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The Plum Book (United States Government Policy and Supporting Positions): 1996 Edition
Every four years, just after the Presidential election, the "United States Government Policy and Supporting Positions," commonly known as the Plum Book, is published, alternately, by the House Committee on Government Reform and Oversight and the Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs. This publication contains data (as of September 1, 1996) on over 8,000 Federal civil service leadership and support positions in the legislative and executive branches of the Federal Government that may be subject to noncompetitive appointment; e.g., positions such as agency heads and their immediate subordinates, policy executives and advisors, and aides who report to these officials. Note that the duties of many such positions may involve advocacy of Administration policies and programs and the incumbents usually have a close and confidential working relationship with the agency head or other key officials.
Following are the major categories of positions listed:
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 civil service by law because of the confidential or policy-determining nature of the position duties.
Senior Executive Service (SES) "General" positions may be filled by career, noncareer or limited appointment. SES "Career Reserved" positions are not listed in this publication because, by law, such positions may be filled only by competitive career appointment. Only 10 percent of all SES positions Governmentwide may be filled at any
one time by noncareer appointment. Similarly, by law, only 5 percent of Senior Foreign Service (SFS) positions may be filled at any one time by other than career appointment.
Note that the phrase "Career Incumbent" is shown under the heading "Name of Incumbent" for all SES, SFS and other listed positions filled by career appointment.
Additional information on the positions listed and the Federal salary schedules under which they are paid is provided in the appendices. The Legend on the following page shows the codes and acronyms used in this publication.