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1 SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE

2 This Act may be cited as the "International Academic 3 Opportunity Act of 2000”.

4 SEC. 2. STATEMENT OF PURPOSE.

5 It is the purpose of this Act to establish an under6 graduate grant program for students of limited financial

7 means from the United States to enable such students to

study at institutions of higher education in foreign coun9 tries. Such foreign study is intended to broaden the out10 look and better prepare such students of demonstrated fi11 Dancial need to assume significant roles in the increasingly

12 global economy.

13 SEC. 8. ESTABLISHMENT OF GRANT PROGRAM FOR FOR

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EIGN STUDY BY AMERICAN COLLEGE STU.

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DENTS OF LIITED KINANCIAL MEANS

16 (a) ESTABLISHMENT.-Subject to the availability of 17 appropriations and under the authorities of the Mutual 18 Educational and Cultural Exchange Act of 1961, the Sec19 retary of State shall establish and carry out a program 20 in each fiscal year to award grants of up to $5,000, to 21 individuals who meet the requirements of subsection (b), 22 toward the cost of 1 academic year of undergraduate study 23 at an institution of higher education in a foreign country. 24 Grants under this Act shall be known as the "Benjamin 25 A. Gilman International Scholarships".

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(b) ELIGIBILITY.--An individual referred to in sub-

2 section (a) is an individual who

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(1) is a student in good standing at an institu-
tion of higher education in the United States (as de
fined in section 101(a) of the Higher Education Act

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of 1965);

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(2) has been accepted for an academic year of
study at an institution of higher education outside
the United States (as defined by section 102(b) of
the Higher Education Act of 1965);

(3) is receiving any need-based student assist-
ance under title IV of the Higher Education Act of

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1965; and

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(4) is a citizen or national of the United States.

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(c) APPLICATION AND SELECTION.-

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(1) Grant application and selection shall be car-
ried out through accredited institutions of higher

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tablished by the Secretary of State.

(2) In considering applications for grants under
this section, priority consideration shall be given to

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under title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965.

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1 SEC. L. REPORT TO CONGRESS.

2 The Secretary of State shall report annually to the
3 Congress concerning the grant program established under
4 this Act. Each such report shall include the following in-
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(1) The number of participants.
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(2) The institutions of higher education in the 8 United States that participants attended. 9

(3) The institutions of higher education outside 10 the United States participants attended during their

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Dear Chairma Gons and Ranking Member Dixon,

We are writing to you regarding the Diplomatic Telecommunications Service Program Office (DTSPO), and direction relating to DTSPO that was part of the FY 2001 Intelligence Authorization bill Due to serious policy concems with this aspect of the Intelligence bill, we planned to legislato on this subject in the context of the Defense and Security Assistance Act of 2000. However, we are prepared to retain from legislating a DTSPO, at this stage of the legislative procesa, if we can receive your assurances that you are prepared to work with us, we both the Member and staff-level, to fully revolve our concerns about the intelligence Bill's DTSPO provision

By way of background, Congress decided in PY 1992 thet budget constraints and the need to improve communications in a cost effective manner for all agencies in the foreign affairs comiranity, required the creation of DISPO. This new office was designed to consolidate systems, and ensure fully interoperable and capable systeme In recent years, there has been considerable debato, both within the Administration and in Congress, on the strengths and weaknesses of the operation of DISPO, and our committee legislated on DISPO as recently as last year in the context of the Foreign Relations Authorization Act.

We wo aware that Inspector General and interagency discussions have sought to identify weakness mod deficiencia in the network and its management and develop accoptable solutions. A strong secure fully capable commnications system is without question a priority because it is the buckbone of my post operation. All agencies present at the post must have an efficient and reliable communications system. The question is how to adequately find and manage a worldwide network that is responsive to the variety of mazes, the complexity of the systems, the need for sapid response to systones problems, and the ever increasing demand for greater bandwidth

Given the jurisdiction rules of the House, both the House International Relations Committee and the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence share responsibility to overace this

communications system. It has been brought to our attention that both koyagcacies involved in
this matter have made significant financial investments in the system over the years, and that all
appropriate congressional committees and agencies must be fully involved in my discussion of
managements chenges at DTSPO.

We therefore believe that it is important that our committees work together to develop a
joint recommendation that addresses the numerous dimensions of this issue. Purthermors, we
believe that suggested changes should be based on fully identifying the probleems of the existing
system and the principles that should guide a restructuring, including a base distribution of mesto
should we mutually decide that a "divorce" in the communications syetene is warmated

To that end, we seek your assurances that you will work with us, both at the Member- and staff-level, using all current data and reports, to fully resolve our conocou about the Intelligence Bil's DTSPO provision. We look forward to receiving your assurances in this regard

Sinkerely,

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