Hot Doc: The Plum Book

New edition: United States Government Policy and Supporting Positions, aka Plum Book

The 2008 edition of the United States Government Policy and Supporting Positions, commonly known as the Plum Book, is now available from the U.S. Government Printing Office.

Alternately prepared after each Presidential election by the Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs and the House Committee on Government Reform, the Plum Book provides comprehensive information on thousands of Federal civil service leadership and support positions in the legislative and executive branches of the Federal  government that may be subject to noncompetitive appointment, nationwide. It provides a current list of data, which includes the following major categories of positions:

*  Executive Schedule and salary-equivalent positions paid at the rates
established for levels I through V of the Executive Schedule;
*  Senior Executive service “General” positions;
*  Senior Foreign Service positions;
*  Schedule C positions excepted from the competitive service by the
President, or by the Director, Office of Personnel Management, because
of the confidential or policy-determining nature of the position duties;
*  Other positions at the GS-14 and above level excepted from the
competitive service by law because of the confidential or
policy-determining nature of the position duties.

The Plum Book also provides information on SES appointments. Additionally, appendices provide information on the positions listed and the Federal salary schedules under which they are paid.

The digital version is available on GPO Access at
http://www.gpoaccess.gov/plumbook/2008/index.html. It has been made available in its entirety, as a single PDF file. GPO has refined the 2008 Plum Book by adding bookmarks to it and optimizing it for the web. The report is also available as a collection of smaller PDFs arranged in a browse table based on the Plum Book’s table of contents. You can download entire chapters, or just information on individual commissions, councils, corporations, departments, offices, etc.

Copies are available for purchase at: http://bookstore.gpo.gov under
S/N: 052-070-07534-1.

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