US SB1631 | 2017-2018 | 115th Congress


Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Republican 1-0)
Status: Introduced on July 25 2017 - 25% progression
Action: 2017-09-06 - Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 210.
Text: Latest bill text (Introduced) [PDF]


Department of State Authorities Act, Fiscal Year 2018 This bill directs the Department of State to report to Congress regarding State Department and U.S. Agency for International Development reorganization plans. The State Department is urged to establish an Office of Global Women's Issues. The bill calls for establishment in the State Department of: (1) a Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor; (2) an Assistant Secretary for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs; and (3) an Office of International Disability Rights. The State Department shall: (1) consult semiannually with appropriate federal agencies regarding the security of U.S. government and nongovernmental information systems used by the State Department, and (2) develop a Bureau of Diplomatic Security training program for detecting classified information spillage. The State Department shall: (1) periodically report to Congress regarding ongoing overseas capital construction and major embassy security upgrade projects, and (2) report annually to Congress on security violations. The bill sets forth State Department personnel and staffing provisions, including workplace diversity provisions. The State Department may make grants or enter into cooperative agreements for science and technology fellowships. The State Department shall appoint a Director of Research and Evaluation to evaluate public diplomacy programs. The bill sets forth public anti-corruption provisions, including requiring the State Department to: (1) designate an anti-corruption point of contact at appropriate U.S. missions; and (2) manage a whole-of-government effort to improve coordination among U.S. agencies that have a role in promoting good governance in foreign countries. Each U.S. government agency that enters into any international agreement, other than a treaty, on behalf of the United States shall designate a Chief International Agreements Officer who shall transmit the agreement to the State Department.

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Department of State Authorities Act, Fiscal Year 2018



2017-09-06SenatePlaced on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 210.
2017-09-06SenateCommittee on Foreign Relations. Reported by Senator Corker with amendments. Without written report.
2017-07-25SenateRead twice and referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations.

Same As/Similar To

HB5589 (Related) 2018-04-24 - Referred to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.


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