Auto Industry Related Links
- White House Council on Auto Communities and Workers & Office of Recovery for Auto Communities and Workers
The Office of Recovery for Auto Communities and Workers serves as the working staff for the White House Council on Automotive Communities and Workers. The office works directly with state and local stakeholders in areas affected by the automotive industry to ensure that they receive the federal support necessary to help communities return to a better economic condition.
- Commerce, Science and Transportation
The Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation oversees legislation pertaining to engineering and technology research, development and policy; highway safety, interstate commerce, regulation of consumer products, including toxic substances, and transportation.
- Energy and Natural Resources
The Committee on Energy and Natural Resources oversees legislation relating to energy resources and development as well as renewable resources on public lands.
- Environment and Public Works
The Committee on Environment and Public Works has jurisdiction over legislation that addresses global warming and transportation systems.
The Committee on Finance oversees legislation pertaining to taxation, customs, including ports of entry and delivery, tariff and import quotas, and transportation of dutiable goods. Additionally, the Committee has jurisdiction over legislation relating to reciprocal trade agreements, such as the South Korea – United States Free Trade Agreement (KORUS FTA).
- Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs
The Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs has jurisdiction over legislation that addresses financial aid to commerce and industry. In 2009, the Committee oversaw the federal bailouts of General Motors and Chrysler.
House of Representatives Committees
The Committee on Appropriations has jurisdiction over the Federal Budget.
- Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and Related Agencies
As a subset of the Committee on Appropriations, the Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing, and Urban development oversees Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and other transportation related agencies.
- Energy and Commerce
The Committee on Energy and Commerce has jurisdiction over legislation relating to the exploration, regulation and conservation of energy resources. The Committee oversees the Department of Energy and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
- Science and Technology
The Committee on Science and Technology oversees all non-defense related scientific research and development at several federal agencies, including Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Agency.
- Ways and Means
The Committee on Ways and Means is the chief tax-writing committee. The committee has jurisdiction over taxation and tariffs.
As a subset of the Committee on Ways and Means, the Subcommittee on Trade oversees customs operations, implementation of reciprocal trade agreements and tariff and non-tariff trade barriers as well as authorizes the budget for the U.S. International Trade Commission and U.S. Trade Representative.
- Customs and Border Protection (CBP)
As part of the Department of Homeland Security, CBP is responsible for securing and facilitating the trade of automobiles and automobile parts, enforcing U.S. regulations, and assuring that duties and fees associated with automobile related imports arriving in the U.S. are paid.
- Department of Commerce (DOC)
The mission of the DOC is to foster and promote the nation's economic development and technological advancement in both domestic and foreign commerce.
- Federal Trade Commission (FTC)
The FTC has broad jurisdiction over issues concerning consumer protection and anti-competition in various industries, including the automobile sector.
- International Trade Administration (ITA)
The mission of ITA is to break down barriers for U.S. companies to sell their products in global markets.
- Office of Automotive Affairs (OAA)
The OAA facilitates and expands global business opportunities for U.S. automotive vehicle and parts manufacturers. To achieve its objectives OAA is responsible for a variety of programs, ranging from market access and other trade policy initiatives, market analysis, and business counseling, to selective export promotion initiatives.
- International Trade Commission (ITC)
The ITC is an independent, quasi-judicial federal agency with broad investigative responsibilities on matters of trade.
- Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR)
The USTR is responsible for developing and coordinating U.S. international trade, commodity, and direct investment policy. The USTR also oversees negotiations with other countries.
- World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations (WP.29)
WP.29, a permanent working party of the United Nations, provides a framework for global harmonization of automobile regulations.
- World Trade Organization (WTO)
The WTO is an international organization dealing with the rules of trade between nations. The WTO promotes international business through agreements that are negotiated and signed by trading nations.
FEDERAL AGENCIES AND RESOURCES
- U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)
The DOE's mission is to advance the national, economic, and energy security of the United States; to promote scientific and technological innovation; and to ensure the environmental cleanup of the national nuclear weapons complex.
FuelEconomy.gov is the official U.S. government source for information on vehicle fuel economy.
- National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
NREL is the principal research laboratory for the Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.
- U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT)
The mission of the DOT is to ensure a fast, safe, efficient, accessible and convenient transportation system that meets the national interests and enhances the quality of life of the American people.
- National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)
Part of the U.S. Department of Transportation, NHTSA is responsible for implementing and enforcing motor vehicle safety regulations. NHTSA also sets laws and regulations in the automotive sector, including Corporate Average Fuel Economy Standards (CAFE).
A website maintained by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, safecar.gov allows is a resource center for consumers to access the latest safety information about vehicle crash test ratings, recalls and child restraints.
- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
The EPA's mission is to protect human health and the environment. In pursuit of this mission, the EPA sets laws and regulations in the automotive sector, including greenhouse gas emissions.
- U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
The FCC is responsible for regulating interstate and international communications by radio, television, wire, satellite and cable. The FCC has jurisdiction over the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. possessions.
- U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)
FERC oversees the advancement of the nation’s electric or “smart” grid. FERC is responsible for ensuring the functionality and interoperability of the smart grid, including deployment and integration of plug-in electric and hybrid electrical vehicles.
STATE AGENCIES AND NGO’s
- California Air Resources Board (CARB or ARB)
CARB is responsible for regulating air pollution within the state of California. Since CARB was established prior to EPA, California is uniquely permitted to have its own agency to regulate air pollution for the state.
- Ozone Transport Commission (OTC)
A multi-state regional organization that advises EPA on transport issues and develops regional solutions to the ground-level ozone problem in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic.
- Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS)
IIHS is a scientific and educational organization that is dedicated to reducing the losses — deaths, injuries, and property damage — from crashes on the nation's highways.
- Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI)
HLDI, an affiliate organization of IIHS, gathers, processes, and publishes data on the ways in which insurance losses vary among different kinds of vehicles.
- American International Automobile Dealers Association (AIADA)
AIADA is a national lobbying firm dedicated to the economic and political interests of America's international nameplate automobile dealers. Founded in 1970, AIADA aims to increase awareness within the government and among the public of the international nameplate automobile industry's value to the U.S. economy.
- National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA)
NADA is an organization that represents new car and truck dealers—domestic and import franchises. Founded in 1917, NADA represents dealers’ interests with manufacturers, federal agencies, legislators, the media and general public.
ASSOCIATIONS AND OTHER ORGANIZATIONS
- The Association of Global Automakers
Global Automakers, formerly known as the Association of International Automobile Manufacturers (AIAM), represents international motor vehicle manufacturers, original equipment suppliers, and other automotive-related trade associations.
- European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA)
The ACEA represents the interests of the sixteen European car, truck and bus manufacturers at the EU level.
- Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers (Auto Alliance)
The Alliance is committed to developing and implementing constructive solutions to public policy challenges that promote sustainable mobility and benefit society through a focus on the environment, energy and motor vehicle safety.
- International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers (OICA)
OICA's mission is to defend the interests of the vehicle manufacturers, assemblers and importers grouped within their national federation.
- Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association (JAMA)
JAMA is a nonprofit trade association representing the 14 manufacturers of passenger cars, trucks, buses and motorcycles in Japan. JAMA USA represents the organization in the United States and analyzes and reports on political, economic and other significant events taking place in the U.S. that affect the Japanese automobile industry.
- Korea Automobile Manufacturers Association (KAMA)
KAMA, a non-profit organization representing the interests of automakers in Korea, is dedicated to the growth of the automobile industry and the development of the Korean economy.
- Motor and Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA)
MEMA represents motor vehicle parts suppliers, which constitute the largest manufacturing sector in the United States.
- National Association of Manufacturers (NAM)
NAM represents manufacturers in every industrial sector. The organization informs policymakers about manufacturing’s vital role in the U.S. economy.
- The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders Limited (SMMT) UK
The goal of the SMMT is to support and promote the interests of the U.K. automotive industry at home and abroad. Working closely with member companies, SMMT promotes its position to government, stakeholders and the media.
- Verband der Automobilindustrie (VDA) Association of German automakers
The VDA's membership consists of automobile manufacturers, suppliers and manufacturers of trailers, special bodies and containers organized under one association, resulting in decisive advantages for the German automotive industry.
- American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA)
AAMVA is a nonprofit organization that represents the state and provincial officials in the United States and Canada who administer and enforce motor vehicle laws. AAMVA develops model programs in motor vehicle administration, law enforcement and highway safety and serves as an information clearinghouse in these areas.
- American Association of State and Highway Transportation Officials (AASHTO)
The mission of the AASHTO is to advocate transportation-related policies and provide technical services to support states in their efforts to efficiently and safely move people and goods.
- Electric Drive Transportation Association (EDTA)
EDTA is dedicated to the promotion of electric drive as the best means to achieve the efficient and clean use of secure energy in the transportation sector. The association supports the sustainable commercialization of all electric drive transportation technologies.
- National Automotive Service Task Force (NASTF)
NASTF was established to facilitate the identification and correction of gaps in the availability and accessibility of automotive service information, service training, diagnostic tools and equipment, and communications for the benefit of automotive service professionals. NASTF is a voluntary, cooperative effort among the automotive service industry, the equipment and tool industry, and automotive manufacturers.
- National Conference of Insurance Legislators (NCOIL)
NCOIL's purpose is to help legislators make informed decisions on insurance issues that affect their constituents and to declare opposition to federal encroachment of state authority to oversee the business of insurance.
- Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)
SAE International, a global body of scientists, engineers, and practitioners, pursues the advancement of self-propelled vehicle and system knowledge in a neutral forum for the benefit of society.
- Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA)
SEMA is a trade association that consists of manufacturers, distributors, retailers, publishing companies, auto restorers, street-rod builders, restylers, car clubs, race teams and more. Members of SEMA make, buy, sell and use specialty parts and accessories to make vehicles more attractive, more unique, more convenient, faster, safer, more fun and even like-new again.
- Canadian Automobile Association (CAA)
CAA is a consumer-based organization in Canada that offers emergency roadside service, complete automotive and travel services, member savings and comprehensive insurance services.
- Center for Automotive Research (CAR)
CAR is a nonprofit organization that focuses on important trends and changes related to the automobile industry. CAR's activities include conducting industry research, developing new methodologies, forecasting industry trends, advising on public policy, and sponsoring multi-stakeholder communication forums.
- National Biodiesel Board (NBB)
NBB is a trade association that represents the biodiesel industry in the United States.
TOOLS AND DATA
- Acronyms - USITC
- Acronyms - Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT)
- Automotive Production Statistics (from OICA)
- Bureau of Economic Analysis
- Bureau of Labor Statistics
- Automotive Industry Employment, Earnings, and Hours
- Census Bureau
- Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Center for Injury Research and Prevention
- Commonly Used Trade Acronyms
source: Office of the United States Trade Representative
- Glossary (from Bureau of Economic Analysis)
An extensive guide to government acronyms and abbreviations
- ITA U.S. automotive trade data
- Trade Toolbox | Office of the United States Trade Representative
- U.S. and International Trade Laws | Office of the United States Trade Representative
- WTO | Glossary - a guide to ‘WTO speak’