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An Updated List of "Plum" Jobs in Government


December 07, 2016

Courtney Liss, Center for Presidential Transition , Partnership for Public Service



The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee this week published the latest edition of the Plum Book the guide to politically appointed positions in a new administration. The Plum Book first appeared in 1952 and has been updated every four years since then.

The 2016 edition of the Plum Book lists more than 9,000 senior level and support positions in the executive branch, including everything from Cabinet secretaries and ambassadors to key federal agency management positions that involve noncompetitive appointments. More than 1,100 of these jobs require Senate confirmation.

Each listing includes the names of agencies, position titles, the location, appointment type, pay plan and level, and the length of tenure. The Plum Book is available in print format at the Government Publishing Office bookstore, online and via a searchable app.

For the incoming administration and potential job seekers, the information is useful for identifying positions that will be open during the next year. To expand on this information, the Center for Presidential Transition has created position descriptions for the top 100 critical roles in the new administration.

View and search the new Plum Book here


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