Thursday, November 13, 2008

[IWS] New! 2008 PLUM BOOK--OBAMA APPOINTMENTS LIST [12 November 2008]

IWS Documented News Service
Institute for Workplace Studies----------------- Professor Samuel B. Bacharach
School of Industrial & Labor Relations
-------- Director, Institute for Workplace Studies
Cornell University
16 East 34th Street, 4th floor
---------------------- Stuart Basefsky
New York, NY 10016
-------------------------------Director, IWS News Bureau

NOTE: This book lists the positions to which President-Elect Obama can make appointments.

The Plum Book (United States Government Policy and Supporting Positions): 2008 Edition
[full-text, 217 pages]

Published by the Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs and the House Committee on Government Reform alternately after each Presidential election, the Plum Book 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. Data covers positions such as agency heads and their immediate subordinates, policy executives and advisors, and aides who report to these officials. 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 or other key officials.

The major categories of positions listed in United States Government Policy and Supporting Positions include:
* 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 and Senior Foreign Service positions;
* Schedule C positions excepted from the competitive service by the President, or by the Director, Office of Personnel Management, and 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.

The Plum Book is used to identify presidentially appointed positions within the Federal Government. The list originate in 1952 during the Eisenhower administration. For twenty-two years prior, the Democratic controlled the Federal Government. When President Eisenhower took office, the Republican Party requested a list of government positions that President Eisenhower 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.
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Director, IWS News Bureau
Institute for Workplace Studies
Cornell/ILR School
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New York, NY 10016

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