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S. 3172: Foreign Agents Registration Modernization Act of 2021


The text of the bill below is as of Nov 4, 2021 (Introduced).


II

117th CONGRESS

1st Session

S. 3172

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

November 4, 2021

(for herself and Mr. Whitehouse) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations

A BILL

To amend the Foreign Agents Registration Act of 1938, as amended, to require registration statements filed under that Act to be filed in a structured data format to enable the statements to be digitized for purposes of the publicly available electronic database maintained under that Act, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Foreign Agents Registration Modernization Act of 2021.

2.

Modifications relating to FARA registration statements

(a)

Format

(1)

In general

Section 2(g) of the Foreign Agents Registration Act of 1938, as amended (22 U.S.C. 612(g)), is amended—

(A)

in the subsection heading, by striking Electronic and inserting Format for; and

(B)

by striking shall be filed and all that follows through the period at the end and inserting the following:

shall be filed in—

(1)

an electronic, structured data format under which the statement or supplement shall be published in a publicly available, machine-processable digital format for purposes of the National Foreign Agents Database under section 6(d)(1); and

(2)

such other formats as the Attorney General may require.

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(2)

Effective date

The amendments made by paragraph (1) shall apply with respect to statements and supplements filed under section 2 of the Foreign Agents Registration Act of 1938, as amended (22 U.S.C. 612), on or after the date that is 180 days after the date of enactment of this Act.

(b)

Electronic database

(1)

Searchability and sortability; designation

Section 6(d) of the Foreign Agents Registration Act of 1938, as amended (22 U.S.C. 616(d)), is amended—

(A)

in the subsection heading, by striking updates and inserting supplements; and

(B)

in paragraph (1)—

(i)

in the matter preceding subparagraph (A), by striking to the extent technically practicable, an electronic database that and inserting an electronic database, to be known as the National Foreign Agents Database, that; and

(ii)

in subparagraph (A), by striking includes the information contained in registration statements and updates and inserting includes, in a digitized format that achieves compliance with the applicable digital accessibility standards described in section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (29 U.S.C. 794d), the information contained in registration statements and supplements.

(2)

Posting on receipt

Section 6(d)(2) of the Foreign Agents Registration Act of 1938, as amended (22 U.S.C. 616(d)(2)), is amended—

(A)

by striking update each place it appears and inserting supplement; and

(B)

by striking as soon as technically practicable and inserting immediately.

(3)

Effective date

The amendments made by this subsection shall take effect on the date that is 180 days after the date of enactment of this Act.