1. Committee’s Official Designation.
The official designation shall be the Advisory Committee on International Economic Policy (“the Committee”).
The Committee is established under the general authority of the Secretary of State and the Department of State as set forth in Title 22 of the United States Code, in particular Section 2656 of that Title and consistent with Federal Advisory Committee Act (5 U.S.C., Appendix). The renewal of this charter constitutes a determination by the Secretary of State that the operation of the Committee is in the public’s interest in connection with performance of duties of the Department of State.
3. Objectives and Scope of Activities.
The Committee provides advice on U.S. policy, strategies for multilateral and bilateral economic negotiations, business outreach, and commercial diplomacy. The Committee consults with other interested parties, agencies and interagency committees, and with private groups and individuals, as the Department of State and the Committee decide are necessary or desirable. The objective of the Committee is to bring to the U.S. government a source of expertise, knowledge, and insight not available within the Department or elsewhere in the government on these issues.
4. Description of Duties.
The Committee provides advice on opportunities and challenges in international economic policy, including performance of the following functions:
- To provide information and advice on the effective integration of economic interests into overall foreign policy;
- To appraise the role of international economic institutions; and
- To provide information and advice on the Department of State’s role in advancing U.S. economic and commercial interests in the global economy.
The Committee’s activities are advisory only.
5. Agency or Official to Whom the Committee Reports.
The Committee reports to the Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs or as the Assistant Secretary may direct depending on the subject matter. Reports may be oral or written.
The Department of State’s Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs supplies all staff and support functions for the Committee.
7. Estimated Annual Operating Costs and Staff Years.
All funding necessary for the organization and operation of the Committee are supplied from funds available to the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs. Projected annual costs of operation are:
Federal Staff $ 38,297
The members of the Committee serve without compensation.
8. Designated Federal Officer.
The Executive Secretary, designated by the Assistant Secretary, is the Designated Federal Officer (DFO). The DFO is either a full-time or permanent part-time employee of the department. He or she attends all meetings, and advises the Chair to adjourn, or will adjourn any meeting when in the public interest. The Executive Secretary prepares and approves the agenda, and drafts and certifies meeting minutes.
9. Estimated Number and Frequency of Meetings.
- It is anticipated that the Committee will meet at least once a year and at such other times and places as are required to fulfill the objectives of the Committee. Subcommittees and working groups will meet as appropriate for their assigned responsibilities. The following applies to the meetings:
- The Chair presides over all meetings of the Committee. The Chair participates in the development of the Committee’s program.
- One of the Vice Chairs acts as Chair in the absence of the Chair.
It is anticipated that there will be a continuing need for the advice offered by the Committee. The Department will periodically review this need.
In accordance with P.L. 92-463, Section 14(a) (1), the Committee will terminate two years from the date of filing this Charter, unless it is formally determined to be in the public interest to continue it for another two years.
12. Membership and Designation.
- The size of the Committee is not fixed, although the total membership will not exceed 60 members.
- The membership of the Committee consists of representatives of U.S. organizations and institutions having an interest in international economic policy, and may include: representatives of U.S. business with international trade interests, representatives of U.S. labor unions, state and local government officials, public interest groups, trade and professional associations, legal or business consultants focused on economic and trade aspects of foreign affairs, members of civil society organizations, and academic representatives focused on international economic policy.
- The Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs will invite members to serve for a period of two years or less, with the possibility of renewing a member’s two year term at the Assistant Secretary’s discretion. Vacancies may be filled as they occur. The Assistant Secretary may remove a member at any time, for any reason.
- The officers of the Committee consist of a Chair, a Vice Chair, an Executive Secretary, and such other positions as the Assistant Secretary shall determine, and the Assistant Secretary shall appoint these individuals at such times and for such periods as he or she shall determine, with the Executive Secretary being the individual designated in Paragraph 8 hereof.
The Department may establish appropriate subcommittees to carry out assigned responsibilities, and shall provide such guidance and direction as is necessary and appropriate to ensure the effective functioning of such subcommittee. Subcommittees will report to the Committee, and any subcommittee written advice or work products containing recommendations to the Department will first be provided to the Committee.
The records of the committee and any subcommittees are handled in accordance with General Records Schedule 6.2, and include, for example, all papers and documents pertinent to the Committee’s establishment and activities, including its Charter, agendas, determinations for closing Committee meetings to the public, proceedings, the membership list of the Committee, all written communications between the Department and the Committee, and all written materials and reports considered by the Committee. These records are available for public inspection and copying, subject to the Freedom of Information Act, 5 U.S.C. § 552.
Now, thereby, this Charter will be considered approved by the Department of State as of this date and will be considered filed as of the date when copies have been provided to the appropriate standing committees of the Senate and the House of Representatives, having legislative jurisdiction over the Department of State, and to the Library of Congress pursuant to the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act.