The President shall receive in full for his services during the term for which he shall have been elected compensation in the aggregate amount of $400,000 a year, to be paid monthly, and in addition an expense allowance of $50,000 to assist in defraying expenses relating to or resulting from the discharge of his official duties. Any unused amount of such expense allowance shall revert to the Treasury pursuant to section
of title 31, United States Code. No amount of such expense allowance shall be included in the gross income of the President. He shall be entitled also to the use of the furniture and other effects belonging to the United States and kept in the Executive Residence at the White House. 1552 Cite as 3 U.S.C. § 102 Source: June 25, 1948, ch. 644, 62 Stat. 678; Jan. 19, 1949, ch. 2, §1(a), 63 Stat. 4; Oct. 20, 1951, ch. 521, title VI, §619(a), 65 Stat. 569; Pub. L. 91-1, §1, Jan. 17, 1969, 83 Stat. 3; Pub. L. 95-570, §5(a), Nov. 2, 1978, 92 Stat. 2450; Pub. L. , 106-58 title VI, § 644 (a), Sept. 29, , 113 Stat. 478; 1999 Pub. L. , 108-199 div. F, title III, § 301 , Jan. 23, , 118 Stat. 326. 2004 Notes from the Office of Law Revision Counsel current through 6/21/2017 AMENDMENTS 2004- Pub. L. substituted ". Any unused amount of such expense allowance shall revert to the Treasury pursuant to section 108-199 of title 31, United States Code. No amount of such expense allowance shall be included in the gross income of the President." for ", for which expense allowance no accounting, other than for income tax purposes, shall be made by him." 1552 1999- Pub. L. substituted "$400,000" for "$200,000". 106-58 1978- Pub. L. substituted "Executive Residence at the White House" for "Executive Mansion". 95-570 1969- Pub. L. substituted "$200,000" for "$100,000". 91-1 1951-Act Oct. 20, 1951, made President's expense allowance taxable. 1949-Act Jan. 19, 1949, increased salary from $75,000 to $100,000 per year, and gave President a yearly expense account of $50,000 for which he was to make no accounting and which was tax free. EFFECTIVE DATE OF 1999 AMENDMENT Pub. L. , 106-58 title VI, § 644 (b), Sept. 29, , 113 Stat. 478, provided that: "The amendment made by this section [amending this section] shall take effect at noon on January 20, 2001." 1999 EFFECTIVE DATE OF 1978 AMENDMENT
Pub. L. 95-570, §6(a), Nov. 2, 1978, 92 Stat. 2451, provided that: "The amendments made by this Act [enacting sections
, 107 , 108 , 112 , and 113 of this title, amending sections 114 , 102 , 103 , 105 , 106 , 109 , and 202 of this title, repealing section 110 of this title, and enacting provisions set out as a note under section 107 of this title] shall apply to any fiscal year which begins on or after October 1, 1978." 107 EFFECTIVE DATE OF 1969 AMENDMENT
Pub. L. 91-1, §2, Jan. 17, 1969, 83 Stat. 3, provided that: "The amendment made by this Act [amending this section] shall take effect at noon on January 20, 1969."
EFFECTIVE DATE OF 1951 AMENDMENT
Act Oct. 20, 1951, ch. 521, title VI, §619(e), 65 Stat. 570, provided that: "The amendments made by subsections (a) and (b) of this section [amending this section and section
of this title] shall become effective at noon on January 20, 1953, and the amendments made by subsections (c) and (d) [amending sections 111 and 31a of Title 2, The Congress] shall become effective at noon on January 3, 1953." 5121 EFFECTIVE DATE OF 1949 AMENDMENT
Amendment by act Jan. 19, 1949, effective noon, Jan. 19, 1949, see section 3 of that act.
AUTHORIZATION OF TRANSITION ACTIVITIES BY THE INCUMBENT ADMINISTRATION
Pub. L. 111-283, §3, Oct. 15, 2010, 124 Stat. 3048, which authorized certain types of actions to be taken by the President to facilitate an efficient transfer of power to a successor President and required reports on such actions taken, was repealed by
Pub. L. , 114-136 § 2 (c)(1), Mar. 18, , 130 Stat. 305. 2016 DISCLOSURE OF IN-KIND CONTRIBUTIONS TO 1988-1989 TRANSITION
Pub. L. 100-398, §5, Aug. 17, 1988, 102 Stat. 987, provided that:
"(a) DISCLOSURE AS CONDITION OF RECEIPT OF FUNDS.-The President-elect and Vice-President-elect (as a condition for receiving services under section 3 and for funds provided under section 6(a)(1) of the Presidential Transition Act of 1963 [
Pub. L. ] ( 88-277 3 U.S.C. note) shall provide an estimate to the Administrator of General Services of the aggregate value of in-kind contributions made during the period beginning on November 9, 1988, through January 20, 1989, received for transition activities for- 102
"(2) hotel and other accommodations;
"(3) suitable office space; and
"(4) furniture, furnishings, office machines and equipment, and office supplies.
"(b) FORM AND AVAILABILITY OF ESTIMATES.-The estimates made under subsection (a) shall be-
"(1) in the form of a report to the Administrator of General Services within 90 days after January 20, 1989; and
"(2) made available to the public by the Administrator upon receipt by the Administrator."
PRESIDENTIAL TRANSITION ACT OF 1963
Pub. L. 88-277, Mar. 7, 1964, 78 Stat. 153, as amended by Pub. L. 94-499, §§1, 2, Oct. 14, 1976, 90 Stat. 2380; Pub. L. 100-398, §§2(a), 3, 4, Aug. 17, 1988, 102 Stat. 985, 986;
Pub. L. , 106-293 § 2 , Oct. 12, , 114 Stat. 1035; 2000 Pub. L. , 108-271 § 8 (b), July 7, , 118 Stat. 814; 2004 Pub. L. , 108-458 title VII, § 7601 (a), Dec. 17, , 118 Stat. 3856; Pub. L. 111-283, §2(a), (b), (d), Oct. 15, 2010, 124 Stat. 3045, 3047, 3048; Pub. L. 114-136, 2004 § 2 (a), (b), (c) (2), Mar. 18, 2016, 130 Stat. 301, 304, 305, provided: "That this Act may be cited as the 'Presidential Transition Act of 1963.' "PURPOSE OF THIS ACT
"SEC. 2. The Congress declares it to be the purpose of this Act to promote the orderly transfer of the executive power in connection with the expiration of the term of office of a President and the inauguration of a new President. The national interest requires that such transitions in the office of President be accomplished so as to assure continuity in the faithful execution of the laws and in the conduct of the affairs of the Federal Government, both domestic and foreign. Any disruption occasioned by the transfer of the executive power could produce results detrimental to the safety and well-being of the United States and its people. Accordingly, it is the intent of the Congress that appropriate actions be authorized and taken to avoid or minimize any disruption. In addition to the specific provisions contained in this Act directed toward that purpose, it is the intent of the Congress that all officers of the Government so conduct the affairs of the Government for which they exercise responsibility and authority as (1) to be mindful of problems occasioned by transitions in the office of President, (2) to take appropriate lawful steps to avoid or minimize disruptions that might be occasioned by the transfer of the executive power, and (3) otherwise to promote orderly transitions in the office of President.
"SERVICES AND FACILITIES AUTHORIZED TO BE PROVIDED TO PRESIDENTS-ELECT AND VICE-PRESIDENTS-ELECT
"SEC. 3. (a) The Administrator of General Services, referred to hereafter in this Act as 'the Administrator,' is authorized to provide, upon request, to each President-elect and each Vice-President-elect, for use in connection with his preparations for the assumption of official duties as President or Vice President necessary services and facilities, including the following:
"(1) Suitable office space appropriately equipped with furniture, furnishings, office machines and equipment, and office supplies, as determined by the Administrator, after consultation with the President-elect, the Vice-President-elect, or their designee provided for in subsection (e) of this section, at such place or places within the United States as the President-elect or Vice-President-elect shall designate.
"(2) Payment of the compensation of members of office staffs designated by the President-elect or Vice-President-elect at rates determined by them not to exceed the rate provided by the Classification Act of 1949, as amended [chapter 51 and subchapter III of chapter 53 of title 5], for grade GS-18: Provided, That any employee of any agency of any branch of the Government may be detailed to such staffs on a reimbursable basis with the consent of the head of the agency; and while so detailed such employee shall be responsible only to the President-elect or Vice-President-elect for the performance of his duties: Provided further, That any employee so detailed shall continue to receive the compensation provided pursuant to law for his regular employment, and shall retain the rights and privileges of such employment without interruption. Notwithstanding any other law, persons receiving compensation as members of office staffs under this subsection, other than those detailed from agencies, shall not be held or considered to be employees of the Federal Government except for purposes of the Civil Service Retirement Act [section 8301 et seq. of title 5], the Federal Employees' Compensation Act [section 8501 et seq. of title 5], the Federal Employees' Group Life Insurance Act of 1954 [section 8701 et seq. of title 5], and the Federal Employees Health Benefits Act of 1959 [section 8901 et seq. of title 5].
"(3) Payment of expenses for the procurement of services of experts or consultants or organizations thereof for the President-elect or Vice-President-elect, as authorized for the head of any department by section 15 of the Administrative Expenses Act of 1946, as amended ( 5 U.S.C. 55a ) [section 3109 of title 5].
"(4)(A) Payment of travel expenses and subsistence allowances, including rental of Government or hired motor vehicles, found necessary by the President-elect or Vice-President-elect, as authorized for persons employed intermittently or for persons serving without compensation by section 5 of the Administrative Expenses Act of 1946, as amended ( 5 U.S.C. 73b-2 ) [section 5703 of title 5], as may be appropriate;