Thursday, November 13, 2008

The Plum Book

Looking for a job in the Obama Administration? Check out the Government Printing Office's new release of United States Government Policy and Supporting Positions, otherwise known as the Plum Book. Published every four years, after the Presidential election, it “contains data … on 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 (e.g., 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 head or other key officials.” The data includes salary figures, too. For information on purchasing a print copy or for a copy in TEXT format, visit GPO Access.

Once you've gone through the Plum Book and have landed a job with the new Administration, you'll want to check out the Transition Directory. The Transition Directory was "developed to introduce Presidential nominees, appointees, and members of the President-elect's Transition Team to the operation of the Federal government and to the resources available to help them begin their service in the new Administration." The site includes common abbreviations and acronyms that would be useful to any student of government or reader of the Washington Post.