H.R. 5393 (112th): Export Coordination Act of 2012

112th Congress, 2011–2013. Text as of May 07, 2012 (Introduced).

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112th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 5393

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

May 7, 2012

(for himself, Mr. Tipton, Mr. Chabot, Mr. Manzullo, Mrs. Blackburn, Mr. Mulvaney, and Mrs. Ellmers) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs

A BILL

To amend the Export Enhancement Act of 1988 to make improvements to the trade promotion policies and programs of the United States Government.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Export Coordination Act of 2012.

2.

Duties

(a)

In general

Section 2312(b) of the Export Enhancement Act of 1988 (15 U.S.C. 4727(b)) is amended—

(1)

in paragraph (4), by adding at the end before the semicolon the following: , including identifying opportunities to consolidate or co-locate offices of agencies involved in such activities;

(2)

in paragraph (5)—

(A)

by inserting , including the use and coordination of electronic databases, after the appropriate levels and allocation of resources; and

(B)

by striking and at the end;

(3)

by redesignating paragraph (6) as paragraph (7); and

(4)

by inserting after paragraph (5) the following:

(6)

to the maximum extent practicable, provide a detailed listing of current and future Federal and State-led trade missions, trade fairs, and related activities to ensure better delivery of services to United States businesses; and

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(b)

Availability of information

The Secretary of Commerce shall make available the information on Federal and State-led trade missions, trade fairs, and related activities described in paragraph (6) of section 2312(b) of the Export Enhancement Act of 1988, as added by subsection (a)(4) of this section, on the Web site Export.gov or a successor Web site.

3.

Strategic plan

Section 2312(c) of the Export Enhancement Act of 1988 (15 U.S.C. 4727(c)) is amended—

(1)

by redesignating paragraphs (3) through (6) as paragraphs (4) through (7), respectively;

(2)

by inserting after paragraph (2) the following: .

(3)

with respect to export promotion and export financing activities of each agency that is a member of the TPCC—

(A)

clearly identify and explain the role of each agency; and

(B)

describe the goals and objectives of each agency and explain the rationale for measuring and reporting the goals and objectives;

;

(3)

in paragraph (5) (as redesignated)—

(A)

by inserting and Congress after the President; and

(B)

by striking paragraph (3) and inserting paragraph (4);

(4)

in paragraph (6) (as redesignated), by striking and at the end;

(5)

by inserting after paragraph (6) (as redesignated) the following:

(7)

include the recommendations of the Comptroller General of the United States as the recommendations relate to coordination of the TPCC and agencies that are members of the TPCC;

; and

(6)

in paragraph (7) (as redesignated), by striking United States National Tourism Organization and inserting United States Travel Association.

4.

Membership and staff

(a)

Membership

Section 2312(d) of the Export Enhancement Act of 1988 (15 U.S.C. 4727(d)) is amended—

(1)

in paragraph (1)—

(A)

by striking and at the end of subparagraph (L);

(B)

by redesignating subparagraph (M) as subparagraph (N); and

(C)

by inserting after subparagraph (L) the following:

(M)

the Millennium Challenge Corporation;

;

(2)

by redesignating paragraph (2) as paragraph (3); and

(3)

by inserting after paragraph (1) the following:

(2)

State trade promotion agencies

The TPCC shall also include 1 or more members appointed by the President who are representatives from State trade promotion agencies.

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(b)

Staff

Section 2312 of the Export Enhancement Act of 1988 (15 U.S.C. 4727) is amended—

(1)

by redesignating subsection (f) as subsection (g); and

(2)

by inserting after subsection (e) the following:

(f)

Staff

Upon request of the chairperson of the TPCC, the head of any Federal department or agency that is a member of the TPCC may detail, on a reimbursable basis, any of the personnel of that department or agency to the TPCC to assist it in carrying out its duties under this section.

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5.

Member qualifications

Section 2312(e) of the Export Enhancement Act of 1988 (15 U.S.C. 4727(e)) is amended in the first sentence by inserting (other than members described in subsection (d)(2)) after Members of the TPCC.

6.

Report to Congress

Subsection (g) of section 2312 of the Export Enhancement Act of 1988 (15 U.S.C. 4727), as redesignated by section 4(b)(1) of this Act, is amended to read as follows:

(g)

Report to Congress

(1)

In general

The chairperson of the TPCC shall prepare and submit to the appropriate congressional committees, not later than March 30 of each year, a report that—

(A)

describes the strategic plan developed by the TPCC pursuant to subsection (c), the implementation of such plan, and any revisions thereto; and

(B)

describes the implementation of sections 303 and 304 of the FREEDOM Support Act (22 U.S.C. 5823 and 5824) concerning funding for export promotion activities and the interagency working groups on energy of the TPCC.

(2)

Appropriate congressional committees defined

In this subsection, the term appropriate congressional committees means—

(A)

the Committee on Appropriations, the Committee on Energy and Commerce, the Committee on Financial Services, the Committee on Foreign Affairs, the Committee on Small Business, and the Committee on Ways and Means of the House of Representatives; and

(B)

the Committee on Appropriations, the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, the Committee on Finance, the Committee on Foreign Relations, and the Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship of the Senate.

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7.

Additional report to Congress

Section 2312 of the Export Enhancement Act of 1988 (15 U.S.C. 4727) is amended by adding at the end the following:

(h)

Additional report to Congress

(1)

In general

The Inspector General of the Department of Commerce shall prepare and submit to the appropriate congressional committees, not later than March 30 of each year, a report on the extent to which the TPCC is successfully carrying out its duties as described in subsection (b) and the extent to which the strategic plan as described in subsection (c) is successfully being implemented.

(2)

Consultation

In preparing the report required under paragraph (1), the Inspector General of the Department of Commerce shall, to the maximum extent practicable, consult with the inspector general of each other Federal department or agency that is a member of the TPCC.

(3)

Appropriate congressional committees defined

In this subsection, the term appropriate congressional committees has the meaning given such term in subsection (g)(2).

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