommendations that have been or will be partially implemented by the agency.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 appropriate ITA units to prepare draft responses. Commerce internal procedures require that all responses for Secretarial signature (and/or joint signature with USTR) go through a concurrence process which ensures that the 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 ISAC/IFAC advice is weighed and considered.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, 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 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; advises the Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements on commercial availability petitions under Section 112(b)(5)(B) of the Trade and Development Act of 2000, and Section 211 of the Trade and Development Act of 2000, amending Section 213(b)(2)(A)(v)(II) of the Caribbean Basin Economic Recovery Act; Sections 1 and 6 of Executive Order No. 13191; 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*$13,898.00Estimated 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*$231.00Est. 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$14,129.00Est. Total Next FY*$0.00
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*0.20Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY*0.00
Cost RemarksEst Cost Remarks
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ActionCommittee System IDSubcommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-023193Streamlining Paperwork Requirements for Textile and Apparel Trade Preference Programs2004


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Data from Previous Years

ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-015389Industry Sector Advisory Committee on Textiles and Apparel for Trade Policy Matters (ISAC 15)2003
 COM-017061Industry Sector Advisory Committee on Textiles and Apparel for Trade Policy Matters (ISAC 15)2002
 COM-017250Industry Sector Advisory Committee on Textiles and Apparel for Trade Policy Matters (ISAC 15)2001
 COM-019004Industry Sector Advisory Committee on Textiles and Apparel for Trade Policy Matters (ISAC 15)2000
 COM-019303Industry Sector Advisory Committee on Textiles and Apparel for Trade Policy Matters (ISAC 15)1999
 COM-020941Industry Sector Advisory Committee on Textiles and Apparel for Trade Policy Matters (ISAC 15)1998
 COM-021098Industry Sector Advisory Committee on Textiles and Apparel for Trade Policy Matters (ISAC 15)1997