H.R.597 - Commission on Americans Living Abroad Act
To establish a commission to study how Federal laws and policies affect United States citizens living in foreign countries.
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Mrs. CAROLYN B. MALONEY of New York (for herself and Mr. HONDA) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and in addition to the Committees on Financial Services, Ways and Means, the Judiciary, House Administration, Energy and Commerce, and Education and the Workforce, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concernedCommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
SEC. 2. ESTABLISHMENT.
SEC. 3. MEMBERSHIP.
(A) OFFICERS OR EMPLOYEES OF THE UNITED STATES- Members of the Commission who are officers or employees of the United States shall be appointed from among individuals whose employment is directly related to the matters to be studied by the Commission under section 4(a)(2).CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(c) Period of Appointment; Vacancies- Members shall be appointed for the life of the Commission. Any vacancy in the Commission shall be filled in the same manner in which the original appointment was made. Any vacancy in the Commission shall not affect its powers.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 4. DUTIES.
(1) IN GENERAL- The Commission shall conduct a study on how Federal laws and policies affect United States citizens living in foreign countries, including civilians and members of the Armed Forces.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(A) Federal financial reporting requirements for a United States citizen living in a foreign country, including the requirements under
(B) Federal policies and requirements that affect the ability of a United States citizen living in a foreign country to access foreign and domestic financial institutions, including requirements under chapter 4 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (commonly known as the ‘Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act’) and requirements affecting financial institutions imposed by the Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act of 2001 (USA Patriot Act) (
(C) Federal requirements for a spouse, child, or another family member of a United States citizen living in a foreign country who is not a United States citizen to become a United States citizen.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(D) The ability of a United States citizen living in a foreign country to vote in Federal, State, and local elections in the United States, and the process for such a citizen to vote in such elections.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(F) The process for a United States citizen living in a foreign country to get a Federal education loan for such citizen or for such citizen’s child who is a United States citizen.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(G) Which Federal agencies have jurisdiction over each Federal program that serves United States citizens who live in foreign countries and possible methods to improve the collaboration of and coordination between such Federal agencies.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(b) Consultation With Outside Organizations- In conducting the study under subsection (a), the Commission shall consult organizations that represent United States citizens living in foreign countries.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(1) INITIAL REPORT- Not later than one year after the date of enactment of this Act, the Commission shall submit a report to the President, Congress, and the head of any Federal agency identified in subsection (a)(2)(G), which shall contain a detailed statement of the findings and conclusions of the Commission, together with its recommendations for such legislative and administrative actions as it considers appropriate.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(2) UPDATE- Not later than one year after the date on which the Commission submits the report under paragraph (1), the Commission shall submit an update to the President, Congress, and the head of any Federal agency identified in subsection (a)(2)(G), which shall describe any administrative actions taken by the head of any Federal agency pursuant to the recommendations in such report.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 5. POWERS OF THE COMMISSION.
(a) Hearings and Sessions- The Commission may, for the purpose of carrying out this Act, hold hearings, sit and act at times and places, take testimony, and receive evidence as the Commission considers appropriate.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(b) Powers of Members and Agents- Any member or agent of the Commission may, if authorized by the Commission, take any action which the Commission is authorized to take by this section.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(c) Obtaining Official Data- Subject to section 6103 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, the Commission may secure directly from any Federal department or agency such information as the Commission considers necessary to carry out this Act. Upon request of the Chairperson of the Commission, the head of such department or agency shall furnish such information to the Commission.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 6. COMMISSION PERSONNEL MATTERS.
(a) Compensation of Members- Each member of the Commission who is not an officer or employee of the United States shall be compensated at a rate equal to the daily equivalent of the annual rate of basic pay prescribed for level IV of the Executive Schedule under
(b) Travel Expenses- The members of the Commission 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 for the Commission.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(1) IN GENERAL- The Chairperson of the Commission may, without regard to the civil service laws and regulations, appoint and terminate an executive director and such other additional personnel as may be necessary to enable the Commission to perform its duties. The employment of an executive director shall be subject to confirmation by the Commission.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(2) COMPENSATION- The Chairperson of the Commission may fix the compensation of the executive director and other personnel without regard to chapter 51 and subchapter III of chapter 53 of title 5, United States Code, relating to classification of positions and General Schedule pay rates, except that the rate of pay for the executive director and other personnel may not exceed the rate payable for level V of the Executive Schedule under section 5316 of such title.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(d) Detail of Government Employees- Any United States employee may be detailed to the Commission without reimbursement, and such detail shall be without interruption or loss of civil service status or privilege.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(e) Procurement of Temporary and Intermittent Services- The Chairperson of the Commission may procure temporary and intermittent services under
SEC. 7. FEDERAL AGENCY RESPONSE.
Not later than 180 days after the date on which the Commission submits the report under section 4(c)(1), the head of any Federal agency that is affected by a recommendation in such report shall submit to the President, Congress, and the Commission a response to such recommendation, including any plans to take administrative action pursuant to such recommendation.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink