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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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United States Statutes at Large, V. 113, Pts. 1-3
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United States Statutes at Large, V. 113, Pts. 1-3

United States Statutes at Large, V. 113, Pts. 1-3

Handbook of North American Indians, V. 13, Plains, Pt. 1-2 (Two Books)
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Handbook of North American Indians, V. 13, Plains, Pt. 1-2 (Two Books)

Handbook of North American Indians, V. 13, Plains, Pt. 1-2 (Two Books)

Yellowstone: A Natural and Human History, Yellowstone National Park, Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming
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Yellowstone: A Natural and Human History, Yellowstone National Park, Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming

Yellowstone: A Natural and Human History, Yellowstone National Park, Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming

United States Savings Bond Redemption Values: Series EE, Series I, Series E, and Savings Notes
Title:
United States Savings Bond Redemption Values: Series EE, Series I, Series E, and Savings Notes

United States Savings Bond Redemption Values: Series EE, Series I, Series E, and Savings Notes

Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States, William J. Clinton, 1999, Book 2, July 1 to December 31, 1999
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Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States, William J. Clinton, 1999, Book 2, July 1 to December 31, 1999

Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States, William J. Clinton, 1999, Book 2, July 1 to December 31, 1999

Laws Relating to Federal Procurement: (As Amended Through December 31, 2000), May 2001
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Laws Relating to Federal Procurement: (As Amended Through December 31, 2000), May 2001

Laws Relating to Federal Procurement: (As Amended Through December 31, 2000), May 2001

Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001, Conference Report to Accompany H.R. 1836, May 26 (Legislative Day May 25), 2001
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Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001, Conference Report to Accompany H.R. 1836, May 26 (Legislative Day May 25), 2001

Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001, Conference Report to Accompany H.R. 1836, May 26 (Legislative Day May 25), 2001

Federal Court Management Statistics, 2000
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Federal Court Management Statistics, 2000

Federal Court Management Statistics, 2000

Fort Vancouver: Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, Washington
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Fort Vancouver: Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, Washington

Fort Vancouver: Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, Washington

O*Net Version 3.0: Work Importance Locator, User's Guide
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O*Net Version 3.0: Work Importance Locator, User's Guide

O*Net Version 3.0: Work Importance Locator, User's Guide

O*Net Version 3.0: Work Importance Locator, Score Report
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O*Net Version 3.0: Work Importance Locator, Score Report

O*Net Version 3.0: Work Importance Locator, Score Report

Senate Manual, 2001
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Senate Manual, 2001

Senate Manual, 2001

Cultural Landscape Report: Dumbarton Oaks Park, Rock Creek Park,  Pt. 1: Site History, Existing Conditions and Analysis and Evaluation
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Cultural Landscape Report: Dumbarton Oaks Park, Rock Creek Park, Pt. 1: Site History, Existing Conditions and Analysis and Evaluation

Cultural Landscape Report: Dumbarton Oaks Park, Rock Creek Park, Pt. 1: Site History, Existing Conditions and Analysis and Evaluation

Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States: William J. Clinton, 1999, Book 1, January 1 to June 30, 1999
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Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States: William J. Clinton, 1999, Book 1, January 1 to June 30, 1999

Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States: William J. Clinton, 1999, Book 1, January 1 to June 30, 1999

Omaha Beachhead (6 June-13 June 1944)
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Omaha Beachhead (6 June-13 June 1944)

Omaha Beachhead (6 June-13 June 1944)

Making Educated Decisions 2: A Landscape Preservation Bibliography
Title:
Making Educated Decisions 2: A Landscape Preservation Bibliography

Making Educated Decisions 2: A Landscape Preservation Bibliography

United States Army in World War 2: The Quartermaster Corps, Operations in War Against Japan (Hardcover)
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United States Army in World War 2: The Quartermaster Corps, Operations in War Against Japan (Hardcover)

United States Army in World War 2: The Quartermaster Corps, Operations in War Against Japan (Hardcover)

United States Army in World War 2, Technical Services, Transportation Corps, Movements, Training, and Supply (Clothbound)
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United States Army in World War 2, Technical Services, Transportation Corps, Movements, Training, and Supply (Clothbound)

United States Army in World War 2, Technical Services, Transportation Corps, Movements, Training, and Supply (Clothbound)

Pocket Guide to Staying Healthy at 50+
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Pocket Guide to Staying Healthy at 50+

Pocket Guide to Staying Healthy at 50+

High-Earning Workers Who Don't Have A Bachelor's Degree
Title:
High-Earning Workers Who Don't Have A Bachelor's Degree

High-Earning Workers Who Don't Have A Bachelor's Degree

Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States, Jimmy Carter, 1978, Book 2: June 30 to December 31, 1978
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Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States, Jimmy Carter, 1978, Book 2: June 30 to December 31, 1978

Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States, Jimmy Carter, 1978, Book 2: June 30 to December 31, 1978

Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States, William J. Clinton, 1997, Book 2, July 1 to December 31, 1997
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Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States, William J. Clinton, 1997, Book 2, July 1 to December 31, 1997

Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States, William J. Clinton, 1997, Book 2, July 1 to December 31, 1997

Environmental Administrative Decisions: Decisions of the United States Environmental Protection Agency, V. 7, March 1997 to July 1998
Title:
Environmental Administrative Decisions: Decisions of the United States Environmental Protection Agency, V. 7, March 1997 to July 1998

Environmental Administrative Decisions: Decisions of the United States Environmental Protection Agency, V. 7, March 1997 to July 1998

Location Identifiers, 7350.7
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Location Identifiers, 7350.7

Location Identifiers, 7350.7

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