Kate Puzey Bill Text

One Hundred Twelfth Congress

of the

United States of America

AT THE FIRST SESSION

Begun and held at the City of Washington on Wednesday,

the fifth day of January, two thousand and eleven

An Act

To amend the Peace Corps Act to require sexual assault risk-reduction and response

training, the development of a sexual assault policy, the establishment of an

Office of Victim Advocacy, the establishment of a Sexual Assault Advisory Council,

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.

This Act may be cited as the ‘‘Kate Puzey Peace Corps Volunteer

Protection Act of 2011’’.

SEC. 2. PEACE CORPS VOLUNTEER PROTECTION.

The Peace Corps Act is amended by inserting after section

8 (22 U.S.C. 2507) the following new sections:

‘‘SEXUAL ASSAULT RISK-REDUCTION AND RESPONSE TRAINING

‘‘SEC. 8A. (a) IN GENERAL.—As part of the training provided

to all volunteers under section 8(a), the President shall develop

and implement comprehensive sexual assault risk-reduction and

response training that, to the extent practicable, conforms to best

practices in the sexual assault field.

‘‘(b) DEVELOPMENT AND CONSULTATION WITH EXPERTS.—In

developing the sexual assault risk-reduction and response training

under subsection (a), the President shall consult with and incorporate,

as appropriate, the recommendations and views of experts

in the sexual assault field.

‘‘(c) SUBSEQUENT TRAINING.—Once a volunteer has arrived in

his or her country of service, the President shall provide the volunteer

with training tailored to the country of service that includes

cultural training relating to gender relations, risk-reduction strategies,

treatment available in such country (including sexual assault

forensic exams, post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) for HIV exposure,

screening for sexually transmitted diseases, and pregnancy testing),

MedEvac procedures, and information regarding a victim’s right

to pursue legal action against a perpetrator.

‘‘(d) INFORMATION REGARDING CRIMES AND RISKS.—Each

applicant for enrollment as a volunteer shall be provided with

information regarding crimes against and risks to volunteers in

the country in which the applicant has been invited to serve,

including an overview of past crimes against volunteers in the

country.

‘‘(e) CONTACT INFORMATION.—The President shall provide each

applicant, before the applicant enrolls as a volunteer, with—

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‘‘(1) the contact information of the Inspector General of

the Peace Corps for purposes of reporting sexual assault mismanagement

or any other mismanagement, misconduct, wrongdoing,

or violations of law or policy whenever it involves a

Peace Corps employee, volunteer, contractor, or outside party

that receives funds from the Peace Corps;

‘‘(2) clear, written guidelines regarding whom to contact,

including the direct telephone number for the designated Sexual

Assault Response Liaison (SARL) and the Office of Victim

Advocacy and what steps to take in the event of a sexual

assault or other crime; and

‘‘(3) contact information for a 24-hour sexual assault hotline

to be established for the purpose of providing volunteers a

mechanism to anonymously—

‘‘(A) report sexual assault;

‘‘(B) receive crisis counseling in the event of a sexual

assault; and

‘‘(C) seek information about Peace Corps sexual assault

reporting and response procedures.

‘‘(f) DEFINITIONS.—In this section and sections 8B through 8G:

‘‘(1) PERSONALLY IDENTIFYING INFORMATION.—The term

‘personally identifying information’ means individually identifying

information for or about a volunteer who is a victim

of sexual assault, including information likely to disclose the

location of such victim, including the following:

‘‘(A) A first and last name.

‘‘(B) A home or other physical address.

‘‘(C) Contact information (including a postal, email,

or Internet protocol address, or telephone or facsimile

number).

‘‘(D) A social security number.

‘‘(E) Any other information, including date of birth,

racial or ethnic background, or religious affiliation, that,

in combination with information described in subparagraphs

(A) through (D), would serve to identify the victim.

‘‘(2) RESTRICTED REPORTING.—

‘‘(A) IN GENERAL.—The term ‘restricted reporting’

means a system of reporting that allows a volunteer who

is sexually assaulted to confidentially disclose the details

of his or her assault to specified individuals and receive

the services outlined in section 8B(c) without the dissemination

of his or her personally identifying information

except as necessary for the provision of such services, and

without automatically triggering an official investigative

process.

‘‘(B) EXCEPTIONS.—In cases in which volunteers elect

restricted reporting, disclosure of their personally identifying

information is authorized to the following persons

or organizations when disclosure would be for the following

reasons:

‘‘(i) Peace Corps staff or law enforcement when

authorized by the victim in writing.

‘‘(ii) Peace Corps staff or law enforcement to prevent

or lessen a serious or imminent threat to the

health or safety of the victim or another person.

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‘‘(iii) SARLs, victim advocates or healthcare providers

when required for the provision of victim services.

‘‘(iv) State and Federal courts when ordered, or

if disclosure is required by Federal or State statute.

‘‘(C) NOTICE OF DISCLOSURE AND PRIVACY PROTECTION.—

In cases in which information is disclosed pursuant

to subparagraph (B), the President shall—

‘‘(i) make reasonable attempts to provide notice

to the volunteer with respect to whom such information

is being released; and

‘‘(ii) take such action as is necessary to protect

the privacy and safety of the volunteer.

‘‘(3) SEXUAL ASSAULT.—The term ‘sexual assault’ means

any conduct prescribed by chapter 109A of title 18, United

States Code, whether or not the conduct occurs in the special

maritime and territorial jurisdiction of the United States, and

includes both assaults committed by offenders who are

strangers to the victim and assaults committed by offenders

who are known or related by blood or marriage to the victim.

‘‘(4) STALKING.—The term ‘stalking’ means engaging in a

course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause

a reasonable person to—

‘‘(A) fear for his or her safety or the safety of others;

or

‘‘(B) suffer substantial emotional distress.

‘‘SEXUAL ASSAULT POLICY

‘‘SEC. 8B. (a) IN GENERAL.—The President shall develop and

implement a comprehensive sexual assault policy that—

‘‘(1) includes a system for restricted and unrestricted

reporting of sexual assault;

‘‘(2) mandates, for each Peace Corps country program, the

designation of a Sexual Assault Response Liaison (SARL), who

shall receive comprehensive training on procedures to respond

to reports of sexual assault, with duties including ensuring

that volunteers who are victims of sexual assault are moved

to a safe environment and accompanying victims through the

in-country response at the request of the victim;

‘‘(3) requires SARLs to immediately contact a Victim Advocate

upon receiving a report of sexual assault in accordance

with the restricted and unrestricted reporting guidelines

promulgated by the Peace Corps;

‘‘(4) to the extent practicable, conforms to best practices

in the sexual assault field;

‘‘(5) is applicable to all posts at which volunteers serve;

and

‘‘(6) includes a guarantee that volunteers will not suffer

loss of living allowances for reporting a sexual assault.

‘‘(b) DEVELOPMENT AND CONSULTATION WITH EXPERTS.—In

developing the sexual assault policy under subsection (a), the President

shall consult with and incorporate, as appropriate, the recommendations

and views of experts in the sexual assault field,

including experts with international experience.

‘‘(c) ELEMENTS.—The sexual assault policy developed under subsection

(a) shall include, at a minimum, the following services

with respect to a volunteer who has been a victim of sexual assault:

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‘‘(1) The option of pursuing either restricted or unrestricted

reporting of an assault.

‘‘(2) Provision of a SARL and Victim’s Advocate to the

volunteer.

‘‘(3) At a volunteer’s discretion, provision of a sexual assault

forensic exam in accordance with applicable host country law.

‘‘(4) If necessary, the provision of emergency health care,

including a mechanism for such volunteer to evaluate such

provider.

‘‘(5) If necessary, the provision of counseling and psychiatric

medication.

‘‘(6) Completion of a safety and treatment plan with the

volunteer, if necessary.

‘‘(7) Evacuation of such volunteer for medical treatment,

accompanied by a Peace Corps staffer at the request of such

volunteer. When evacuated to the United States, such volunteer

shall be provided, to the extent practicable, a choice of medical

providers including a mechanism for such volunteers to

evaluate the provider.

‘‘(8) An explanation to the volunteer of available law

enforcement and prosecutorial options, and legal representation.

‘‘(d) TRAINING.—The President shall train all staff outside the

United States regarding the sexual assault policy developed under

subsection (a).

‘‘OFFICE OF VICTIM ADVOCACY

‘‘SEC. 8C. (a) ESTABLISHMENT OF OFFICE OF VICTIMS

ADVOCACY.—

‘‘(1) IN GENERAL.—The President shall establish an Office

of Victim Advocacy in Peace Corps headquarters headed by

a full-time victim advocate who shall report directly to the

Director. The Office of Victim Advocacy may deploy personnel

abroad when necessary to help assist victims.

‘‘(2) PROHIBITION.—Peace Corps Medical Officers, Safety

and Security Officers, and program staff may not serve as

victim advocates. The victim advocate referred to in paragraph

(1) may not have any other duties in the Peace Corps that

are not reasonably connected to victim advocacy.

‘‘(3) EXEMPTION.—The victim advocate and any additional

victim advocates shall be exempt from the limitations specified

in subparagraphs (A) and (B) of paragraph (2) and paragraph

(5) under section 7(a) of the Peace Corps Act (22 U.S.C. 2506(a)).

‘‘(b) RESPONSIBILITIES.—

‘‘(1) VICTIMS OF SEXUAL ASSAULT.—The Office of Victim

Advocacy shall help develop and update the sexual assault

risk-reduction and response training described in section 8A

and the sexual assault policy described in section 8B, ensure

that volunteers who are victims of sexual assault receive services

specified in section 8B(c), and facilitate their access to

such services.

‘‘(2) OTHER CRIMES.—In addition to assisting victims of

sexual assault in accordance with paragraph (1), the Office

of Victim Advocacy shall assist volunteers who are victims

of crime by making such victims aware of the services available

to them and facilitating their access to such services.

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‘‘(3) PRIORITY.—The Office of Victim Advocacy shall give

priority to cases involving serious crimes, including sexual

assault and stalking.

‘‘(c) STATUS UPDATES.—The Office of Victim Advocacy shall

provide to volunteers who are victims regular updates on the status

of their cases if such volunteers have opted to pursue prosecution.

‘‘(d) TRANSITION.—The Office of Victim Advocacy shall assist

volunteers who are victims of crime and whose service has terminated

in receiving the services specified in section 8B(c) requested

by such volunteer.

‘‘(e) SUNSET.—This section shall cease to be effective on October

1, 2018.

‘‘ESTABLISHMENT OF SEXUAL ASSAULT ADVISORY COUNCIL

‘‘SEC. 8D. (a) ESTABLISHMENT.—There is established a Sexual

Assault Advisory Council (in this section referred to as the

‘Council’).

‘‘(b) MEMBERSHIP.—The Council shall be composed of not less

than 8 individuals selected by the President, not later than 180

days after the date of the enactment of this section, who are

returned volunteers (including volunteers who were victims of

sexual assault and volunteers who were not victims of sexual

assault) and governmental and nongovernmental experts and

professionals in the sexual assault field. No Peace Corps employee

shall be a member of the Council. The number of governmental

experts appointed to the Council shall not exceed the number of

nongovernmental experts.

‘‘(c) FUNCTIONS; MEETINGS.—The Council shall meet not less

often than annually to review the sexual assault risk-reduction

and response training developed under section 8A, the sexual

assault policy developed under section 8B, and such other matters

related to sexual assault the Council views as appropriate, to ensure

that such training and policy conform to the extent practicable

to best practices in the sexual assault field.

‘‘(d) REPORTS.—On an annual basis for 5 years after the date

of the enactment of this section and at the discretion of the Council

thereafter, the Council shall submit to the President and the Committee

on Foreign Relations and the Committee on Appropriations

of the Senate and the Committee on Foreign Affairs and the Committee

on Appropriations of the House of Representatives a report

on its findings based on the reviews conducted pursuant to subsection

(c).

‘‘(e) EMPLOYEE STATUS.—Members of the Council shall not be

considered employees of the United States Government for any

purpose and shall not receive compensation other than reimbursement

of travel expenses and per diem allowance in accordance

with section 5703 of title 5, United States Code.

‘‘(f) NONAPPLICABILITY OF FACA.—The Federal Advisory Committee

Act (5 U.S.C. App.) shall not apply to the Council.

‘‘(g) SUNSET.—This section shall cease to be effective on October

1, 2018.

‘‘VOLUNTEER FEEDBACK AND PEACE CORPS REVIEW

‘‘SEC. 8E. (a) MONITORING AND EVALUATION.—Not later than

1 year after the date of the enactment of this section, the President

shall establish goals, metrics, and monitoring and evaluation plans

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for all Peace Corps programs. Monitoring and evaluation plans

shall incorporate best practices from monitoring and evaluation

studies and analyses.

‘‘(b) PERFORMANCE PLANS AND ELEMENTS.—The President shall

establish performance plans with performance elements and standards

for Peace Corps representatives and shall review the performance

of Peace Corps representatives not less than annually to

determine whether they have met these performance elements and

standards. Nothing in this subsection shall be construed as limiting

the discretion of the President to remove a Peace Corps representative.

‘‘(c) ANNUAL VOLUNTEER SURVEYS.—Annually through September

30, 2018, the President shall conduct a confidential survey

of volunteers regarding the effectiveness of Peace Corps programs

and staff and the safety of volunteers. The results shall be provided

in aggregate form without identifying information to the Committee

on Foreign Relations and the Committee on Appropriations of the

Senate and the Committee on Foreign Affairs and the Committee

on Appropriations of the House of Representatives. Results from

the annual volunteer survey shall be considered in reviewing the

performance of Peace Corps representatives under subsection (a).

‘‘(d) PEACE CORPS INSPECTOR GENERAL.—The Inspector General

of the Peace Corps shall—

‘‘(1) submit to the Committee on Foreign Relations and

the Committee on Appropriations of the Senate and the Committee

on Foreign Affairs and the Committee on Appropriations

of the House of Representatives—

‘‘(A) a report, not later than one year after the date

of the enactment of this section, and biennially through

September 30, 2018, on reports received from volunteers

relating to misconduct, mismanagement, or policy violations

of Peace Corps staff, any breaches of the confidentiality

of volunteers, and any actions taken to assure the

safety of volunteers who provide such reports;

‘‘(B) a report, not later than two years and five years

after the date of the enactment of this section, evaluating

the effectiveness and implementation of the sexual assault

risk-reduction and response training developed under section

8A and the sexual assault policy developed under

section 8B, including a case review of a statistically significant

number of cases; and

‘‘(C) a report, not later than two years after the date

of the enactment of this section, describing how Peace

Corps representatives are hired, how Peace Corps representatives

are terminated, and how Peace Corps representatives

hire staff, including an assessment of the

implementation of the performance plans described in subsection

(b); and

‘‘(2) when conducting audits or evaluations of Peace Corps

programs overseas, notify the Director of the Peace Corps about

the results of such evaluations, including concerns the Inspector

General has noted, if any, about the performance of Peace

Corps representatives, for appropriate action.

‘‘(e) PORTFOLIO REVIEWS.—

‘‘(1) IN GENERAL.—The President shall, at least once every

3 years, perform a review to evaluate the allocation and delivery

of resources across the countries the Peace Corps serves or

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is considering for service. Such portfolio reviews shall at a

minimum include the following with respect to each such

country:

‘‘(A) An evaluation of the country’s commitment to

the Peace Corps program.

‘‘(B) An analysis of the safety and security of volunteers.

‘‘(C) An evaluation of the country’s need for assistance.

‘‘(D) An analysis of country program costs.

‘‘(E) An evaluation of the effectiveness of management

of each post within a country.

‘‘(F) An evaluation of the country’s congruence with

the Peace Corp’s mission and strategic priorities.

‘‘(2) BRIEFING.—Upon request of the Chairman and

Ranking Member of the Committee on Foreign Relations of

the Senate or the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the House

of Representatives, the President shall brief such committees

on each portfolio review required under paragraph (1). If

requested, each such briefing shall discuss performance measures

and sources of data used (such as project status reports,

volunteer surveys, impact studies, reports of Inspector General

of the Peace Corps, and any relevant external sources) in

making the findings and conclusions in such review.

‘‘ESTABLISHMENT OF A POLICY ON STALKING

‘‘SEC. 8F. (a) IN GENERAL.—The President shall develop and

implement a comprehensive policy on stalking that—

‘‘(1) requires an immediate, effective, and thorough

response from the Peace Corps upon receipt of a report of

stalking;

‘‘(2) provides, during training, all Peace Corps volunteers

with a point of contact for the reporting of stalking; and

‘‘(3) protects the confidentiality of volunteers who report

stalking to the maximum extent practicable.

‘‘(b) DEVELOPMENT AND CONSULTATION WITH EXPERTS.—In

developing the stalking policy under subsection (a), the President

shall consult with and incorporate, as appropriate, the recommendations

and views of those with expertise regarding the crime of

stalking.

‘‘(c) TRAINING OF IN-COUNTRY STAFF.—The President shall provide

for the training of all in-country staff regarding the stalking

policy developed under subsection (a).

‘‘ESTABLISHMENT OF A CONFIDENTIALITY PROTECTION POLICY

‘‘SEC. 8G. (a) IN GENERAL.—The President shall establish and

maintain a process to allow volunteers to report incidents of misconduct

or mismanagement, or violations of any policy, of the Peace

Corps in order to protect the confidentiality and safety of such

volunteers and of the information reported, and to ensure that

such information is acted on appropriately. This process shall conform

to existing best practices regarding confidentiality.

‘‘(b) GUIDANCE.—The President shall provide additional training

to officers and employees of the Peace Corps who have access

to information reported by volunteers under subsection (a) in order

to protect against the inappropriate disclosures of such information

and ensure the safety of such volunteers.

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‘‘(c) PENALTY.—Any Peace Corps volunteer or staff member

who is responsible for maintaining confidentiality under subsection

(a) and who breaches such duty shall be subject to disciplinary

action, including termination, and in the case of a staff member,

ineligibility for re-employment with the Peace Corps.

‘‘REMOVAL AND ASSESSMENT AND EVALUATION

‘‘SEC. 8H. (a) IN GENERAL.—If a volunteer requests removal

from the site in which such volunteer is serving because the volunteer

feels at risk of imminent bodily harm, the President shall,

as expeditiously as practical after receiving such request, remove

the volunteer from the site. If the President receives such a request,

the President shall assess and evaluate the safety of such site

and may not assign another volunteer to the site until such time

as the assessment and evaluation is complete and the site has

been determined to be safe. Volunteers may remain at a site during

the assessment and evaluation.

‘‘(b) DETERMINATION OF SITE AS UNSAFE.—If the President

determines that a site is unsafe for any remaining volunteers at

the site, the President shall, as expeditiously as practical, remove

all volunteers from the site.

‘‘(c) TRACKING AND RECORDING.—The President shall establish

a global tracking and recording system to track and record incidents

of crimes against volunteers.

‘‘REPORTING REQUIREMENTS

‘‘SEC. 8I. (a) IN GENERAL.—The President shall annually

through September 30, 2018, submit to the Committee on Foreign

Relations and the Committee on Appropriations of the Senate and

the Committee on Foreign Affairs and the Committee on Appropriations

of the House of Representatives a report summarizing information

on—

‘‘(1) sexual assault of volunteers;

‘‘(2) other crimes against volunteers;

‘‘(3) the number of arrests, prosecutions, and incarcerations

for crimes involving Peace Corps volunteers for every country in

which volunteers serve; and

‘‘(4) the annual rate of early termination of volunteers, including

demographic data associated with such early termination.

‘‘(b) GAO.—Not later than one year after the date of the enactment

of this section, the Comptroller General of the United States

shall submit to the Committee on Foreign Relations and the Committee

on Appropriations of the Senate and the Committee on

Foreign Affairs and the Committee on Appropriations of the House

of Representatives a report evaluating the quality and accessibility

of health care provided through the Department of Labor to

returned volunteers upon their separation from the Peace Corps.

‘‘(c) ACCESS TO COMMUNICATIONS.—

‘‘(1) IN GENERAL.—The President shall determine the level

of access to communication, including cellular and Internet

access, of each volunteer.

‘‘(2) REPORT.—Not later than six months after the date

of the enactment of this section, the President shall submit

to the Committee on Foreign Relations and the Committee

on Appropriations of the Senate and the Committee on Foreign

Affairs and the Committee on Appropriations of the House

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of Representatives a report on the costs, feasibility, and benefits

of providing all volunteers with access to adequate communication,

including cellular service and Internet access.’’.

SEC. 3. RETENTION OF COUNSEL FOR CRIME VICTIMS.

Section 5(l) of the Peace Corps Act (22 U.S.C. 2504(l)) is

amended by inserting before the period at the end the following:

‘‘and counsel may be employed and counsel fees, court costs and

other expenses may be paid in the support of volunteers who

are parties, complaining witnesses, or otherwise participating in

the prosecution of crimes committed against such volunteers’’.

SEC. 4. SENSE OF CONGRESS ON STAFFING OF OFFICE OF VICTIM

ADVOCACY.

It is the sense of Congress that—

(1) the Office of Victim Advocacy established under section

8C of the Peace Corps Act, as added by section 2, should

provide an adequate number of victim advocates so that each

victim of crime receives critical information and support;

(2) any full-time victim advocates and any additional victim

advocates should be credentialed by a national victims assistance

body; and

(3) the training required under section 8A(a) of the Peace

Corps Act, as added by section 2, should be credentialed by

a national victims assistance body.

SEC. 5. PERSONAL SERVICE CONTRACTS.

The Peace Corps Act is amended—

(1) in section 7(a)(3) (22 U.S.C. 2506(a)(3)), by inserting

‘‘, or contracted with for personal services under section

10(a)(5),’’ after ‘‘employed, appointed, or assigned under this

subsection’’; and

(2) in section 10(a)(5) (22 U.S.C. 2509(a)(5)), by striking

‘‘any purpose’’ and inserting ‘‘the purposes of any law administered

by the Office of Personnel Management (except that the

President may determine the applicability to such individuals

of provisions of the Foreign Service Act of 1980 (22 U.S.C.

3901 et seq.))’’.

SEC. 6. INDEPENDENCE OF THE INSPECTOR GENERAL OF THE PEACE

CORPS.

Section 7(a) of the Peace Corps Act (22 U.S.C. 2506(a)) is

amended by adding at the end the following new paragraph:

‘‘(7) The limitations specified in subparagraphs (A) and

(B) of paragraph (2) and in paragraph (5) shall not apply

to—

‘‘(A) the Inspector General of the Peace Corps; and

‘‘(B) officers and employees of the Office of the

Inspector General of the Peace Corps.’’.

SEC. 7. CONFORMING SAFETY AND SECURITY AGREEMENT

REGARDING PEACE CORPS VOLUNTEERS SERVING IN FOREIGN

COUNTRIES.

(a) IN GENERAL.—Not later than 180 days after the date of

the enactment of this Act, the Director of the Peace Corps shall

consult with the Assistant Secretary of State for Diplomatic Security

and enter into a memorandum of understanding that specifies the

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duties and obligations of the Peace Corps and the Bureau of Diplomatic

Security of the Department of State with respect to the

protection of Peace Corps volunteers and staff members serving

in foreign countries, including with respect to investigations of

safety and security incidents and crimes committed against volunteers

and staff members.

(b) INSPECTOR GENERAL REVIEW.—

(1) REVIEW.—The Inspector General of the Peace Corps

shall review the memorandum of understanding described in

subsection (a) and be afforded the opportunity to recommend

changes that advance the safety and security of Peace Corps

volunteers before entry into force of the memorandum of understanding.

(2) REPORT.—The Director of the Peace Corps shall consider

the recommendations of the Inspector General of the Peace

Corps regarding the memorandum of understanding described

in subsection (a). If the Director enters into the memorandum

of understanding without implementing a recommendation of

the Inspector General, the Director shall submit to the Inspector

General a written explanation relating thereto.

(c) FAILURE TO MEET DEADLINE.—

(1) REQUIREMENT TO SUBMIT REPORT.—If, by the date that

is 180 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the

Director of the Peace Corps is unable to obtain agreement

with the Assistant Secretary of State for Diplomatic Security

and certification by the Inspector General of the Peace Corps,

the Director shall submit to the committees of Congress specified

in paragraph (2) a report explaining the reasons for such

failure and a certification that substantial steps are being taken

to make progress toward agreement.

(2) COMMITTEES OF CONGRESS SPECIFIED.—The committees

of Congress specified in this paragraph are the Committee

on Foreign Relations of the Senate and the Committee on

Foreign Affairs of the House of Representatives.

SEC. 8. CONFORMING AMENDMENTS.

(a) INCLUSION OF SEXUAL ASSAULT RISK-REDUCTION AND

RESPONSE TRAINING.—The Peace Corps Act is amended—

(1) in section 5(a) (22 U.S.C. 2504(a)), in the second sentence,

by inserting ‘‘(including training under section 8A)’’ after

‘‘training’’; and

(2) in section 8(a) (22 U.S.C. 2507(a)), in the first sentence,

by inserting ‘‘, including training under section 8A,’’ after

‘‘training’’.

(b) CERTAIN SERVICES.—Section 5(e) of the Peace Corps Act

(22 U.S.C. 2504(e)) is amended, in the first sentence—

(1) by inserting ‘‘(including, if necessary, for volunteers

and trainees, services under section 8B)’’ after ‘‘health care’’;

and

(2) by inserting ‘‘including services provided in accordance

with section 8B (except that the six-month limitation shall

not apply in the case of such services),’’ before ‘‘as the President’’.

SEC. 9. OFFSET OF COSTS AND PERSONNEL.

Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the Direct of the

Peace Corps shall—

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(1) eliminate such initiatives, positions, and programs

within the Peace Corps (other than within the Office of

Inspector General) as the Director deems necessary to ensure

any and all costs incurred to carry out the provisions of this

Act, and the amendments made by this Act, are entirely offset;

(2) ensure no net increase in personnel are added to carry

out the provisions of this Act, with any new full or part time

employees or equivalents offset by eliminating an equivalent

number of existing staff (other than within the Office of

Inspector General);

(3) report to Congress not later than 60 days after the

date of the enactment of this Act the actions taken to ensure

compliance with paragraphs (1) and (2), including the specific

initiatives, positions, and programs within the Peace Corps

that have been eliminated to ensure that the costs of carrying

out this Act will be offset; and

(4) not implement any other provision of this Act (other

than paragraphs (1), (2), and (3)) or any amendment made

by this Act until the Director has certified that the actions

specified in paragraphs (1), (2), and (3) have been completed.

Speaker of the House of Representatives.

Vice President of the United States and

President of the Senate

 

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