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The Trade Policy Staff Committee (TPSC) is composed of 19 Federal agencies and offices, administered and chaired by U.S. Trade Representative (USTR). It develops and coordinates U.S. Government positions on international trade and trade-related investment issues.
The TPSC is the primary operating group, with representation at the senior civil service level. Supporting the TPSC are more than 90 subcommittees responsible for specialized areas and several task forces that work on particular issues. If agreement is not reached in the TPSC, or if significant policy questions are being considered, then issues are taken up by the Trade Policy Review Group (TPRG) (Deputy USTR/Under Secretary level).