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S. 1819: Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Permanent General Provisions Act of 2019


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The summary below was written by the Congressional Research Service, which is a nonpartisan division of the Library of Congress, and was published on Jun 12, 2019.


Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Permanent General Provisions Act of 2019

This bill makes permanent various foreign relations-related provisions. These include

a general requirement that expenditures under certain Department of State contracts for consulting services are made public; a general prohibition against providing certain types of foreign assistance to a country whose duly elected head of government has been deposed in a military coup d'etat, a country in default of certain U.S. government loans, or a country that supports international terrorism; a general prohibition against assistance by the Export-Import Bank or the Overseas Private Investment Corporation for the non-U.S. production of a commodity for export that will likely be in surplus and where such surplus will cause substantial injury to U.S. producers; various requirements relating to how the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) handles funds for certain types of assistance; a provision generally authorizing aircraft procured for certain State Department programs to be used in any other program or region; a provision authorizing the extension of the employment of certain USAID personnel for up to four years; a provision generally requiring certain foreign-relations-related programs to provide timely access to documents to the relevant Inspector General office; and a provision authorizing assistance to certain countries for such countries to commercially lease certain defense articles from U.S. commercial suppliers.