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 DEPARTMENT OF STATE AUTHORITIES ACT, FISCAL YEAR 2017, IMPROVEMENTS ACT
Public Law 115-94
115th Congress

                                 An Act


 
 To make technical changes and other improvements to the Department of 
 State Authorities Act, Fiscal Year 2017. <<NOTE: Dec. 18, 2017 -  [S. 
                                 371]>> 

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the 
United States of America in Congress assembled, <<NOTE: Department of 
State Authorities Act, Fiscal Year 2017, Improvements Act.>> 
SECTION 1. <<NOTE: 22 USC 2651 note.>>  SHORT TITLE.

    This Act may be cited as the ``Department of State Authorities Act, 
Fiscal Year 2017, Improvements Act''.
SEC. 2. REPORTS.

    (a) Omnibus Diplomatic Security and Antiterrorism Act of 1986.--
Section 104(a) of the Omnibus Diplomatic Security and Antiterrorism Act 
of 1986, as added by section 101 of the Department of State Authorities 
Act, Fiscal Year 2017 (Public Law 114-323), <<NOTE: 22 USC 4803.>>  is 
amended by inserting ``and the Committees on Appropriations of the 
Senate and the House of Representatives'' after ``appropriate 
congressional committees''.

    (b) Annual Report on Embassy Construction Costs.--Section 118(a) of 
the Department of State Authorities Act, Fiscal Year 2017 (Public Law 
114-323) <<NOTE: 22 USC 304.>>  is amended by inserting ``and the 
Committees on Appropriations of the Senate and the House of 
Representatives'' after ``appropriate congressional committees''.

    (c) Oversight of and Accountability for Peacekeeper Abuses.--Section 
301(a) of the Department of State Authorities Act, Fiscal Year 2017 
(Public Law 114-323) <<NOTE: 22 USC 287 note.>>  is amended by inserting 
``and the Committees on Appropriations of the Senate and the House of 
Representatives'' after ``appropriate congressional committees''.

    (d) Workforce Rightsizing Report.--Section 405(c) of the Department 
of State Authorities Act, Fiscal Year 2017 (Public Law 114-
323) <<NOTE: 130 Stat. 1929.>>  is amended by inserting ``and the 
Committees on Appropriations of the Senate and the House of 
Representatives'' after ``appropriate congressional committees''.

    (e) Consular Immunity.--Subsection (b)(2) of section 4 of the 
Diplomatic Relations Act (22 U.S.C. 254c), as added by section 501 of 
the Department of State Authorities Act, Fiscal Year 2017 (Public Law 
114-323), is amended by striking ``of the House of Representatives and 
the Committee on Foreign Relations'' and inserting ``and the Committee 
on Appropriations of the House of Representatives and the Committee on 
Foreign Relations and the Committee on Appropriations''.
    (f) Western Hemisphere Drug Policy Commission Report.--Section 
602(c) of the Department of State Authorities Act, Fiscal Year 2017 
(Public Law 114-323) <<NOTE: 130 Stat. 1937.>>  is amended--
            (1) by inserting ``and the Committee on Appropriations'' 
        after ``Committee on Foreign Affairs''; and
            (2) by inserting ``and the Committee on Appropriations'' 
        after ``Committee on Foreign Relations'';
SEC. 3. PEACEKEEPING TRAINING.

    Section 301 of the Department of State Authorities Act, Fiscal Year 
2017 (Public Law 114-323) <<NOTE: 22 USC 287 note.>>  is amended--
            (1) in subsection (e)--
                    (A) in paragraph (1), by striking ``enhance the 
                discovery'' and inserting ``investigate allegations'';
                    (B) in paragraph (2), by striking ``adequately 
                respond to complaints about such offenses by carrying 
                out swift and effective disciplinary action against the 
                personnel'' and inserting ``appropriately hold 
                accountable personnel''; and
                    (C) in paragraph (3), by inserting ``, including 
                compensation to victims, as appropriate'' after 
                ``responses to such offenses'';
            (2) in subsection (f)(2), by striking ``any individual who 
        commits an act'' and inserting ``personnel who are found to have 
        committed acts''; and
            (3) in subsection (g)(1), by striking ``noteworthy''.
SEC. 4. QUALIFICATIONS OF THE UNITED NATIONS SECRETARY GENERAL.

    Section 310 of the Department of State Authorities Act, Fiscal Year 
2017 (Public Law 114-323) <<NOTE: 22 USC 287 note.>>  is amended--
            (1) in subsection (b), by striking ``The descriptions 
        referred to in subsection (a) shall include the following 
        elements'' and inserting ``In addition to the descriptions 
        referred to in subsection (a), each such candidate shall be 
        urged to describe the following''; and
            (2) in subsection (c), by striking ``such l'' and inserting 
        ``such agenda''.
SEC. 5. POLICY REGARDING THE UNITED NATIONS HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL.

    Section 311(a)(2) of the Department of State Authorities Act, Fiscal 
Year 2017 (Public Law 114-323) <<NOTE: 130 Stat. 1924.>>  is amended--
            (1) in subparagraph (C), by striking ``or'' at the end;
            (2) in subparagraph (D), by striking ``and'' at the end; and
            (3) by adding at the end the following new subparagraphs:
                    ``(E) which has been designated as a Tier 3 country 
                in the annual Department of State Trafficking in Persons 
                Report under the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 
                2000 (22 U.S.C. 7107); or
                    ``(F) which is identified as having failed to 
                prevent or address gross violations of human rights in 
                the annual Department of State Human Rights Report under 
                the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 and the Trade Act of 
                1974; and''.
SEC. 6. COMPARATIVE REPORT ON PEACEKEEPING OPERATIONS.

    Section 313 of the Department of State Authorities Act, Fiscal Year 
2017 (Public Law 114-323) <<NOTE: 130 Stat. 1926.>>  is amended--
            (1) by inserting ``and the Committees on Appropriations of 
        the Senate and the House of Representatives'' after 
        ``appropriate congressional committees'';
            (2) by amending paragraph (1) to read as follows:
            ``(1) <<NOTE: Cost estimate.>>  a comparison of the costs of 
        current United Nations peacekeeping operations, including the 
        costs incurred by the United States for such operations, and the 
        estimated cost of such operations if implemented unilaterally by 
        the United States;'';
            (3) by redesignating paragraph (2) as paragraph (3); and
            (4) by inserting after paragraph (1), as amended by 
        paragraph (2) of this section, the following new paragraph:
            ``(2) <<NOTE: Assessment.>>  an assessment of the 
        operational, structural, and doctrinal differences between the 
        military and civilian infrastructures of the United States and 
        United Nations and other assumptions that impact cost estimates; 
        and''.
SEC. 7. LATERAL ENTRY INTO THE FOREIGN SERVICE.

    Section 404(a) of the Department of State Authorities Act, Fiscal 
Year 2017 (Public Law 114-323) <<NOTE: 130 Stat. 1928.>>  is amended by 
striking ``outstanding''.
SEC. 8. COMBATING INTOLERANCE.

    The section heading of section 419 of the Department of State 
Authorities Act, Fiscal Year 2017 (Public Law 114-323) <<NOTE: 130 Stat. 
1935.>>  is amended by striking ``anti-semitism'' and inserting 
``intolerance''.
SEC. 9. TECHNICAL CORRECTIONS REGARDING COMPLETION OF WESTERN 
                    HEMISPHERE DRUG POLICY COMMISSION REPORT.

    Section 603 of the Department of State Authorities Act, Fiscal Year 
2017 (Public Law 114-323) <<NOTE: 130 Stat. 1937.>>  is amended--
            (1) in subsection (f)(1), by striking ``section 362'' and 
        inserting ``section 602(c)''; and
            (2) by amending subsection (h) to read as follows:

    ``(h) Compensation.--Members of the Commission shall serve without 
pay or benefits.''.
SEC. 10. TECHNICAL CORRECTION REGARDING POWERS OF WESTERN 
                      HEMISPHERE DRUG POLICY COMMISSION.

    Section 604 of the Department of State Authorities Act, Fiscal Year 
2017 (Public Law 114-323) <<NOTE: 130 Stat. 1938.>>  is amended by 
adding at the end the following new subsection:

    ``(f) Gifts, Bequests, and Devises.--The Commission may solicit, 
accept, use, and dispose of gifts, bequests, or devises of money, 
services, or property, both real and personal, for the purpose of 
carrying out any duty, power, or authority of the Commission.''.
SEC. 11. BROADCASTING BOARD OF GOVERNORS.

    Section 703(b)(2) of the Department of State Authorities Act, Fiscal 
Year 2017 (Public Law 114-323) <<NOTE: 22 USC 1465b note.>>  is amended 
by striking ``any significant restructuring,''.
SEC. 12. RANSOMS TO FOREIGN TERRORIST ORGANIZATIONS.

    Section 709(a) of the Department of State Authorities Act, Fiscal 
Year 2017 (Public Law 114-323) <<NOTE: 130 Stat. 1943.>>  is amended by 
inserting ``, to the extent practicable,'' before ``transmit''.
SEC. 13. RESTORATION OF TIBET REPORT.

    Section 613 of the Foreign Relations Authorization Act, Fiscal Year 
2003 (Public Law 107-228, 22 U.S.C. 6901 note), as amended by section 
715(b)(1) of the Department of State Authorities Act, Fiscal Year 2017 
(Public Law 114-323), is further amended--
            (1) in subsection (a), by striking ``In General'' and 
        inserting the following: ``Policy.--
            ``(1) In general.--'';
            (2) by redesignating subsection (b) as paragraph (2) and 
        moving such paragraph, as so redesignated, two ems to the right; 
        and
            (3) by adding at the end the following new subsection:

    ``(b) <<NOTE: President.>>  Periodic Reports.--Not later than 180 
days after the date of the enactment of the Department of State 
Authorities Act, Fiscal Year 2017, Improvements Act, and annually 
thereafter until December 31, 2021, the President shall transmit to the 
appropriate congressional committees a report on--
            ``(1) the steps taken by the President and the Secretary in 
        accordance with subsection (a)(1) to implement the Tibetan 
        Policy Act of 2002; and
            ``(2) the status of any discussions between the People's 
        Republic of China and the Dalai Lama or his representatives or a 
        successor selected by a method of the 14th Dalai Lama's own 
        choosing or the representatives of such successor.''.
SEC. 14. <<NOTE: Reports.>>  DEPARTMENT OF STATE REORGANIZATIONS.

    The report required under subsection (l) of section 7034 of the 
Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2017 (Public Law 115-31) shall also be 
provided to the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the House of 
Representatives and the Committee on Foreign Relations in the Senate 
concurrent with the submission of such report to the Committee on 
Appropriations of the House of Representatives and the Committee on 
Appropriations of the Senate pursuant to such subsection.

    Approved December 18, 2017.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY--S. 371:
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CONGRESSIONAL RECORD, Vol. 163 (2017):
            May 1, considered and passed Senate.
            July 28, considered and passed House, amended.
            Dec. 4, Senate concurred in House amendment.

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