Every four years, just after the presidential election, United States Government Policy and Supporting Positions is published. It is commonly known as the "Plum Book" and is alternately published between the House and Senate.The Plum Book is a listing of over 9,000 civil service leadership and support positions (filled and vacant) in the legislative and executive branches of the federal government that may be subject to noncompetitive appointments, or in other words by direct appointment. It is used to identify presidentially appointed positions within the federal government.These "plum" positions include agency heads and their immediate subordinates, policy executives and advisors, and aides who report to these officials. Many positions have duties which support administration policies and programs. The people holding these positions usually have a close and confidential relationship with the agency head or other key officials.Positions in the Plum Book include the following:
The Plum Book is used to identify presidentially appointed positions within the federal government.
The Plum Book is used to identify presidentially appointed positions within the federal government. The list originated in 1952 during the Eisenhower administration.
The Plum Book, is published, alternately, by the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs and the House Committee on Oversight and Reform.