(a) In generalThe Under Secretary for Science shall have the authority to—
make appointments of not more than 60 scientific, engineering, and professional personnel, without regard to civil service laws, to assist the Department in meeting specific project or research needs;
(3) pay any employee appointed under this section payments in addition to basic pay, except that the total amount of additional payments paid to an employee under this subsection for any 12-month period shall not exceed the lesser of the following amounts:
The amount of the limitation that is applicable for a calendar year under section 5307(a)(1) of title 5.
(1) In general
The term of any employee appointed under this section shall not exceed 3 years unless otherwise authorized in law.