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SEC. 9.9 COLLECTION, MAINTENANCE, AND DISSEMINATION OF INFORMA

TION. (a) IN GENERAL.-In performing its functions under the Conven tion, the United States Central Authority may, under such conditions as the Central Authority prescribes by regulation, but subject to subsection (c), receive from or transmit to any department agency, or instrumentality of the Federal Government or of any State or foreign government, and receive from or transmit to any applicant, petitioner, or respondent, information necessary to locate a child or for the purpose of otherwise implementing the Convention with respect to a child, except that the United States Central Authority

(1) may receive such information from a Federal or State de partment, agency, or instrumentality only pursuant to applicable Federal and State statues; and

(2) may transmit any information received under this subsection notwithstanding any provision of law other than this Act. (b) REQUESTS FOR INFORMATION.-Requests for information under this section shall be submitted in such manner and form as the United States Central Authority may prescribe by regulation and shall be accompanied or supported by such documents as the United States Central Authority may require.

(c) RESPONSIBILITY OF GOVERNMENT ENTITIES.-_Whenever any department, agency, or instrumentality of the United States or of any State receives a request from the United States Central Authority for information authorized to be provided to such Central Authority under subsection (a), the head of such department, agency, or instrumentality shall promptly cause a search to be made of the files and records maintained by such department, agency, or instrumentality in order to determine whether the information re quested is contained in any such files or records. If such search discloses the information requested, the head of such department, agency, or instrumentality shall immediately transmit such information to the United States Central Authority, except that any such information the disclosure of which

(1) would adversely affect the national security interests of the United States or the law enforcement interests of the United States or of any State; or

(2) would be prohibited by section 9 of title 13, United States

Code; shall not be transmitted to the Central Authority. The head of such department, agency, or instrumentality shall, immediately upon completion of the requested search, notify the Central Authority of the results of the search, and whether an exception set forth in paragraph (1) or (2) applies. In the event that the United States Central Authority receives information and the appropriate Federal or State department, agency, or instrumentality thereafter notifies the Central Authority that an exception set forth in paragraph (1) or (2) applies to that information, the Central Authority may not disclose that information under subsection (a).

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942 U.S.C. 11608.

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(d) INFORMATION AVAILABLE FROM PARENT LOCATOR SERVICE.-To the extent that information which the United States Central Authority is authorized to obtain under the provisions of subsection (c) can be obtained through the Parent Locator Service, the United States Central Authority shall first seek to obtain such information from the Parent Locator Service, before requesting such information directly under the provisions of subsection (c) of this section.

(e) RECORDKEEPING.—The United States Central Authority shall maintain appropriate records concerning its activities and the disposition of cases brought to its attention. SEC. 10.10 INTERAGENCY COORDINATING GROUP.

The Secretary of State, the Secretary of Health and Human Services, and the Attorney General shall designate Federal employees and may, from time to time, designate private citizens to serve on an interagency coordinating group to monitor the operation of the Convention and to provide advice on its implementation tot he United States Central Authority and other Federal agencies. This group shall meet from time to time at the request of the United States Central Authority. The agency in which the United States Central Authority is located is authorized to reimburse such private citizens for travel and other expenses incurred in participating at meetings of the interagency coordinating group at rates not to exceed those authorized under subchapter I of chapter 57 of title 5, United States Code, for employees of agencies. SEC. 11.11 AGREEMENT FOR USE OF PARENT LOCATOR SERVICE IN DE

TERMINING WHEREABOUTS OF PARENT OR CHILD. * * *

SEC. 12.12 AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS.

There are authorized to be appropriated for each fiscal year such sums as may be necessary to carry out the purpose of the Convention and this Act.

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10 42 U.S.C. 11609.

Sec. 11 amended sec. 463 of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 663). 12 42 U.S.C. 11610.

c. Relating to the Implementation of the Convention on the Civil

Aspects of International Child Abduction

Executive Order 12648, August 11, 1988, 53 F.R. 30637, 42 U.S.C. 11606 note The United States of America deposited its instrument of ratification of the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction ("Convention') on April 29, 1988. The Convention entered into force for the United States on July 1, 1988. Article 6 of the Convention imposes upon Contracting States an obligation to designate a “Central Authority" for the purpose of discharg. ing certain specified functions.

In order that the Government of the United States of America may give full and complete effect to the Convention, and pursuant to section 7 of the International Child Abduction Remedies Act, Public Law 100-300 (1988), it is expedient and necessary that I designate a Central Authority within the Executive branch of said Government:

NOW THEREFORE, by virtue of the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, including section 301 of Title 3 of the United States Code and section 7 of the International Child Abduction Remedies Act, it is ordered as follows:

Section 1. Designation of Central Authority. The Department of State is hereby designated as the Central Authority of the United States for purposes of the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction. The Secretary of State is hereby authorized and empowered, in accordance with such regulations as he may prescribe, to perform all lawful acts that may be necessary and proper in order to execute the functions of the Central Authority in a timely and efficient manner.

NOTE.—Appendix I lists Public Laws included in Legislation on Foreign Relations Through 1993, arranged by Public Law number with corresponding short title or popular name.

APPENDIX I

Public Law No.

Short Title

103-236

Foreign Relations Authorization Act, Fiscal

Years 1994 and 1995 103-236 ........ Mike Mansfield Fellowship Act (title II, part C) 103-236

United States International Broadcasting Act of

1994 (title III) 103-236

Spoils of War Act of 1994 (title V, part B) 103-236

Anti-Economic Discrimination Act of 1994 (title

V, part C) 103-236

Cambodian Genocide Justice Act (title V, part

D) 103-236 ............. Middle East Peace Facilitation Act of 1994 (title

V, part E) 103–236 ........ Arms Control and Nonproliferation Act of 1994

(title VII, part A) 103-236

Nuclear Proliferation Prevention Act of 1994

(title VIII) 103-236

Protection and Reduction of Government Secre

cy Act (title IX) 103-211 .................. Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act of

1994 103–199 ........ ...... Act For Reform in Emerging New Democracies

and Support and Help for Improved Partnership with Russia, Ukraine, and Other New

Independent States (FRIENDSHIP Act) 103-182 ................. North American Free Trade Agreement Imple

mentation Act 103-174 ............ Transfer of Naval Vessels to Certain Foreign

Countries 103–160 ................. National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal

Year 1994 103-160 ....... Cooperative Threat Reduction Act of 1993 (title

XII) 103-160 ................. Defense Conversion, Reinvestment, and Transi

tion Assistance Amendments of 1993 (title XIII)

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National Shipbuilding and Shipyari umesc

Act of 1993 (title XIII, subtitle ) Panama Canal Commission Authoriza.com

for Fiscal Year 1994 (title XIV
Act to Honor the Victims of the sunmu

Panam Flight 103
South African Democratic Transiin SUAU-

Act of 1993
Department of Defense Appropriatios 5.1
Department of the interior ant femet e

cies Appropriations Act 1944 Nondiscriminatory Treatmen: "E SITE

of Romania Middle East Peace Facilitation to Department of State anc Jelarer ends 11

propriations Act 1944
Agriculture, Rura. Developmer: m Entru

Administration, and feiner SCE 511T1-
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World Food Day
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