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States (or any territory or possession of the United States or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico), including assignments under subchapter VI of chapter 33 of title 5, United States Code (notwithstanding section 3375(a) of such title, if an agreement similar to that required by section 3375(b) of such title is executed by the member of the Service); and
(15) 1 round-trip per year for each child below age 21 of a member of the Service assigned abroad
(A) to visit the member abroad if the child does not regularly reside with the member and the member is not receiving an education allowance or educational travel allowance for the child under section 5924(4) of title 5, United States Code; or
(B) to visit the other parent of the child if the other parent resides in a country other than the country to which the member is assigned and the child regularly resides with the member and does not regularly attend school in
the country in which the other parent resides, except that a payment under this paragraph may not exceed the cost of round-trip travel between the post to which the member is assigned and the port of entry in the contiguous 48 States which is nearest to that post.
SEC. 902.266 LOAN OF HOUSEHOLD EFFECTS.—The Secretary may, as a means of eliminating transportation costs, provide members of the Service with basic household furnishing and equipment for use on a loan basis in personally owned or leased residences.
SEC. 903.267 REQUIRED LEAVE IN THE UNITED STATES.—a) The Secretary may order a member of the Service (other than a member employed under section 311) 268 who is a citizen of the United States to take a leave of absence under section 6305 of title 5, United States Code (without regard to the introductory clause of subsection (a) of that section), upon completion by that member of 18 months of continuous service abroad. The Secretary shall order on such a leave of absence a member of the Service (other than a member employed under section 311) 268 who is a citizen of the United States as soon as possible after completion by that member of 3 years of continuous service abroad.
(b) Leave ordered under this section may be taken in the United States, its territories and possessions, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.
(c) While on a leave of absence ordered under this section, the services of any member of the Service shall be available for such work or duties in the Department or elsewhere as the Secretary may prescribe, but the time of such work or duties shall not be counted as leave.
SEC. 904.269 HEALTH CARE.- (a) The Secretary of State shall establish a health care program to promote and maintain the physical and mental health of members of the Service, and (when incident to service abroad) other designated eligible Government employees, and members of the families of such members and employees.
206 22 U.S.C. 4082. 287 22 U.S.C. 4083.
288 Sec. 180(aX8) of the Foreign Relations Authorization Act, Fiscal Years 1994 and 1995 (Pub lic Law 103-236; 108 Stat. 416), inserted "other than a member employed under section 311)* after "member of the Service" at each point it appears in sec. 903(a).
360 22 U.S.C. 4084. Sec. 122 of Public Law 99--93 (99 Stat. 405) amended subsection (a), by striking out “may” and inserting in lieu thereof "shall”; and subsection (b), by inserting , and
(b) Any such health care program may include (1) medical examinations for applicants for employment, (2) medical examinations and inoculations or vaccinations, and other preventive and remedial care and services as necessary, for members of the Service and employees of the Department who are citizens of the United States and for members of their families, and (3) examinations necessary in order to establish disability or incapacity of participants in the Foreign Service Retirement and Disability System or Foreign Serv. ice Pension System 270 or to provide survivor benefits under chapter 8.
(c) The Secretary of State may establish health care facilities and provide for the services of physicians, nurses, or other health care personnel at Foreign Service posts abroad at which, in the opinion of the Secretary of State, a sufficient number of Government employees are assigned to warrant such facilities or services.
(d) If an individual eligible for health care under this section incurs an illness, injury, or medical condition which requires treatment while assigned to a post abroad located overseas pursuant to Government authorization, the Secretary may pay the cost of such treatment.
(e) Health care may be provided under this section to a member of the Service or other designated eligible Government employee after the separation of such member or employee from Government service. Health care may be provided under this section to a member of the family of a member of the Service or of a designated eligible Government employee after the separation from Government service or the death of such member of the Service or employee or after dissolution of the marriage.
(f) The Secretary of State shall review on a continuing basis the health care program provided for in this section. Whenever the Secretary of State determines that all or any part of such program can be provided for as well and as cheaply in other ways, the Secretary may, for such individuals, locations, and conditions as the Secretary of State deems appropriate, contract for health care pursuant to such arrangements as the Secretary deems appropriate.
SEC. 905.271 REPRESENTATION EXPENSES.-Notwithstanding section 5536 of title 5, United States Code, the Secretary may provide for official receptions and may pay entertainment and representational expenses (including expenses of family members) to enable the Department and the Service to provide for the proper representation of the United States and its interests. In carrying out this
other preventive and remedial care and services as necessary," after Inoculations or vaccinations"; and by amending subsection (d) which previously read as follows:
"d) If an individual eligible for health care under this section incurs an illness, injury, or medical condition while abroad which requires hospitalization or similar treatment, the Secretary may pay all or part of the cost of such treatment. Limitations on such payments established by regulation may be waived whenever the Secretary determines that the illness, injury, or medical condition clearly was caused or materially aggravated by the fact that the individual concerned is or has been located abroad."
270 Sec. 243 of Public Law 100-238 (101 Stat. 1776) inserted "Foreign Service Pension System" 771 22 U.S.C. 4085.
section, the Secretary shall, to the maximum extent practicable, provide for the use of United States products, including American wine.
Sec. 906.272 ENTITLEMENT TO VOTE IN A STATE IN A FEDERAL ELECTION.—a) Except as provided in subsection (b) and in such manner as shall be otherwise authorized by a State or other jurisdiction within the territory of the United States, a member of the Service residing outside the United States shall, in addition to any entitlement to vote in a State in a Federal election under section 3 of the Overseas Citizens Voting Rights Act (42 U.S.C. 1973dd1), be entitled to vote in a Federal election in the State in which such member was last domiciled immediately before entering the Service if such member
(1) makes an election of that State;
(2) notifies that State of such election and notifies any other States in which he or she is entitled to vote of such election; and
(3) otherwise meets the requirements of such Act. (b) The provisions of subsection (a) shall apply only to an individual who becomes a member of the Service on or after the date of enactment of this section and shall not apply to an individual who registers to vote in a State in which he is entitled to vote under section 3 of Overseas Citizens Voting Rights Act.
CHAPTER 10–LABOR-MANAGEMENT RELATIONS SEC. 1001.273 LABOR-MANAGEMENT POLICY.—The Congress finds that
(1) experience in both private and public employment indicates that the statutory protection of the right of workers to organize, bargain collectively, and participate through labor organizations of their own choosing in decisions which affect them
(A) safeguards the public interest,
(B) contributes to the effective conduct of public business, and
(C) facilitates and encourages the amicable settlement of disputes between workers and their employers involving
conditions of employment; (2) the public interest demands the highest standards of performance by members of the Service and the continuous development and implementation of modern and progressive work practices to facilitate improved performance and efficiency; and
(3) the unique conditions of Foreign Service employment require a distinct framework for the development and implementation of modern, constructive, and cooperative relationships between management officials and organizations representing
members of the Service. Therefore, labor organizations and collective bargaining in the Service are in the public interest and are consistent with the requirement of an effective and efficient Government. The provisions of this chapter should be interpreted in a manner consistent with the requirement of an effective and efficient Government. SEC. 1002.274 DEFINITIONS.—As used in this chapter, the term
272 22 U.S.C. 4086. Sec. 129(a) of the Department of State Authorization Act, Fiscal Years 1984 and 1985 (Public Law 98–164; 97 Stat. 1027) added sec. 906.
273 22 U.S.C. 4101.
(1) "Authority” means the Federal Labor Relations Authority, described in section 7104(a) of title 5, United States Code;
(2) "Board” means the Foreign Service Labor Relations Board, established by section 1006(a);
(3) "collective bargaining" means the performance of the mutual obligation of the management representative of the Department and of the exclusive representative of employees to meet at reasonable times and to consult and bargain in a goodfaith effort to reach agreement with respect to the conditions of employment affecting employees, and to execute, if requested by either party, a written document incorporating any collective bargaining agreement reached, but this obligation does not compel either party to agree to a proposal or to make a concession;
(4) "collective bargaining agreement” means an agreement entered into as a result of collective bargaining under the provisions of this chapter;
(5) "conditions of employment” means personnel policies, practices, and matters, whether established by regulation or otherwise, affecting working conditions, but does not include policies, practices, and matters
(A) relating to political activities prohibited abroad or prohibited under subchapter III of chapter 73 of title 5, United States Code;
(B) relating to the designation or classification of any position under section 501;
(C) to the extent such matters are specifically provided for by Federal statute; or
(D) relating to Government-wide or multiagency responsibility of the Secretary affecting the rights, benefits, or obligations of individuals employed in agencies other than those which are authorized to utilize the Foreign Service
(7) "dues” means dues, fees, and assessments;
(A) a member of the Service who is a citizen of the United States, wherever serving, other than a management of ficial, a confidential employee, a consular agent, a member of the Service who is a United States citizen (other than a family member) employed under section 311,275 or any individual who participates in a strike in violation of section 7311 of title 5, United States Code; or
774 22 U.S.C.4102
276 Sec 180(a X9, of the Foreign Relations Authorization Act, Fiscal Year 1994 and 1995 (Pub hic Law 103-236; 108 Slat. 416), inserted a member of the Service who is a United States citizen (other than a samiy member) employed under section 311," aller "a consular agent,".
(B) a former member of the Service as described in subparagraph (A) whose employment has ceased because of an unfair labor practice under section 1015 and who has not obtained any other regular and substantially equivalent employment, as determined under regulations prescribed by the Board; (9) "exclusive representative" means any labor organization which is certified as the exclusive representative of employees under section 1011;
(10) "General Counsel” means the General Counsel of the Authority;
(11) “labor organization” means an organization composed in whole or in part of employees, in which employees participate and pay dues, and which has as a purpose dealing with the Department concerning grievances (as defined in section 1101) and conditions of employment, but does not include
(A) an organization which, by its constitution, bylaws, tacit agreement among its members, or otherwise, denies membership because of race, color, creed, national origin, sex, age, preferential or nonpreferential civil service status, political affiliation, marital status, or handicapping condition;
(B) an organization which advocates the overthrow of the constitutional form of government of the United States;
(C) an organization sponsored by the Department; or
(D) an organization which participates in the conduct of a strike against the Government or any agency thereof or imposes a duty or obligation to conduct, assist, or partici
pate in such a strike;
(A) is a chief of mission or principal officer;
(B) is serving in a position to which appointed by the President, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, or by the President alone;
(C) occupies a position which in the sole judgment of the Secretary is of comparable importance to the offices mentioned in subparagraph (A) or (B);
(D) is serving as a deputy to any individual described by subparagraph (A), (B), or (C);
(E) is assigned to carry out functions of the Inspector General of the Department of State and the Foreign Seryice under section 209; or
(F) is engaged in the administration of this chapter or in the formulation of the personnel policies and programs of
the Department; (13) “Panel” means the Foreign Service Impasse Disputes Panel, established by section 1010(a); and
(14) “person” means an individual, a labor organization, or an agency to which this chapter applies. SEC. 1003.276 APPLICATION.- (a) This chapter applies only with respect to the Department of State, the United States Information
276 22 U.S.C. 4103.