Congressional Record: September 23, 2002 (House) Page H6422-H6470 CONFERENCE REPORT ON H.R. 1646 Mr. HYDE submitted the following conference report and statement on the bill (H.R. 1646), to authorize appropriations for the Department of State for fiscal years 2002 and 2003, and for other purposes: Conference Report (H. Rept. 107-671) [...] SEC. 205. FOREIGN RELATIONS HISTORICAL SERIES. (a) Annual Reports by the Advisory Committee.--Section 404(d) of the State Department Basic Authorities Act of 1956 (22 U.S.C. 4354(d)) is amended-- (1) by striking "Reporting Requirement.--" and inserting "Annual Reports by the Advisory Committee.--"; and (2) by inserting "and to the Committee on Foreign Relations of the Senate and the Committee on International Relations of the House of Representatives" after "Secretary of State". (b) Annual Reports by the Secretary.--Section 404(e) of the State Department Basic Authorities Act of 1956 (22 U.S.C. 4354(e)) is amended to read as follows: "(e) Annual Reports by the Secretary.-- "(1) In general.--Not later than March 1 of each year, the Secretary shall submit a report to the Committee on Foreign Relations of the Senate and the Committee on International Relations of the House of Representatives on the compliance of the Department of State with the provisions of this title, including-- "(A) the volumes published in the previous calendar year; "(B) the degree to which the Department is not in compliance with the deadline set forth in section 401(c); and "(C) the factors relevant to the inability of the Department to comply with the provisions of this title, including section 401(c). "(2) Form of reports.--Each report required to be submitted by paragraph (1) shall be submitted in unclassified form, together with a classified annex if necessary.". [...] Sec. 205. Foreign relations historical series This provision makes two amendments to increase reporting to Congress on the implementation of Title IV of the State Department Basic Authorities Act, relating to the Foreign Relations of the United States Historical Series. In 1991, Congress enacted Title IV out of concern for the timeliness and historical accuracy of the series, and mandated that it be a "thorough, accurate and reliable documentary record of major U.S. foreign policy decisions and significant U.S. diplomatic activity." Title IV requires, among other things, that the Secretary ensure that volumes in the series be published not more than 30 years after the events recorded. A decade after the law was enacted, the Department remains out of compliance with this provision. These reporting requirements will facilitate oversight by Congress of implementation of Title IV.