Summary: S.853 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)All Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in Senate (04/05/2017)

Combating Global Corruption Act of 2017

This bill directs the the Department of State to annually publish on a publicly accessible website a three-tiered ranking based upon the extent of compliance by a foreign country's government with the minimum anti-corruption standards prescribed in this bill.

The bill states that a government is complying with such standards if it:

  • has enacted and judicially enforces laws, and has established structures and practices, that prohibit corruption;
  • prescribes punishment for grand corruption that is commensurate with the punishment for serious crimes;
  • prescribes punishment for petty corruption that provides a sufficient deterrent and reflects the nature of the offense; and
  • is making sustained anti-corruption efforts.

The State Department shall, prior to the obligation of any foreign assistance (except humanitarian, disaster, and anti-corruption assistance) to a tier 3 country:

  • conduct a corruption risk assessment and create a corruption mitigation strategy for all foreign assistance programs to that country,
  • require the inclusion of anti-corruption clauses for all foreign assistance contracts and grants,
  • require the inclusion of clawback clauses for all foreign assistance contracts and grants to recover U.S. taxpayer funds that have been misappropriated through corruption,
  • require disclosure of the beneficial ownership of all entities receiving foreign assistance funding, and
  • establish a mechanism for investigating allegations of misappropriated foreign assistance funds or equipment.

The State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development shall: (1) consolidate existing reports with anti-corruption components into one online, public platform; and (2) incorporate anti-corruption components into existing Foreign Service and Civil Service training courses.