|Travel Promotion Act|
Process for Revising the Policies and Guidelines
The Travel Promotion Act of 2009, as amended (TPA), authorizes the Corporation for Travel Promotion (d/b/a Brand USA) to receive dollar-for-dollar federal matching funds through fiscal year 2020 for contributions from non-federal sources up to a maximum of $100 million per year. In consultation with Brand USA, the Department of Commerce developed Policies and Guidelines regarding Brand USA’s receipt of cash and in-kind contributions to receive federal matching funds and Agreed-Upon Procedures followed by the independent public accounting firm retained by Brand USA to review submissions for federal matching funds. Per the Travel Promotion, Enhancement, and Modernization Act of 2014, the Department, in coordination with Brand USA, has established formal procedures for making and agreeing to revisions to, and for resolving disagreement regarding, the Policies and Guidelines.
The Department of Commerce retains the right to amend the Policies and Guidelines and the Agreed-Upon Procedures followed by the independent public accounting firm retained by Brand USA at any time. The Department of Commerce will provide Brand USA 30 days notice and the opportunity to respond to any unilateral amendment to the Policies and Guidelines. The Department of Commerce and Brand USA will meet from time to time, but at least every six months, to discuss ways to improve the Policies and Guidelines and the Agreed-Upon Procedures, including how to address evaluation of new types of contributions and to incorporate new best practices. The Department of Commerce and Brand USA will consult each other regarding proposed revisions to the Policies and Guidelines, and the Department of Commerce and Brand USA will also review whether corresponding changes to the Agreed-Upon Procedures are needed. The Department of Commerce and Brand USA will meet to resolve any disagreements about the Policies and Guidelines, but the Department retains its discretion over these Policies and Guidelines. The Department of Commerce will consult with other agencies (for example, the Department of the Treasury and the Office of Management and Budget) as it deems necessary or appropriate. Revised Policies and Guidelines are effective as of the date they are issued by the Department of Commerce.
The Policies and Guidelines do not confer any right or benefit enforceable in law or equity against the Department of Commerce and do not preclude the Department from adopting a methodology not set forth herein.