Allowances and Office Staff for Former Presidents, FY2016-FY2018 Appropriations [August 28, 2017] [open pdf - 127KB]
"The Former Presidents Act (FPA), enacted on August 25, 1958 (3 U.S.C. §102 note), 'was designed to 'maintain the dignity' of the office of the President by providing former Presidents--and their spouses--a pension and other benefits to help them respond to post-presidency mail and speaking requests, among other informal public duties often required.' (See CRS Report RL34631, Former Presidents: Pensions, Office Allowances, and Other Federal Benefits.) The General Services Administration (GSA) administers the law. Five former Presidents receive pensions and benefits under the FPA: Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush, William J. Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack H. Obama. According to GSA, 'In January 2017, the program began funding the pension for President Obama, and after July 21, 2017 … [began funding] payroll and benefits of his staff, office space, office furnishings, and other related expenses."
CRS Insight, IN10759
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