Chairwoman Maloney’s Statement on Inclusion of PLUM Act in Fiscal Year 2022 NDAA
Washington, D.C. (September 23, 2021)— Today, Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, the Chairwoman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, issued the following statement after successfully pushing for the inclusion of the Periodically Listing Updates to Management Act (PLUM Act) in the fiscal year 2022 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). This week, Chairwoman Maloney spoke on the House floor laying out the need to pass the PLUM Act to bring transparency and accountability to senior leaders in the Executive Branch.
“Americans have a right to know who is serving in the highest levels of government, and the PLUM Act makes important strides to regain and improve public trust. It’s time to bring decency, transparency, and accountability to the American people,” said Chairwoman Maloney.
The PLUM Act, first introduced by Chairwoman Maloney in 2020 with Rep. Gerry Connolly, the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Government Operations, and Senior Committee Member Rep. John Sarbanes, would require the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to establish and maintain a current, publicly available directory of senior government leaders online. The PLUM Act is strongly endorsed by numerous organizations, including a bipartisan group comprised of more than two dozen civil society organization and experts.
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 Book only provides a snapshot in time and does not reflect changes that occur in between publications.
The PLUM Act amendment also includes reporting requirements from the Political Appointments Inclusion and Diversity Act (PAID Act), which was introduced by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and requires OPM to coordinate with the White House and make a summary of demographic information on political appointees publicly available. These requirements earned the support of more than 30 organizations.