Read the Trump administration's draft of the executive order on U.S. funding

The Trump administration’s draft of the executive order mandates audits of U.S. funding for international organizations.

Executive Order?Auditing and Reducing U.S. Funding of International Organizations
Auditing and Reducing U.S. Funding of International Organizations

In 2010, the United States gave more than $8.6 billion to various international organizations, a
?gure that has steadily grown each year. The bulk of that money goes to the United Nations and
its agencies received $7.7 billion from the U.S. in 2010). The United States is in fact the United
Nations? largest ?nancial supporter, providing nearly a quarter of its total revenues, and the
American contribution continues to grow annually. This ?nancial commitment is particularly
burdensome given the current ?scal crisis and ballooning budget de?cits and national debt. And
while the United States? ?nancial support for the United Nations is enormous, the United
Nations often pursues an agenda contrary to American interests.

The purpose of the accompanying executive order is to ensure better alignment between United
States national interests and U.S. monetary support to the United Nations and other international
organizations. Speci?cally, the proposed order will help identify and eliminate wasteful and
counterproductive giving. The proposed order would create a committee charged with
identifying areas where U.S. ?nancial contributions can and should be reduced in accordance
with U.S. policy interests, and where existing contributions may be better allocated based on the

Executive Order?Auditing and Reducing U.S. Funding of International Organizations
Auditing and Reducing U.S. Funding of International Organizations

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States
of America, and in order to ensure that U.S. funding of international organizations supports
American priorities, it is hereby ordered as follows:

Section 1. Establishment of International Funding Accountability Committee. There shall be
established an International Funding Accountability Committee (the Committee), which shall
consist of the Secretary of State, the Secretary of Defense, the Attorney General, the Director of
the Of?ce of Management and Budget, the Director of National Intelligence, the Assistant to the
President for National Security Affairs, and the Counsel to the President, or their reSpective

Sec. 2. De?nition. For purposes of this order, the term ?international organization? shall mean
the United Nations, any other international organization with sovereign states as members, and
any other international organization within the diplomatic portfolio of the Bureau of International
Organization Affairs of the Department of State, but it shall not include security organizations or
treaty bodies.

Sec. 3. Duties and Functions of Committee. The Committee shall:

Prepare a comprehensive report of all current and expected U.S. funding designated for
support of the United Nations, its related agencies, and any other international organization. For
each such organization, the report shall include a description of whether the funding is voluntary
or assessed, how the recipient has used such funds during the past eight ?scal years, and how the
organization expects to use them going forward;

The report shall separately identify any organization for which a complete report under
subsection of this order is not practicable because of lack of information made available by
the organization;

Identify the compelling national interest or interests directly advanced by continued funding,
in part or in whole, of each international organization, as well as any international organization
for which continued funding, in part or in whole, would not advance a compelling national

Recommend appropriate strategies to reform international organizations of which the United
States is a member in such a way that the international organizations transition from a funding
mechanism derived from mandatory assessments to one derived from voluntary contributions,
and recommend legislative, regulatory, and administrative mechanisms by which the United
States could selectively fund the speci?c parts of an international organization that align with
US. interests;

Identify international organizations for which the United States funds a disproportionate
share of the organization?s budget, and recommend appropriate strategies to reduce the US.
share or otherwise to end the disparity;

Recommend appropriate strategies to ensure that US. funds contributed to intemational
organizations are used only in a manner consistent with their designated purpose;

g) Recommend appropriate criteria for determining whether the United States shall provide
funding to an international organization, including auditing requirements consistent with
generally accepted accounting standards and transparency requirements about how and where all
funds are used;

Recommend at least a 40 percent overall decrease in the amount of annual funding of
voluntary contributions (not counting funding terminated under section 4 of this order) to
international organizations, whether by reduction or outright termination of current funding;

Make recommendations in accordance with the special issues identi?ed in sections 4 and 5 of
this order;

Perform future reviews as directed by the President; and

Create and maintain a public website detailing the Committee?s accounting of US. funding
to international organizations.

Sec. 3. Special Review of Funding. The Committee shall prepare detailed explanations of how
US. funding, including in?kind contributions, directly or indirectly supports each of the practices
or recipients listed in this section as subsections through Each explanation of an item
shall identify which aspects of that funding advance U.S. policies and which do not, and shall
recommend appropriate strategies, including reallocating funding to alternative practices or
recipients, for limiting funding to objectives that advance U.S. policies. The Committee shall

International peacekeeping operations;

Any dues increase assessed by an international organization;


Compensation for employees of international organizations exceeding compensation for U.S.
civil servants;

Resolutions or sanctions that single out the State of Israel;
The United Nations Population Fund;
The International Criminal Court; and

Development aid (but not humanitarian or security aid) given to countries that oppose
important U.S. policies or that; in general, oppose more than support U.S. policies across the
United Nations system.

See. 4. Speci?c Funding Prohibitions. The Committee shall recommend appropriate strategies
to cease U.S. funding that directly or indirectly supports any of the following:

Any United Nations af?liate or other international organization that grants full membership
to the Palestinian Authority or Palestinian Liberation Organization;

Any United Nations af?liate or other international organization that is controlled or
substantially in?uenced by any state that Sponsors terrorism; persecutes marginalized groups, or
engages in any other systematic violation of human rights;

Any United Nations af?liate or other international organization that circumvents sanctions
against the Democratic People?s Republic of Korea or the Islamic Republic of Iran;

The performance of abortion or sterilization as a method of family planning or the provision
of incentives to motivate or coerce any person to undergo an abortion or sterilization; or

Any activity proscribed by U.S. statute.

Sec. 5. Report. The Committee shall deliver its ?ndings to the President in a report no later than
January I, 2018. For each reduction or termination in international funding proposed, the
Committee shall recommend the speci?c means and legal authority by which the President may
act on the proposal, including recommending any legislation that may be necessary to carry out
the recommendations of the Committee.

Sec. 6. General Provisions. Nothing in this order shall be construed to impair or otherwise

the authority granted by law to an executive department or agency, or the head thereof,
or the status of that department or agency within the Federal Government; or

(ii) the functions of the Director of the Of?ce of Management and Budget relating to
budgetary, administrative, or legislative proposals.

This order shall be implemented consistent with applicable law and subject to the availability
of apprOpriations.

This order is not intended to, and does not, create any right or bene?t, substantive or
procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its
departments, agencies, or entities, its of?cers, employees, or agents, or any other person.