22 USC 1475g: Overseas public diplomacy posts and personnel overseas
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22 USC 1475g: Overseas public diplomacy posts and personnel overseas Text contains those laws in effect on May 26, 2022
From Title 22-FOREIGN RELATIONS AND INTERCOURSECHAPTER 18-UNITED STATES INFORMATION AND EDUCATIONAL EXCHANGE PROGRAMSSUBCHAPTER VII-ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURE

§1475g. Overseas public diplomacy posts and personnel overseas

(a) Limitation

Except as provided under this section no funds authorized to be appropriated to the Department of State may be used to pay any expense associated with the closing of any overseas public diplomacy post abroad.

(b) Notification

Not less than 45 days before the closing of any overseas public diplomacy post abroad the Secretary of State shall notify the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Foreign Relations of the Senate.

(c) Exceptions

This section shall not apply to any overseas public diplomacy post closed-

(1) because of a break or downgrading of diplomatic relations between the United States and the country in which the post is located; or

(2) where there is a real and present threat to United States diplomats in the city where the post is located and where a travel advisory warning against travel by United States citizens to the city has been issued by the Department of State.

(Jan. 27, 1948, ch. 36, title VIII, §812, as added Pub. L. 102–138, title II, §206(a), Oct. 28, 1991, 105 Stat. 693 ; amended Pub. L. 105–277, div. G, subdiv. A, title XIII, §1335(a)(5), Oct. 21, 1998, 112 Stat. 2681–787 .)


Editorial Notes

Prior Provisions

Provisions similar to this section were contained in Pub. L. 100–204, title II, §204, Dec. 22, 1987, 101 Stat. 1373 , which was set out as a note under section 1461 of this title prior to repeal by Pub. L. 102–138, title II, §206(c), Oct. 28, 1991, 105 Stat. 693 .

Amendments

1998-Pub. L. 105–277, §1335(a)(5)(D), substituted "Overseas public diplomacy" for "USIA" in section catchline.

Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 105–277, §1335(a)(5)(A), (B), substituted "Department of State" for "United States Information Agency" and "overseas public diplomacy post" for "United States Information Agency post".

Subsec. (b). Pub. L. 105–277, §1335(a)(5)(A), (C), substituted "overseas public diplomacy post" for "United States Information Agency post" and "Secretary of State" for "Director of the United States Information Agency".

Subsec. (c). Pub. L. 105–277, §1335(a)(5)(A), substituted "overseas public diplomacy post" for "United States Information Agency post" in introductory provisions.


Statutory Notes and Related Subsidiaries

Effective Date of 1998 Amendment

Amendment by Pub. L. 105–277 effective Oct. 1, 1999, see section 1301 of Pub. L. 105–277, set out as an Effective Date note under section 6531 of this title.

Guidance for Closure of Public Diplomacy Facilities

Pub. L. 117–81, div. E, title LVI, §5606, Dec. 27, 2021, 135 Stat. 2379 , provided that:

"(a) In General.-Not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of this Act [Dec. 27, 2021], the Secretary of State shall adopt, and include in the Foreign Affairs Manual, guidelines to collect and utilize information from each diplomatic post at which the construction of a new embassy compound or new consulate compound would result in the closure or co-location of an American Space, American Center, American Corner, or any other public diplomacy facility under the Secure Embassy Construction and Counterterrorism Act of 1999 [Pub. L. 106–113, div. B, §1000(a)(7) [div. A, title VI]] (22 U.S.C. 4865 et seq.) [sic, see Short Title of 1999 Amendment note set out under section 4801 of this title].

"(b) Requirements.-The guidelines required by subsection (a) shall include the following:

"(1) Standardized notification to each chief of mission at a diplomatic post describing the requirements of the Secure Embassy Construction and Counterterrorism Act of 1999 and the impact on the mission footprint of such requirements.

"(2) An assessment and recommendations from each chief of mission of potential impacts to public diplomacy programming at such diplomatic post if any public diplomacy facility referred to in subsection (a) is closed or staff is co-located in accordance with such Act.

"(3) A process by which assessments and recommendations under paragraph (2) are considered by the Secretary and the appropriate Under Secretaries and Assistant Secretaries of the Department.

"(4) Notification to the appropriate congressional committees, prior to the initiation of a new embassy compound or new consulate compound design, of the intent to close any such public diplomacy facility or co-locate public diplomacy staff in accordance with such Act.

"(c) Report.-Not later than 1 year after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall submit to the appropriate congressional committees a report containing the guidelines required under subsection (a) and any recommendations for any modifications to such guidelines."

[For definitions of "Department" and "appropriate congressional committees" as used in section 5606 of Pub. L. 117–81, set out above, see section 5002 of Pub. L. 117–81, set out as a note under section 263c of this title.]

Reductions in American Employees

Pub. L. 102–138, title II, §206(b), Oct. 28, 1991, 105 Stat. 693 , which provided that reductions could not be made in number of American employees of United States Information Agency stationed abroad until number of such employees was same percentage of total number of American employees of Agency as number of American employees of Agency stationed abroad in 1981 was to total number of American employees at Agency at same time in 1981, was repealed by Pub. L. 105–277, div. G, subdiv. A, title XIII, §1336(4), Oct. 21, 1998, 112 Stat. 2681–790 .