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22 USC 2451 note.
SEC. 224. ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON CULTURAL DIPLOMACY.
(a) ESTABLISHMENT.-There is established an Advisory Committee on Cultural Diplomacy (in this section referred to as the "Advisory Committee"), which shall be composed of nine members, as follows:
(1) The Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy, who shall serve as Chair.
(2) The Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs.
(3) Seven members appointed pursuant to subsection (c). (b) DUTIES.-The Advisory Committee shall advise the Secretary on programs and policies to advance the use of cultural diplomacy in United States foreign policy. The Advisory Committee shall, in particular, provide advice to the Secretary on
(1) increasing the presentation abroad of the finest of the creative, visual, and performing arts of the United States; and
(2) strategies for increasing public-private partnerships to sponsor cultural exchange programs that promote the national interests of the United States.
(c) APPOINTMENTS.-The members of the Advisory Committee shall be appointed by the Secretary, not more than four of whom shall be from the same political party, from among distinguished Americans with a demonstrated record of achievement in the creative, visual, and performing arts, or international affairs. No officer or employee of the United States shall be appointed to the Advisory Committee.
(d) VACANCIES.-A vacancy in the membership of the Advisory Committee shall be filled in the same manner as provided under this subsection to make the original appointment.
(e) MEETINGS.-A majority of the members of the Advisory Committee shall constitute a quorum. The Advisory Committee shall meet at least twice each year or as frequently as may be necessary to carry out its duties.
(f) ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPORT.-The Secretary is authorized to provide the Advisory Committee with necessary administrative support from among the staff of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the Department.
(g) COMPENSATION.-Members of the Advisory Committee shall be allowed travel expenses, including per diem in lieu of subsistence, at rates authorized for employees of agencies under subchapter I of chapter 57 of title 5, United States Code, while away from their homes or regular places of business in the performance of services of the Advisory Committee.
(h) EXEMPTION FROM FEDERAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE ACT.The Federal Advisory Committee Act shall not apply to the Advisory Committee to the extent that the provisions of this section are inconsistent with that Act.
(i) AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS.-There are authorized to be appropriated to the Department such sums as may be necessary to carry out this section.
(j) TERMINATION.-The Advisory Committee shall terminate September 30, 2005.
SEC. 225. ALLOCATION OF FUNDS FOR "AMERICAN CORNERS" IN THE
(a) FINDING.-Congress finds that joint ventures with host libraries in the Russian Federation known as "American Corners" are an effective means
(1) to provide information about United States history, government, society, and values;
(2) to provide access to computers and the Internet; and (3) to leverage United States assistance and exchange programs in the Russian Federation.
(b) ALLOCATION OF FUNDS.-Of the amount authorized to be appropriated by section 112(1)(B) of this Act for the fiscal year 2003, $500,000 is authorized to be available for "American Corner" centers operating in the Russian Federation.
SEC. 226. REPORT RELATING TO COMMISSION ON SECURITY AND
Section 5 of the Act entitled "An Act to establish a Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe" (22 U.S.C. 3005) is amended to read as follows:
"SEC. 5. In order to assist the Commission in carrying out its duties, the Secretary of State shall submit to the Commission an annual report discussing the overall United States policy objectives that are advanced through meetings of decision-making bodies of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), the OSCE implementation review process, and other activities of the OSCE. The report shall also include a summary of specific United States policy objectives with respect to participating states where there is particular concern relating to the implementation of OSCE commitments or where an OSCE presence exists. Such summary shall address the role played by OSCE institutions, mechanisms, or field activities in achieving United States policy objectives. Each annual report shall cover the period from January Deadline. 1 to December 31, shall be submitted not more than 90 days after the end of the reporting period, and shall be posted on the Internet website of the Department of State.".
SEC. 227. AMENDMENTS TO THE VIETNAM EDUCATION FOUNDATION 22 USC 2452 ACT OF 2000. note.
(a) PURPOSES OF THE ACT.-Section 202 of the Vietnam Education Foundation Act of 2000 (title II of division B of H.R. 5666, as enacted by section 1(a)(4) of Public Law 106-554 and contained in appendix D of that Act; 114 Stat. 2763A-255) is amended(1) in paragraph (1)(A), by inserting "in the United States" after "technology)"; and
(2) in paragraph (1)(B), by striking "appropriate Vietnamese institutions" and inserting "academic institutions in Vietnam".
(b) ELECTION OF THE CHAIR.-Section 205(c) of such Act is amended by inserting "voting members of the" after "The".
(c) DUTIES OF THE BOARD.-Section 205(e) of such Act is amended by striking paragraphs (1) and (2) and inserting the following:
"(1) provide overall supervision and direction of the Founda
"(2) establish criteria for the eligibility of applicants, including criteria established by section 206(b), and for the selection of fellowship recipients; and
"(3) select the fellowship recipients.".
(d) TREATMENT OF PRESIDENTIAL APPOINTEES TO THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS.-Section 205 of such Act is amended—
(1) in subsection (f)
(A) by amending paragraph (1) to read as follows: "(1) IN GENERAL.-Except as provided in paragraphs (2) and (3), each member of the Board shall serve without compensation."; and
(B) by adding at the end the following new paragraph: "(3) COMPENSATION OF PRESIDENTIAL APPOINTEES.-The members of the Board appointed under subsection (a)(6) shall be paid at the daily equivalent of the rate of basic pay payable for positions at level V of the Executive Schedule under section 5316 of title 5, United States Code, for each day (including travel time) during which the member is engaged in the actual performance of duties as a Board member."; and
(2) by adding at the end the following new subsection: "(g) TREATMENT OF PRESIDENTIAL APPOINTEES AS SPECIAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES.-The members of the Board appointed under subsection (a)(6) shall be special Government employees, as defined in section 202(a) of title 18, United States Code.".
(e) TRAVEL REGULATIONS.-Section 205 of such Act, as amended by subsection (d), is further amended by adding at the end the following new subsection:
"(h) TRAVEL REGULATIONS.-Members of the Board shall be subject to the same travel regulations as apply to officers and employees of the Department of State.".
(f) VACANCIES.-Section 205(b) of such Act is amended by adding at the end the following new paragraph:
"(3)(A) Any member appointed to fill a vacancy prior to the expiration of the term for which his or her predecessor was appointed shall be appointed for the remainder of such term.
"(B) Upon the expiration of his or her term of office, any member may continue to serve until a successor is appointed.". (g) ENGLISH PROFICIENCY.-Section 206(a)(2) of such Act is amended to read as follows:
"(2) SCIENTIFIC AND TECHNICAL VOCABULARY IN ENGLISH.Fellowships awarded to Vietnamese nationals under paragraph (1) may include funding to improve English proficiency in a fellowship recipient's field of study.".
(h) SELECTION CRITERIA.-Section 206(b) of such Act is amended
(1) in paragraph (1), by striking "Vietnamese candidates for fellowships" and inserting "Fellowship candidates from Vietnam"; and
(2) in paragraph (2), by striking "teaching candidates" and inserting "candidates for teaching fellowships".
(i) ANNUAL REPORT.-Such Act is amended
(1) in section 207(d), by striking "Board" and inserting "Secretary of the Treasury"; and
(2) in section 209(b)
(A) by striking "Foundation" and inserting "Board"; and
(B) by striking "its operations under this title" and inserting "the operations of the Foundation under this title, including the financial condition of the Foundation".
(j) COMPENSATION OF EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR.-Section 208(d) of such Act is amended by striking "level V of the Executive Schedule under section 5316" and inserting "level IV of the Executive Schedule under section 5315”.
(k) CLERICAL CORRECTIONS.-Such Act is amended
(1) in section 206(d)—
(A) in the subsection heading, by striking "MATCHING" and inserting "COST-SHARING"; and
(B) by striking "matching" and inserting "cost-sharing"; (2) in section 206(e)
(A) by striking "proficiency" and inserting "progress"; and
(B) by inserting before the period at the end the following: "and applicable law";
(3) in section 208(a), by striking "Secretary" and inserting "Director";
(4) in section 208(d), by striking "title V" and inserting "title 5"; and
(5) in section 209(a)(5), by striking "District of Columbia" and inserting "metropolitan Washington, D.C., area”.
SEC. 228. ETHICAL ISSUES IN INTERNATIONAL HEALTH RESEARCH.
(a) IN GENERAL.-The Secretary shall make available funds for international exchanges to provide opportunities to researchers in developing countries to participate in activities related to ethical issues in human subject research, as described in subsection (c).
(b) COORDINATION WITH OTHER PROGRAMS.-The Secretary shall coordinate programs conducted pursuant to this section with similar programs that may be conducted by the United States Agency for International Development and other Federal agencies as part of United States international health programs, particularly with respect to research and treatment of infectious diseases.
(c) ETHICAL ISSUES IN HUMAN SUBJECT RESEARCH. For purposes of subsection (a), the phrase "activities related to ethical issues in human subject research" includes courses of study, conferences, and fora on development of and compliance with international ethical standards for clinical trials involving human subjects, particularly with respect to responsibilities of researchers to individuals and local communities participating in such trials, and on management and monitoring of such trials based on such international ethical standards.
SEC. 229. CONFORMING AMENDMENTS.
Section 112(g) of the Mutual Educational and Cultural Exchange Act of 1961 (22 U.S.C. 2460(g)) is amended
(1) in paragraph (1), by striking "United States Information Agency" and inserting "Department of State";
(2) in paragraph (3)—
(A) in subparagraph (A), by striking "Associate Director for Educational and Cultural Affairs of the United States Information Agency" and inserting "Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs";
(B) by striking subparagraph (B); and
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(C) by redesignating subparagraphs (C), (D), (E), (F), and (G) as subparagraphs (B), (C), (D), (E), and (F), respectively;
(3) in paragraph (5), by striking "United States Information Agency" and inserting "Department of State";
(4) in paragraph (6)(G), by striking "United States Information Agency" and inserting "Department of State"; and
(5) in paragraph (7), by striking "Director of the United States Information Agency" and inserting "Secretary of State, acting through the Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy".
Subtitle C-Consular Authorities
SEC. 231. REPORT ON VISA ISSUANCE TO INADMISSIBLE ALIENS.
Section 51(a) of the State Department Basic Authorities Act of 1956 (22 U.S.C. 2723(a)) is amended
(1) by inserting "(1) DENIAL OF VISAS.-" before "The Secretary"; and
(2) by adding at the end the following:
"(2) VISA ISSUANCE TO INADMISSIBLE ALIENS.-The Secretary shall, on a semiannual basis, submit to the appropriate committees of the Congress a report describing every instance during the period covered by the report in which a consular post or the Visa Office of the Department of State issued an immigrant or nonimmigrant visa to an alien who is inadmissible to the United States based upon terrorist activity or failed to object to the issuance of an immigrant or nonimmigrant visa to an alien notwithstanding any such ground of inadmissibility. The report shall set forth the name and nationality of the alien, the issuing post, and a brief factual statement of the basis for issuance of the visa or the failure to object. The report may be submitted in classified or unclassified form.".
SEC. 232. DENIAL OF ENTRY INTO UNITED STATES OF CHINESE AND
(a) DENIAL OF ENTRY.-Notwithstanding any other provision of law and except as provided in subsection (b), the Secretary shall direct consular officers not to issue a visa to any person whom the Secretary finds, based on credible and specific information, to have been directly involved with the coercive transplantation of human organs or bodily tissue, unless the Secretary has substantial grounds for believing that the foreign national has discontinued his or her involvement with, and support for, such practices.
(b) EXCEPTION.-The prohibitions in subsection (a) do not apply to an applicant who is a head of state, head of government, or cabinet-level minister.
(c) WAIVER.-The Secretary may waive the prohibitions in subsection (a) with respect to a foreign national if the Secretary
(1) determines that it is important to the national interest of the United States to do so; and
(2) not later than 30 days after the issuance of a visa, provides written notification to the appropriate congressional committees containing a justification for the waiver.