On June 7, 2017, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) published in the Federal Register a document requesting that individuals who are interested in serving on the Commercial Customs Operations Advisory Committee (COAC) apply for appointment. COAC provides advice and makes recommendations to the Secretaries of the Department of the Treasury (Treasury) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on all matters involving the commercial operations of CBP and related functions. The COAC meets at least once each quarter, although additional meetings may be scheduled. Generally, every other meeting of the COAC may be held outside of Washington, DC, usually at a CBP port of entry. The members are not reimbursed for travel or per diem.
The Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015 (TFTEA) re-established the COAC. The COAC is an advisory committee established in accordance with the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C. Appendix. The COAC shall advise the Secretaries of the Treasury and DHS on the commercial operations of CBP and related Treasury and DHS functions. In accordance with Section 109 of the TFTEA, the COAC shall:
(1) Advise the Secretaries of the Treasury and DHS on all matters involving the commercial operations of CBP, including advising with respect to significant changes that are proposed with respect to regulations, policies, or practices of CBP;
(2) provide recommendations to the Secretaries of the Treasury and DHS on improvements to the commercial operations of CBP;
(3) collaborate in developing the agenda for COAC meetings; and
(4) perform such other functions relating to the commercial operations of CBP as prescribed by law or as the Secretaries of the Treasury and DHS jointly direct.
Applications for membership should be submitted to CBP at the address given in the Federal Register document on or before July 24, 2017.