Summary: S.1309 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)All Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in Senate (05/02/2019)

Combating Global Corruption Act of 2019

This bill requires the Department of State to develop a program to combat corruption in foreign countries, in particular in countries that receive U.S. aid.

The State Department shall publish annually a tiered list of all countries. The first tier shall contain countries that meet the bill's prescribed minimum standards for combatting corruption, while the second tier shall contain countries that do not comply but are making efforts to do so. Third-tier countries do not meet the minimum anti-corruption standards and are making little to no effort to comply.

For a third-tier country that receives U.S. foreign aid, the State Department shall conduct corruption risk assessments for all U.S. aid programs in that country. It shall also implement various anti-corruption mechanisms in such programs, such as by requiring the disclosure of the beneficial ownership of contractors and partners involved in an aid program and requiring claw-back provisions to recover funds that are misappropriated by corrupt partners. For future aid programs to such countries, the State Department shall conduct its risk assessment and implement the required anti-corruption mechanisms before agreeing to provide assistance.

The State Department shall report to Congress annually about its anti-corruption efforts and integrate anti-corruption material into its existing training courses.