Maloney, Connolly, and Sarbanes Reintroduce PLUM Act
Washington, D.C. (Mar. 18, 2021)—Today, 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 introduced the Periodically Listing Updates to Management Act (The PLUM Act) to increase the transparency of the most senior leaders of the Executive Branch by modernizing the Plum Book. They issued this joint statement:
“The 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 at a fragile time for our democracy.”
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.
A bipartisan group of 24 civil society organizations and experts wrote a letter to Chairwoman Maloney and Ranking Member James Comer expressing their support for the PLUM Act. The bill also has been endorsed by the Partnership for Public Service.
The PLUM Act would:
Modernize the Current Practice of Publishing the “Plum Book” Every Four Years
Enhance Transparency Into Who is Setting Policy and Making Key Decisions
Improve the Frequency, Accuracy and Accessibility of Data on Government Leaders
Senator Tom Carper plans to introduce the companion bill in the Senate.
Click here to read the PLUM Act.