PUBLIC LAW 95-391—SEPT. 30, 1978 Senator) shall be paid from the contingent fund of the Senate. Effective October 1, 1979, amounts required to be so deposited with respect to any individual who is an officer or employee of the Senate (including an employee in the office of a Senator) on September 30, 1979, shall be paid from the contingent fund of the Senate so long as the individual serves continuously as an officer or employee of the Senate. SEC. 108. (a) Section 506 of the Supplemental Appropriations Act, 1973 (2 U.S.C. 58), is amended by redesignating subsections (h) through (j) as subsections (i) through (k), respectively, and by inserting after subsection (g) the following new subsection: "(h)(1) For purposes of subsections (a) and (e), an individual who is selected by a Senator to serve on a panel or other body to make recommendations for nominees to one or more Federal judgeships or to one or more service academies shall be considered to be an employee in the office of that Senator with respect to travel and official expenses incurred in performing duties as a member of such panel or other body, and shall be reimbursed (A) for actual transportation expenses and per diem expenses (but not exceeding actual travel expenses) incurred while traveling in performing such duties within the Senator's home State or between that State and Washington, District of Columbia, and each of the service academies, (B) for official expenses incurred in performing such duties. For purposes of this subsection and subsection (a), 'official expenses' means expenses of the type for which reimbursement may be made under subsection (a)(9) when such expenses are incurred by or on behalf of a Senator, and, for accounting purposes, such expenses shall be treated as expenses for which reimbursement may be made under subsection (a)(6). _ " (2) The amount of official expenses incurred by individuals selected by a Senator for which reimbursement may be made under this subsection shall not exceed $500 each calendar year, and the total amount of expenses incurred by such individuals for which reimbursement may be made under this subsection shall not exceed $3,000 each calendar year.". (b) The amendment made by subsection (a) shall take effect on January 1, 1978. SEC. 109. (a) Effective with the fiscal year beginning October 1, 1978, and each fiscal year thereafter, the appropriations for "OFFICE
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Effective date. 2 USC 58 note,. Merit compensation. OF THE SECRETARY" and "OFFICE OF SERGEANT AT ARMS AND DOORKEEPER" 2 USC 60J-3. under the heading "SALARIES, OFFICERS, and EMPLOYEES" shall be avail-
able for the payment of additional annual compensation (hereinafter referred to as "merit compensation") to employees rated as outstanding and exceptional by the Secretary of the Senate and Sergeant at Arms and Doorkeeper, respectively. (b) Subject to the provisions of subsections (c) and (d), each fiscal year, the Secretary of the Senate may authorize merit compensation for not to exceed 8 employees of his Office and the Sergeant at Arms and Doorkeeper may authorize merit compensation for not to exceed 18 employees of his Office. Each such authorization shall continue in effect until it is terminated or changed by the Secretary of the Senate or the Sergeant at Arms and Doorkeeper, as the case may be. (c) No employee shall be eligible to receive merit compensation unless such employee has occupied the same position for at least two years and is being compensated at the maximum annual salary for the position so occupied, except that, in the discretion of the Secretary of the Senate or the Sergeant at Arms and Doorkeeper, as the case