19 U.S.C. § 3807 : US Code - Section 3807: Congressional Oversight Group

    (a) Members and functions
      (1) In general
        By not later than 60 days after August 6, 2002, and not later
      than 30 days after the convening of each Congress, the chairman
      of the Committee on Ways and Means of the House of
      Representatives and the chairman of the Committee on Finance of
      the Senate shall convene the Congressional Oversight Group.
      (2) Membership from the House
        In each Congress, the Congressional Oversight Group shall be
      comprised of the following Members of the House of
      Representatives:
          (A) The chairman and ranking member of the Committee on Ways
        and Means, and 3 additional members of such Committee (not more
        than 2 of whom are members of the same political party).
          (B) The chairman and ranking member, or their designees, of
        the committees of the House of Representatives which would
        have, under the Rules of the House of Representatives,
        jurisdiction over provisions of law affected by a trade
        agreement negotiations for which are conducted at any time
        during that Congress and to which this chapter would apply.
      (3) Membership from the Senate
        In each Congress, the Congressional Oversight Group shall also
      be comprised of the following members of the Senate:
          (A) The chairman and ranking member of the Committee on
        Finance and 3 additional members of such Committee (not more
        than 2 of whom are members of the same political party).
          (B) The chairman and ranking member, or their designees, of
        the committees of the Senate which would have, under the Rules
        of the Senate, jurisdiction over provisions of law affected by
        a trade agreement negotiations for which are conducted at any
        time during that Congress and to which this chapter would
        apply.
      (4) Accreditation
        Each member of the Congressional Oversight Group described in
      paragraphs (2)(A) and (3)(A) shall be accredited by the United
      States Trade Representative on behalf of the President as an
      official adviser to the United States delegation in negotiations
      for any trade agreement to which this chapter applies. Each
      member of the Congressional Oversight Group described in
      paragraphs (2)(B) and (3)(B) shall be accredited by the United
      States Trade Representative on behalf of the President as an
      official adviser to the United States delegation in the
      negotiations by reason of which the member is in the
      Congressional Oversight Group. The Congressional Oversight Group
      shall consult with and provide advice to the Trade Representative
      regarding the formulation of specific objectives, negotiating
      strategies and positions, the development of the applicable trade
      agreement, and compliance and enforcement of the negotiated
      commitments under the trade agreement.
      (5) Chair
        The Congressional Oversight Group shall be chaired by the
      Chairman of the Committee on Ways and Means of the House of
      Representatives and the Chairman of the Committee on Finance of
      the Senate.
    (b) Guidelines
      (1) Purpose and revision
        The United States Trade Representative, in consultation with
      the chairmen and ranking minority members of the Committee on
      Ways and Means of the House of Representatives and the Committee
      on Finance of the Senate - 
          (A) shall, within 120 days after August 6, 2002, develop
        written guidelines to facilitate the useful and timely exchange
        of information between the Trade Representative and the
        Congressional Oversight Group convened under this section; and
          (B) may make such revisions to the guidelines as may be
        necessary from time to time.
      (2) Content
        The guidelines developed under paragraph (1) shall provide for,
      among other things - 
          (A) regular, detailed briefings of the Congressional
        Oversight Group regarding negotiating objectives, including the
        promotion of certain priorities referred to in section 3802(c)
        of this title, and positions and the status of the applicable
        negotiations, beginning as soon as practicable after the
        Congressional Oversight Group is convened, with more frequent
        briefings as trade negotiations enter the final stage;
          (B) access by members of the Congressional Oversight Group,
        and staff with proper security clearances, to pertinent
        documents relating to the negotiations, including classified
        materials;
          (C) the closest practicable coordination between the Trade
        Representative and the Congressional Oversight Group at all
        critical periods during the negotiations, including at
        negotiation sites;
          (D) after the applicable trade agreement is concluded,
        consultation regarding ongoing compliance and enforcement of
        negotiated commitments under the trade agreement; and
          (E) the time frame for submitting the report required under
        section 3802(c)(8) of this title.
    (c) Request for meeting
      Upon the request of a majority of the Congressional Oversight
    Group, the President shall meet with the Congressional Oversight
    Group before initiating negotiations with respect to a trade
    agreement, or at any other time concerning the negotiations.