Sarbanes, Maloney, Connolly Renew Effort to Improve Government Transparency and Accountability

The PLUM Act Would Modernize Reporting on Senior Government Leaders
March 18, 2021
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today joined Oversight and Reform Committee Chairwoman Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (D-N.Y.) and Government Operations Subcommittee Chairman Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) to reintroduce the Periodically Listing Updates to Management (PLUM) Act, a bill to enhance transparency about senior leaders within the Executive Branch.

“The PLUM Act will provide the American people with timely information about senior government officials,” the lawmakers said. “This important effort will help improve public trust and confidence in our government at a fragile time for our democracy.”

A comprehensive list of senior officials appointed by the President is only available 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 an online, publicly available and up-to-date directory of senior government leaders.

Specifically, the PLUM Act would:

  • Modernize the current practice of publishing the “Plum Book” by requiring OPM, in consultation with the General Services Administration, to develop and maintain a publicly accessible website with data on senior government leaders;
  • Require federal agencies to include information about presidentially appointed positions, Senate-confirmed presidentially appointed positions, members of the Senior Executive Service and other senior political appointees;
  • Make federal agencies report information about senior government officials on a monthly basis, including the name of the individual, the agency and component where the individual serves, the title of the individual’s position and the geographic location of the individual’s position; and
  • Verify the accuracy of the information listed on the new website by requiring the Director of OPM to coordinate with the White House Office of Presidential Personnel on a semiannual basis to confirm that website information is complete, accurate, reliable and up to date.

A bipartisan group of 24 experts and civil society organizations wrote a letter in support of the PLUM Act. The bill has also been endorsed by the Partnership for Public Service.

See here for bill text.