Senators Johnson, Carper Announce Publication of ‘Plum Book’

WASHINGTON — Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), and Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.), chairman and ranking member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, announced publication of the “Plum Book,” which is released every four years and lists the top jobs in the executive branch.

“The Plum Book is an important government resource, especially as the presidential transition takes place,” Johnson and Carper said in a joint statement. “This publication will prove helpful to anyone interested in pursuing public service in the executive branch of our government.”

Formally known as the “United States Government Policy and Supporting Positions,” the “Plum Book” is compiled by all federal agencies through the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), with formatting, publishing and distribution assistance from the U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO).  Release of the book alternates between the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee and the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. The publication lists more than 9,000 senior level and support positions in the executive branch that may be subject to noncompetitive appointment. More than 1,100 of the positions require Senate confirmation.

The volume may be accessed online at and as an app at

The GPO is selling print copies of the book at its bookstore on 710 North Capitol Street NW in Washington.