Amendment adds language to enhance the security of American passports.


An amendment numbered 20 printed in part B of House Report 109-175 to require the Secretary of State to submit a report that describes the weakness of identification documents, including birth certificates, required for the issuance of passports; establish a requirement that all passport acceptance agents undergo background investigations and a comprehensive training program to improve document fraud detection efforts; expand the authority of the U.S. government to investigate cases of the illegal sale of U.S. passports and visas by U.S. government personnel; and authorize the Federal District Court for the District of Colombia to issue warrants in such cases and authorize special agents under the direction of the Director of the Diplomatic Security Service to execute such warrants.

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