May 23, 1997
BULLETIN NO. 97-06
on Voluntary Contributions to International
1. Purpose. The
purpose of this Bulletin is to provide instructions for preparing
information for a semiannual report to the Congress listing all
voluntary contributions to international organizations by all agencies
of the United States Government.
2. Background and
Authority. Section 306(b)(1) of the Foreign Assistance Act of
1961, as amended (see Attachment A), requires that the President
transmit to the Congress semiannual reports listing all voluntary
contributions, cash and in kind, by the United States Government
to international organizations. Section 306(b)(2) requires that
agencies making such contributions provide information on them to
the Office of Management and Budget. Section 306(b) was enacted
in 1980, and agencies have reported under this requirement previously.
This Bulletin applies to all Federal agencies, including those of
the Legislative and Judicial Branches.
For the purposes of this Bulletin, the following definitions apply:
(a) Voluntary contribution
means a contribution of any kind that is not assessed under a binding
international agreement, including the furnishing of funds for other
financial support; services of any kind (including the use of experts
or other personnel); or commodities, equipment, supplies, or other
organization means any public international organization that
is composed principally of governments. This does not include
a foreign agency or organization that has an arrangement with
the United States Government for bilateral contributions. Also,
this does not include international organizations composed of
individual members representing themselves or an organization,
but not their respective governments.
5. Required Materials.
Agencies that make voluntary contributions to any international
organization will forward to the Office of Management and Budget
information on those contributions in accordance with the attached
instructions and in the format of the attached exhibit. Separate
information will be prepared for each international organization
receiving voluntary contributions. Materials will be sent to the
International Affairs Division, Office of Management and Budget,
Room 10026, New Executive office Building, Washington, D.C. 20503.
6. Due Dates.
Information on contributions made in the first half of fiscal year
1996 is due no later than July 15, 1997. Information on contributions
made in the second half of fiscal year 1996 is due no later than
November 15, 1997.
7. Information Contact.
Inquiries concerning this Bulletin may be addressed to John Burnim,
International Affairs Division, Office of Management and Budget
(telephone (202) 395-4848).
Franklin D. Raines
ASSISTANCE ACT OF 1961, AS AMENDED (22 U.S.C. 2226)
"Section 306(b) (1)
The President shall submit semiannual reports to the Congress listing
all voluntary contributions by the United States government to international
organizations. One of the semiannual reports shall be submitted
no later than July 1 and shall list all contributions made during
the first six months of the then current fiscal year. The other
semiannual report shall be submitted no later than January 1 and
shall list all contributions made during the last six months of
the preceding fiscal year. Each such report shall specify the government
agency making the voluntary contribution, the international organization
to which the contribution was made, the amount and form of the contribution,
and the purpose of the contribution. Contributions shall be listed
on both an agency-by-agency basis and an organization-by-organization
(2) In order to facilitate
the preparation of the reports required by paragraph (1), the head
of any Government agency which makes a voluntary contribution to
any international organization shall promptly report that contribution
to the Director of the Office of Management and Budget.
(3) As used in this
subsection, the term "contribution" means any contribution of
any kind, including the furnishing of funds or other financial
support, services of any kind (including the use of experts or
other personnel), or commodities, equipment, supplies, or other
ON PREPARING INFORMATION ON VOLUNTARY
CONTRIBUTIONS TO INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS
Information on voluntary
contributions to international organizations will be prepared on
8 ½" X 11" paper, as described below.
Enter the name of the
agency making the contribution, the name of the international organization
receiving the contribution, and the six month period for which contributions
are being reported, as indicated in the Exhibit. Information will
be entered in each column as indicated below:
Enter the title of the appropriation or fund account that financed
Enter the amount of each contribution. Amounts for cash contributions
will be outlays. The value of in kind contributions (services,
commodities, equipment, supplies, or other material.) will be
the cost to the agency of providing the services or goods. The
value of in kind contributions should be determined by the contributing
Enter the form of each contribution made to the international
organization during each reporting period. The form should be
one or more of the following:
a. financial support
Enter the primary purpose for which the contribution was made.
Make the explanation brief. Do not provide attachments.
TO INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS
($ in thousands)