Summary: S.1725 — 114th Congress (2015-2016)All Information (Except Text)

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The Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2016 provides FY2016 appropriations for diplomatic and international assistance programs, including the Department of State, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and related agencies and programs.

The bill includes funding for the administration of foreign affairs, U.S. contributions to international organizations and commissions, bilateral economic assistance, international security assistance, multilateral assistance, and export and investment assistance.

The bill also includes funding for Overseas and Contingency Operations (OCO) and emergency funding to address humanitarian crises globally. Both emergency funding and OCO funding are exempt from discretionary spending limits.

The bill decreases Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs funding below FY2015 levels.

Compared to FY2015 levels, the bill

  • increases regular appropriations for the Department of State and related agencies and USAID Operating Expenses; and
  • decreases regular appropriations for bilateral economic assistance, international security assistance, and multilateral assistance.

The bill prohibits funding for external email servers or servers that are not fitted for automatic federal records management.

Full Summary:

Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2016

Provides FY2016 appropriations for the Department of State, foreign operations, and related programs.

TITLE I--DEPARTMENT OF STATE AND RELATED AGENCY

Provides appropriations to the Department of State for the Administration of Foreign Affairs, including:

  • Diplomatic and Consular Programs;
  • the Capital Investment Fund;
  • the Office of Inspector General;
  • Educational and Cultural Exchange Programs;
  • Representation Expenses;
  • Protection of Foreign Missions and Officials;
  • Embassy Security, Construction, and Maintenance;
  • Emergencies in the Diplomatic and Consular Service;
  • the Repatriation Loans Program Account;
  • Payment to the American Institute in Taiwan; and
  • Payment to the Foreign Service Retirement and Disability Fund.

Provides appropriations for International Organizations for Contributions to International Organizations and Contributions for International Peacekeeping Activities.

Provides appropriations for International Commissions, including:

  • the International Boundary and Water Commission, United States and Mexico;
  • Salaries and Expenses;
  • Construction;
  • American Sections, International Commissions; and
  • International Fisheries Commissions.

Provides appropriations to the Broadcasting Board of Governors for International Broadcasting Operations and Broadcasting Capital Improvements.

Provides appropriations for Related Programs, including:

  • the Asia Foundation,
  • the U.S. Institute of Peace,
  • the Center for Middle Eastern-Western Dialogue Trust Fund,
  • the Eisenhower Exchange Fellowship Program,
  • the Israeli Arab Scholarship Program,
  • the East-West Center, and
  • the National Endowment for Democracy.

Provides appropriations for Other Commissions, including:

  • the Commission for the Preservation of America's Heritage Abroad,
  • the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom,
  • the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe,
  • the Congressional-Executive Commission on the People's Republic of China, and
  • the United States-China Economic and Security Review Commission.

TITLE II--UNITED STATES AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Provides appropriations to the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) for Operating Expenses, the Capital Investment Fund, and the Office of Inspector General.

TITLE III--BILATERAL ECONOMIC ASSISTANCE

Provides appropriations to the President for:

  • Global Health Programs;
  • Development Assistance;
  • International Disaster Assistance;
  • Transition Initiatives;
  • the Complex Crises Fund;
  • Development Credit Authority;
  • the Economic Support Fund;
  • the Democracy Fund; and
  • Assistance for Europe, Eurasia, and Central Asia.

Provides appropriations to the State Department for: (1) Migration and Refugee Assistance, and (2) the U.S. Emergency Refugee and Migration Assistance Fund.

Provides appropriations to Independent Agencies, including:

  • the Peace Corps,
  • the Millennium Challenge Corporation,
  • the Inter-American Foundation, and
  • the U.S. African Development Foundation.

Provides appropriations to the Department of the Treasury for International Affairs Technical Assistance.

TITLE IV--INTERNATIONAL SECURITY ASSISTANCE

Provides appropriations for International Security Assistance, including:

  • International Narcotics Control and Law Enforcement;
  • Nonproliferation, Anti-Terrorism, Demining, and Related Programs;
  • Peacekeeping Operations;
  • International Military Education and Training; and
  • the Foreign Military Financing Program.

TITLE V--MULTILATERAL ASSISTANCE

Provides appropriations to the President for International Organizations and Programs.

Provides appropriations for International Financial Institutions, including payments to:

  • the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, including the Global Environmental Facility, the Clean Technology Fund, and the Strategic Climate Fund;
  • the International Development Association;
  • the Inter-American Development Bank;
  • the Asian Development Bank;
  • the Asian Development Fund;
  • the African Development Bank;
  • the African Development Fund;
  • the International Fund for Agricultural Development;
  • the Global Agriculture and Food Security Program; and
  • the North American Development Bank.

TITLE VI--EXPORT AND INVESTMENT ASSISTANCE

Provides appropriations to the Export-Import Bank of the United States for the Inspector General and Administrative Expenses. (The bill does not reauthorize the Export-Import Bank.)

Provides funding for the Overseas Private Investment Corporation and the Trade and Development Agency.

TITLE VII--GENERAL PROVISIONS

Sets forth permissible, restricted, and prohibited uses for funds provided by this and other appropriations Acts.

(Sec. 7001) Permits funds provided by this title to be used for allowances and differentials, the employment of temporary or intermittent experts and consultants, and for hire of passenger transportation.

(Sec. 7002) Requires agencies funded by this bill to submit to Congress reports on unobligated balances.

(Sec. 7003) Limits expenditures for consulting services to contracts where the expenditures are a matter of public record and available for public inspection.

(Sec. 7004) Requires interagency cost sharing with respect to the construction and use of diplomatic facilities, subject to an exception for the U.S. Marine Corps.

Sets forth congressional notification and consultation requirements with respect to the use of funds for the acquisition of property or award of construction contracts for overseas diplomatic facilities.

Permits Embassy Security, Construction, and Maintenance funds provided by this bill to be used to address security vulnerabilities at expeditionary, interim, and temporary facilities abroad, subject to specified requirements.

Prohibits the use of funds for design, site preparation, or construction of a Foreign Affairs Security Training Center at Fort Pickett, Virginia until specified requirements are met.

Requires the State Department to report to Congress on the extent to which the government of the People's Republic of China (PRC) has interfered with the repair and renovation of U.S. diplomatic facilities in the PRC during the past year, including any action taken in contravention of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, 1961.

Permits specified funds to be transferred to implement the recommendations of the Benghazi Accountability Review Board, or to prevent or respond to security situations and requirements, subject to congressional notification requirements.

(Sec. 7005) Requires costs incurred by agencies funded in title I of this bill due to personnel actions in response to funding reductions included in this bill to be absorbed within the resources available under title I. Permits the transfer of funds between accounts to comply with this section, subject to reprogramming procedures.

(Sec. 7006) Permits the State Department to award local guard contracts for high risk, high threat posts on the basis of best value as determined by a cost-technical tradeoff analysis.

(Sec. 7007) Prohibits the use of funds provided by titles III through VI of this bill for direct assistance or reparations for the governments of Cuba, North Korea, Iran, or Syria.

(Sec. 7008) Prohibits the use of funds provided by titles III through VI of this bill for assistance to any country whose duly elected head of government is deposed by a military or military-supported coup or decree. Includes exceptions if a democratically elected government has taken office and for assistance to promote democratic elections.

(Sec. 7009) Sets forth limitations, conditions, and reporting requirements for the transfer of funds between appropriations accounts.

(Sec. 7010) Prohibits funds provided by this bill from being used for first-class travel by employees of agencies funded by this bill.

(Sec. 7011) Prohibits funds provided by this bill from remaining available for obligation beyond the current fiscal year unless expressly provided in this bill, subject to specified exceptions.

(Sec. 7012) Prohibits funds provided by titles III through VI of this bill from being used for assistance to the government of any country in default in excess of a year on payments on a U.S. loan unless the President determines the assistance is in the U.S. national interest.

(Sec. 7013) Prohibits funds provided by titles III through VI of this bill from being used to provide assistance to a country in which the assistance is subject to taxation and not reimbursed by the foreign government unless the State Department makes certain determinations regarding U.S. foreign policy interests.

(Sec. 7014) Permits specifically designated appropriations provided by titles III through VI of this bill to be reprogrammed for other programs within the same account if compliance with the designation is made impossible due to a provision in this or any other Act.

Extends the availability of program-specific appropriations for one fiscal year if the State Department or USAID reports to Congress that the termination of assistance to a country or a change in circumstances makes it unlikely that funds can be used during the original period of availability.

Provides that: (1) ceilings and specific funding levels included in this bill are not applicable to funds provided by subsequent bills, and (2) specific funding levels or minimum funding requirements contained in other Acts are not applicable to funds provided by this bill.

(Sec. 7015) Sets forth congressional notification requirements and procedures regarding reprogramming or transferring funds provided by this bill.

Requires congressional notification for funds provided by titles III through VI that are expended for assistance to Afghanistan, Bahrain, Bolivia, Burma, Cambodia, Cuba, Ecuador, Egypt, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Libya, Pakistan, the Russian Federation, Rwanda, Serbia, Somalia, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Syria, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Yemen, and Zimbabwe.

(Sec. 7016) Requires the Department of Defense (DOD) to notify Congress before: (1) providing certain excess defense articles under the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, or (2) issuing a letter of offer to sell certain defense articles under the Arms Export Control Act.

(Sec. 7017) Provides that: (1) certain funds included in titles I and III through V of this bill that are returned or not made available for international organizations shall remain available through FY2018, and (2) specified requirements to withhold funds for programs in Burma do not apply to funds provided by this bill.

(Sec. 7018) Prohibits funds provided to carry out part I of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 from being used for abortions and involuntary sterilization.

(Sec. 7019) Requires funds provided by this bill to be made available for programs and countries in the amounts contained in the tables in the report accompanying this bill.

(Sec. 7020) Prohibits certain funds from being used to pay for alcoholic beverages or entertainment expenses for recreational activities.

(Sec. 7021) Prohibits funds provided by titles III through VI of this bill from being made available to any foreign government that provides lethal military equipment to a country that supports international terrorism unless the President reports to Congress that the assistance is in the U.S. national interest.

Prohibits bilateral assistance from being provided to a government that: (1) grants sanctuary from prosecution to any individual or group which has committed an act of international terrorism, (2) otherwise supports international terrorism, or (3) is controlled by a terrorist organization. Permits the President to waive the prohibition for humanitarian or national security purposes.

(Sec. 7022) Permits funds provided by this bill for the Trade and Development Agency to be spent, notwithstanding specified provisions that prohibit the obligation of funds for certain foreign assistance, intelligence, and broadcasting activities without a specific authorization of appropriations.

(Sec. 7023) Defines the terms "program", "project", and "activity" for the purposes of this bill.

(Sec. 7024) Provides authority for activities of the Peace Corps, the Inter-American Foundation, and the U.S. African Development Foundation that are authorized by or conducted under specified statutes.

(Sec. 7025) Prohibits specified funds provided by this bill from being used for activities related to the production, growth, or extraction of commodities for export by foreign countries if the commodities are likely to be in surplus on world markets or cause substantial injury to U.S. producers of the same, similar, or competing commodities, subject to specified exceptions. Directs Treasury to instruct the U.S. executive directors of the international financial institutions to oppose assistance for these activities.

(Sec. 7026) Directs USAID to require countries that receive foreign assistance or cash transfers which result in the generation of local currencies to deposit the currencies in a separate account to be used to finance foreign assistance activities. Sets forth conditions and restrictions for the use of the funds.

(Sec. 7027) Provides that restrictions on assistance for a country included in this or any other Act should not be construed to restrict assistance: (1) in support of nongovernmental organizations included in specified provisions of this bill, and (2) under the Food for Peace Act.

Provides that this section should not be construed to alter prohibitions against funding for abortion, involuntary sterilizations, or in support of international terrorism and human rights violations.

(Sec. 7028) Sets forth the conditions under which USAID may use funds provided by this bill for limited competitions through local entities.

Requires USAID to report to Congress annually on certain awards subject to limited or no competition for local entities.

Extends the authority for USAID to enter into contracts where competition is limited to local entities if certain conditions are met.

(Sec. 7029) Requires the Department of the Treasury to instruct the U.S. executive director of certain international financial institutions to seek to require the institution to meet specified requirements regarding:

  • evaluations and reports of the effectiveness of loans, grants, and other activities;
  • social and environmental safeguards;
  • human rights;
  • fraud and corruption;
  • publication of beneficial ownership information; and
  • whistleblower protections.

Prohibits funds provided under title V of this bill from being used for international financial institutions while the U.S. executive director is compensated at a higher rate than level IV of the Executive Schedule.

(Sec. 7030) Permits nongovernmental organizations which are USAID grantees or contractors to place funds provided by title III of this bill in interest bearing accounts in order to enhance their participation in debt-for-development and debt-for-nature exchanges.

(Sec. 7031) Sets forth requirements and limitations for direct government-to-government assistance related to financial management, budget transparency, corruption, and human rights violations.

Permits funds provided by this bill to be used to: (1) promote and support transparency and accountability of expenditures and revenues related to the extraction of natural resources, and (2) to support the provision of additional information on U.S. foreign assistance on the Department of State foreign assistance web site.

(Sec. 7032) Provides specified funds for democracy programs, including the National Endowment for Democracy and supporting freedom of religion. Sets forth reporting requirements and other requirements for the use of the funds.

(Sec. 7033) Provides appropriations for specified programs related to promoting international religious freedom.

Requires the State Department to submit to Congress determinations on whether the ongoing violence against Christians in the Middle East by Islamic extremists or against the Rohingya people in Burma by Buddhist extremists constitutes genocide.

Requires the President to identify any non-state entities that have engaged in significant violations of religious freedom, and designate each entity as a non-state entity of particular concern for religious freedom.

(Sec. 7034) Permits specified funds provided by this bill to be used for:

  • victims of war, displaced children, displaced Burmese, and to combat trafficking in persons and assist victims of such trafficking;
  • programs to disarm, demobilize, and reintegrate into civilian society former members of foreign terrorist organization;
  • assistance to eliminate inhumane conditions in foreign prisons and other detention facilities;
  • the World Food Program;
  • genocide victims memorial sites;
  • grants for the application of science and technology problems to foreign policy;
  • the Cultural Antiquities Task Force;
  • contingencies;
  • loan guarantees for Jordan, Ukraine, and Tunisia;
  • enterprise funds for Egypt and Tunisia.

Prohibits funds provided by this bill from being used for:

  • supporting military operations that include child soldiers; and
  • tear gas, small arms, light weapons, ammunition, or other items for crowd control purposes for foreign security forces that use excessive force to repress peaceful expression, association, or assembly in countries undergoing democratic transition.

Requires specified funds provided by this bill to be used for:

  • forensic assistance relating to the exhumation of mass graves and identification of victims of war crimes and crimes against humanity, including in Sri Lanka, Central America, Peru, Colombia, and Africa;
  • the Program for Research and Training on Eastern Europe and the Independent States of the Former Soviet Union;
  • the Partner Vetting System pilot program;

Permits specified funds provided under the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 to support a nation emerging from instability to include support for a regional, district, municipal, or other sub-national entity emerging from instability.

Requires the State Department to report to Congress on:

  • funds spent during FY2015 for specified accounts related to security assistance,
  • limitations and vetting of foreign assistance for security forces due to human rights violations, and
  • an assessment of the effectiveness policies and procedures in ensuring that payments for indirect costs are reasonable and comply with the Federal Acquisition Regulations.

Amends the Foreign Service Act of 1980 to modify the group life insurance supplemental applicable to foreign service employees killed in terrorist attacks.

Requires the State Department to withhold specified funds for assistance for the central government of any country that is not taking appropriate steps to comply with the Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abductions.

Permits the State Department to transfer specified funds provided for Protection of Foreign Missions and Officials and Diplomatic and Consular Programs.

Extends authorities related to:

  • legal protections for U.S. citizens convicted by the Cairo Criminal Court on June 4, 2013, in Public Prosecution Case No. 1110 for the Year 2012;
  • passport fees;
  • accountability review boards;
  • incentives for critical posts;
  • the foreign service officer annuitant waiver;
  • the Department of State civil service annuitant waiver,
  • the USAID civil service annuitant waiver;
  • overseas pay comparability and limitation;
  • refugee set-asides for nationals of the former Soviet Union, Estonia, Latvia, or Lithuania who are current, active members of the Ukrainian Catholic Church or the Ukrainian Orthodox Church;
  • status to a lawfully admitted permanent resident for certain aliens from the former Soviet Union, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Vietnam, Laos, or Cambodia; and
  • the inspector general annuitant waiver.

Requires funds provided by this bill for payments to the Working Capital Fund to be used only for the activities and in the amounts justified in the President's FY2016 budget.

Requires specified funds provided by this bill for monitoring and evaluation of assistance in the International Disaster Assistance and Migration and Refugee Assistance accounts to be used for the regular collection of feedback obtained directly from beneficiaries.

Permits funds available in the HIV/AIDS Working Capital Fund to be used for pharmaceuticals and other products for child survival, malaria, and tuberculosis to the same extent as HIV/AIDS pharmaceuticals and other products.

Requires specified funds provided for Development Assistance and the Economic Support Fund to be made available for the Small Grants Program. Establishes reporting requirements and modifies requirements for the program.

(Sec. 7035) Expresses the sense of Congress on the Arab League boycott of Israel.

(Sec. 7036) Establishes limitations on the use of funds provided under titles III through VI of this bill to support a Palestinian state.

(Sec. 7037) Restricts the use of funds provided by titles II through VI for conducting official U.S. government business with the Palestinian Authority.

(Sec. 7038) Prohibits funds from being used to provide equipment, technical support, consulting services, or any other assistance to the Palestinian Broadcasting Corporation.

(Sec. 7039) Requires the State Department to certify to Congress prior to using funds for the bilateral West Bank and Gaza program that the Government Accountability Office (GAO) will have access to necessary financial information to evaluate the uses of the assistance.

Directs the State Department, before using economic support funds provided by this bill for the West Bank and Gaza, to ensure that the assistance is not provided to or through any individual or entity that advocates or engages in terrorist activity.

Prohibits funds provided by titles III through VI of this bill from being used to honor individuals who commit or have committed acts of terrorism.

Sets forth reporting and auditing requirements to ensure compliance with this section.

(Sec. 7040) Restricts the use of specified funds provided by this bill for assistance to the Palestinian Authority or Hamas.

(Sec. 7041) Specifies permissible, required, and prohibited uses for funds in the Near East, including for Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Syria, and the West Bank and Gaza. Sets forth reporting requirements.

(Sec. 7042) Prohibits funds provided by this bill for assistance for Ethiopia from being used for forced evictions. Instructs Treasury to direct the U.S. executive director of each international financial institution to vote against financing any activity that involves forced evictions.

Requires Foreign Military Financing Program funds provided to Ethiopia to be used only for border security and counter terrorism programs, support for international peacekeeping efforts, and assistance for the Ethiopian Defense Command and Staff College.

Permits funds provided by this bill to be used for democracy programs in Cameroon, Chad, Niger, and Nigeria, subject to specified requirements.

Provides funds for specified programs in Africa.

Sets forth restrictions and requirements for funds provided by this bill for assistance to South Sudan.

Prohibits funds provided by this bill from being used for assistance for the government of Sudan.

Requires funds provided by this bill for assistance for Cameroon, Chad, Niger, and Nigeria to be used for assistance for women and girls who are targeted by the terrorist organization Boko Haram.

Permits specified funds provided by this bill to be used for programs and activities in areas affected by the Lord's Resistance Army consistent with the goals of the Lord's Resistance Army Disarmament and Northern Uganda Recovery Act.

Permits funds provided by this bill for assistance for the Central African Republic to be used for reconciliation and peacebuilding programs, including activities to promote inter-faith dialogue at the national and local levels, and for programs to prevent crimes against humanity.

Prohibits the use of funds provided by this bill to assist the government of Zimbabwe, subject to specified exceptions.

(Sec. 7043) Sets forth limitations, directives, and authorities for funds provided for diplomatic and development activities in East Asia and the Pacific, including the Asia Rebalancing Initiative and in Burma, Cambodia, North Korea, the People's Republic of China, Tibet, and Vietnam.

(Sec. 7044) Sets forth limitations, directives, and authorities for funds provided for diplomatic and development activities and programs in South and Central Asia, including Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and regional programs.

(Sec. 7045) Provides specified funds for the implementation of the Plan of the Alliance for Prosperity in the Northern Triangle of Central America and specifies requirements for the use of the funds.

Permits funds provided by this bill for assistance to Colombia to be used to support a unified campaign against narcotics trafficking, organizations designated as Foreign Terrorist Organizations, and other criminal or illegal armed groups, and to take actions to protect human health and welfare in emergency circumstances.

Permits funds provided by this bill for the Economic Support Fund to be used for: (1) democracy programs for Cuba, and (2) programs to support private Cuban entrepreneurs.

Permits specified funds provided by this bill to be used for assistance for Haiti, subject to specified certification and reporting requirements.

Requires costs of operations and maintenance, including fuel, of aircraft funded by this bill to be borne by the recipient country.

(Sec. 7046) Prohibits funds provided by titles III through VI of this bill from being used to pay any assessments, arrearages, or dues of any United Nations member, or the costs for another country's delegation to attend an international conference.

(Sec. 7047) Permits the President to drawdown specified funds to support United Nations (U.N.) war crimes tribunals or commissions resolving charges regarding genocide or other violations of international humanitarian law.

Permits funds provided by this bill to be used for training, technical assistance, support for victims, law enforcement activity and cooperation, witness protection, and professional services in support of international judicial investigations, apprehensions, prosecutions, and adjudications of genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes.

(Sec. 7048) Limits the use of funds provided by this bill for contributions to the U.N. or the Organization of American States until specified transparency and accountability measures are taken by the organizations, subject to a waiver for a humanitarian crisis.

Prohibits funds provided by this bill from being used for:

  • any U.S. delegation to any specialized agency, body, or commission of the U.N. that is chaired or presided over by a country that supports international terrorism;
  • the U.N. Human Rights Council unless the State Department determines and reports to Congress that participation in the Council is in the U.S. national security interest and that the Council is taking significant steps to remove Israel as a permanent agenda item; and
  • the design, renovation, or construction of the U.N. Headquarters in New York

Requires the State Department to report to Congress regarding: (1) the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, and (2) funds available for the U.N. or any international program that are withheld due to any provision of law.

(Sec. 7049) Permits funds provided by titles III and IV of this bill to be used to enhance the effectiveness and accountability of civilian police authority through training and technical assistance in human rights, the rule of law, anti-corruption, strategic planning, and through assistance to foster civilian police roles that support democratic governance.

(Sec. 7050) Prohibits funds provided by this bill from being used to promote the sale or export of tobacco or tobacco products, or to seek the reduction or removal by any foreign country of restrictions on the marketing of the products, except for restrictions which are not applied equally to all products of the same type.

(Sec. 7051) Prohibits the use of funds provided by this bill for the attendance of more than 50 U.S.-stationed employees at any single conference outside the United States unless Congress is notified in advance that attendance is important to the national interest.

(Sec. 7052) Permits the transfer of certain aircraft between programs, including for the transportation of active and standby Civilian Response Corps personnel and equipment. Specifies requirements for aircraft coordination.

(Sec. 7053) Withholds assistance from a foreign country in an amount equal to 110% of the total unpaid property tax and unpaid parking fines and penalties incurred April 1, 1997-September 30, 2015, and owed by the country to the District of Columbia or New York City.

(Sec. 7054) Permits demining equipment available to the State Department or USAID and used for the clearance of landmines and unexploded ordnance for humanitarian purposes to be disposed of on a grant basis in foreign countries.

Restricts furnishing military assistance, issuing export licenses, and transferring or selling technology relating to cluster munitions.

(Sec. 7055) Prohibits funds provided by this bill from being used for publicity or propaganda purposes within the United States that were not authorized before the enactment of this bill.

Permits USAID to use specified funds to provide assistance to private and voluntary organizations engaged in facilitating public discussion of world hunger and other related issues.

(Sec. 7056) Permits the State Department, in consultation with the Attorney General, to specify privileges and immunities for a consular post, the members of a consular post, and their families which result in more favorable or less favorable treatment than is provided in the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations.

(Sec. 7057) Permits USAID to use specified funds provided by this bill for:

  • hiring individuals in the United States and overseas on a limited appointment basis, subject to specified terms and conditions;
  • individuals detailed or employed to USAID to respond to disasters;
  • hiring personal services contractors in the United States to support new or expanded overseas programs and activities managed by the agency until permanent direct hire personnel are hired and trained.

Permits extensions of up to four years for limited-appointment Foreign Service personnel.

Permits USAID to provide exceptions to the fair opportunity process for placing task orders under multiple award indefinite-quantity contracts when the order is placed with a small or small disadvantaged business.

Continues USAID authority to appoint into the Senior Foreign Service and employ up to 10 individuals for programs in Afghanistan or Pakistan.

(Sec. 7058) Permits funds provided by this bill for bilateral assistance for child survival activities or disease programs including activities relating to HIV/AIDS to be made available notwithstanding any other provision of law except for provisions under the heading "Global Health Programs" and the United States Leadership Against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria Act of 2003.

Permits specified funds to be used for family planning and reproductive health.

Withholds specified funds from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria until the State Department reports to Congress that the Fund is:

  • implementing a policy of transparency,
  • providing resources to maintain an independent Office of Inspector General,
  • protecting whistleblowers from retaliation, and
  • implementing recommendations contained in the Consolidated Transformation Plan.

Permits specified funds to be used to combat infectious disease or a public health emergency, if the State Department determines and reports to Congress that an international infectious disease outbreak is sustained, severe, and is spreading internationally, or that it is in the national interest to respond to a Public Health Emergency of International Concern.

(Sec. 7059) Provides specified funds for programs related to gender equality, women's leadership, gender-based violence, and empowering women as equal partners in conflict prevention, peace building, transitional processes, and reconstruction efforts in countries affected by conflict or in political transition.

(Sec. 7060) Allocates specified funds and establishes reporting and other requirements for:

  • basic and higher education,
  • development assistance,
  • environment programs,
  • food security and agriculture development,
  • microenterprise and microfinance development programs for the poor,
  • the Power Africa Initiative,
  • programs to combat trafficking in persons and end modern slavery,
  • reconciliation programs, and
  • water and sanitation.

(Sec. 7061) Permits specified funds provided by title III of this bill to be transferred to the Overseas Private Investment Corporation Account.

(Sec. 7062) Prohibits funds provided by this bill from being used to implement the Arms Trade Treaty until the Senate ratifies the Treaty.

(Sec. 7063) Provides appropriations for the U.N. Populations Fund and specifies requirements and restrictions for the funds.

Amends the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 to provide that a foreign nongovernmental organization shall not be:

  • ineligible for assistance solely on the basis of health or medical services provided by the organization with non-U.S. government funds if the services are permitted in the country where they are provided and are legal in the United States, or
  • subject to requirements relating to the use of non-United States Government funds for advocacy and lobbying activities other than those that apply to U.S. nongovernmental organizations receiving assistance.

(Sec. 7064) Requires the State Department to notify Congress after concluding an agreement with a country to receive individuals detained at U.S. Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba (Guantanamo). Requires the notification to include the terms of the agreement, including whether appropriations will be used.

(Sec. 7065) Establishes a Consular and Border Security Programs account in the Treasury and requires specified fees to be deposited into the account to be used for the consular and border security programs.

(Sec. 7066) Prohibits funds provided by this bill from being used to support or justify the use of torture, cruel, or inhumane treatment by any official or contract employee of the U.S. government.

Permits specified funds provided by this bill to be used for assistance to eliminate torture by foreign police, military or other security forces in countries receiving assistance from funds provided by this bill.

(Sec. 7067) Prohibits the use of funds provided by this bill to assist the governments of certain countries that have refused to extradite to the United States any individual indicted for: (1) a criminal offense for which the maximum penalty is life imprisonment without the possibility of parole, or (2) killing a law enforcement officer. Specifies exceptions and permits the State Department to waive the restrictions based on the national interest.

(Sec. 7068) Permits financing to be provided to Israel, Egypt, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), and major non-NATO allies for commercial leasing of certain defense articles from U.S. commercial suppliers, if the President determines that there are compelling foreign policy or national security reasons for providing the articles by commercial lease rather than by government-to-government sale.

(Sec. 7069) Prohibits funds provided by this bill from being made available for a government of an independent state of the former Soviet Union that directs any action in violation of the territorial integrity or national sovereignty of any other independent state of the former Soviet Union, subject to a waiver for national security.

Specifies exceptions to restrictions on providing assistance to the government of Azerbaijan.

(Sec. 7070) Prohibits funds provided by this bill from being used for assistance for the central government of: (1) the Russian Federation, or (2) a country that has taken affirmative steps intended to support the Russian Federation annexation of Crimea. Permits a waiver for the national interest.

Prohibits funds provided by this bill from being used for:

  • implementation of any action or policy that recognizes the sovereignty of the Russian Federation over Crimea;
  • facilitation, financing, or guarantee of U.S. government investments in Crimea if the activity includes the participation of Russian government officials, and Russian owned and controlled banks or financial entities; or
  • assistance for Crimea that includes the participation of Russian government officials, and Russian owned and controlled banks or financial entities.

Requires Treasury to instruct the U.S. executive directors of each international financial institution to vote against assistance for any program that violates the sovereignty or territorial integrity of Ukraine.

Permits funds provided by this bill for assistance to the Eastern Partnership countries to be used to advance the implementation of Association Agreements, trade agreements, and visa liberalization agreements with the European Union (EU), and to reduce their vulnerability to Russian economic and political pressure.

Permits funds provided by this to be used to support the advancement of democracy and the rule of law in the Russian Federation, including to promote Internet freedom and to support the democracy and rule of law strategy required under current law.

(Sec. 7071) Extends certain International Monetary Fund (IMF) transparency, accountability, and lending requirements to this bill. Directs Treasury to instruct the U.S. Executive Director of the IMF to ensure that: (1) any loan will be repaid to the IMF before other private creditors, and (2) that the IMF is implementing certain policies to protect whistleblowers from retaliation.

(Sec. 7072) Specifies funds that may be obligated for the purposes of the Special Defense Acquisition Fund, including the provision of defense articles and defense services to foreign countries or international organizations.

(Sec. 7073) Requires funds provided by this bill to be used for specified programs related to strengthening governance in states threatened by Islamic or other extremist groups, countering foreign terrorist fighters or violent extremism, and assisting fragile states. Sets forth requirements for the use of the funds.

(Sec. 7074) Prohibits funds provided by titles III through VI of this bill from being used for Enterprise Funds unless Congress is notified in advance. Establishes reporting requirements related to Enterprise Funds.

(Sec. 7075) Requires the head of the relevant agency to notify Congress if the President decides not to comply with any provisions of this bill based on constitutional grounds. Requires the notification to include: (1) the basis for the determination, and (2) any resulting program and policy changes.

(Sec. 7076) Sets forth requirements for operating plans, spending plans, spending reports, and congressional budget justifications for specified agencies and programs funded by this bill.

(Sec. 7077) Prohibits funds provided by this bill from being used for email accounts or email servers created outside of the .gov domain or not fitted for automated records management as part of a federal government records management program. Establishes reporting and other requirements related to federal records management.

(Sec. 7078) Provides specified funds to be used for programs to promote Internet freedom globally, subject to specified requirements.

(Sec. 7079) Permits funds provided by this bill for the Economic Support Fund to be used for USAID programs to address the needs and protect and promote the rights of people with disabilities in developing countries.

(Sec. 7080) Prohibits funds provided by titles III through VI of this bill from being used for:

  • any financial incentive to a business for purposes of inducing it to relocate outside the United States if it will reduce the number of U.S. employees,
  • assistance for any program that contributes to the violation of internationally recognized workers' rights in the recipient country,
  • any assistance to an entity outside the United States for the purpose of relocating or transferring jobs from the United States to other countries, or
  • to implement specified policies that would have the effect of prohibiting any coal-fired or other power-generation project the purpose of which is to increase exports of goods and services from the United States or prevent the loss of jobs in the United States.

(Sec. 7081) Requires specified funds provided by this bill to be used for programs to assist significant populations of internally displaced persons or refugees in countries in conflict, subject to specified requirements.

Requires the State Department to report to Congress on the economic and developmental impact of significant refugee populations or internally displaced persons on host communities and national economies in affected countries.

(Sec. 7082) Permits Treasury to subscribe to specified additional shares of the capital stock of the North American Development Bank.

(Sec. 7083) Requires any country assistance strategy developed after enactment of this bill to include a transition plan for the assistance to be provided through other international donor support and budget support by the respective foreign government.

Requires the State Department to implement a pilot program to gradually decrease assistance for at least two countries receiving assistance under this bill that meet specified criteria.

(Sec. 7084) Rescinds specified funds previously appropriated for Bilateral Economic Assistance and International Security Assistance.

TITLE VIII--OVERSEAS CONTINGENCY OPERATIONS

Provides additional FY2016 appropriations for Overseas Contingency Operations/ Global War on Terrorism, which are exempt from discretionary spending limits.

Provides appropriations to the State Department for Administration of Foreign Affairs, including:

  • Diplomatic and Consular Programs;
  • Conflict Stabilization Operations;
  • the Office of Inspector General; and
  • Embassy Security, Construction, and Maintenance.

Provides appropriations for Contributions to International Organizations, to the Broadcasting Board of Governors for International Broadcasting Operations, and to USAID for Operating Expenses.

Provides appropriations for Bilateral Economic Assistance, including

  • International Disaster Assistance;
  • Transition Initiatives;
  • the Economic Support Fund;
  • Assistance for Europe, Eurasia, and Central Asia; and
  • Migration and Refugee Assistance.

Provides appropriations for International Security Assistance, including:

  • International Narcotics Control and Law Enforcement;
  • Nonproliferation, Anti-Terrorism, Demining, and Related Programs;
  • Peacekeeping Operations; and
  • the Foreign Military Financing Program.

(Sec. 8001) States that funds provided by this title are in addition to other FY2016 funds provided by this bill.

(Sec. 8002) States that funds provided by this title are subject to the same authorities and conditions applicable to the accounts in prior titles, unless otherwise noted.

(Sec. 8003) Sets forth authority, restrictions, and requirements for the transfer of funds provided by this title.

(Sec. 8004) Provides that each amount designated by Congress in this bill as for Overseas Contingency Operations/Global War on Terrorism pursuant to the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985 shall only be available if the President subsequently designates the amounts and transmits the designations to Congress.

(Sec. 8005) Rescinds specified funds previously provided for Bilateral Economic Assistance and International Security Assistance.

TITLE IX-- HUMANITARIAN EMERGENCY RESPONSE

Provides appropriations for Bilateral Economic Assistance, including funds appropriated to the President for: (1) International Disaster Assistance, and (2) Migration and Refugee Assistance.

Designates the amounts as emergency requirements, which are exempt from discretionary spending limits.

(Sec. 9001) States that funds appropriated by this title are in addition to funds otherwise provided by this bill for FY2016.

(Sec. 9002) States that the additional amounts provided by this title for accounts in this bill are subject to the authorities and conditions that apply to the accounts, unless otherwise specified.

(Sec. 9003) Permits the transfer of funds provided by this title for International Disaster Assistance and Migration and Refugee Assistance.

(Sec. 9004) Establishes reporting requirements.

(Sec. 9005) Provides that amounts designated in this title as emergency requirements are only available if the President subsequently designates the amounts and transmits the designations to Congress.

TITLE X--OTHER MATTERS

Provides appropriations for International Monetary Programs, including: (1) the United States Quota, International Monetary Fund Direct Loan Program Account.

Rescinds funds provided for the Loans to the International Monetary Fund Direct Loan Program Account by the Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2009.

(Sec. 10001) Amends the Bretton Woods Agreements Act to increase the U.S. quota at the International Monetary Fund.