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Plum Book gives look into fed political appointments

The quadrennial book containing lists of jobs filled by appointment in the executive and legislative branches known as the Plum Book came out last week, offering some details, but not a full picture, of senior level positions in the last year of the Trump administration.

Officially known as the "United States Government Policy and Supporting Positions," the Plum Book lists both filled and vacant positions that may be subject to non-competitive appointments. For job seekers, it offers insight into what jobs might be up for grabs in an incoming administration. It contains details about positions like what agency they're in, the previous person in the position and their salary level.

The most recent edition contains information from June 2020, as reported to the Office of Personnel Management by agencies and offices. This edition has arrived later after the election than previous editions had in past years.

The book's listings include appointments that do and don't require Senate confirmation, non-career members of the Senior Executive Service and Schedule C employees, as well as other confidential or policy-determining positions at GS-14 and above that are excepted from the competitive service by law.

Although it's often thought of as an anthology of political appointments, it also includes career Senior Executive Service positions and Senior Foreign Service officer positions that are career positions.

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