Minority Business Opportunity to Participate On Industry Trade Advisory Committees

The Industry Trade Advisory Committees (ITACs) play a critical role as industry’s voice in developing U.S. trade policy.  Through the ITACs, business leaders have an opportunity to work side-by-side with U.S. Government officials and trade negotiators in advising the Secretary of Commerce and the United States Trade Representative (USTR) on industry specific issues related to, among others:  market access, customs matters, foreign investment and intellectual property protection.

Commerce and the USTR jointly administer 13 industry specific and 3 functional ITACs, plus a Committee of Chairs – and consider these ITACs, and the advisors who serve on them – to be a vital part of the U.S. trade policy-making process. As an ITAC advisor, you would have direct access to policymakers and negotiators to offer industry positions on U.S. trade policy and negotiating objectives and you would serve as a critical link between the private sector and government.

ITACs typically meets an average of four to five times a year in Washington, D.C. and sometimes there are meetings outside the beltway.  Some ITACs may meet more often, depending upon the work of the committee and the nature of the agreement being negotiated.  Members pay their own travel and expenses to attend these meetings.

Please note that we are currently in the process of looking at ways to leverage our technological capabilities so that people can potentially join meetings via teleconference or video conference.

Currently, Commerce and USTR are in the process of recruiting for new members on all sixteen ITACs for the upcoming charter term which will begin in the late winter/early spring of 2010. This recruitment process will ensure a diverse membership among industry sectors, small, medium and large-sized companies, product lines, geographic areas and demographic groups.  Although our recruitment efforts will be ongoing, we’re encouraging people to apply as soon as possible because members must be granted a Commerce Department security clearance (as they have access to confidential trade-related documents) and this process can take a few months.

Candidates applying for ITAC membership need to represent a U.S. manufacturing or service entity that trades internationally, or an association of such entities.  Candidate must also demonstrate knowledge of their industry sector and trade policy issues relevant to the work of the ITAC to which they are applying.  Candidates must be U.S. citizens who are not employees of a government entity, registered foreign agents, or federally-registered lobbyists.

People who are interested in becoming ITAC advisors need to send the following information to the Trade Advisory Center:

1)      A  nomination letter, stating the nominee’s international trade expertise and qualifications, from their company or trade association (can be self-nominating);

2)      Their current résumé, demonstrating knowledge of international trade issues relevant to the work of the committee on which they would like to serve;

3)      A profile of the sponsoring company or organization (if the nominee is a consultant, legal advisor, or trade association, a membership list or client list must be included and all non-U.S. entities that are clients or members must be identified, including members that are U.S. subsidiaries of foreign-held companies.); and

4)      An affirmative statement that:  a) the applicant is not a foreign agent; b) the applicant is not a federally-registered lobbyist, and if appointed, they will not be able to serve on as an ITAC member if they should become a federally-registered lobbyist; and c) the applicant meets all eligibility criteria.

These nominations should be sent to the Director of the Industry Trade Advisory Center, U.S. Department of Commerce, Room 4043, Washington, D.C.  20230.  They can also be sent via e-mail to Advisory_Center@ita.doc.gov.  Further information on the ITACs can be found on the ITAC Web Site at: www.trade.gov/itac or by calling (202) 482-3268.

As we reach out to broaden the spectrum of represented voices, we think there’s a tremendous opportunity here to engage citizens in the trade policy-making process.




5 responses to “Minority Business Opportunity to Participate On Industry Trade Advisory Committees

  1. The recession is creating both hardship and opportunity. Those who recognize the opportunity will use this time of uncertainty and high unemployment to improve their marketability. Our collective brainpower is a huge untapped resource, especially among members of minorities. Perhaps with a minority President, who is well educated, other minorities will begin to do what it takes to get the education that the best jobs of the future will demand. Richard Provance, thelearningbooth.com

  2. Very intersting opportunity. Hope I won’t be late with my apply form)

  3. Yes I Agree 100% With You Richard… Poor Economy Conditions Has Cause Many To Dig Deep And Tap Into Their Creative Ability To Develop Independent Opportunities For Themselves. And If We All put Are Mind Together We Really Could Make Things A Lot Better. My Fovorite Personal Development Teacher Put It Best. Your Income Is Primarily Determine By Your Philosphy, Not The Economy! Great Blog Thanks For The Read!

  4. Est1971Since Moore Family Business Enterprise Industries
    DBA. DayRadiant Infrared Heat Supply Retrofits & Conversions No Heat Loss Ever UL.Listed products and service.Ready To Go Award personal service contract Mr. Richard Burton/motherinlaw & family ohio Mrs. Emma Andrews, personal & business professional, (BCF-Fund pending review offer nexus multi state peer review open poll survey needs end user update or upgrade’s

    My reference to/ for nominations Honor
    Contribute Dedications International Host Family Lead Kyoto and LEED- USDA-Rural Champion Community Awards Bragging Rights
    Fun Fund Raising For Ever Sponsor Awards
    Award Judge Challenge Community Innovation Big Idea’s http://www.christophercolumbusawards.com
    Rebuild America Partner Associate
    Create MyCDFI.org team and group Film Movies TV Video Photo Host producer UL.Listed vendor supply demand center 3shifts
    greening site location any size R&D. system quality of life IP Buyer User state of the art workspace proven advance user solutions
    provider customer and client end to end mapping for success CRM help desk high computing back office support system
    Chairman, CEO. Anchor My favorites http://www.electricheat.com
    primary, fostoria replacements coupons
    private placements projects and programs fast tracking 3 way communications tool box teaming and grouping networking (champnetwork) not for sale or sell..The Black Family & Technology local inkind volunteer annual events farmers market Red Barn Make Over Festiva Career & Talent Expo Outdoor in door 4 seasons park land marking historical RFP. applications sites selections preview under start up round up team inhouse experts…
    design for savings Custom Brand Labeling
    Electro Glass Heating & Technology LLC
    Local Buisness Unit Leader Awards
    MadeInOhioBuyOhio. MBE-WBE-EDGE. DBE other Whats next Show-nTell GSA-8A
    YTD. Press Conference press Release

  5. Correct me if I’m wrong but is this position only open to minorities referring to race?

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s