Senator David Perdue Applauds Passage Of State Department Authorization

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on the State Department and USAID Management, International Operations, and Bilateral International Development, today released the following statement regarding bipartisan, bicameral passage of the Department of State Operations Authorization and Embassy Security Act, which is now headed to President Obama’s desk for his signature.

“I’m pleased that the Senate and House came together to pass the first authorization for the State Department and related programs in 14 years. This sends a strong signal that both houses of Congress are ready to streamline the State Department’s management and take on the poor planning culture that has eroded the effectiveness of our diplomatic and foreign assistance programs under the current administration.

“We worked hard to include important provisions that ensure the independence of the State Department Inspector General, increase accountability through annual reporting of embassy construction costs, and study the challenges our Foreign Service families face. I look forward to working with President-elect Donald J. Trump and his team to implement these much-needed reforms to support our men and women working around the world.”

The Department of State Operations Authorization and Embassy Security Act included several provisions introduced by Senator Perdue that were approved in the Foreign Relations Committee. The Perdue provisions include:

  1. The Improving Department of State Oversight Act, which authorizes the Inspector General to conduct more secure and more efficient oversight of the State Department.
  2. A Perdue amendment that requires an annual report on all ongoing embassy construction projects and major embassy security upgrade projects.
  3. A Perdue amendment that requires a report on workforce issues and challenges to career opportunities pertaining to tandem couples in the Foreign Service, as well as families where only one spouse in the Foreign Service.

A full summary of S.1635, the State Department Authorization bill, is available here.