Department of State Authorities and Activities
Amends the State Department Basic Authorities Act of 1956 to prohibit any funds authorized to be appropriated for the Department of State to be used for:
(1) any expense related to the closing of a U.S. consular or diplomatic post abroad; and
(2) any expenses related to the Bureau of Administration of the Department of State if any post is closed.
Requires the Secretary of State to notify the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations prior to the closing of any post.
Treats expenses related to post closings as a reprogramming of funds.
Exempts from such prohibition posts closed because of:
(1) a break or downgrading of diplomatic relations between the United States and the country in which the post is located; or
(2) a threat to U.S. personnel in the city where the post is located and the issuance of a travel advisory against travel by U.S. citizens in the city.
Repeals a provision of the Foreign Relations Authorization Act, Fiscal Years 1988 and 1989 concerning consular and diplomatic posts.
Prohibits the denial of, or limitations on, a passport because of any belief or activity, which, if held or conducted in the United States, would be protected by the first amendment to the Constitution. Amends the Foreign Service Buildings Act, 1926 to raise the limit on the amount of a lease authorized to be entered into by the Secretary of State for Foreign Service buildings abroad.
Permits the Secretary to make advance payments for long-term leases and lease-purchase agreements.
Authorizes the Secretary, subject to certain conditions, to enter into a multiyear (not to exceed five years) contract for the acquisition of property and construction of diplomatic facilities in Moscow. Sets forth contract provisions.
Amends the State Department Basic Authorities Act of 1956 to authorize the transfer into the Buying Power Maintenance Account of unobligated balances from accounts for the administration of foreign affairs.
Prohibits the balance of the Account from exceeding $100 million.
Treats such transfers as a reprogramming of funds.
Prohibits, unless the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations are notified, the reprogramming of Department of State funds in excess of $500,000 (currently, $250,000).
Permits funds appropriated for the Department of State in the Department of State Appropriations Act to be transferred to any other appropriations account in an emergency situation.
Prohibits an account from being increased by more than ten percent (five percent for the salaries and expenses account and the acquisition of foreign buildings account) through such a transfer.
Revises provisions concerning accounts subject to percentage limitations to permit funds authorized to be appropriated for the Department of State in the Department of State Appropriations Act, for the second fiscal year of a two-year authorization, to be appropriated for the second fiscal year for any other account.
Applies account increase limitations for funds transferred for emergency purposes to such transfers of appropriations.
Requires Federal agencies that obtain administrative services from the Department of State to make full and prompt payment for such services through an advance of funds or reimbursement.
Directs the Secretary to suspend or terminate services to agencies that have not made payment within a specified deadline.
Waives such suspension or termination as necessary to protect life and Government property.
Authorizes the Secretary to pay the expenses of any international meeting or conference in the United States that is hosted by the U.S. Government. Authorizes the Secretary to use funds to pay obligations arising under international agreements, conventions, and binational contracts.
Extends the authorization of appropriations for grants to child care facilities at certain posts abroad.
Establishes an Assistant Secretary of State for South Asian Affairs in the Department of State. Requires the Assistant Secretary to have responsibility with respect to India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, Afghanistan, and the Maldives. Permits funds received by the Department of State in connection with the Blair House (currently, funds received during FY 1990 and 1991) to be credited to the appropriate Department of State account.
Amends the Foreign Relations Authorization Act, Fiscal Years 1986 and 1987 to increase the amount authorized to be made available for the construction of Foreign Service Institute training facilities.
Requires the Director of the Office of Foreign Buildings Operations to:
(1) direct overseas posts to make annual building condition assessments of facilities used by such posts;
(2) revise the Foreign Affairs Manual to require the Buildings and Maintenance Handbook to be used by posts to identify maintenance needs, standardize maintenance operations, and conduct annual assessments;
(3) direct the Office to provide training and assistance to ensure that annual surveys are completed; and
(4) direct posts to ensure that all maintenance program fiscal transactions are properly encoded in the Department of State accounting system.
Amends the State Department Basic Authorities Act of 1956 to redesignate the Office of Munitions Control of the Department of State as the Office of Defense Trade Controls and increases the amount of registration fees collected by the Office that is required to be credited to a Department of State account.
Directs the Secretary to report to the appropriate congressional committees each time a consular post denies a visa on the grounds of terrorist activities or foreign policy.
Prohibits the Secretary from including in the Automated Visa Lookout System or in any system that maintains information about the excludability of aliens the name of any alien who is not excludable under the Immigration and Nationality Act. Requires the Secretary to correct such systems by deleting the names of aliens who are not excludable under such Act. Authorizes the Secretary to add to or retain in such system the names of aliens who are not excludable only if they are included for law enforcement purposes or lawful purposes of the Department of State. Directs the Secretary to:
(1) immediately undertake negotiations to seek an end to the policy of the majority of Arab League nations of rejecting passports of, and denying entrance visas to, persons whose passports or other documents reflect that they have visited Israel; and
(2) report to specified congressional committees on the status of efforts to secure an end to such policy.
Prohibits the Secretary from issuing any passport that is designated for travel only to Israel. Requires the Secretary to promulgate regulations for the cancellation of existing passports designated for travel only to Israel. Prohibits the Secretary from issuing more than one official or diplomatic passport to any U.S. Government official for purposes of enabling such official to acquiesce in or comply with the Arab League's passport policy concerning persons who have visited Israel.