United States Government Policy and Supporting Positions

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Cover of the Plum Book

United States Government Policy and Supporting Positions (more commonly referred to as the Plum Book) is a publication of the United States Senate's Committee on Governmental Affairs and the House of Representatives' Committee on Government Reform. Published after each Presidential election, the register lists over 7,000 federal civil service leadership and support positions in the legislative and executive branches of the federal government that may be subject to noncompetitive appointment, nationwide, commonly called political appointments. The Plum Book covers positions such as agency heads and their immediate subordinates, policy executives and advisors, and aides who report to these officials.


The Plum Book is used to identify presidentially appointed positions within the federal government. The list originated in 1952 during the Eisenhower Administration. For twenty years prior, the Democratic Party controlled the Federal Government. When President Dwight Eisenhower took office, the Republican Party requested a list of government positions that the new President could fill. The next edition of the Plum Book appeared in 1960 and has since been published every four years, just after the Presidential election.

Older editions of the Plum Book are held by any Federal depository library.[1] The Government Printing Office began to make the Plum Book available as an app for the first time in December 2012.[2]


  1. ^ Plum Book - LexisNexis InfoPro - Zimmerman's Research Guide
  2. ^ Somerset, Gary. "GPO RELEASES PLUM BOOK: Available for first time as an App" (PDF). Government Printing Office. Retrieved 16 January 2013.

External links[edit]