2 USC 31 - Sec. 31b-5. Staff assistance to former Speaker for administration, etc., of matters pertaining to incumbency in office as Representative and Speaker; compensation and status of staff
In order to provide staff assistance to the Speaker in connection with the administration, settlement, and conclusion of matters pertaining to or arising out of his incumbency in office as a Representative in Congress and as Speaker of the House of Representatives, the contingent fund of the House is hereby made available, for as long as he determines there is need therefor, commencing at the expiration of the term of office of the Speaker as a Representative in Congress for payment of the salaries of an Administrative Assistant, who shall be paid at a basic per annum rate of not to exceed the then current rate for step 5 of level 11 of the House Employees Schedule, as determined by the Speaker, a Secretary, who shall be paid at a basic per annum rate of not to exceed the then current rate for step 9 of level 8 of such Schedule, as determined by the Speaker, and an additional Secretary, who shall be paid at a gross per annum rate of not to exceed the then current rate for step 1 of level 6 of such Schedule as determined by the Speaker, designated and appointed by the Speaker to serve as members of his office staff in such period. Each person so designated and appointed shall be held and considered, for the duration of such appointment, as - (1) an "employee" for the purposes of subchapter I of chapter 81 (relating to compensation for work injuries) of title 5, and (2) a "congressional employee" within the meaning of section 2107 of title 5, for the purposes of - (A) subchapter III (relating to civil service retirement) of chapter 83 of such title, (B) chapter 87 (relating to Federal employees group life insurance) of such title, and (C) chapter 89 (relating to Federal employees group health insurance) of such title.