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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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Military Review: The Professional Journal of the United States Army
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Military Review: The Professional Journal of the United States Army

Military Review: The Professional Journal of the United States Army

Report of the Commission on Protecting and Reducing Government Secrecy, Pursuant to Public Law 236, 103d Congress
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Report of the Commission on Protecting and Reducing Government Secrecy, Pursuant to Public Law 236, 103d Congress

Report of the Commission on Protecting and Reducing Government Secrecy, Pursuant to Public Law 236, 103d Congress

Handbook of North American Indians, V. 17, Languages
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Handbook of North American Indians, V. 17, Languages

Handbook of North American Indians, V. 17, Languages

The Mobility Forum, Air Mobility Command's Magazine
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The Mobility Forum, Air Mobility Command's Magazine

The Mobility Forum, Air Mobility Command's Magazine

American Defenders of Land, Sea and Sky
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American Defenders of Land, Sea and Sky

American Defenders of Land, Sea and Sky

Supporting the Troops: The United States Army Corps of Engineers in the Persian Gulf War
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Supporting the Troops: The United States Army Corps of Engineers in the Persian Gulf War

Supporting the Troops: The United States Army Corps of Engineers in the Persian Gulf War

Memorial Services in the Congress of the United States and Tributes in Eulogy of Richard M. Nixon, Late a President of the United States
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Memorial Services in the Congress of the United States and Tributes in Eulogy of Richard M. Nixon, Late a President of the United States

Memorial Services in the Congress of the United States and Tributes in Eulogy of Richard M. Nixon, Late a President of the United States

Underground Railroad: Official Map and Guide (Folder)
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Underground Railroad: Official Map and Guide (Folder)

Underground Railroad: Official Map and Guide (Folder)

Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States, William J. Clinton, 1995, Bk. 1, January 1 to June 30, 1995
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Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States, William J. Clinton, 1995, Bk. 1, January 1 to June 30, 1995

Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States, William J. Clinton, 1995, Bk. 1, January 1 to June 30, 1995

Public Affairs: The Military and the Media, 1968-1973 (Paperbound)
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Public Affairs: The Military and the Media, 1968-1973 (Paperbound)

Public Affairs: The Military and the Media, 1968-1973 (Paperbound)

Korea, 1951-1953
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Korea, 1951-1953

Korea, 1951-1953

Physical Activity and Health: A Report of the Surgeon General
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Physical Activity and Health: A Report of the Surgeon General

Physical Activity and Health: A Report of the Surgeon General

Federal Aviation Administration Airworthiness Directives, Bk. 2: Large Aircraft
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Federal Aviation Administration Airworthiness Directives, Bk. 2: Large Aircraft

Federal Aviation Administration Airworthiness Directives, Bk. 2: Large Aircraft

Federal Aviation Administration Airworthiness Directives, Bk. 2: Small Aircraft, Rotorcraft, Gliders, Balloons, and Airships
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Federal Aviation Administration Airworthiness Directives, Bk. 2: Small Airplanes, Rotorcraft, Gliders, Balloons, & Airships

Federal Aviation Administration Airworthiness Directives, Bk. 2: Small Aircraft, Rotorcraft, Gliders, Balloons, and Airships

Environmental Administrative Decisions: Decisions of the United States Environmental Protection Agency, V. 5, January 1994-April 1995
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Environmental Administrative Decisions: Decisions of the United States Environmental Protection Agency, V. 5, January 1994-April 1995

Environmental Administrative Decisions: Decisions of the United States Environmental Protection Agency, V. 5, January 1994-April 1995

Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States, William J. Clinton, 1994, Bk. 2, August 1 to December 31, 1994
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Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States, William J. Clinton, 1994, Bk. 2, August 1 to December 31, 1994

Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States, William J. Clinton, 1994, Bk. 2, August 1 to December 31, 1994

Navy Supply Corps Newsletter
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Navy Supply Corps Newsletter

Navy Supply Corps Newsletter

Hispanic Americans in Congress, 1822-1995 (Paperbound)
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Hispanic Americans in Congress, 1822-1995 (Clothbound)

Hispanic Americans in Congress, 1822-1995 (Paperbound)

Senators of the United States: A Historical Bibliography, a Compilation of Works by and About Members of the United States Senate, 1789-1995
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Senators of the United States: A Historical Bibliography, a Compilation of Works by and About Members of the United States Senate, 1789-1995

Senators of the United States: A Historical Bibliography, a Compilation of Works by and About Members of the United States Senate, 1789-1995

Guide to Research Collections of Former United States Senators, 1789-1995
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Guide to Research Collections of Former United States Senators, 1789-1995

Guide to Research Collections of Former United States Senators, 1789-1995

Denali: Denali National Park and Preserve / Alaska (Poster)
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Denali: Denali National Park and Preserve / Alaska (Poster)

Denali: Denali National Park and Preserve / Alaska (Poster)

Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States, William J. Clinton, 1994, Bk. 1, January 1 to July 31, 1994
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Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States, William J. Clinton, 1994, Bk. 1, January 1 to July 31, 1994

Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States, William J. Clinton, 1994, Bk. 1, January 1 to July 31, 1994

Mud & Guts: A Look at the Common Soldier of the American Revolution
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Mud & Guts: A Look at the Common Soldier of the American Revolution

Mud & Guts: A Look at the Common Soldier of the American Revolution

Joint Force Quarterly: A Professional Military Journal
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Joint Force Quarterly: A Professional Military Journal

Joint Force Quarterly: A Professional Military Journal

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