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Frequently Asked Questions Policy on Political Appointees

What was different about the policy revision OPM implemented on August 11, 2016, compared with previous OPM policy?

The policy communicated requirements of the Edward “Ted” Kaufman and Michael Leavitt Presidential Transitions Improvements Act of 2015 (Pub. L. 114-136, March 18, 2016). 


The “Act” expands the definition of “political appointee” and requires OPM to report on data pertaining to agency requests to appoint current or former political appointees to covered civil service positions.  OPM now requires agencies to provide information on hiring effective dates and basic rate of pay, or notification that the selectee was not appointed (refer to the Agency Pre-Appointment Checklist, Form OPM 5000 and OPM 5001).  This requirement remains in effect.

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