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Demographics: A comprehensive snapshot of the senior executive workforce. Includes information on age, gender, education, etc.
Plum Book: Learn about policy and supporting positions in the Legislative and Executive Branches of the Federal Government.
1 "Unspecified" category was not included because it is not a valid option for Type of Appointment. Eight SES members were classified as "unspecified".2,3 Total count used for calculations = 7,802* Average Age 54 years as of September 2014 * 7,397 Positions Filled from 8,957 Total Allocations as of September 30, 2014 * Source: Executive and Schedule C System and Central Personnel Data File & EHRI- Statistical Data Mart
Every four years, just after the Presidential election, the "United States Government Policy and Supporting Positions" is published. It is commonly known as the Plum Book and is alternately published between the House and Senate.
The Plum Book has a listing of over 7,000 civil service leadership and support positions (filled and vacant) in the Legislative and Executive branches of the Federal Government that may be subject to noncompetitive appointments. These positions include agency heads and their immediate subordinates, policy executives and advisors, and aides who report to these officials. Many positions have duties which support Administration policies and programs. The people holding these positions usually have a close and confidential relationship with the agency head or other key officials.
* The majority of Senior Executive Service and Senior Foreign Service positions are filled by career appointment because of the statutory limitations on the number that may be filled by noncareer appointment.