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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 8,000 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.

These 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:

  • 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 (i.e., those positions which may be filled by a career, non-career, or limited appointment)
  • 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 confidential or policy-determining positions at the GS-14 and above level excepted from the competitive civil service by law because of the confidential or policy-determining nature of the position duties
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Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States, Harry S. Truman, 1949: Containing the Public Messages, Speeches, and Statements of the President, January 1 to December 31, 1949
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Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States, Harry S. Truman, 1949: Containing the Public Messages, Speeches, and Statements of the President, January 1 to December 31, 1949

Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States, Harry S. Truman, 1949: Containing the Public Messages, Speeches, and Statements of the President, January 1 to December 31, 1949

Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States, Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1960-61: Containing the Public Messages, Speeches, and Statements of the President, January 1, 1960 to January 20, 1961
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Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States, Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1960-61: Containing the Public Messages, Speeches, and Statements of the President, January 1, 1960 to January 20, 1961

Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States, Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1960-61: Containing the Public Messages, Speeches, and Statements of the President, January 1, 1960 to January 20, 1961

Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States, Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1959: Containing the Public Messages, Speeches, and Statements of the President, January 1 to December 31, 1959
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Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States, Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1959: Containing the Public Messages, Speeches, and Statements of the President, January 1 to December 31, 1959

Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States, Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1959: Containing the Public Messages, Speeches, and Statements of the President, January 1 to December 31, 1959

Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States, Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1957: Containing the Public Messages, Speeches, and Statements of the President, January 1 to December 31, 1957
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Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States, Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1957: Containing the Public Messages, Speeches, and Statements of the President, January 1 to December 31, 1957

Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States, Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1957: Containing the Public Messages, Speeches, and Statements of the President, January 1 to December 31, 1957

Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States, Harry S. Truman, 1952-53: Containing the Public Messages, Speeches, and Statements of the President, January 1, 1952 to January 20, 1953
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Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States, Harry S. Truman, 1952-53: Containing the Public Messages, Speeches, and Statements of the President, January 1, 1952 to January 20, 1953

Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States, Harry S. Truman, 1952-53: Containing the Public Messages, Speeches, and Statements of the President, January 1, 1952 to January 20, 1953

Salerno: American Operations From the Beaches to the Volturno, 9 September - 6 October 1943
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Salerno: American Operations From the Beaches to the Volturno, 9 September - 6 October 1943

Salerno: American Operations From the Beaches to the Volturno, 9 September - 6 October 1943

Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States, William J. Clinton, 1997, Book 1, January 1 to June 30, 1997
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Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States, William J. Clinton, 1997, Book 1, January 1 to June 30, 1997

Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States, William J. Clinton, 1997, Book 1, January 1 to June 30, 1997

United States Army in World War 2, Technical Services, Corps of Engineers, The War Against Japan (Hardcover)
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United States Army in World War 2, Technical Services, Corps of Engineers, The War Against Japan (Hardcover)

United States Army in World War 2, Technical Services, Corps of Engineers, The War Against Japan (Hardcover)

Maneuver and Firepower: The Evolution of Divisions and Separate Brigades (Cloth Edition)
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Maneuver and Firepower: The Evolution of Divisions and Separate Brigades (Cloth Edition)

Maneuver and Firepower: The Evolution of Divisions and Separate Brigades (Cloth Edition)

Military Intelligence (Cloth Edition)
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Military Intelligence (Cloth Edition)

Military Intelligence (Cloth Edition)

United States Reports, V. 515, Cases Adjudged in the Supreme Court at October Term, 1994, May 30 Through September 29, 1995 Together With Opinions of Individual Justices in Chambers, End of Term
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United States Reports, V. 515, Cases Adjudged in the Supreme Court at October Term, 1994, May 30 Through September 29, 1995 Together With Opinions of Individual Justices in Chambers, End of Term

United States Reports, V. 515, Cases Adjudged in the Supreme Court at October Term, 1994, May 30 Through September 29, 1995 Together With Opinions of Individual Justices in Chambers, End of Term

Jefferson Memorial: Interpretive Guide to Thomas Jefferson Memorial, District of Columbia
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Jefferson Memorial: Interpretive Guide to Thomas Jefferson Memorial, District of Columbia

Jefferson Memorial: Interpretive Guide to Thomas Jefferson Memorial, District of Columbia

Undersea Warfare: The Official Magazine of the United States Submarine Force
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Undersea Warfare: The Official Magazine of the United States Submarine Force

Undersea Warfare: The Official Magazine of the United States Submarine Force

Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States, William J. Clinton, 1996, Book 2, July 1 to December 31, 1996
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Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States, William J. Clinton, 1996, Book 2, July 1 to December 31, 1996

Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States, William J. Clinton, 1996, Book 2, July 1 to December 31, 1996

Handbook of North American Indians, V. 12, Plateau
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Handbook of North American Indians, V. 12, Plateau

Handbook of North American Indians, V. 12, Plateau

Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century: Conference Report to Accompany H.R. 2400, May 22, 1998
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Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century: Conference Report to Accompany H.R. 2400, May 22, 1998

Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century: Conference Report to Accompany H.R. 2400, May 22, 1998

Operations Desert Shield/Desert Storm, 7 August 1990 to 28 February 1991 (Poster)
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Operations Desert Shield/Desert Storm, 7 August 1990 to 28 February 1991 (Poster)

Operations Desert Shield/Desert Storm, 7 August 1990 to 28 February 1991 (Poster)

United States Army Counterinsurgency and Contingency Operations Doctrine, 1860-1941
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United States Army Counterinsurgency and Contingency Operations Doctrine, 1860-1941

United States Army Counterinsurgency and Contingency Operations Doctrine, 1860-1941

Environmental Administrative Decisions: Decisions of the United States Environmental Protection Agency, V. 6, May 1995 to March 1997
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Environmental Administrative Decisions: Decisions of the United States Environmental Protection Agency, V. 6, May 1995 to March 1997

Environmental Administrative Decisions: Decisions of the United States Environmental Protection Agency, V. 6, May 1995 to March 1997

Forts of Old San Juan: San Juan National Historic Site, Puerto Rico
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Forts of Old San Juan: San Juan National Historic Site, Puerto Rico

Forts of Old San Juan: San Juan National Historic Site, Puerto Rico

Current Population Reports Series: Population Characteristics; Special Studies; and Consumer Income
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Current Population Reports Series: Population Characteristics; Special Studies; and Consumer Income

Current Population Reports Series: Population Characteristics; Special Studies; and Consumer Income

National Labor Relations Board Casehandling Manual, (Pt 3): Compliance Proceedings, September 1993
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National Labor Relations Board Casehandling Manual, (Pt 3): Compliance Proceedings, September 1993

National Labor Relations Board Casehandling Manual, (Pt 3): Compliance Proceedings, September 1993

Role of Federal Military Forces in Domestic Disorders, 1877-1945
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Role of Federal Military Forces in Domestic Disorders, 1877-1945

Role of Federal Military Forces in Domestic Disorders, 1877-1945

Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States, William J. Clinton, 1995, Bk. 2, July 1 to December 31, 1995
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Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States, William J. Clinton, 1995, Bk. 2, July 1 to December 31, 1995

Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States, William J. Clinton, 1995, Bk. 2, July 1 to December 31, 1995

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