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108th CONGRESS 2d Session H. R. 4558 To authorize the Comptroller General to conduct audits, evaluations, and investigations of the Millennium Challenge Corporation, to establish the Millennium Challenge Advisory Council, to transfer the Millennium Challenge program to the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, and for other purposes. _______________________________________________________________________ IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES June 14, 2004 Mr. Hyde introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on International Relations _______________________________________________________________________ A BILL To authorize the Comptroller General to conduct audits, evaluations, and investigations of the Millennium Challenge Corporation, to establish the Millennium Challenge Advisory Council, to transfer the Millennium Challenge program to the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, and for other purposes. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE; TABLE OF CONTENTS. (a) Short Title.--This Act may be cited as the ``Millennium Challenge Accountability Act of 2004''. (b) Table of Contents.--The table of contents of this Act is as follows: Sec. 1. Short title; table of contents. TITLE I--MILLENNIUM CHALLENGE ACT OF 2003 Sec. 101. Oversight by General Accounting Office. Sec. 102. Millennium Challenge Advisory Council. Sec. 103. Findings; Statement of policy. Sec. 104. Definitions. Sec. 105. Principal objectives. Sec. 106. Transfer to Foreign Assistance Act of 1961. TITLE II--MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS Subtitle A--HELP Commission Act; Foreign Aid Impact Assessment Act Sec. 201. HELP Commission Act. Sec. 202. Foreign Aid Impact Assessment Act. Subtitle B--Repeals; Related Provisions Sec. 211. Repeals; conforming amendments. Sec. 212. General authorities. TITLE I--MILLENNIUM CHALLENGE ACT OF 2003 SEC. 101. OVERSIGHT BY GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE. Section 614 of title VI of division D of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2004 (Public Law 108-199; 22 U.S.C. 7713) is amended by adding at the end the following new subsection: ``(h) Comptroller General.-- ``(1) In general.--The Comptroller General shall conduct on an annual basis and as appropriate audits, evaluations, and investigations of the Corporation. ``(2) Scope.--In carrying out this subsection, the Comptroller General may conduct audits, evaluations, and investigations of the activities and financial transactions of the Corporation for any fiscal year during which Federal funds are available to finance any portion of its operations in accordance with such rules and regulations as may be prescribed by the Comptroller General. ``(3) Location; access to documents.-- ``(A) Location.--The Comptroller General shall conduct an audit, evaluation, or investigation under this subsection at the place or places where pertinent information of the Corporation is normally kept. ``(B) Access to documents.--In conducting an audit, evaluation, or investigation under this subsection, representatives of the General Accounting Office shall have access to all books, accounts, financial records, reports, files, and other papers or property belonging to or in use by the Corporation and necessary to facilitate the audit, evaluation, or investigation. In addition, the representatives shall be afforded full facilities for verifying transactions with the balances and securities held by depositories, fiscal agents, and custodians of the Corporation. ``(C) Rule of construction.--All books, accounts, financial records, reports, files, and other papers or property belonging to or in use by the Corporation shall remain in the possession and custody of the Corporation throughout the period beginning on the date such possession or custody commences and ending three years after such date, but the General Accounting Office may require the retention of such books, accounts, financial records, reports, files, papers, or property for a longer period under section 3523(c) of title 31, United States Code. ``(4) Report.--The Comptroller General shall prepare and submit to the President and the appropriate congressional committees a report that contains the results of each audit, evaluation, or investigation conducted under this subsection, including any recommendations as the Comptroller General determines to be appropriate.''. SEC. 102. MILLENNIUM CHALLENGE ADVISORY COUNCIL. Title VI of division D of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2004 (Public Law 108-199; 22 U.S.C. 7701 et seq.) is amended by adding at the end the following new section: ``SEC. 620. MILLENNIUM CHALLENGE ADVISORY COUNCIL. ``(a) Establishment.--There is hereby established in the executive branch an advisory council to the Corporation to be known as the Millennium Challenge Advisory Council. ``(b) Functions.-- ``(1) General functions.--The Council shall advise and consult with the Chief Executive Officer of the Corporation and the Board of Directors with respect to policies and programs designed to further the purposes of this division and shall periodically report to the Congress with respect to the activities of the Corporation. In addition, the Council shall review on an annual basis the criteria and methodology used to determine eligibility of countries for assistance under this title and make recommendations to the Chief Executive Officer and the Board to improve the effectiveness of such criteria and methodology in order to achieve the purposes of this division. ``(2) Additional functions.--Members of the Council shall (subject to subsection (d)(1)) conduct on-site inspections, and make examinations, of the activities of the Corporation in the United States and in other countries in order to-- ``(A) evaluate the accomplishments of the Corporation; ``(B) assess the potential capabilities and the future role of the Corporation; ``(C) make recommendations to the Chief Executive Officer, the Board of Directors, and Congress, for the purpose of guiding the future direction of the Corporation and of helping to ensure that the purposes and programs of the Corporation are carried out in ways that are economical, efficient, responsive to changing needs in developing countries and to changing relationships among people, and in accordance with law; ``(D) make such other evaluations, assessments, and recommendations as the Council considers appropriate. ``(3) Public participation.--The Council may provide for public participation in its activities, consistent with section 552b of title 5, United States Code. ``(c) Membership.-- ``(1) In general.--The Council shall consist of seven individuals, who shall be appointed by the Chief Executive Officer, and who shall be broadly representative of nongovernmental entities with expertise and interest in international trade and economic development, including business and business associations, trade and labor unions, private and voluntary organizations, foundations, public policy organizations, academia, and other entities as the Chief Executive Officer determines appropriate. ``(2) Additional requirement.--No member appointed under paragraph (1) may be an officer or employee of the United States Government. ``(d) Compensation.-- ``(1) In general.--Except as provided in paragraph (2), a member of the Council-- ``(A) shall be paid compensation out of funds made available for the purposes of this title at the daily equivalent of the highest rate payable under section 5332 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 member of the Council; and ``(B) while away from the member's home or regular place of business on necessary travel, as determined by the Chief Executive Officer, in the actual performance of duties as a member of the Council, shall be paid per diem, travel, and transportation expenses in the same manner as is provided under subchapter I of chapter 57 of title 5, United States Code. ``(2) Limitation.--A member of the Council may not be paid compensation under paragraph (1)(A) for more than thirty days in any calendar year. ``(e) Quorum.--A majority of the members of the Council shall constitute a quorum for the purposes of transacting any business. ``(f) Financial Interests of Members.--A member of the Council shall disclose to the Chairperson of the Council and the Chief Executive Officer of the existence of any direct or indirect financial interest of that member in any particular matter before the Council and may not vote or otherwise participate as a Council member with respect to that particular matter. ``(g) Chairperson.--The Chief Executive Officer shall designate one of the members of the Council as Chairperson, who shall serve in that capacity for a term of two years. The Chief Executive Officer may renew the term of the member appointed as Chairperson under the preceding sentence. ``(h) Meetings; Bylaws and Regulations.-- ``(1) Meetings.--The Council shall hold a regular meeting during each calendar quarter and shall meet at the call of the President, the Chief Executive Officer, the Chairperson of the Board, the Chairperson of the Council, or two members of the Council. ``(2) Bylaws and regulations.--The Council shall prescribe such bylaws and regulations as it considers necessary to carry out its functions. Such bylaws and regulations shall include procedures for fixing the time and place of meetings, giving or waiving of notice of meetings, and keeping of minutes of meetings. ``(i) Report to the President, Chief Executive Officer, and Board.-- ``(1) Report.--Not later than January 1, 2005, and not later than January 1 of each year thereafter that the Corporation is in existence, the Council shall submit to the President, the Chief Executive Officer, and the Board a report on its views on the programs and activities of the Corporation. ``(2) Contents.--Each report shall contain a summary of the advice and recommendations provided by the Council to the Chief Executive Officer and the Board during the period covered by the report and such recommendations (including recommendations for administrative or legislative action) as the Council considers appropriate to make to the Congress. ``(3) Additional requirement.--Not later than 90 days after receiving each such report, the Chief Executive Officer shall transmit to Congress a copy of the report, together with any comments concerning the report that the Chief Executive Officer considers appropriate. ``(j) Administrative Assistance.--The Chief Executive Officer shall make available to the Council such personnel, administrative support services, and technical assistance as are necessary to carry out its functions effectively. ``(k) Termination.--Section 14(a)(2)(B) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (5 U.S.C. App.; relating to the termination of advisory committees) shall not apply to the Council. Notwithstanding section 102 of this Act, the authorities of the Council shall terminate on December 31, 2007.''. SEC. 103. FINDINGS; STATEMENT OF POLICY. Title VI of division D of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2004 (Public Law 108-199; 22 U.S.C. 7701 et seq.) is amended by inserting after section 601 the following new section: ``SEC. 601A. FINDINGS; STATEMENT OF POLICY. ``(a) Findings.--Congress finds the following: ``(1) A principal objective of United States foreign assistance programs, as stated in section 101 of this Act, is the `encouragement and sustained support of the people of developing countries in their efforts to acquire the knowledge and resources essential to development and to build the economic, political, and social institutions which will improve the quality of their lives'. ``(2) The expanding acceptance of free trade and open markets and the spread of democracy and the rule of law have brought a better way of life to an increasing number of people in the world. ``(3) Inequalities between men and women undermine development and poverty-reduction efforts in fundamental ways. A woman's limited access to resources and restrictions on the exercise of her rights, including the right to participate in social and political processes, disables her from maximizing her contribution to her family's health, education, and general well-being. ``(4) On March 14, 2002, the President noted the successes of development assistance programs: `The advances of free markets and trade and democracy and rule of law have brought prosperity to an ever-widening circle of people in this world. During our lifetime, per capita income in the poorest countries has nearly doubled. Illiteracy has been cut by one-third, giving more children a chance to learn. Infant mortality has been almost halved, giving more children a chance to live.'. ``(5) Development is neither an easy process nor a linear one. There are successes and there are failures. Today, too many people are still living in poverty, disease has eroded many of the economic and social gains of previous decades, and many countries have not adopted policies, for a variety of reasons, that would enable them to compete in an open and equitable international economic system. ``(6) More countries and more people will be able to participate in and benefit from the opportunities afforded by the global economy if the following conditions for sound and sustainable economic development are met: ``(A) Security.--Security is necessary for economic development. Persistent poverty and oppression can lead to hopelessness, despair, and to failed states that
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