S.886 - Admiral James W. Nance Foreign Relations Authorization Act, Fiscal Years 2000 and 2001106th Congress (1999-2000)
|Sponsor:||Sen. Helms, Jesse [R-NC] (Introduced 04/27/1999)|
|Committees:||Senate - Foreign Relations|
|Committee Reports:||S. Rept. 106-43|
|Latest Action:||08/03/1999 See also H.R. 2415. (All Actions)|
|Roll Call Votes:||There have been 3 roll call votes|
|Notes:||On 8/3/1999, the Senate incorporated S. 886 in H.R. 2415 as an amendment. Subsequent State Department authorization action moved to H.R. 3427, which was incorporated by cross-reference in the conference report to H.R. 3194. H.R. 3194, the FY2000 Consolidated Appropriations bill, became Public Law 106-113 on 11/29/1999.|
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Summary: S.886 — 106th Congress (1999-2000)All Information (Except Text)
Admiral James W. Nance Foreign Relations Authorization Act, Fiscal Years 2000 and 2001 - Title I: Authorizations of Appropriations for Department of State - Authorizes appropriations for the Department of State for FY 2000 and 2001 for: (1) administration of foreign affairs; (2) international commissions; (3) migration and refugee assistance; (4) U.S. informational, educational, and cultural programs; and (5) the Asia Foundation.
Passed Senate amended (06/22/1999)
Title II: Department of State Basic Authorities and Activities - Subtitle A: Basic Authorities and Activities - Urges the Secretary of State to fill the position of Director of the Office of Children's Issues of the Department of State with a career member of the Senior Executive Service at the earliest date practicable. Designates in each U.S. diplomatic mission an employee who shall serve as the point of contact for matters relating to international abductions of children by parents. Directs the Secretary 24 hours after notice of a possible abduction of a child by a parent to a location abroad to report it, along with other specified information, to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
(Sec. 202) Amends the Foreign Affairs Reform and Restructuring Act of 1998 to make permanent the requirement that the Secretary report to the appropriate congressional committees on compliance by member countries with the Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction (done at The Hague on October 25, 1980). Requires such report to include (among other things): (1) specific actions taken by the U.S. chief of mission in the country to which a child is alleged to have been abducted; and (2) a description of the efforts of the Secretary to encourage the parties to the Convention to facilitate the work of nongovernmental organizations within their countries that assist parents seeking the return of children under the Convention.
Expresses the sense of Congress that the annual human rights report by the Department of State should include a section on each country regarding the treatment of children in that country.
(Sec. 204) Requires the Secretary to study the feasibility of establishing a Russia-based foundation for the promotion of democratic institutions in the Russian Federation. Earmarks funding.
(Sec. 205) Amends the Foreign Relations Authorization Act, Fiscal Years 1994 and 1995 to authorize the United States Information Agency (USIA) to use certain funds to carry out its responsibilities: (1) under the Mutual Educational and Cultural Exchange Act of 1961 to provide for U.S. participation in international fairs and expositions abroad; (2) with respect to encouraging foreign governments, international organizations, and private individuals, firms, associations, agencies, and other groups to participate in international fairs and expositions and to make contributions for U.S. participation in such fairs and expositions; and (3) to facilitate support to the U.S. Commissioner General for participation in international fairs and expositions.
(Sec. 206) Declares that the Inspector General of the Agency for International Development shall serve as the Inspector General of the Inter-American Foundation and the African Development Foundation.
Subtitle B: Consular Authorities - Amends the Foreign Relations Authorization Act, Fiscal Years 1994 and 1995 with respect to fees charged for processing machine readable nonimmigrant visas and machine readable combined border crossing identification cards and nonimmigrant visas. Makes any fee collections that exceed a certain amount for FY 2000 and 2001 available for deposit as an offsetting collection to any State Department appropriation to recover the costs of providing consular services only if Congress is notified in accordance with specified reprogramming notification procedures.
Repeals: (1) provisions making inapplicable certain requirements concerning accounting for consular fees to fees collected under this section; and (2) the prohibition against the charging of fees to citizens of countries signatory to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
(Sec. 212) Authorizes the Secretary to charge a fee for State Department services provided to ensure that an affidavit of support provided by a sponsor is properly completed before it is forwarded to a consular post for adjudication of an immigrant visa.
(Sec. 213) Amends the Passport Act to provide that a nonrefundable fee of $10 shall be collected for the filing of each passport application (including the cost of passport issuance and use).
(Sec. 214) Amends the State Department Basic Authorities Act of 1956 to revise requirements concerning the State Department and the death of U.S. citizens abroad. Sets forth requirements regarding: (1) notification of next of kin by consular officers; (2) the appointment of such officers as conservators of a decedent's estate; and (3) losses in connection with the conservation of the estate.
(Sec. 216) Mikey Kale Passport Notification Act of 1999 - Directs the Secretary to issue regulations that provide that: (1) in the issuance of a passport to minors under age 18, both parents, a guardian, or a person in loco parentis have executed the application and provided documentary evidence demonstrating that they are who they say they are; and (2) in those cases (not applying to guardians or persons in loco parentis) where both parents have not executed the passport application, the person executing it has provided documentary evidence that he or she has sole custody of the child or the other parent has provided consent to the issuance of the passport.
Title III: Organization and Personnel of the Department of State - Subtitle A: Organization Matters - Directs the Secretary to develop and submit to specified congressional committees a plan for establishment of legislative liaison offices for the State Department within the House of Representatives and Senate office buildings.
(Sec. 302) Directs the Secretary to designate an existing senior-level State Department official with responsibility for promoting regional cooperation in and coordinating U.S. policy toward Northeastern Europe.
(Sec. 303) Amends the State Department Basic Authorities Act of 1956 to establish within the State Department a Science and Technology Adviser who shall advise the Secretary on international science and technology matters affecting U.S. foreign policy.
Subtitle B: Foreign Service Reform - Amends the Foreign Service Act of 1980 to limit to no more than 33 percent (currently, 50 percent) the percentage of Senior Foreign Service members that may receive performance pay in any fiscal year.
(Sec. 314) Requires the Director of the Foreign Service to report to the appropriate congressional committees on the placement of Senior Foreign Service personnel.
(Sec. 315) Directs the State Department to report to the appropriate congressional committees on the feasibility of modifying current training programs so that the Department can provide significant and comprehensive management training at all career grades for Foreign Service personnel.
(Sec. 316) Requires the Secretary of State to report to the Speaker of the House of Representatives and a specified Senate committee on: (1) the steps taken and planned in furtherance of maximum compatibility among agencies utilizing the Foreign Service personnel system, and the development of uniform policies and procedures and consolidated personnel functions; and (2) a five-year workforce plan, including projected personnel needs, by grade and by skill.
(Sec. 317) Requires any record of disciplinary action that includes a suspension of more than five days taken against a member of the Foreign Service (including any correction of such record) to remain a part of the personnel records until such person is tenured as a career member of the Service or next promotion.
(Sec. 318) Requires an employee, at any time the Secretary recommends such employee be separated from the Service, to be placed on leave without pay pending final resolution of the case, subject to reinstatement with back pay if cause for separation is not established in a hearing before the Foreign Service Grievance Board.
(Sec. 319) Requires the Director General of the Foreign Service to report annually to specified congressional committees on the number of positions in each overseas mission requiring foreign language competence that became vacant during the previous year and were filled by individuals having the required foreign language competence.
(Sec. 320) Declares that nothing shall prevent a Foreign Service grievant from placing a rebuttal to accompany a record of disciplinary action in such grievant's personnel records, nor prevent the State Department from including a response to such rebuttal, including documenting those cases in which the Board has reviewed and upheld the discipline.
(Sec. 321) Reduces from three years to two years after the occurrence giving rise to such grievance the deadline for the filing of a grievance by a Foreign Service employee with the State Department; or, in the case of a grievance with respect to the grievant's rater or reviewer, one year after the date on which the grievant ceased to be subject to rating or review by the reviewer, but in no case less than two years after the occurrence giving rise to the grievance. Repeals the separate, shorter statute of limitations for grievances based on alleged discrimination, to subject them to the same statute of limitations as other grievances. Requires the Chairman of the Board to report to specified congressional committees on its activities during the previous year.
(Sec. 323) Authorizes the Secretary, whenever it is in the best interest of the United States, to allow the head of any Federal agency or other Government establishment to hire individuals abroad as members of the Foreign Service.
Subtitle C: Other Personnel Matters - Requires a Foreign Service employee who regularly commutes from his or her place of residence in the United States to an official duty station in Canada or Mexico to receive a border equalization adjustment (locality pay adjustment).
(Sec. 332) Amends Federal law to set forth provisions regarding contributions made to the Thrift Savings Fund by Foreign Service employees who are reemployed by the Service after a temporary transfer to an international organization.
(Sec. 333) Authorizes the spouse and dependents of Foreign Service employees who have died at post in a foreign country to receive a transfer allowance (extraordinary, necessary, and reasonable subsistence and other relocation expenses) for their return to the United States.
(Sec. 334) Provides for an education allowance to an employee at a post in a foreign area not to exceed the cost of obtaining kindergarten, elementary and secondary educational services, plus room and board, where adequate schools are not available at the employee's post, and periodic transportation between that post and the school chosen by the employee, not to exceed the total cost to the Government of the dependent attending an adequate school in the nearest locality where an adequate school is available. (Currently, an employee can receive an allowance only for a school at the nearest locality).
(Sec. 335) Authorizes up to three months advance pay to: (1) an employee (other than an employee appointed by the Secretary and employed as a family member of a Government employee) who is a U.S. citizen, stationed outside the United States, and requires (or has a family member who requires) medical treatment outside the United States; and (2) a foreign national employee who is not a family member of a government employee assigned abroad, who is stationed outside the country of employment, and must undergo medical treatment outside the country of employment.
(Sec. 336) Declares that Congress finds that administrative and technical personnel posted to U.S. missions abroad who do not have diplomatic status suffer financial disadvantages from their lack of such status. Requires the Secretary to report to the appropriate congressional committees on such disadvantages, including proposals to alleviate them.
(Sec. 337) Sets forth certain standards which must be followed with regard to Inspector General investigations of potential violations of Federal criminal law or Federal regulations (including certain reports on such investigations). Requires the Inspector General, in a certain annual report to the Secretary, to include: (1) a description of any instance in which the Inspector General decided not to afford an individual the opportunity to refute any allegation with respect to an adverse personnel action; and (2) the rationale for denying the individual such opportunity.
Title IV: Embassy Security and Counterterrorism Measures - Secure Embassy Construction and Counterterrorism Act of 1999 - Establishes within the Treasury an embassy construction and security account for the purpose of acquiring, or providing major security enhancements to, U.S. diplomatic facilities in order to meet specified security requirements. Specifies among such requirements that: (1) threat assessments such as the Emergency Action Plan (EAP) and the Security Environment Threat List address threats to U.S. missions from large vehicular bombs and transnational terrorism; (2) in the selection of sites for new U.S. diplomatic facilities abroad, all U.S. Government agency personnel (except those under U.S. military command) be located on the same compound; (3) each newly acquired U.S. diplomatic facility be sited not less than 100 feet from the perimeter of the property on which the facility is situated; (4) appropriate State Department and U.S. diplomatic personnel undertake crisis management training for mass casualty and mass destruction incidents relating to diplomatic facilities; (5) there is adequate State Department support for the Foreign Emergency Support Team (FEST); (6) the Secretary enter into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Secretary of Defense setting out rapid response procedures for mobilization of personnel and equipment of their respective departments to provide more effective assistance in times of emergency with respect to U.S. diplomatic facilities; and (7) all U.S. diplomatic missions have emergency equipment and records stored at a secure off-site facility. Authorizes the President to waive certain requirements with respect to a diplomatic facility (other than a U.S. diplomatic mission or consular post or a U.S. Agency for International Development mission) if it is in the national security interest of the United States. Authorizes appropriations.
(Sec. 405) Directs the Secretary to report annually for five years to the appropriate congressional committees an identification of U.S. diplomatic facilities that are priority for replacement or for major security enhancement because of vulnerability to terrorist attack, setting them out, in groups of 20, from the most vulnerable to the least vulnerable. Dedicates the use of account funds to facilities in the first four groups.
(Sec. 407) Directs the Secretary to review, and report to Congress on, the findings of the Overseas Presence Advisory Panel with respect to the closure of vulnerable U.S. diplomatic missions overseas.
(Sec. 408) Amends the Omnibus Diplomatic Security and Antiterrorism Act of 1986 to provide that the Secretary is not required to convene an Accountability Review Board after the occurrence of serious injury, loss of life, or significant destruction of property, or breach of security at a Department of Defense (DOD) facility in cases where the Secretary has delegated operational control of overseas security to the Secretary of Defense.
Requires the Secretary, subject to a specified exception, to convene a Board not later than 60 days after the occurrence of serious injury, loss of life, or significant destruction of property, or breach of security at a U.S. diplomatic mission (except that such 60-day period may be extended for two additional 30-day periods if it is necessary for the convening of the Board). Requires the Secretary whenever he or she convenes a Board to inform the chairman of a specified congressional committee and the Speaker of the House of Representatives.
(Sec. 409) Amends the State Department Basic Authorities Act of 1956 to authorize the President to award a Foreign Service star to any member of the Foreign Service or any other civilian Government employee who while employed at, or assigned permanently or temporarily to, an official mission overseas, or while traveling abroad on official business, incurred a wound or other injury or an illness (whether or not resulting in death): (1) as the person was performing official duties; (2) as the person was on the premises of a U.S. mission abroad; or (3) by reason of the person's status as a U.S. Government employee. Specifies award requirements.
Title V: United States International Broadcasting Activities - Authorizes appropriations for FY 2000 and 2001 for international broadcasting activities, radio construction, and broadcasting to Cuba.
(Sec. 502) Amends the United States International Broadcasting Act of 1994 to: (1) authorize appropriations for FY 2000 and 2001 for Radio Free Asia; and (2) extend its authority through FY 2005.
(Sec. 503) Amends the Foreign Relations Authorization Act, Fiscal Years 1994 and 1995 to require the President to appoint (currently, designate) one member of the Broadcasting Board of Governors as Chairman of the Board, subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.
Title VI: Arms Control, Nonproliferation, and National Security - Arms Control, Nonproliferation, and National Security Act of 1999 - Subtitle A: Arms Control - Authorizes the Secretary of State to transfer available State Department funds to the DOD, Department of Energy (DOE), or any other agency of the intelligence community, as needed, for retraining, researching, developing, or acquiring technologies or programs relating to the verification of arms control, nonproliferation and disarmament agreements or commitments. Earmarks amounts (Key Verification Assets Fund) to carry out this section, with limitation.
(Sec. 612) Directs the Secretary to designate one of the Assistant Secretaries of State as the Assistant Secretary of State for Verification and Compliance.
(Sec. 613) Amends the Arms Control and Disarmament Act to require a certain annual ("Pell") report by the President to Congress to include (among other things): (1) a detailed assessment of adherence of the United States to obligations undertaken in arms control, nonproliferation, and disarmament commitments (including the Missile Technology Control Regime); and (2) a specific identification, to the maximum extent practicable in unclassified form, of each and every question that exists with respect to compliance by other countries with arms control, nonproliferation, and disarmament agreements with the United States.
(Sec. 614) Requires the Director of Central Intelligence to report to the appropriate congressional committees on: (1) a comprehensive identification of all monitoring activities associated with the START and START II treaties; (2) the specific intelligence community assets and capabilities which the Senate was informed, before giving advice and consent to ratification of the treaties, would be necessary to accomplish those activities; (3) an identification of the extent to which those assets and capabilities have, or have not, been attained or retained, and the corresponding effect this has had upon U.S. monitoring confidence levels; and (4) an assessment of any Russian activities relating to the START Treaty which have had an impact upon the U.S. ability to monitor Russian adherence to the Treaty.
(Sec. 615) Declares the sense of the Senate defining the terms "effectively verifiable," "timely fashion," and "militarily significant violation." Requires the Secretary, upon the request of the chairman or ranking member of specified congressional committees, to report to such committee on the degree to which elements of an arms control, nonproliferation, or disarmament proposal are capable of being verified.
(Sec. 616) Requires the Government to make certain raw seismological data available to the public.
(Sec. 617) Directs the U.S. National Authority to reimburse the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for all costs (up to $1 million) incurred by it in connection with the protection of U.S. companies.
(Sec. 618) Expresses the sense of the Senate with regard to verification of the START Treaty.
(Sec. 622) Authorizes the Secretary to transfer available State Department funds to the DOD, DOE, or any military departments for researching, developing, adapting, and deploying technologies to achieve the destruction or removal of antipersonnel landmines for humanitarian purposes. Authorizes appropriations.
Subtitle B: Nuclear Nonproliferation, Safety, and Related Matters - Prohibits any Executive agency, in carrying out any U.S. obligation under the Convention on Nuclear Safety, from imposing any new reporting obligation upon any U.S. business.
(Sec. 632) Amends the Atomic Energy Act of 1954 to authorize the President to suspend nuclear cooperation with any nation that has not ratified, among other treaties, the Convention on Nuclear Safety.
(Sec. 634) Amends the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Act of 1978 to require certain Federal agencies to notify specified congressional committees with respect to their activities for preventing proliferation, including the proliferation of nuclear, chemical, or biological weapons, or their means of delivery. Requires the Director of Central Intelligence to notify such committees about the current activities of foreign nations which are of significance from the proliferation standpoint.
(Sec. 635) Prohibits the provision of U.S. assistance to any person involved in the research, development, design, testing, or evaluation of chemical or biological weapons for offensive purposes (unless the activity is conducted under certain provisions of the National Security Act of 1947).
(Sec. 636) Directs the Secretary of Energy to report to specified congressional committees with respect to the agreement between the United States and Russia for the disposition of excess weapons plutonium. Expresses the sense of Congress that, whenever the President submits the agreement to establish a mixed oxide fuel fabrication or production facility in Russia, the Secretary should certify specified nonproliferation guaranties to specified congressional committees with respect to such facility.
(Sec. 637) Prohibits the approval (subject to waiver in certain circumstances) of a license for the export to Hong Kong or Macao of certain controlled items (except those subject to certain reporting requirements of the National Security Act of 1947), unless appropriate U.S. officials are provided the right to conduct prelicense verification of the validity of the item's stated end-user and end-use.
Subtitle C: Miscellaneous Provisions - Requires the submission to a specified congressional committee of a summary of the activities of any U.S. delegation engaged in negotiations on arms control, nonproliferation, or disarmament with another country.
(Sec. 642) Prohibits any U.S. employee from knowingly withholding information from the chairman or ranking member of specified congressional committees with respect to required reports concerning the activities of certain Federal agencies to prevent the proliferation of nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons. Requires the Secretaries of State, Defense, Commerce, and Energy, the Director of Central Intelligence, and the Chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to issue regulations to implement their responsibilities with respect to such reports.
(Sec. 643) Earmarks certain additional amounts authorized to the Diplomatic Telecommunications Service Program Office (DTS-PO) for enhancement of Diplomatic Telecommunications Service capabilities. Sets forth specified actions the DTS-PO must take in order for it to better manage a fully integrated telecommunications network to service all agencies at diplomatic missions and consular posts.
(Sec. 644) Expresses the sense of Congress that certain factors should be taken into consideration in negotiating with the Russian Federation a START III Treaty (or any other arms control treaty making comparable reductions in U.S. strategic nuclear forces).
(Sec. 645) Amends the Strom Thurmond National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1999 to declare that certain export control monitoring and notification requirements under such Act (currently, all such requirements) shall not apply to the export of a satellite or satellite-related items for launch in, or by nationals of, a country that is a member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) or that is a major non-NATO ally of the United States unless, in each instance of the export of such item, the Secretary determines to specified congressional committees that it is in the national security or foreign policy interests of the United States to apply such controls.
(Sec. 646) Directs the Secretary to submit to specified congressional committees a study on the performance of the licensing process (including recommendations on improving such performance) under the Arms Export Control Act.
Title VII: Miscellaneous Provisions - Subtitle A: People's Republic of China - Earmarks specified funds for FY 2001 for the support of additional personnel in U.S. Embassies in Beijing and Kathmandu, as well as the American consulates in Guangzhou, Shanghai, Shenyang, Chengdu, and Hong Kong, China, in order to monitor political and economic conditions there, including the respect for internationally recognized human rights.
(Sec. 703) Establishes the Prisoner Information Registry for the People's Republic of China which shall provide information on all political prisoners, prisoners of conscience, and prisoners of faith in China. Makes funds available to nongovernmental organizations for such monitoring activities.
(Sec. 704) Directs the Secretary to report to the appropriate congressional committees on the feasibility of establishing an Organization for Security and Cooperation in Asia.
(Sec. 705) Expresses the sense of Congress that: (1) the Government of China should stop the harvesting and transplanting of organs for profit from prisoners that it executes; and (2) the President should bar from entry into the United States any Chinese government official known to be directly involved in such activities.
Subtitle B: Other Matters - Prohibits the Secretary, subject to waiver in certain circumstances, from issuing any visa to, and the Attorney General from admitting to the United States, any foreign national that has been directly involved in the establishment or enforcement of population control policies forcing a woman to undergo an abortion against her free choice or forcing a man or woman to undergo sterilization against his or her free choice.
(Sec. 722) Directs the Secretary to report to Congress on the status of U.S. efforts to support the membership, or appropriate level of participation by, Taiwan in international organizations that do not or may require statehood as a prerequisite to membership.
(Sec. 723) Declares that Congress: (1) commends the State Department for the U.S. vote against United Nations General Assembly Resolution ES-10-6 affirming that the text of such resolution politicizes the Fourth Geneva Convention which was primarily humanitarian in nature; and (2) urges the State Department to continue its efforts against convening the conference.
(Sec. 724) Authorizes the President to waive certain prohibitions with respect to the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) if the President certifies to the appropriate congressional committees that: (1) it is in the national interest; and (2) neither the PLO, the Palestinian Authority, nor the Palestinian Legislative Council has made a declaration of statehood outside the framework of negotiations with ISRAEL.
(Sec. 725) Earmarks, with specified limitation, certain funds for FY 2000 and 2001 for the construction of a U.S. embassy in Jerusalem, ISRAEL.
(Sec. 726) Declares that the United States: (1) supports a timely transition to democratic, civilian government in Nigeria; and (2) encourages the incoming civilian government in Nigeria to make the political, economic, and legal reforms necessary to ensure the rule of law and respect for human rights there.
(Sec. 727) Directs the President to vest and liquidate so much of blocked Libyan assets as is necessary to pay for the reasonable costs of travel to and from the Hague, Netherlands, by immediate family members of U.S. citizens who were victims of the crash of Pan American flight 103 in 1988, for the purpose of attending the trial of the individuals suspected of terrorist acts causing the crash.
(Sec. 728) Expresses the sense of Congress that the United States should support members of Russia's Jewish community and continue to provide assistance to Russian Jewish refugees resettling in Israel.
(Sec. 729) Expresses the sense of Congress that the President and other senior U.S. Government officials should raise at each bilateral meeting between U.S. officials and Russian Federation officials the issue of the extradition of Lt. General Igor Giorgadze to Georgia.
(Sec. 730) Condemns the use of children as soldiers and other combatants by governmental and non-governmental armed forces. Expresses the sense of Congress that the Secretary should study and report to Congress on the issue of the rehabilitation of former child soldiers and their families and the positive role the United States can play in such effort.
(Sec. 732) Directs the Secretary to report to the appropriate congressional committees on steps being taken by the Government of Morocco and by the Popular Front for the Liberation of Saguia el-Hamra and Rio de Oro (POLISARIO) to ensure a free, fair, and transparent referendum in July 2000 in which the Western Saharan people will choose between independence and integration with Morocco.
(Sec. 733) Urges the President, the Secretary, the Secretary of Defense, and the Secretary of the Treasury to intensify immediately, and report to Congress on, their efforts to prevail upon the Indonesian Government and military to: (1) disarm and disband anti-independence militias in East Timor; (2) grant full access to East Timor by international human rights monitors, humanitarian organizations, and the press; and (3) allow exiled Timorese to return to East Timor to participate in the ballot on East Timor's political status.
(Sec. 734) Prohibits the President from transferring a veterans memorial object to a foreign country unless specifically authorized by law.
(Sec. 735) Expresses the sense of Congress for support of the peace process in Sudan.
(Sec. 736) Expresses the sense of Congress that the United States should condemn Iran's treatment of religious minorities, particularly the recent arrests of members of its Jewish community.
(Sec. 737) Amends the PLO Commitments Compliance Act of 1989 to require a certain report of the President to the Speaker of the House and the chairman of a specified congressional committee to include, among other things, a statement on: (1) the effectiveness of end-use monitoring of international or U.S. aid being provided to the Palestinian Authority, Palestinian Liberation Organization, or the Palestinian Legislative Council to comply with international accounting standards and on enforcement of anti-corruption measures; and (2) compliance by the Palestinian Authority with democratic reforms.
(Sec. 738) Directs the Secretary to report semiannually to the appropriate congressional committees regarding terrorist attacks against U.S. citizens in Israel or in territories administered by Israel or by the Palestinian Authority (including a list of suspects implicated in such attacks).
(Sec. 739) Expresses the sense of the Senate that: (1) it should be U.S. policy to continue to work with foreign nations and international organizations to promote the end to abusive and exploitative child labor; and (2) it looks forward to the prompt submission by the President of the new International Labor Organization Convention on the Worst Forms of Child Labor.
(Sec. 740) Directs the Secretary report to the appropriate congressional committees with respect to: (1) whether the export of small arms poses any proliferation problems; (2) the impact of the reorganization of the State Department on the transfer of functions relating to monitoring, licensing, analysis, and policy on small arms and light weapons; and (3) whether foreign governments are enforcing their own laws concerning the import and sale of such weapons, including commitments under the Inter-American Convention Against the Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking in Firearms, Ammunition, Explosives, and Other Related Materials or other relevant international agreements.
Subtitle C: United States Entry-Exit Controls - Amends the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 with respect to the automated entry-exit control system to exempt from required recordkeeping: (1) land border crossings and seaports; and (2) permanent resident and certain other aliens.
(Sec. 752) Requires the Attorney General to report: (1) on the feasibility of implementing an automated entry-exit control system that would include land border and seaport arrivals and departures; and (2) annually on the development status of the automated entry-exit control system, and on visa overstays identified through such system. Requires integration of overstay information into State Department and Immigration and Naturalization Service databases.
Title VIII: International Organizations and Commissions - Subtitle A: Authorizations of Appropriations - Authorizes appropriations to the State Department for FY 2000 and 2001 to carry out U.S. foreign affairs with respect to: (1) international organizations; and (2) international peacekeeping activities. Earmarks amounts, with limits, for the U.S. assessment for the civil budget of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).
(Sec. 801) Withholds a specified percentage of funds for the assessed U.S. contribution to the UN until the Secretary certifies that the UN has taken specified actions.
Prohibits the use of funds for any U.S. contribution to: (1) pay for any expense related to the holding of any UN global conference (except for any conference scheduled prior to October 1, 1998); or (2) the UN budget for the U.S. proportionate share of any other framework treaty-based organization, including the Framework Convention on Global Climate Change, the International Seabed Authority, the Desertification Convention, and the International Criminal Court.
Authorizes appropriations to offset adverse fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates.
Urges the United States to insist that the UN and its affiliated agencies refund any excess contributions made by its members.
(Sec. 802) Amends the United Nations Participation Act of 1945 to require the President, with specified exceptions, to: (1) consult monthly with Congress on the status of UN peacekeeping operations; and (2) notify designated congressional committees at least 15 days before the United States provides any assistance to the UN to support such operations.
(Sec. 803) Authorizes appropriations for FY 2000 and 2001 for payment of contributions to the UN Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture.
Subtitle B: United Nations Activities - Declares it to be U.S. policy to: (1) promote an end to Israel's inequity in the UN due to its denied acceptance into any of the UN's regional blocs; and (2) seek abolition of certain UN Palestinian groups. Directs the Secretary to report to the appropriate congressional committees on: (1) actions taken by U.S. representatives to encourage nations of the Western Europe and Others Group (WEOG) to accept Israel into their regional bloc; (2) other measures taken to ensure and promote Israel's full participation in the UN; and (3) steps taken by the United States to secure the abolition of the UN Palestinian groups.
(Sec. 812) Amends the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 to direct the President to provide the Secretary General of the UN with data regarding all costs incurred by DOD, as well as all costs incurred by all UN members, during the preceding year in support of all UN Security Council resolutions.
(Sec. 813) Amends the United Nations Participation Act of 1945 to direct the President to obtain reimbursement from the UN for expenses incurred by it in UN peacekeeping operations, with specified exceptions. Provides a waiver for such requirement if it is in the national interest of the United States.
Subtitle C: International Organizations Other Than the United Nations - Prohibits the United States from becoming a party to the International Criminal Court except pursuant to a treaty made according to the U.S. Constitution after enactment of this Act.
(Sec. 821) Prohibits the use of funds made available by any Act to: (1) support the International Criminal Court unless the United States becomes a party to the Court; (2) extradite a U.S. citizen to a foreign nation that is under obligation to surrender persons to the Court unless such nation confirms that applicable prohibitions on reextradition apply to such surrender or gives other assurances that it will not extradite or transfer that citizen to the Court; or (3) provide consent to the extradition or transfer of a U.S. citizen to a third country by a foreign country that is under obligation to surrender persons to the Court, unless the third country makes such confirmation.
(Sec. 823) Amends the Foreign Affairs Reform and Restructuring Act of 1998 to make permanent certain requirements prohibiting, without a prior estimated expense report to the Department's Director of the Office of International Conferences, the use of funds under such Act to pay: (1) foreign travel expenses of an employee of the U.S. Executive agencies (with certain exceptions) in attending any international conference; or (2) the routine services that a U.S. diplomatic mission provides in support of travel by such employee. Makes permanent the requirement that the Director report to Congress with respect to each international conference.
(Sec. 824) Authorizes the Commissioner of the U.S. Section of the International Boundary and Water Commission to provide, upon request of a State or local government, technical tests, evaluations, information, surveys, or other similar services on a reimbursable basis.
(Sec. 825) Amends the United Nations Participation Act of 1945 and the International Atomic Energy Agency Participation Act of 1957 to require the U.S. representative to the Vienna office of the UN to serve also as U.S. representative to the International Atomic Energy Agency.
(Sec. 826) Directs an independent auditor to audit annually the financial statements of the U.S. Section of the International Boundary and Water Commission, United States, and Mexico, and to report the results to such parties and to Congress. Directs the Comptroller General to review and report on such audit to Congress.
(Sec. 827) Expresses the sense of Congress that the President should instruct the U.S. UN Representative to advocate that the Security Council direct the Office for Internal Oversight Services (OIOS) to reevaluate the operation of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR). Urges the OIOS to assess the progress made by the ICTR in implementing the recommendations of the Report of the UN Secretary-General on the Activities of the Office of Internal Oversight Services, A-52-784, of February 6, 1998. Requires the Secretary to report to Congress on the effectiveness and progress of the ICTR.
Title IX: Arrears Payments and Reform - Subtitle A: General Provisions - United Nations Reform Act of 1999 - Defines terms.
Subtitle B: Arrearages to the United Nations - Authorizes appropriations for FY 1999 and 2000 only for the payment of arrearages in assessed contributions to the UN for: (1) the U.S. share of assessments for the regular UN budget; (2) the U.S. share of UN peacekeeping operations; (3) the U.S. share of UN specialized agencies; and (4) the U.S. share of other international organizations. Authorizes the disbursement of such funds only upon submission to Congress of certain certifications concerning the reform of UN fiscal, budget, and personnel practices, assessments, and peacekeeping operations.
Subtitle C: Miscellaneous Provisions - Prohibits the use of funds to pay any arrearage for: (1) the United Nations Industrial Development Organization, including any costs to merge it into the UN; (2) the costs associated with any UN organization from which the United States has withdrawn; or (3) the World Tourism Organization, or any other organization with respect to which Congress has rescinded funding.
Title X: Russian Business Management Education - Authorizes the Secretary, acting through the Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy, to establish a training program in Russia for Russian nationals to obtain skills in business administration, accounting, and marketing, with special emphasis on instruction in business ethics and in the basic terminology, techniques, and practices of those disciplines, to achieve international standards of quality, transparency, and competitiveness. Establishes a clearinghouse to manage and execute such program.
(Sec. 1005) Establishes within the State Department a U.S.- Russian Business Management Training Board which shall make recommendations to the Secretary with respect to the administration of this title.
(Sec. 1006) Declares that prohibitions on the use of foreign assistance funds to the Russian Federation shall not apply to this title.
(Sec. 1007) Authorizes appropriations for FY 2000 and 2001.