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Introduced in House (05/09/2013)


113th CONGRESS
1st Session
H. R. 1909

To amend the Export Enhancement Act of 1988 to make improvements to the trade promotion policies and programs of the United States Government.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
May 9, 2013

Mr. Graves of Missouri (for himself, Mr. Chabot, Mr. Luetkemeyer, Mr. Tipton, Mr. Mulvaney, Mrs. Hartzler, Mr. Hanna, Mr. Collins of New York, and Ms. Chu) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs


A BILL

To amend the Export Enhancement Act of 1988 to make improvements to the trade promotion policies and programs of the United States Government.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “Export Coordination Act of 2013”.

SEC. 2. Duties.

(a) In general.—Section 2312(b) of the Export Enhancement Act of 1988 (15 U.S.C. 4727(b)) is amended—

(1) in paragraph (4), by adding at the end before the semicolon the following: “, including identifying opportunities to consolidate or co-locate offices of agencies involved in such activities”;

(2) in paragraph (5)—

(A) by inserting “, including the use and coordination of electronic databases,” after “the appropriate levels and allocation of resources”; and

(B) by striking “and” at the end;

(3) by redesignating paragraph (6) as paragraph (7); and

(4) by inserting after paragraph (5) the following:

“(6) to the maximum extent practicable, provide a detailed listing of current and future Federal and State-led trade missions, trade fairs, and related activities to ensure better delivery of services to United States businesses; and”.

(b) Availability of information.—The Secretary of Commerce shall make available the information on Federal and State-led trade missions, trade fairs, and related activities described in paragraph (6) of section 2312(b) of the Export Enhancement Act of 1988, as added by subsection (a)(4) of this section, on the Web site Export.gov or a successor Web site.

SEC. 3. Strategic plan.

Section 2312(c) of the Export Enhancement Act of 1988 (15 U.S.C. 4727(c)) is amended—

(1) by redesignating paragraphs (3) through (6) as paragraphs (4) through (7), respectively;

(2) by inserting after paragraph (2) the following:

“(3) with respect to export promotion and export financing activities of each agency that is a member of the TPCC—

“(A) clearly identify and explain the role of each agency; and

“(B) describe the goals and objectives of each agency and explain the rationale for measuring and reporting the goals and objectives;”;

(3) in paragraph (5) (as redesignated)—

(A) by inserting “and Congress” after “the President”; and

(B) by striking “paragraph (3)” and inserting “paragraph (4)”;

(4) in paragraph (6) (as redesignated), by striking “and” at the end;

(5) by inserting after paragraph (6) (as redesignated) the following:

“(7) include the recommendations of the Comptroller General of the United States as the recommendations relate to coordination of the TPCC and agencies that are members of the TPCC;”; and

(6) in paragraph (7) (as redesignated), by striking “United States National Tourism Organization” and inserting “United States Travel Association”.

SEC. 4. Membership and staff.

(a) Membership.—Section 2312(d) of the Export Enhancement Act of 1988 (15 U.S.C. 4727(d)) is amended—

(1) in paragraph (1)—

(A) by striking “and” at the end of subparagraph (L);

(B) by redesignating subparagraph (M) as subparagraph (N); and

(C) by inserting after subparagraph (L) the following:

“(M) the Millennium Challenge Corporation;”;

(2) by redesignating paragraph (2) as paragraph (3); and

(3) by inserting after paragraph (1) the following:

“(2) STATE TRADE PROMOTION AGENCIES.—The TPCC shall also include one or more members appointed by the President who are representatives from State trade promotion agencies.”.

(b) Staff.—Section 2312 of the Export Enhancement Act of 1988 (15 U.S.C. 4727) is amended—

(1) by redesignating subsection (f) as subsection (g); and

(2) by inserting after subsection (e) the following:

“(f) Staff.—Upon request of the chairperson of the TPCC, the head of any Federal department or agency that is a member of the TPCC may detail, on a reimbursable basis, any of the personnel of that department or agency to the TPCC to assist it in carrying out its duties under this section.”.

SEC. 5. Member qualifications.

Section 2312(e) of the Export Enhancement Act of 1988 (15 U.S.C. 4727(e)) is amended in the first sentence by inserting “(other than members described in subsection (d)(2))” after “Members of the TPCC”.

SEC. 6. Report to Congress.

Subsection (g) of section 2312 of the Export Enhancement Act of 1988 (15 U.S.C. 4727), as redesignated by section 4(b)(1) of this Act, is amended to read as follows:

“(g) Report to Congress.—

“(1) IN GENERAL.—The chairperson of the TPCC shall prepare and submit to the appropriate congressional committees, not later than March 30 of each year, a report that—

“(A) describes the strategic plan developed by the TPCC pursuant to subsection (c), the implementation of such plan, and any revisions thereto; and

“(B) describes the implementation of sections 303 and 304 of the FREEDOM Support Act (22 U.S.C. 5823 and 5824) concerning funding for export promotion activities and the interagency working groups on energy of the TPCC.

“(2) APPROPRIATE CONGRESSIONAL COMMITTEES DEFINED.—In this subsection, the term ‘appropriate congressional committees’ means—

“(A) the Committee on Appropriations, the Committee on Energy and Commerce, the Committee on Financial Services, the Committee on Foreign Affairs, the Committee on Small Business, and the Committee on Ways and Means of the House of Representatives; and

“(B) the Committee on Appropriations, the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, the Committee on Finance, the Committee on Foreign Relations, and the Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship of the Senate.”.

SEC. 7. Additional report to Congress.

Section 2312 of the Export Enhancement Act of 1988 (15 U.S.C. 4727) is amended by adding at the end the following:

“(h) Additional report to Congress.—

“(1) IN GENERAL.—The Inspector General of the Department of Commerce shall prepare and submit to the appropriate congressional committees, not later than March 30 of each year, a report on the extent to which the TPCC is successfully carrying out its duties as described in subsection (b) and the extent to which the strategic plan as described in subsection (c) is successfully being implemented.

“(2) CONSULTATION.—In preparing the report required under paragraph (1), the Inspector General of the Department of Commerce shall, to the maximum extent practicable, consult with the inspector general of each other Federal department or agency that is a member of the TPCC.

“(3) APPROPRIATE CONGRESSIONAL COMMITTEES DEFINED.—In this subsection, the term ‘appropriate congressional committees’ has the meaning given such term in subsection (g)(2).”.