Directory of ‘plum’ federal jobs debuts

By Kellie Lunney

November 11, 2008

The presidential campaign might be over, but the competition for jobs in the new Obama administration has only just begun.

The 2008 Plum Book, the eagerly anticipated guide to more than 8,000 leadership positions in the executive and legislative branches, will be ready Nov. 12. The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee is publishing this year's tome officially titled "United States Policy and Supporting Positions." Aspiring political appointees and ambitious career executives can purchase the guide for $38 at the Government Printing Office's bookstore. For the more frugal and environmentally conscious, the book also is available for free at GPO's Web site.

The House and Senate alternate publishing the book every four years. While many positions are listed as vacant, the majority contain the name of the current office holder.

The Plum Book includes a range of federal jobs that may be subject to noncompetitive appointment, from assistant secretaries to confidential assistants. The types of positions included are:

The job categories excluded from the Plum Book are:

By Kellie Lunney

November 11, 2008

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