IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
April 7, 2022
Mr. Kaine (for himself and Mr. Booker) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations
To require additional disclosures with respect to nominees to serve as chiefs of missions, and for other purposes.
This Act may be cited as the
Ambassador Oversight and Transparency Act.
Additional disclosures required with respect to nominees
Section 304 of the Foreign Service Act of 1980 (22 U.S.C. 3944) is amended—
in subsection (a)(4), by adding at the end the following:
Each such report shall explain the source and the extent of such nominee’s knowledge of the principal language or dialect of the country, region, or institution in which the nominee has been nominated to serve as chief of mission and the manner and extent to which such nominee meets the criteria described in paragraph (1), particularly with respect to the source and extent of such individual’s knowledge and understanding of the history, culture, economics, politics, and interests of the people of such country, region, or institution.; and
in subsection (b)—
in paragraph (2)—
Each and inserting the following: “(A) In this paragraph—
the term bundled contribution has the meaning given such term in section 304(i)(8)(A) of the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 (52 U.S.C. 30104(i)(8)(A));
the term contribution has the meaning given such term in section 301(8) of the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 (52 U.S.C. 30101(8)); and
the term immediate family means—
the spouse of the nominee;
any child, parent, grandparent, brother, or sister of the nominee; and
the spouse of any of the individuals described in subclause (II).
in subparagraph (B), as redesignated, by striking
fourth calendar year and inserting
tenth calendar year;
The report and inserting the following:
The report shall include the disclosure of all bundled contributions facilitated by the nominee during the period described in subparagraph (B), in accordance with section 304(i)(8) of the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 (52 U.S.C. 30104(i)(8)), and
The chairman and inserting the following:
in subparagraph (D), as redesignated, by adding at the end the following:
The Secretary of State shall publish each such report and each ; and
Certificate of Competency issued pursuant to subsection (a)(4)(A) on a publicly available website of the Department of State.
As used in this paragraph and all that follows; and
by adding at the end the following:
The President shall certify to the Committee on Foreign Relations of the Senate that any contributions made by each individual nominated to be a chief of mission or members of the nominee’s immediate family, whether or not included in the report described in paragraph (2), played no role in such nomination.
Management assessments at diplomatic and consular posts
Beginning not later than 1 year after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of State shall annually conduct, at each diplomatic and consular post, a universal survey, which shall be completed by all staff assigned to that post who are citizens of the United States (excluding the chief of mission) to assess the management and leadership of that post by the chief of mission.
All responses to the survey shall be anonymized before being made available to the relevant regional assistant secretary of the Department of State and the Director General of the Foreign Service.
If corrective action does not resolve deficiencies in performance by the chief of mission identified by the survey, the Director General of the Foreign Service may refer the matter to the Inspector General of the Department of State, who shall conduct an inspection of the post in accordance with section 209(b) of the Foreign Service Act of 1980 (22 U.S.C. 3929(b)).
The Director General of the Foreign Service shall submit an annual report to the Committee on Foreign Relations of the Senate and the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the House of Representatives that—
identifies the posts at which corrective action was taken as a result of responses from a survey described in subsection (a);
describes the performance deficiencies identified by the survey and the corrective action taken to remediate such deficiencies; and
explains the reasons for not referring the matter to the Inspector General of the Department of State and the Foreign Service.