Answered By: Valerie Weis
Last Updated: May 14, 2020     Views: 39

The Plum Book is published every four years shortly after presidential elections. The Plum Book lists 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, nationwide. The last Plum Book was published in 2016.

It contains the following positions:

  • Executive Schedule and salary-equivalent positions paid at the rates established for levels I through V of the Executive Schedule;
  • Senior Executive Service (SES) “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; 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.