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[114th Congress Public Law 119]
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Public Law 114-119
114th Congress

                                 An Act


 
   To protect children and others from sexual abuse and exploitation, 
 including sex trafficking and sex tourism, by providing advance notice 
of intended travel by registered sex offenders outside the United States 
  to the government of the country of destination, requesting foreign 
  governments to notify the United States when a known sex offender is 
seeking to enter the United States, and for other purposes. <<NOTE: Feb. 
                        8, 2016 -  [H.R. 515]>> 

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the 
United States of America in Congress assembled, <<NOTE: International 
Megan's Law to Prevent Child Exploitation and Other Sexual Crimes 
Through Advanced Notification of Traveling Sex Offenders.>> 
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE AND TABLE OF CONTENTS.

    (a) <<NOTE: 42 USC 16901 note.>>  Short Title.--This Act may be 
cited as the ``International Megan's Law to Prevent Child Exploitation 
and Other Sexual Crimes Through Advanced Notification of Traveling Sex 
Offenders''.

    (b) Table of Contents.--The table of contents for this Act is as 
follows:

Sec. 1. Short title and table of contents.
Sec. 2. Findings.
Sec. 3. Definitions.
Sec. 4. Angel Watch Center.
Sec. 5. Notification by the United States Marshals Service.
Sec. 6. International travel.
Sec. 7. Reciprocal notifications.
Sec. 8. Unique passport identifiers for covered sex offenders.
Sec. 9. Implementation plan.
Sec. 10. Technical assistance.
Sec. 11. Authorization of appropriations.
Sec. 12. Rule of construction.

SEC. 2. <<NOTE: 42 USC 16935.>>  FINDINGS.

    Congress finds the following:
            (1) Megan Nicole Kanka, who was 7 years old, was abducted, 
        sexually assaulted, and murdered in 1994, in the State of New 
        Jersey by a violent predator living across the street from her 
        home. Unbeknownst to Megan Kanka and her family, he had been 
        convicted previously of a sex offense against a child.
            (2) In 1996, Congress adopted Megan's Law (Public Law 104-
        145) as a means to encourage States to protect children by 
        identifying the whereabouts of sex offenders and providing the 
        means to monitor their activities.
            (3) In 2006, Congress passed the Adam Walsh Child Protection 
        and Safety Act of 2006 (Public Law 109-248) to protect children 
        and the public at large by establishing a comprehensive national 
        system for the registration and notification to the public and 
        law enforcement officers of convicted sex offenders.
            (4) Law enforcement reports indicate that known child-sex 
        offenders are traveling internationally.

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            (5) The commercial sexual exploitation of minors in child 
        sex trafficking and pornography is a global phenomenon. The 
        International Labour Organization has estimated that 1,8000,000 
        children worldwide are victims of child sex trafficking and 
        pornography each year.
            (6) Child sex tourism, where an individual travels to a 
        foreign country and engages in sexual activity with a child in 
        that country, is a form of child exploitation and, where 
        commercial, child sex trafficking.
SEC. 3. <<NOTE: 42 USC 16935a.>>  DEFINITIONS.

    In this Act:
            (1) Center.--The term ``Center'' means the Angel Watch 
        Center established pursuant to section 4(a).
            (2) Convicted.--The term ``convicted'' has the meaning given 
        the term in section 111 of the Adam Walsh Child Protection and 
        Safety Act of 2006 (42 U.S.C. 16911).
            (3) Covered sex offender.--Except as otherwise provided, the 
        term ``covered sex offender'' means an individual who is a sex 
        offender by reason of having been convicted of a sex offense 
        against a minor.
            (4) Destination country.--The term ``destination country'' 
        means a destination or transit country.
            (5) Interpol.--The term ``INTERPOL'' means the International 
        Criminal Police Organization.
            (6) Jurisdiction.--The term ``jurisdiction'' means--
                    (A) a State;
                    (B) the District of Columbia;
                    (C) the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico;
                    (D) Guam;
                    (E) American Samoa;
                    (F) the Northern Mariana Islands;
                    (G) the United States Virgin Islands; and
                    (H) to the extent provided in, and subject to the 
                requirements of, section 127 of the Adam Walsh Child 
                Protection and Safety Act of 2006 (42 U.S.C. 16927), a 
                Federally recognized Indian tribe.
            (7) Minor.--The term ``minor'' means an individual who has 
        not attained the age of 18 years.
            (8) National sex offender registry.--The term ``National Sex 
        Offender Registry'' means the National Sex Offender Registry 
        established by section 119 of the Adam Walsh Child Protection 
        and Safety Act of 2006 (42 U.S.C. 16919).
            (9) Sex offender under sorna.--The term ``sex offender under 
        SORNA'' has the meaning given the term ``sex offender'' in 
        section 111 of the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 
        2006 (42 U.S.C. 16911).
            (10) Sex offense against a minor.--
                    (A) In general.--The term ``sex offense against a 
                minor'' means a specified offense against a minor, as 
                defined in section 111 of the Adam Walsh Child 
                Protection and Safety Act of 2006 (42 U.S.C. 16911).
                    (B) Other offenses.--The term ``sex offense against 
                a minor'' includes a sex offense described in section 
                111(5)(A) of the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety 
                Act of 2006 (42 U.S.C. 16911(5)(A)) that is a specified 
                offense against a minor, as defined in paragraph (7) of

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                such section, or an attempt or conspiracy to commit such 
                an offense.
                    (C) Foreign convictions; offenses involving 
                consensual sexual conduct.--The limitations contained in 
                subparagraphs (B) and (C) of section 111(5) of the Adam 
                Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006 (42 U.S.C. 
                16911(5)) shall apply with respect to a sex offense 
                against a minor for purposes of this Act to the same 
                extent and in the same manner as such limitations apply 
                with respect to a sex offense for purposes of the Adam 
                Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006.
SEC. 4. <<NOTE: 42 USC 16935b.>>  ANGEL WATCH CENTER.

    (a) <<NOTE: Deadline.>>  Establishment.--Not later than 90 days 
after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Homeland 
Security shall establish within the Child Exploitation Investigations 
Unit of U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement a Center, to be known 
as the ``Angel Watch Center'', to carry out the activities specified in 
subsection (e).

    (b) Incoming Notification.--
            (1) In general.--The Center may receive incoming 
        notifications concerning individuals seeking to enter the United 
        States who have committed offenses of a sexual nature.
            (2) Notification.--Upon receiving an incoming notification 
        under paragraph (1), the Center shall--
                    (A) immediately share all information received 
                relating to the individual with the Department of 
                Justice; and
                    (B) share all relevant information relating to the 
                individual with other Federal, State, and local agencies 
                and entities, as appropriate.
            (3) Collaboration.--The Secretary of Homeland Security shall 
        collaborate with the Attorney General to establish a process for 
        the receipt, dissemination, and categorization of information 
        relating to individuals and specific offenses provided herein.

    (c) <<NOTE: Collaboration. Consultation.>>  Leadership.--The Center 
shall be headed by the Assistant Secretary of U.S. Immigration and 
Customs Enforcement, in collaboration with the Commissioner of U.S. 
Customs and Border Protection and in consultation with the Attorney 
General and the Secretary of State.

    (d) Members.--The Center shall consist of the following:
            (1) The Assistant Secretary of U.S. Immigration and Customs 
        Enforcement.
            (2) The Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
            (3) Individuals who are designated as analysts in U.S. 
        Immigration and Customs Enforcement or U.S. Customs and Border 
        Protection.
            (4) Individuals who are designated as program managers in 
        U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement or U.S. Customs and 
        Border Protection.

    (e) Activities.--
            (1) <<NOTE: Deadline.>>  In general.--In carrying out this 
        section, the Center shall, using all relevant databases, systems 
        and sources of information, not later than 48 hours before 
        scheduled departure, or as soon as practicable before scheduled 
        departure--

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                    (A) <<NOTE: Determination.>>  determine if 
                individuals traveling abroad are listed on the National 
                Sex Offender Registry;
                    (B) <<NOTE: Review.>>  review the United States 
                Marshals Service's National Sex Offender Targeting 
                Center case management system or other system that 
                provides access to a list of individuals who have 
                provided advanced notice of international travel to 
                identify any individual who meets the criteria described 
                in subparagraph (A) and is not in a system reviewed 
                pursuant to this subparagraph; and
                    (C) <<NOTE: List. Determination.>>  provide a list 
                of individuals identified under subparagraph (B) to the 
                United States Marshals Service's National Sex Offender 
                Targeting Center to determine compliance with title I of 
                the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006 
                (42 U.S.C. 16901 et seq.).
            (2) <<NOTE: Deadlines.>>  Provision of information to 
        center.--Twenty-four hours before the intended travel, or 
        thereafter, not later than 72 hours after the intended travel, 
        the United States Marshals Service's National Sex Offender 
        Targeting Center shall provide, to the Angel Watch Center, 
        information pertaining to any sex offender described in 
        subparagraph (C) of paragraph (1).
            (3) Advance notice to destination country.--
                    (A) In general.--The Center may transmit relevant 
                information to the destination country about a sex 
                offender if--
                          (i) the individual is identified by a review 
                      conducted under paragraph (1)(B) as having 
                      provided advanced notice of international travel; 
                      or
                          (ii) after completing the activities described 
                      in paragraph (1), the Center receives information 
                      pertaining to a sex offender under paragraph (2).
                    (B) Exceptions.--The Center may immediately transmit 
                relevant information on a sex offender to the 
                destination country if--
                          (i) the Center becomes aware that a sex 
                      offender is traveling outside of the United States 
                      within 24 hours of intended travel, and 
                      simultaneously completes the activities described 
                      in paragraph (1); or
                          (ii) the Center has not received a 
                      transmission pursuant to paragraph (2), provided 
                      it is not more than 24 hours before the intended 
                      travel.
                    (C) Corrections.--Upon receiving information that a 
                notification sent by the Center regarding an individual 
                was inaccurate, the Center shall immediately--
                          (i) send a notification of correction to the 
                      destination country notified;
                          (ii) correct all data collected pursuant to 
                      paragraph (6); and
                          (iii) if applicable, notify the Secretary of 
                      State for purposes of the passport review and 
                      marking processes described in section 240 of 
                      Public Law 110-457.
                    (D) Form.--The notification under this paragraph may 
                be transmitted through such means as are determined 
                appropriate by the Center, including through U.S. 
                Immigration and Customs Enforcement attaches.
            (4) Memorandum of agreement.--Not later than 6 months after 
        the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary

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        of Homeland Security shall enter into a Memorandum of Agreement 
        with the Attorney General to facilitate the activities of the 
        Angel Watch Center in collaboration with the United States 
        Marshals Service's National Sex Offender Targeting Center, 
        including the exchange of information, the sharing of personnel, 
        access to information and databases in accordance with paragraph 
        (1)(B), and the establishment of a process to share 
        notifications from the international community in accordance 
        with subsection (b)(1).
            (5) Passport application review.--
                    (A) <<NOTE: Determination.>>  In general.--The 
                Center shall provide a written determination to the 
                Department of State regarding the status of an 
                individual as a covered sex offender (as defined in 
                section 240 of Public Law 110-457) when appropriate.
                    (B) <<NOTE: Certification.>>  Effective date.--
                Subparagraph (A) shall take effect upon certification by 
                the Secretary of State, the Secretary of Homeland 
                Security, and the Attorney General that the process 
                developed and reported to the appropriate congressional 
                committees under section 9 has been successfully 
                implemented.
            (6) Collection of data.--The Center shall collect all 
        relevant data, including--
                    (A) a record of each notification sent under 
                paragraph (3);
                    (B) the response of the destination country to 
                notifications under paragraph (3), where available;
                    (C) any decision not to transmit a notification 
                abroad, to the extent practicable;
                    (D) the number of transmissions made under 
                subparagraphs (A),(B), and (C) of paragraph (3) and the 
                countries to which they are transmitted, respectively;
                    (E) whether the information was transmitted to the 
                destination country before scheduled commencement of sex 
                offender travel; and
                    (F) any other information deemed necessary and 
                appropriate by the Secretary of Homeland Security.
            (7) Complaint review.--
                    (A) In general.--The Center shall--
                          (i) establish a mechanism to receive 
                      complaints from individuals affected by erroneous 
                      notifications under this section;
                          (ii) ensure that any complaint is promptly 
                      reviewed; and
                          (iii) in the case of a complaint that involves 
                      a notification sent by another Federal Government 
                      entity, notify the individual of the contact 
                      information for the appropriate entity and forward 
                      the complaint to the appropriate entity for prompt 
                      review and response pursuant to this section.
                    (B) Response to complaints.--The Center shall, as 
                applicable--
                          (i) provide the individual with notification 
                      in writing that the individual was erroneously 
                      subjected to international notification;
                          (ii) take action to ensure that a notification 
                      or information regarding the individual is not 
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                      transmitted to a destination country in the 
                      future; and
                          (iii) submit an additional written 
                      notification to the individual explaining why a 
                      notification or information regarding the 
                      individual was erroneously transmitted to the 
                      destination country and describing the actions 
                      that the Center has taken or is taking under 
                      clause (ii).
                    (C) Public awareness.--The Center shall make 
                publicly available information on how an individual may 
                submit a complaint under this section.
                    (D) Reporting requirement.--The Secretary of 
                Homeland Security shall submit an annual report to the 
                appropriate congressional committees (as defined in 
                section 9) that includes--
                          (i) the number of instances in which a 
                      notification or information was erroneously 
                      transmitted to the destination country of an 
                      individual under paragraph (3); and
                          (ii) the actions taken to prevent similar 
                      errors from occurring in the future.
            (8) <<NOTE: Coordination.>>  Annual review process.--The 
        Center shall establish, in coordination with the Attorney 
        General, the Secretary of State, and INTERPOL, an annual review 
        process to ensure that there is appropriate coordination and 
        collaboration, including consistent procedures governing the 
        activities authorized under this Act, in carrying out this Act.
            (9) Information required.--The Center shall make available 
        to the United States Marshals Service's National Sex Offender 
        Targeting Center information on travel by sex offenders in a 
        timely manner.

    (f) Definition.--In this section, the term ``sex offender'' means--
            (1) a covered sex offender; or
            (2) an individual required to register under the sex 
        offender registration program of any jurisdiction or included in 
        the National Sex Offender Registry, on the basis of an offense 
        against a minor.
SEC. 5. <<NOTE: 42 USC 16935c.>>  NOTIFICATION BY THE UNITED 
                    STATES MARSHALS SERVICE.

    (a) In General.--The United States Marshals Service's National Sex 
Offender Targeting Center may--
            (1) transmit notification of international travel of a sex 
        offender to the destination country of the sex offender, 
        including to the visa-issuing agent or agents in the United 
        States of the country;
            (2) share information relating to traveling sex offenders 
        with other Federal, State, local, and foreign agencies and 
        entities, as appropriate;
            (3) receive incoming notifications concerning individuals 
        seeking to enter the United States who have committed offenses 
        of a sexual nature and shall share the information received 
        immediately with the Department of Homeland Security; and
            (4) perform such other functions at the Attorney General or 
        the Director of the United States Marshals Service may direct.

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    (b) Consistent Notification.--In making notifications under 
subsection (a)(1), the United States Marshals Service's National Sex 
Offender Targeting Center shall, to the extent feasible and appropriate, 
ensure that the destination country is consistently notified in advance 
about sex offenders under SORNA identified through their inclusion in 
sex offender registries of jurisdictions or the National Sex Offender 
Registry.
    (c) Information Required.--For purposes of carrying out this Act, 
the United States Marshals Service's National Sex Offender Targeting 
Center shall--
            (1) make the case management system or other system that 
        provides access to a list of individuals who have provided 
        advanced notice of international travel available to the Angel 
        Watch Center;
            (2) <<NOTE: Determination.>>  provide the Angel Watch Center 
        a determination of compliance with title I of the Adam Walsh 
        Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006 (42 U.S.C. 16901 et 
        seq.) for the list of individuals transmitted under section 
        4(e)(1)(C);
            (3) make available to the Angel Watch Center information on 
        travel by sex offenders in a timely manner; and
            (4) <<NOTE: Consultation.>>  consult with the Department of 
        State regarding operation of the international notification 
        program authorized under this Act.

    (d) Corrections.--Upon receiving information that a notification 
sent by the United States Marshals Service's National Sex Offender 
Targeting Center regarding an individual was inaccurate, the United 
States Marshals Service's National Sex Offender Targeting Center shall 
immediately--
            (1) send a notification of correction to the destination 
        country notified;
            (2) correct all data collected in accordance with subsection 
        (f); and
            (3) if applicable, send a notification of correction to the 
        Angel Watch Center.

    (e) Form.--The notification under this section may be transmitted 
through such means as are determined appropriate by the United States 
Marshals Service's National Sex Offender Targeting Center, including 
through the INTERPOL notification system and through Federal Bureau of 
Investigation Legal attaches.
    (f) Collection of Data.--The Attorney General shall collect all 
relevant data, including--
            (1) a record of each notification sent under subsection (a);
            (2) the response of the destination country to notifications 
        under paragraphs (1) and (2) of subsection (a), where available;
            (3) any decision not to transmit a notification abroad, to 
        the extent practicable;
            (4) the number of transmissions made under paragraphs (1) 
        and (2) of subsection (a) and the countries to which they are 
        transmitted;
            (5) whether the information was transmitted to the 
        destination country before scheduled commencement of sex 
        offender travel; and
            (6) any other information deemed necessary and appropriate 
        by the Attorney General.

    (g) Complaint Review.--
            (1) In general.--The United States Marshals Service's 
        National Sex Offender Targeting Center shall--

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                    (A) establish a mechanism to receive complaints from 
                individuals affected by erroneous notifications under 
                this section;
                    (B) ensure that any complaint is promptly reviewed; 
                and
                    (C) in the case of a complaint that involves a 
                notification sent by another Federal Government entity, 
                notify the individual of the contact information for the 
                appropriate entity and forward the complaint to the 
                appropriate entity for prompt review and response 
                pursuant to this section.
            (2) Response to complaints.--The United States Marshals 
        Service's National Sex Offender Targeting Center shall, as 
        applicable--
                    (A) provide the individual with notification in 
                writing that the individual was erroneously subjected to 
                international notification;
                    (B) take action to ensure that a notification or 
                information regarding the individual is not erroneously 
                transmitted to a destination country in the future; and
                    (C) submit an additional written notification to the 
                individual explaining why a notification or information 
                regarding the individual was erroneously transmitted to 
                the destination country and describing the actions that 
                the United States Marshals Service's National Sex 
                Offender Targeting Center has taken or is taking under 
                subparagraph (B).
            (3) Public awareness.--The United States Marshals Service's 
        National Sex Offender Targeting Center shall make publicly 
        available information on how an individual may submit a 
        complaint under this section.
            (4) Reporting requirement.--The Attorney General shall 
        submit an annual report to the appropriate congressional 
        committees (as defined in section 9) that includes--
                    (A) the number of instances in which a notification 
                or information was erroneously transmitted to the 
                destination country of an individual under subsection 
                (a); and
                    (B) the actions taken to prevent similar errors from 
                occurring in the future.

    (h) Definition.--In this section, the term ``sex offender'' means--
            (1) a sex offender under SORNA; or
            (2) a person required to register under the sex offender 
        registration program of any jurisdiction or included in the 
        National Sex Offender Registry.
SEC. 6. INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL.

    (a) Requirement That Sex Offenders Provide International Travel 
Related Information To Sex Offender Registries.--Section 114 of the Adam 
Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006 (42 U.S.C. 16914) is 
amended--
            (1) in subsection (a)--
                    (A) by redesignating paragraph (7) as paragraph (8); 
                and;
                    (B) by inserting after paragraph (6) the following:
            ``(7) Information relating to intended travel of the sex 
        offender outside the United States, including any anticipated 
        dates and places of departure, arrival, or return, carrier and

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        flight numbers for air travel, destination country and address 
        or other contact information therein, means and purpose of 
        travel, and any other itinerary or other travel-related 
        information required by the Attorney General.''; and
            (2) by adding at the end the following:

    ``(c) Time and Manner.--A sex offender shall provide and update 
information required under subsection (a), including information 
relating to intended travel outside the United States required under 
paragraph (7) of that subsection, in conformity with any time and manner 
requirements prescribed by the Attorney General.''.
    (b) Conforming Amendments to Section 2250 of Title 18, United States 
Code.--Section 2250 of title 18, United States Code, is amended--
            (1) by redesignating subsections (b) and (c) as subsections 
        (c) and (d), respectively;
            (2) by inserting after subsection (a) the following:

    ``(b) International Travel Reporting Violations.--Whoever--
            ``(1) is required to register under the Sex Offender 
        Registration and Notification Act (42 U.S.C. 16901 et seq.);
            ``(2) knowingly fails to provide information required by the 
        Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act relating to 
        intended travel in foreign commerce; and
            ``(3) engages or attempts to engage in the intended travel 
        in foreign commerce;

shall be fined under this title, imprisoned not more than 10 years, or 
both.''; and
            (3) in subsections (c) and (d), as redesignated, by striking 
        ``subsection (a)'' each place it appears and inserting 
        ``subsection (a) or (b)''.

    (c) <<NOTE: 42 USC 16935d.>>  Implementation.--In carrying out this 
Act, and the amendments made by this Act, the Attorney General may use 
the resources and capacities of any appropriate agencies of the 
Department of Justice, including the Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, 
Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking, the United States 
Marshals Service, INTERPOL Washington-U.S. National Central Bureau, the 
Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Criminal Division, and the United 
States Attorneys' Offices.
SEC. 7. <<NOTE: 42 USC 16935e.>>  RECIPROCAL NOTIFICATIONS.

    It is the sense of Congress that the Secretary of State, in 
consultation with the Attorney General and the Secretary of Homeland 
Security, should seek reciprocal international agreements or 
arrangements to further the purposes of this Act and the Sex Offender 
Registration and Notification Act (42 U.S.C. 16901 et seq.). Such 
agreements or arrangements may establish mechanisms and undertakings to 
receive and transmit notices concerning international travel by sex 
offenders, through the Angel Watch Center, the INTERPOL notification 
system, and such other means as may be appropriate, including 
notification by the United States to other countries relating to the 
travel of sex offenders from the United States, reciprocal notification 
by other countries to the United States relating to the travel of sex 
offenders to the United States, and mechanisms to correct and, as 
applicable, remove from any other records, any inaccurate information 
transmitted through such notifications.

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SEC. 8. UNIQUE PASSPORT IDENTIFIERS FOR COVERED SEX OFFENDERS.

    (a) Amendment to Public Law 110-457.--Title II of Public Law 110-457 
is amended by adding at the end the following:
``SEC. 240. <<NOTE: 22 USC 212b.>>  UNIQUE PASSPORT IDENTIFIERS 
                        FOR COVERED SEX OFFENDERS.

    ``(a) In General.--Immediately after receiving a written 
determination from the Angel Watch Center that an individual is a 
covered sex offender, through the process developed for that purpose 
under section 9 of the International Megan's Law to Prevent Child 
Exploitation and Other Sexual Crimes Through Advanced Notification of 
Traveling Sex Offenders, the Secretary of State shall take appropriate 
action under subsection (b).
    ``(b) Authority To Use Unique Passport Identifiers.--
            ``(1) In general.--Except as provided under paragraph (2), 
        the Secretary of State shall not issue a passport to a covered 
        sex offender unless the passport contains a unique identifier, 
        and may revoke a passport previously issued without such an 
        identifier of a covered sex offender.
            ``(2) Authority to reissue.--Notwithstanding paragraph (1), 
        the Secretary of State may reissue a passport that does not 
        include a unique identifier if an individual described in 
        subsection (a) reapplies for a passport and the Angel Watch 
        Center provides a written determination, through the process 
        developed for that purpose under section 9 of the International 
        Megan's Law to Prevent Child Exploitation and Other Sexual 
        Crimes Through Advanced Notification of Traveling Sex Offenders, 
        to the Secretary of State that the individual is no longer 
        required to register as a covered sex offender.

    ``(c) Defined Terms.--In this section--
            ``(1) the term `covered sex offender' means an individual 
        who--
                    ``(A) is a sex offender, as defined in section 4(f) 
                of the International Megan's Law to Prevent Child 
                Exploitation and Other Sexual Crimes Through Advanced 
                Notification of Traveling Sex Offenders; and
                    ``(B) is currently required to register under the 
                sex offender registration program of any jurisdiction;
            ``(2) the term `unique identifier' means any visual 
        designation affixed to a conspicuous location on the passport 
        indicating that the individual is a covered sex offender; and
            ``(3) the term `passport' means a passport book or passport 
        card.

    ``(d) Prohibition.--The Secretary of State, the Secretary of 
Homeland Security, and the Attorney General, and their agencies, 
officers, employees, and agents, shall not be liable to any person for 
any action taken under this section.
    ``(e) Disclosure.--In furtherance of this section, the Secretary of 
State may require a passport applicant to disclose that they are a 
registered sex offender.
    ``(f) <<NOTE: Certification.>>  Effective Date.--This section shall 
take effect upon certification by the Secretary of State, the Secretary 
of Homeland Security, and the Attorney General, that the process 
developed and reported to the appropriate congressional committees under 
section 9 of the International Megan's Law to Prevent Child Exploitation

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and Other Sexual Crimes Through Advanced Notification of Traveling Sex 
Offenders has been successfully implemented.''.
SEC. 9. <<NOTE: Deadlines. 42 USC 16935f.>>  IMPLEMENTATION PLAN.

    (a) In General.--Not later than 90 days after the date of enactment 
of this Act, the Secretary of Homeland Security, the Secretary of State, 
and the Attorney General shall develop a process by which to implement 
section 4(e)(5) and the provisions of section 240 of Public Law 110-457, 
as added by section 8 of this Act.
    (b) <<NOTE: Consultation.>>  Reporting Requirement.--Not later than 
90 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary of 
Homeland Security, the Secretary of State, and the Attorney General 
shall jointly submit a report to, and shall consult with, the 
appropriate congressional committees on the process developed under 
subsection (a), which shall include a description of the proposed 
process and a timeline and plan for implementation of that process, and 
shall identify the resources required to effectively implement that 
process.

    (c) ``Appropriate Congressional Committees'' Defined.--In this 
section, the term ``appropriate congressional committees'' means--
            (1) the Committee on Foreign Relations of the Senate;
            (2) the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the House of 
        Representatives;
            (3) the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental 
        Affairs of the Senate;
            (4) the Committee on Homeland Security of the House of 
        Representatives;
            (5) the Committee on the Judiciary of the Senate;
            (6) the Committee on the Judiciary of the House of 
        Representatives;
            (7) the Committee on Appropriations of the Senate; and
            (8) the Committee on Appropriations of the House of 
        Representatives.
SEC. 10. <<NOTE: Consultation. 42 USC 16935g.>>  TECHNICAL 
                      ASSISTANCE.

    The Secretary of State, in consultation with the Attorney General 
and the Secretary of Homeland Security, may provide technical assistance 
to foreign authorities in order to enable such authorities to 
participate more effectively in the notification program system 
established under this Act.
SEC. 11. <<NOTE: 42 USC 16935h.>>  AUTHORIZATION OF 
                      APPROPRIATIONS.

    There are authorized to be appropriated to carry out this Act 
$6,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2017 and 2018.
SEC. 12. <<NOTE: 42 USC 16935i.>>  RULE OF CONSTRUCTION.

    Nothing in this Act shall be construed to limit international 
information sharing or law enforcement cooperation relating to any 
person pursuant to any authority of the Department of Justice,

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the Department of Homeland Security, or any other department or agency.

    Approved February 8, 2016.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY--H.R. 515:
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CONGRESSIONAL RECORD:
                                                        Vol. 161 (2015):
                                    Jan. 26, considered and passed 
                                        House.
                                    Dec. 17, considered and passed 
                                        Senate, amended.
                                                        Vol. 162 (2016):
                                    Feb. 1, House concurred in Senate 
                                        amendments.

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