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consular fees shall not apply to fees collected under this subsection.
(5) No fee or surcharge authorized under paragraph (1) may be charged to a citizen of a country that is a signatory as of the date of enactment of this Act to the North American Free Trade Agreement, except that the Secretary of State may charge such fee or surcharge to a citizen of such a country if the Secretary determines that such country charges a visa ap
plication or issuance fee to citizens of the United States. (b) 32 AUTOMATED VISA LOOKOUT SYSTEM.—Not later than 18 months after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of State shall implement an upgrade of all overseas visa lookout operations to computerized systems with automated multiple-name search capabilities.
(c) 32 PROCESSING OF VISAS FOR ADMISSION TO THE UNITED STATES.
(1)(A) Beginning 24 months after the date of the enactment of this Act, whenever a United States consular officer issues a visa for admission to the United States, that official shall certify, in writing, that a check of the Automated Visa Lookout System, or any other system or list which maintains information about the excludability of aliens under the Immigration and Nationality Act, has been made and that there is no basis under such system for the exclusion of such alien.
(B) If, at the time an alien applies for an immigrant or nonimmigrant visa, the alien's name is included in the Department of State's visa lookout system and the consular officer to whom the application is made fails to follow the procedures in processing the application required by the inclusion of the alien's name in such system, the consular officer's failure shall be made a matter of record and shall be considered as a serious negative factor in the officer's annual performance evaluation.
(2) If an alien to whom a visa was issued as a result of a failure described in paragraph (1/(B) is admitted to the United States and there is thereafter probable cause to believe that the alien was a participant in a terrorist act causing serious loss of life or property in the United States, the Secretary of State shall convene an Accountability Review Board under the authority of title III of the Omnibus Diplomatic Security and
Antiterrorism Act of 1986. (d) 32 ACCESS TO THE INTERSTATE IDENTIFICATION INDEX.
(1) Subject to paragraphs (2) and (3), the Department of State Consolidated Immigrant Visa Processing Center shall have online access, without payment of any fee or charge, to the Interstate Identification Index of the National Crime Information Center solely for the purpose of determining whether a visa applicant has a criminal history record indexed in such Index. Such access does not entitle the Department of State to obtain the full content of automated records through the Interstate Identification Index. To obtain the full content of a criminal history record, the Department shall submit a separate request to the Identification Records Section of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and shall pay the appropriate fee as provided for in the Departments of Commerce, Justice, and State, the Judiciary, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 1990 (Public Law 101-162).
32 8 U.S.C. 1182 note.
(2) The Department of State shall be responsible for all onetime start-up and recurring incremental non-personnel costs of establishing and maintaining the access authorized in paragraph (1).
(3) The individual primarily responsible for the day-to-day implementation of paragraph (1) shall be an employee of the Federal Bureau of Investigation selected by the Department of State, and detailed to the Department on a fully reimbursable basis.
(4) Not later than December 31, 1996, the Secretary of State and the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation shall jointly submit to the Committee on Foreign Affairs and the Committee on the Judiciary of the House of Representatives, and the Committee on Foreign Relations and the Committee on the Judiciary of the Senate, a report on the effectiveness of the procedure authorized in this subsection.
(5) This subsection shall cease to have effect after December 31, 1997.
SEC. 142. WOMEN'S HUMAN RIGHTS PROTECTION.
(a) SENSE OF CONGRESS.—The Congress makes the following declarations:
(1) The State Department should designate a senior advisor to the appropriate Undersecretary to promote international women's human rights within the overall human rights policy of the United States Government.
(2) The purpose of assigning a special assistant on women's human rights issues is not, to segregate such issues, but rather to assure that they are considered along with other human rights issues in the development of United States foreign policy.
(3) A specifically designated special assistant is necessary because within the human rights field and the foreign policy establishment, the issues of gender-based discrimination and violence against women have long been ignored or made invisible.
(4) The Congress believes that abuses against women would have greater visibility and protection of women's human rights would improve if the advocate were responsible for integrating women's human rights issues into United States foreign policy, bilateral assistance, multilateral diplomacy, trade policy, and
democracy promotion. (b) CONGRESSIONAL NOTIFICATION.-Not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary of State shall notify the Congress of the steps taken to fulfill the objectives detailed in subsection (a).
PART C-DEPARTMENT OF STATE ORGANIZATION
SEC. 161. ORGANIZATION OF THE DEPARTMENT OF STATE.
(a) 33 ORGANIZATION.—Section 1 of the State Department Basic Authorities Act of 1956 is amended to read as follows:
(b) 34 APPLICATION.—The amendments made by this section and section 133 shall apply with respect to officials, offices, and bureaus of the Department of State when executive orders, regulations, or departmental directives implementing such amendments become effective, or 90 days after the date of enactment of this Act, whichever comes earlier.
(c) 34 TRANSITION.–Any officer of the Department of State holding office on the date of the enactment of this Act shall not be required to be reappointed to any other office, at the Department of State at the same level performing similar functions, as determined by the President, by reason of the enactment of the amendments made by this section and section 162.
(d) 34 REFERENCES IN OTHER ACTS.—Except as specifically provided in this Act, or the amendments made by this Act, a reference in any other provision of law to an official or office of the Department of State affected by the amendment made by subsection (a) (other than the Inspector General of the Department of State and the Chief Financial Officer of the Department of State) shall be deemed to be a reference to the Secretary of State or the Department of State, as may be appropriate.
(e) 34 OFFICE OF THE COORDINATOR FOR COUNTERTERRORISM.—Notwithstanding any other provision of this section, for not less than one year after the date of the enactment of this Act there shall be in the Department of State an Office of the Coordinator for Counterterrorism which shall be headed by a Coordinator for Counterterrorism. The office shall have the same responsibilities and functions as the Office of the Coordinator for Counterterrorism at the Department of State had as of January 20, 1993. (f) 34 DEPUTY ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR BURDENSHARING.—
(1) ESTABLISHMENT.—None of the funds authorized to be appropriated by this Act shall be available for obligation or expenditure during fiscal year 1995 unless, not later than 90 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary of State has established within the Department of State the position of Deputy Assistant Secretary for Burdensharing, the incumbent of which shall be an official of ambassadorial rank, appointed by the President by and with the advice and consent of the Senate.
(2) RESPONSIBILITIES.—The Deputy Assistant Secretary for Burdensharing shall perform such duties and exercise such authorities as the Secretary of State shall prescribe, including the principal duty of negotiations for the following:
(A) Increased in-kind and financial support (including increased payment of basing costs) by countries allied to the United States for Department of Defense military units and personnel assigned to permanent duty ashore outside the United States in support of the security of such countries.
33 For text of section 1 of the State Department Basic Authorities Act (22 U.S.C. 265la), as amended by subsec. (a), see page 24.
34 22 U.S.C. 265la note.
(B) Recoupment of funds associated with financial commitments from such countries for paying the United States the residual value of United States facilities in such countries that the United States relinquishes to such countries upon the termination of the use of such facilities by the
(k) STATE DEPARTMENT BASIC AUTHORITIES ACT OF 1956.-(1) Section 35 of the State Department Basic Authorities Act of 1956 (22 U.S.C. 2707) is amended
(A) by striking subsection (a); and
(i) by striking the text preceding paragraph (1) and inserting the following: "The Secretary of State shall be re sponsible for formulation, coordination, and oversight of foreign policy related to international communications and information policy. The Secretary of State shall—";
(ii) by striking paragraph (2);
(iv) by inserting before paragraph (2) (as so redesignated) the following: "(1) exercise primary authority for the conduct of foreign policy with respect to such telecommunications functions, including the determination of United States positions and the conduct of United States participation in negotiations with foreign governments and international bodies. In exercising this responsibility, the Secretary shall coordinate with other agencies as appropriate, and, in particular, shall give full consideration to the authority vested by law or Executive order in the Federal Communications Commission, the Department of Commerce and the Office of the United States Trade Representative in this area;"';
(v) in paragraph (2) (as so redesignated by striking "with the bureaus and offices of the Department of State and", and inserting before the semicolon "and with the Federal Communications Commission, as appropriate''; and
(vi) in paragraph (3), by striking "the Senior Interagency Group on International Communications and Information Policy" and inserting “any senior interagency policymaking group on international telecommunications and information policy and chair such interagency meetings as may
be necessary to coordinate actions on pending issues;". (2) 35 Nothing in the amendments made by paragraph (1) affects the nature or scope of the authority that is on the date of enactment of this Act vested by law or Executive order in the Department of Commerce, the Office of the United States Trade Repre
35 22 U.S.C. 2707 note.
sentative, the Federal Communications Commission, or any officer thereof.
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SEC. 172. WAIVER OF LIMITATION FOR CERTAIN CLAIMS FOR PERSONAL
PROPERTY DAMAGE OR LOSS. (a) CLAIMS RESULTING FROM EMERGENCY EVACUATION IN A FOREIGN COUNTRY.—Subsection 3721(b) of title 31 of the United States Code is amended
(1) by inserting "(1)” after "(b)"; and
(2) by adding after paragraph (1), as so designated, the following: “(2) The Secretary of State may waive the settlement and payment limitation referred to in paragraph (1) for claims for damage or loss by United States Government personnel under the jurisdiction of a chief of mission in a foreign country if such claims arise in circumstances where there is in effect a departure from the country authorized or ordered under circumstances described in section 5522(a) of title 5, if the Secretary determines that there exists exceptional circumstances that warrant such a waiver.".
(b) 37 RETROACTIVE APPLICATION.—The amendments made by subsection (a) shall apply with respect to claims arising on or after October 31, 1988. SEC. 173. SENIOR FOREIGN SERVICE PERFORMANCE PAY.
(a) 38 PROHIBITION ON AWARDS.—Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the Secretary of State may not award or pay performance payments for fiscal years 1994 and 1995 under section 405 of the Foreign Service Act of 1980 (22 U.S.C. 3965), unless the Secretary awards or pays performance awards to other Federal employees for such fiscal years.
(b) 38 AWARDS IN SUBSEQUENT FISCAL YEARS.—The Secretary may not make a performance award or payment in any fiscal year after a fiscal year referred to in subsection (a) for the purpose of providing an individual with a performance award or payment to which the individual would otherwise have been entitled in a fiscal year referred to in such subsection but for the prohibition described in such subsection.
(c) 38 APPLICATION TO USIA, AID, AND ACDA. Subsections (a) and (b) shall apply to the United States Information Agency, the Agency for International Development, and the Arms Control and
36 Sec. 162 has no subsec. (1). 37 31 U.S.C. 3721 note. 38 22 U.S.C. 3965 note.