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USTR’s New Public Interest Trade Advisory Committee Seeks Members

Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative is seeking no later than March 25 comments on the objectives and scope of its new Public Interest Trade Advisory Committee as well as nominations for membership on that committee.

The PITAC will provide the USTR with policy advice on issues involving trade from the perspective of those concerned with issues such as public health, international development and consumer protection. The committee will also provide the president, USTR and Congress with reports on trade agreements, following their conclusion, that include an advisory opinion on whether and to what extent the agreement promotes the interests of the United States.

USTR is inviting comments on the appropriate scope of viewpoints to be represented in this committee to ensure it is fairly balanced; how included viewpoints would improve the quality of information and advice provided to USTR; how included viewpoints would add value and contribute to the committee’s mission to provide general trade policy advice; any additional objectives or activities; modifications to the aforementioned objectives, activities or viewpoints; and any other pertinent insights.

To be appointed to the PITAC, an applicant must meet the following eligibility requirements: be a U.S. citizen; not be a full-time employee of a U.S. governmental entity, a federally-registered lobbyist or registered with the Department of Justice under the Foreign Agents Registration Act; be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance; and represent a U.S. organization whose members (or funders) have a demonstrated interest in international trade.

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