112 STAT. 2681-705 PUBLIC LAW 105-277—OCT. 21, 1998 (c) NOTIFICATION REQUIREMENT. —Before the export of any item authorized for transfer under subsection (a), the Administrator shall provide written notice to the Committee on Foreign Relations of the Senate and the Committee on International Relations of the House of Representatives in accordance with the procedures applicable to reprogramming notifications under section 634A of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 (22 U.S.C. 2394-1). (d) SENSE OF CONGRESS.—It is the sense of Congress that— (1) all United States law enforcement personnel serving in Mexico should be accredited the same status under the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Immunity as other diplomatic personnel serving at United States posts in Mexico; and (2) all Mexican narcotics law enforcement personnel serving in the United States should be accorded the same diplomatic status as Drug Enforcement Administration personnel serving in Mexico. Subtitle E—Enhanced Drug Transit and Source Zone Law Enforcement Operations and Equipment SEC. 851. DOJCREASED FUNDING FOR OPERATIONS AND EQUIPMENT; REPORT. (a) DRUG ENFORCEMENT ADMINISTRATION. —Funds are authorized to be appropriated for the Drug Enforcement Administration for fiscal years 1999, 2000, and 2001 for enhancement of countemarcotic operations in drug transit and source countries in the total amount of $58,900,000 which shall be available for the following purposes: (1) For support of the Merlin program. (2) For support of the intercept program. (3) For support of the development and implementation of automation systems to support investigative and intelligence requirements. (4) For support of the Caribbean Initiative. (5) For the hire of special agents, administrative and investigative support personnel, and intelligence analysts for the support of overseas investigations. (b) DEPARTMENT OF STATE. —Funds are authorized to be appropriated for the Department of State for fiscal year 1999, 2000, and 2001 for the deployment of commercial unclassified intelligence and imaging data and a Passive Coherent Location System for countemarcotics and interdiction purposes in the Western Hemisphere, the total amount of $20,000,000. (c) DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY. —Funds are authorized to be appropriated for the United States Customs Service for fiscal years 1999, 2000, and 2001 for enhancement of countemarcotic operations in drug transit and source countries in the total amount of $71,500,000 which shall be available for the following purposes: (1) For refurbishment of up to 30 interceptor and Blue Water Platform vessels in the Caribbean maritime fleet. (2) For purchase of up to 9 new interceptor vessels in the Caribbean maritime fleet. (3) For the hire and training of up to 25 special agents for maritime operations in the Caribbean. (4) For purchase of up to 60 automotive vehicles for ground use in South Florida.