H. R. 1096
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
February 15, 2017
Mr. Stewart (for himself, Mr. Long, Mr. Roskam, Mr. Tipton, Mr. Chaffetz, Mr. Pearce, Mr. McClintock, Mr. Bishop of Utah, and Mr. Burgess) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary
To amend title 31, United States Code, to provide for transparency of payments made from the Judgment Fund.
This Act may be cited as the
Judgment Fund Transparency Act of 2017.
Judgment fund transparency
Section 1304 of title 31, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following:
Unless the disclosure of such information is otherwise prohibited by law or court order, the Secretary of the Treasury shall make available to the public on a website, as soon as practicable, but not later than 30 days after the date on which a payment under this section is tendered on or after January 1, 2016, the following information with regard to that payment:
The name of the specific agency or entity whose actions gave rise to the claim or judgment.
The name of the plaintiff or claimant.
The name of counsel for the plaintiff or claimant.
The amount paid representing principal liability, and any amounts paid representing any ancillary liability, including attorney fees, costs, and interest.
A brief description of the facts that gave rise to the claim.
The name of the agency that submitted the claim.
Any information available on reports generated by the Judgment Fund Payment Search administered by the Treasury Department.
In addition to the information described in paragraph (1), if a payment under this section is made to a foreign state on or after January 1, 2016, the Secretary of the Treasury shall make available to the public in accordance with paragraph (1), the following information with regard to that payment:
A description of the method of payment.
A description of the currency denominations used for the payment.
The name and location of each financial institution owned or controlled, directly or indirectly, by a foreign state or an agent of a foreign state through which the payment passed or from which the payment was withdrawn, including any financial institution owned or controlled, directly or indirectly, by a foreign state or an agent of a foreign state that is holding the payment as of the date on which the information is made available.
In this subsection, the term
foreign state has the meaning given the term in section 1603 of title 28.
Except with regard to children under eighteen, the disclosure of information required in this section shall not be considered a
clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy for purposes of title 5, United States Code.
No payment may be made under this section to a state sponsor of terrorism, as defined in section 1605A(h) of title 28.
The Secretary of the Treasury shall carry out the amendment made by this section by not later than 60 days after the date of enactment of this Act.