PLUM Act

The Periodically Listing Updates to Management Act, or PLUM Act, will provide the American people with timely and transparent information about senior government officials. This important effort will help improve public trust and confidence in our government.

Currently, a comprehensive list of positions appointed by the President is available only once every four years in a publication referred to as the Plum Book. The PLUM Act would modernize the Plum Book by requiring the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to establish and maintain a current, publicly available directory of senior government leaders online.

Also, it will include demographic information so that we can know which segments of our society are at the policymaking table, and which are not.  We are working to ensure that both the House and Senate bill include this important point. The more diverse our policymakers are, the more inclusive our policies will be.

In order to achieve a truly representative democracy, we need up-to-date, not outdated, information regarding which segments of our population are at the policymaking table and which are not. The PLUM Act (H.R.2403 / S.857) will provide up-to-date information that will not only increase transparency in the Executive Branch of our government, but also help our government remain more accountable and accessible to the people and communities it serves. 

Bill Co-Sponsors

Coalition of Supporters

The following groups signed onto Open Letters (House / Senate) in support of the PLUM Act.

News

House bill would add demographics to the Plum Book — July 08, 2021
A House bill meant to modernize the Plum Book, the quadrennial list of presidentially appointed jobs in the federal government, has a new addition that would require the release of summary-level demographic information about political appointees.

Oversight Committee Approves Legislation Strengthening Whistleblower Protections and Transparency of Political Appointees — June 29, 2021
Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, the Chairwoman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, issued the following statement after the Committee voted favorably to approve her bills, the Whistleblower Protection Improvement Act and the Periodically Listing Updates to Management (PLUM) Act, along with several other important reforms, many with bipartisan support

Rep. Ocasio-Cortez Introduces Legislation to Improve Transparency of Political Appointee Diversity — June 19, 2021
Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY-14) introduced the Political Appointments Inclusion and Diversity Act, which requires the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to coordinate with the White House Office of Presidential Personnel to make a summary of demographic information on political appointees publicly available.

Carper Reintroduces the PLUM ACT — March 19, 2021
Senator Tom Carper (D-Del.), senior member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, introduced The Periodically Listing Updates to Management Act (The PLUM Act), a piece of legislation that would increase transparency of Executive Branch’s senior leaders.

Maloney, Connolly, and Sarbanes Reintroduce PLUM Act — March 18, 2021
Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, the Chairwoman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, Rep. Gerry Connolly, the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Government Operations, and Senior Committee Member John Sarbanes reintroduces bill to increase transparency and modernize reporting on Senior Government Leaders.