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What is Prunes Online?

Prunes Online is an inventory of the toughest management and policy-making jobs in the federal government. The site provides information about the incumbent and previous office-holders for approximately 120 Presidentially appointed positions. The 2008 Prune Job Profiles include links to a wealth of information from the Office of Personnel Management, the Office of Government Ethics, Senate committees and other sources explaining the challenges facing the next occupants of these demanding positions. In this new, electronic format, the Prune Job Profiles are fully searchable and will be kept up to date throughout the new administration and beyond.

What is the Prune Book?

In every major election year since 1988, the Council for Excellence in Government published The Prune Book, a signature publication that offers insight into some of the most challenging management jobs in Washington from those who held them. Going far beyond mere title and job descriptions, these books have given the White House and prospective nominees a hands-on view of the challenges ahead. In 2009, the National Academy of Public Administration became the new home for The Prune Book, now an online resource.  The Prune Book is widely consulted and read, not just by appointees, but the media, Congressional staff and others interested in good government.

Why "Prunes"?

The title is a play on The Plum Book: U.S. Government Policy and Supporting Positions , which Congress publishes every four years listing the thousands of jobs, board and commission seats that a President can fill. “Prunes” are “Plums” that have been seasoned by experience and with a much thicker skin – the toughest jobs in Washington.

What is the Plum Book?

The Plum Book: U.S. Government Policy and Supporting Positions  identifies 7,000 presidentially appointed positions within the Federal government and is published alternatively by the U.S. Senate’s Committee on Governmental Affairs and the U.S. House Committee on Government Reform after each presidential election. It provides the names, titles and in some cases pay levels of agency heads and their immediate subordinates, policy executives and advisors, including those whose jobs require Senate confirmation and Schedule C political appointees.

What is A Survivor's Guide for Presidential Nominees and Presidential Appointee Roadmap?

 A Survivor’s Guide for Presidential Nominees is a lively compendium of practical advice for nominees to posts that require Senate confirmation. Much of the information is also useful for other political appointees new to Washington. The online 2008 edition updates the original 2000 Survivor’s Guide that was produced by the Council for Excellence in Government and The Brookings Institution and written by journalist Christopher Connell.This electronic Survivor's Guide explains how to navigate the often perplexing nomination and confirmation process. It now includes an interactive Presidential Appointee Roadmap with clear instructions and links to online versions of government forms that nominees complete.