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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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Appomattox Court House: Appomattox Court House National Historical Park, Virginia
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Appomattox Court House: Appomattox Court House National Historical Park, Virginia

Appomattox Court House: Appomattox Court House National Historical Park, Virginia

Making Further Continuing Appropriations for the Fiscal Year 2003, and for Other Purposes: Conference Report to Accompany H.J. Res. 2, February 13 (Legislative Day February 12), 2003
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Making Further Continuing Appropriations for the Fiscal Year 2003, and for Other Purposes: Conference Report to Accompany H.J. Res. 2, February 13 (Legislative Day February 12), 2003

Making Further Continuing Appropriations for the Fiscal Year 2003, and for Other Purposes: Conference Report to Accompany H.J. Res. 2, February 13 (Legislative Day February 12), 2003

Federal Law Enforcement at the Borders and Ports of Entry: Challenges and Solutions, Eighth Report, July 2002
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Federal Law Enforcement at the Borders and Ports of Entry: Challenges and Solutions, Eighth Report, July 2002

Federal Law Enforcement at the Borders and Ports of Entry: Challenges and Solutions, Eighth Report, July 2002

Long-Term Implications of Current Defense Plans
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Long-Term Implications of Current Defense Plans

Long-Term Implications of Current Defense Plans

Decisions of the Federal Labor Relations Authority, V. 57, March 12, 2001 Through July 31, 2002
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Decisions of the Federal Labor Relations Authority, V. 57, March 12, 2001 Through July 31, 2002

Decisions of the Federal Labor Relations Authority, V. 57, March 12, 2001 Through July 31, 2002

First Flight: The Wright Brothers and the Invention of the Airplane
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First Flight: The Wright Brothers and the Invention of the Airplane

First Flight: The Wright Brothers and the Invention of the Airplane

Committee on Appropriations, United States Senate, 135th Anniversary, 1867-2002
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Committee on Appropriations, United States Senate, 135th Anniversary, 1867-2002

Committee on Appropriations, United States Senate, 135th Anniversary, 1867-2002

Federal Trade Commission Decisions, V. 127, Findings, Opinions, and Orders, January 1, 1999 to June 30, 1999
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Federal Trade Commission Decisions, V. 127, Findings, Opinions, and Orders, January 1, 1999 to June 30, 1999

Federal Trade Commission Decisions, V. 127, Findings, Opinions, and Orders, January 1, 1999 to June 30, 1999

A Guide to the Federal Service Labor-Management Relations Program, 2002
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A Guide to the Federal Service Labor-Management Relations Program, 2002

A Guide to the Federal Service Labor-Management Relations Program, 2002

Jayhawk: The Seven Corps in the Persian Gulf War
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Jayhawk: The Seven Corps in the Persian Gulf War

Jayhawk: The Seven Corps in the Persian Gulf War

Foreign Relations of the United States, 1964-1968, V. 6: Vietnam, January-August 1968
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Foreign Relations of the United States, 1964-1968, V. 6: Vietnam, January-August 1968

Foreign Relations of the United States, 1964-1968, V. 6: Vietnam, January-August 1968

Foreign Relations of the United States, 1964-1968, V. 10, National Security Policy
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Foreign Relations of the United States, 1964-1968, V. 10, National Security Policy

Foreign Relations of the United States, 1964-1968, V. 10, National Security Policy

Foreign Relations of the United States, 1964-1968, V. 5: Vietnam, 1967
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Foreign Relations of the United States, 1964-1968, V. 5: Vietnam, 1967

Foreign Relations of the United States, 1964-1968, V. 5: Vietnam, 1967

Designing and Building File-Folder Bridges: A Problem-Based Introduction to Engineering
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Designing and Building File-Folder Bridges: A Problem-Based Introduction to Engineering

Designing and Building File-Folder Bridges: A Problem-Based Introduction to Engineering

World Trade Center Building Performance Study: Data Collection, Preliminary Observations, and Recommendations
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World Trade Center Building Performance Study: Data Collection, Preliminary Observations, and Recommendations

World Trade Center Building Performance Study: Data Collection, Preliminary Observations, and Recommendations

Deschler-Brown Precedents of the United States House of Representative, V. 16
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Deschler-Brown Precedents of the United States House of Representative, V. 16

Deschler-Brown Precedents of the United States House of Representative, V. 16

Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States, William J. Clinton, 2000-2001, Bk. 2, June 27 to October 11, 2000
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Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States, William J. Clinton, 2000-2001, Bk. 2, June 27 to October 11, 2000

Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States, William J. Clinton, 2000-2001, Bk. 2, June 27 to October 11, 2000

United States Virgin Islands: A Guide to National Parklands in the United States Virgin Islands
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United States Virgin Islands: A Guide to National Parklands in the United States Virgin Islands

United States Virgin Islands: A Guide to National Parklands in the United States Virgin Islands

Jamestown Archeological Assessment: Colonial National Historical Park, Yorktown, Virginia
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Jamestown Archeological Assessment: Colonial National Historical Park, Yorktown, Virginia

Jamestown Archeological Assessment: Colonial National Historical Park, Yorktown, Virginia

United States Army in World War 2, Buying Aircraft: Material Procurement for Army Air Forces {Hardcover)
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United States Army in World War 2, Buying Aircraft: Material Procurement for Army Air Forces {Hardcover)

United States Army in World War 2, Buying Aircraft: Material Procurement for Army Air Forces {Hardcover)

Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States, William J. Clinton, 2000-2001, Book 1, January 1 to June 26, 2000
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Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States, William J. Clinton, 2000-2001, Book 1, January 1 to June 26, 2000

Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States, William J. Clinton, 2000-2001, Book 1, January 1 to June 26, 2000

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

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