A new Administration in the White House also means an array of new political appointees. The aptly named Plum Book, a quadrennial publication, identifies 7,000 senior-level policy making positions in the Executive and Legislative Branches. It includes all the well-know top positions – such as HHS Secretary, CMS Administrator, FDA Commissioner, and OMB Director – as well as their deputies, agency or division heads, and top aides. It also shows how positions are filled (such as by nomination and Senate confirmation, direct appointment, Schedule C, or through the Senior Executive Service), name of incumbents, and salary ranges.
The Plum Book chapter on the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) includes details on senior officials and supporting policy staff in:
- Office of the Secretary
- Centers for Medicare and Medicare Services (CMS)
- Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
- National Institutes of Health (NIH)
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- Office of Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE)
- Agency for Health Research and Quality (AHRQ)
For the chapter on all the top HHS positions, click here (PDF).
The Plum Book also gives details on appointees in other federal agencies, including the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB), which plays a powerful role on health issues.
To read or download a copy of the complete Plum Book, click here (PDF).