The Open World Leadership Center received funding to continue its activities and was authorized to expand to any other country as designated by the Open World Board of Trustees through Public Law 108-447, the Consolidated Appropriations Act 2005, which was signed into law on December 8, 2004.
The Center for Russian Leadership Development received funding in support of its activities through Public Law 107-68, the Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2002, which was signed into law on November 12, 2001.
The Center for Russian Leadership Development was established in Public Law 106-554 in December 2000 for the purpose of enabling emerging leaders of Russia to gain significant, firsthand exposure to the American system of democracy through visits to governments and communities in the United States.
Russian Leadership Program Open World 2000 received its funding in Public Law 106-113, commonly referred to as the Consolidated Appropriations Act for FY2000, which became public law on November 29, 1999.
The Library of Congress Russian Leadership Program Open World 1999 was authorized by the United States Congress (Public Law 106-31) in May 1999 to promote mutual understanding among U.S. and Russian public policy decision makers, political leaders, and citizens.