Become an Advisor
How to Apply
ITAC members are appointed jointly by the Secretary of Commerce
and the United States Trade Representative (USTR). Appointments
are made at the re-chartering of each ITAC and periodically throughout
the two-year charter period. Members serve at the discretion of
the Secretary and the USTR. Appointments to the ITACs expire at
the end of the ITACs' charter term (duration is two-years); however,
members may be re-appointed should the charters of the ITACs be
renewed, if the member proves to work effectively with the ITAC,
and his/her participation is still needed. Members are not compensated
for their services or reimbursed travel expenses.
Appointments to all ITACs are made without regard to political
All ITAC members must have a Department of Commerce Security
Clearance up to the SECRET level because they will have access
to classified trade-related information. If a nominee currently
has a security clearance from another Federal agency, please notify
the Industry Trade Advisory Center.
Under the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), each Committee
is allowed the maximum of 50 members. Commerce and USTR set the
number allowed in the charters of each Committee of each Committee.
At the start of a charter term, each Committee holds elections
for Chair and Vice Chair(s). The elected Chair becomes part of
the Committee of Chairs.
Eligibility to serve on an ITAC is limited to U.S. citizens who
are not full-time employees of a governmental entity, who represent
a U.S. entity, and who are not registered with the Department
of Justice under the Foreign Agents Registration Act.
Represent a U.S. entity: While Committee members are expected
to provide advice to the U.S. Government as representatives of
their industry sector, each member must also serve, directly or
indirectly, as the representative of a U.S. entity that trades
internationally and is engaged in the manufacture of a product
or the provision of a service (including retailing and other distribution
services), or an association of such entities. This entity will
generally be the member's employer or company, but may also be
his or her client.
U.S. entity: For purposes of the preceding paragraph, a U.S.
entity is a firm incorporated in the United States (or an unincorporated
U.S. firm with its principal place of business in the United States)
that is controlled by U.S. citizens or by another U.S. entity.
An entity is not a U.S. entity if 50 percent plus one share of
its stock (if a corporation, or a similar ownership interest of
an unincorporated entity) is controlled, directly or indirectly,
by non-U.S. citizens or non-U.S. entities. If the member is to
represent an entity or corporation with 10 percent or greater
non-U.S. ownership, the nominee must demonstrate at the time of
nomination that this ownership interest does not constitute control
and will not adversely affect his or her ability to serve as a
trade advisory to the United States (see Nominations below).
Trades Internationally: An entity that trades internationally
is an entity directly engaged in the import or export of goods
or that sells its services abroad, or represents an entity that
provides services in direct support of the international trading
activities of other entities.
The Secretary of Commerce and the USTR will select eligible individuals
for appointment to Committee membership based upon the following
1. Industry Representation and Individual Knowledge:
Members are selected to represent their sponsoring U.S. entity's
interests on trade matters. A secondary consideration is members'
knowledge and expertise of their industry and of trade matters
relevant to the work of the Committee.
2. Balanced Industry Representation; Diversity:
(a) The USTR and the Secretary will make every effort to maintain
balanced industry representation on each Committee and among Committees.
In order to achieve balanced representation, consideration will
be given to balance among sectors, product lines, small, medium,
and large firms, and geographic areas. In addition, the USTR and
the Secretary are committed to achieving diversity in the membership
of the Committees to the maximum extent practicable consistent
with the need for balanced industry representation and expertise.
The USTR and the Secretary may seek additional nominations as
necessary to ensure balanced representation, to meet a need for
special representation, or to achieve diversity and demographic
balance. A U.S. entity may not be represented by more than one
member on a Committee, except in rare circumstances to permit
adequate representation of a discrete industry subsector or interest.
In general, a U.S. entity may not be represented on more than
(b) The USTR and the Secretary may from time to time appoint
individuals representing U.S. non-governmental organizations to
one or more Committees. Such individuals must meet the eligibility
requirements set forth above, and represent a U.S. entity interested
in issues relevant to the work of the committee. For purposes
of the preceding sentence, a ''U.S. entity'' is an organization
incorporated in the United States (or, if unincorporated, having
its headquarters in the United States): (1) that is controlled
by U.S. citizens or by another U.S. entity. An entity is not a
U.S. entity if more than 50 percent of its Board of Directors
or membership is made up of non-U.S. citizens. If the nominee
is to represent an organization more than 10 percent of whose
Board of Directors or membership is made up of non-U.S. citizens,
or non-U.S. entities, the nominee must demonstrate at the time
of nomination that this non-U.S. interest does not constitute
control and will not adversely affect his or her ability to serve
as a trade advisor to the United States; and (2) at least 50 percent
of whose annual revenue is attributable to non-governmental U.S.
Nominations should include the following information:
1. a sponsor letter, which must be on company/organization letterhead
(interested parties may also nominate themselves, on either company/organization
letterhead or personal letterhead), with a statement regarding
the nominee's international trade expertise and qualifications
to represent the relevant industry sector;
2. a resume, with demonstrated knowledge of international trade
as relevant to the work of the committee; and
3. company or organization information (if consultant, legal
advisor, or trade association, a membership list or client list
must be included).
Other information should include the activities, products or services
of the U.S. entity to be represented, in addition to the following
information, as appropriate:
1. Certification of U.S. Entity
The nomination must include a certification that entity to be
represented by the nominee is a U.S. entity (see section II.A,
above). If the U.S. entity to be represented is more than ten
percent foreign-owned, the nominator must demonstrate to the satisfaction
of the Secretary and the USTR that the foreign ownership does
not constitute control of the U.S. entity and will not adversely
affect the nominee's ability to serve as a trade advisor to the
2. Identification of Interests Represented by Trade Association
Representatives, Consultants, and Legal Advisors
In order that the Secretary and the USTR may properly discharge
the responsibility of ensuring balanced industry representation
on the Committees, nominations of individuals who are trade association
employees or representatives, consultants, or legal advisors shall
include the following information:
(a) If the nominee is a trade association employee or representative,
the nomination shall identify all the members of the association,
the percentage of the association's membership that consists of
non-U.S. entities (see section II.A.2, above), and the association
member(s) to be represented by the nominee (if fewer than all
(b) If the nominee is a consultant or legal advisor; the nomination
(i) the U.S. entity or entities to be represented. Each entity
so identified must furnish with the nomination a written certification
by a responsible official of that entity or entities that the
nominee will represent it on the Committee;
(ii) any current business arrangements relevant to, and clients
of the nominee that may have an interest in, the work of the Committee;
(iii) the extent to which personal or company/firm income is
derived from non-U.S. citizens or entities.
Note: Committee membership lists (which are routinely made available
to the public) will indicate only the name of the members' industry
affiliation and/or the entity(ies) represented. Membership lists
will not reveal members' other business arrangements or clients.
However, this information will be made available in aggregated
form to other members of the relevant Committee so that they may
be aware of the interests of other Committee members.
Nominations are reviewed initially for completeness, and to determine
the eligibility of the nominee, by the Industry Trade Advisory
Center. Nominations of eligible candidates are then reviewed jointly
by the Department of Commerce and USTR in light of the selection
criteria set out above. This review includes input from the Designated
Federal Officer of the relevant committee, the relevant Deputy
Assistant Secretary and Office Director, and officials of the
Office of the USTR.
The above information should be sent to:
Industry Trade Advisory Center
U.S. Department of Commerce
Washington, D.C. 20230
Links to web sites outside the U.S. Federal Government or the
use of trade, firm, or corporation names within the International
Trade Administration web sites are for the convenience of the
user. Such use does not constitute an official endorsement or
approval by the U.S. Commerce Department of any private sector
website, product, or service.