Government Affairs Committee

The primary responsibility for the Institute’s Government Affairs Program rests with the Government Affairs Committee (GAC). The GAC maintains direct Washington representation through Kelley Drye & Warren LLP and works closely with regulators, legislators, and the Administration.


The Government Affairs Program is structured to achieve three specific goals:

To identify regulations and legislation having the potential to impact cold finished steel bar producers prior to their enactment in order to influence their passage or, at the very least, to minimize any adverse impact or effects upon the cold finished steel bar industry

To interpret the effect of enacted or expanded laws and regulations on cold finished bar producers, and to assist Institute members in bringing their processes and practices into compliance

To establish means within the Institute to express the industry’s concerns and recommendations on pending legislation and regulations, and to inform legislators and regulatory agencies both of the important role that cold finished steel bar producers play in American industry and in the economy, and of the potential economic impact that proposed regulations and legislation would have on the industry.

Levels of Activity

The GAC has identified three levels of activity on issues affecting the cold finished steel bar industry:

Focus Issues: Issues on which the Cold Finished Steel Bar Institute will take a leadership role due to their significance or potential impact on the CFSBI members and the industry at large. Monitoring imports of Cold Finished Steel, particularly from eastern Europe & Asia.

Core Issues: Issues in which the Cold Finished Steel Bar Institute will collaborate with other affected/interested organizations to maximize the effective allocation of available Institute resources. Antidumping and countervailing duty cases against imports of the free-machining hot rolled bar.

Tracking Issues: Issues of interest or importance to cold finished steel bar producers whose progress the Institute will monitor to assess both their potential impact and the need to take a more proactive role in influencing their enactment. Fast track legislation. Multilateral steel agreement. Regulations to implement the Uruguay Round legislation.