United States Government Policy and Supporting Positions, December 1,2016 (Plum Book)

Author: N.A

Publisher: Government Printing Office

ISBN: 9780160935053

Category: Political Science

Page: 234

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The Plum Book is a listing of over 8,000 civil service leadership and support positions (filled and vacant) in the Legislative and Executive branches of the Federal Government that may be subject to noncompetitive appointments, or in other words by direct appointment. Every four years, just after the Presidential election, "United States Government Policy and Supporting Positions" is published. It is commonly known as the "Plum Book" and is alternately published between the House and Senate. The Plum Book is a listing of over 9,000 civil service leadership and support positions (filled and vacant) in the Legislative and Executive branches of the Federal Government that may be subject to noncompetitive appointments, or in other words by direct appointment. These "plum" positions include agency heads and their immediate subordinates, policy executives and advisors, and aides who report to these officials. Many positions have duties which support Administration policies and programs. The people holding these positions usually have a close and confidential relationship with the agency head or other key officials. Positions in the Plum Book include the following: Executive Schedule and salary-equivalent positions paid at the rates established for Levels I through V of the Executive Schedule. Senior Executive Service "General" positions (i.e., those positions which may be filled by a career, non-career, or limited appointment) Senior Foreign Service positions Schedule C positions excepted from the competitive service by the President, or by the Director, Office of Personnel Management, because of the confidential or policy-determining nature of the position duties Other confidential or policy-determining positions at the GS-14 and above level excepted from the competitive civil service by law because of the confidential or policy-determining nature of the position duties Other related resources: Sourcebook of United States Executive Agencies, December 2012 is available here: https://bookstore.gpo.gov/products/sku/041-001-00697-4 United States Government Manual 2013 is available here: https://bookstore.gpo.gov/products/sku/069-000-00216-1 Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 -Print Paperback format -is available here: https://bookstore.gpo.gov/products/sku/029-001-03482-2 For comparisons and research, previous year volumes: Occupational Outlook Handbook 2008-09 (Clothbound) is available here: https://bookstore.gpo.gov/products/sku/029-001-03466-1 Occupational Outlook Handbook 2006-07 (Clothbound) can be found here: https://bookstore.gpo.gov/products/sku/029-001-03450-4 --Print Paperback format can be found here: https://bookstore.gpo.gov/products/sku/029-001-03451-2 Career Guide to Industries, 2006-2007 can be found here: https://bookstore.gpo.gov/products/sku/029-001-03458-0 For research and comparison, check out United States Government Policy and Supporting Positions, 2008 (Plum Book) available here: https://bookstore.gpo.gov/products/sku/052-070-07534-1 or the 2012 edition available here: https://bookstore.gpo.gov/products/sku/052-070-07648-8

Fluke

Author: Joseph Mazur

Publisher: Oneworld Publications

ISBN: 1780749015

Category: Mathematics

Page: 256

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What are the chances?! This exclamation greets the scarcely believable coincidence – you’re picked up by the same taxi driver several years and thousands of miles apart or, in a second-hand bookshop far from home, you find your own childhood copy of Winnie-the-Pooh on the shelf. But the unlikely is more probable than you think. Against every fibre of common sense, the fact is that it’s quite likely that some squirrel, somewhere, will be struck by lightning as it crosses the road. The chaos and unpredictability of our lives is an illusion. There is a rational order to the universe, and it’s called mathematics. Fluke is a fascinating investigation into the true nature of chance, a must-read for maths enthusiasts and avid storytellers alike, it tears down the veil of improbability to reveal the wonderfully possible.

Dietland

Author: Sarai Walker

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 0544373448

Category: Fiction

Page: 272

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SOON TO BE AN AMC ORIGINAL SERIES starring Joy Nash, Juliana Margulies and Rowena King, written and executive produced by Marti Noxon. A Best Book of the Year Entertainment Weekly • Bustle • Amazon • Women’s National Book Association • Kirkus Reviews • BookPage • Kobo • LitReactor “Audacious and gutsy and heartbreaking — Dietland completely blew me away.” — Jennifer Weiner The diet revolution is here. And it’s armed. Plum Kettle does her best not to be noticed, because when you’re fat, to be noticed is to be judged. With her job answering fan mail for a teen magazine, she is biding her time until her weight-loss surgery. But when a mysterious woman in colorful tights and combat boots begins following her, Plum falls down a rabbit hole into the world of Calliope House — an underground community of women who reject society’s rules — and is forced to confront the real costs of becoming “beautiful.” At the same time, a guerilla group begins terrorizing a world that mistreats women, and Plum becomes entangled in a sinister plot. The consequences are explosive. “A giddy revenge fantasy that will shake up your thinking and burrow under your skin” (Entertainment Weekly), Dietland takes on the beauty industry, gender inequality, and our weight-loss obsession — with fists flying.

Presidential Transition Guide

Author: Partnership for Public Service

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780692666883

Category:

Page: N.A

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The Partnership for Public Service's comprehensive guide to the activities required during the transition. The guide features detailed outlines of the transition practices, archival materials from past transitions, and recommendations for a successful presidential transition.

National Security and Double Government

Author: Michael J. Glennon

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0190668474

Category: Law

Page: 304

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Why has U.S. security policy scarcely changed from the Bush to the Obama administration? National Security and Double Government offers a disquieting answer. Michael J. Glennon challenges the myth that U.S. security policy is still forged by America's visible, "Madisonian institutions" - the President, Congress, and the courts. Their roles, he argues, have become largely illusory. Presidential control is now nominal, congressional oversight is dysfunctional, and judicial review is negligible. The book details the dramatic shift in power that has occurred from the Madisonian institutions to a concealed "Trumanite network" - the several hundred managers of the military, intelligence, diplomatic, and law enforcement agencies who are responsible for protecting the nation and who have come to operate largely immune from constitutional and electoral restraints. Reform efforts face daunting obstacles. Remedies within this new system of "double government" require the hollowed-out Madisonian institutions to exercise the very power that they lack. Meanwhile, reform initiatives from without confront the same pervasive political ignorance within the polity that has given rise to this duality. The book sounds a powerful warning about the need to resolve this dilemma-and the mortal threat posed to accountability, democracy, and personal freedom if double government persists. This paperback version features an Afterword that addresses the emerging danger posed by populist authoritarianism rejecting the notion that the security bureaucracy can or should be relied upon to block it.

Presidential Pork

White House Influence over the Distribution of Federal Grants

Author: John Hudak

Publisher: Brookings Institution Press

ISBN: 0815725205

Category: Political Science

Page: 222

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Presidential earmarks? Perhaps even more so than their counterparts in Congress, presidents have the motive and the means to politicize spending for political power. But do they? In Presidential Pork, John Hudak explains and interprets presidential efforts to control federal spending and accumulate electoral rewards from that power. The projects that members of Congress secure for their constituents certainly attract attention. Political pundits still chuckle about the “Bridge to Nowhere.” But Hudak clearly illustrates that while Congress claims credit for earmarks and pet projects, the practice is alive and well in the White House, too. More than any representative or senator, presidents engage in pork barrel spending in a comprehensive and systematic way to advance their electoral interests. It will come as no surprise that the White House often steers the enormous federal bureaucracy to spend funds in swing states. It is a major advantage that only incumbents enjoy. Hudak reconceptualizes the way in which we view the U.S. presidency and the goals and behaviors of those who hold the nation’s highest office. He illustrates that presidents and their White Houses are indeed complicit in distributing presidential pork—and how they do it. The result is an illuminating and highly original take on presidential power and public policy.

Dadland

Author: Keggie Carew

Publisher: Open Road + Grove/Atlantic

ISBN: 0802190383

Category: History

Page: 432

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Keggie Carew grew up in the gravitational field of an unorthodox father who lived on his wits and dazzling charm. For most of her adult life, Keggie was kept at arm's length from her father's personal history, but when she is invited to join him for the sixtieth anniversary of the Jedburghs—an elite special operations unit that was the first collaboration between the American and British Secret Services during World War II—a new door opens in their relationship. As dementia stakes a claim over his memory, Keggie embarks on a quest to unravel her father's story, and soon finds herself in a far more consuming place than she had bargained for. Tom Carew was a maverick, a left-handed stutterer, a law unto himself. As a Jedburgh he was parachuted behind enemy lines to raise guerrilla resistance first against the Germans in France, then against the Japanese in Southeast Asia, where he won the moniker "Lawrence of Burma." But his wartime exploits are only the beginning. Part family memoir, part energetic military history, Dadland takes us on a spellbinding journey, in peace and war, into surprising and shady corners of twentieth-century politics, her rackety English childhood, the poignant breakdown of her family, the corridors of dementia and beyond. As Keggie pieces her father—and herself—back together again, she celebrates the technicolor life of an impossible, irresistible, unstoppable man.

The Big Stick

The Limits of Soft Power and the Necessity of Military Force

Author: Eliot A. Cohen

Publisher: Basic Books

ISBN: 0465096573

Category: Political Science

Page: 304

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"Speak softly and carry a big stick" Theodore Roosevelt famously said in 1901, when the United States was emerging as a great power. It was the right sentiment, perhaps, in an age of imperial rivalry but today many Americans doubt the utility of their global military presence, thinking it outdated, unnecessary or even dangerous. In The Big Stick, Eliot A. Cohen-a scholar and practitioner of international relations-disagrees. He argues that hard power remains essential for American foreign policy. While acknowledging that the US must be careful about why, when, and how it uses force, he insists that its international role is as critical as ever, and armed force is vital to that role. Cohen explains that American leaders must learn to use hard power in new ways and for new circumstances. The rise of a well-armed China, Russia's conquest of Crimea and eastern Ukraine, nuclear threats from North Korea and Iran, and the spread of radical Islamist movements like ISIS are some of the key threats to global peace. If the United States relinquishes its position as a strong but prudent military power, and fails to accept its role as the guardian of a stable world order we run the risk of unleashing disorder, violence and tyranny on a scale not seen since the 1930s. The US is still, as Madeleine Albright once dubbed it, "the indispensable nation."

Garfield

A Biography

Author: Allan Peskin

Publisher: Kent State University Press

ISBN: 9780873382106

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 716

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A critical biography of the twentieth president places emphasis on his role in Reconstruction, industrialization, and the Gilded Age of American politics

Senior Executive Service

Background and Options for Reform

Author: Maeve P. Carey

Publisher: DIANE Publishing

ISBN: 1437986978

Category:

Page: 22

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Congress created the SES in 1978 to provide a government-wide, mobile corps of managers within federal agencies. The SES, comprising mostly career appointees who are chosen through a merit staffing process, is the link between the politically appointed heads of agencies and the career civil servants within those agencies. The Civil Service Reform Act of 1978 (CSRA) incentivized good performance among senior executives by basing their compensation on their performance. The CSRA tasked the creation and distribution of SES positions within the government to the Office of Personnel Mgt. (OPM), which was also established by the CSRA. The SES includes most of the government's managerial and policy positions above the General Schedule (GS) grade 15. More than three decades after its existence, the SES still serves as the link between political appointees who run agencies and the career government workers in the agencies. Contents of this report: (1) History of the SES; Federal Personnel Management Project; Goals of the SES; Creation of the SES; (2) Features of the SES: SES Structure: Types of Positions and Appointments; SES and the Role of OPM; Entering the SES: Career Appointments; Mobility and Rank-In-Person; SES Pay; (3) Options for Reform; (4) Recent Initiatives; (5) 112th Congress. Tables. This is a print on demand report.

The Hidden Brain

How Our Unconscious Minds Elect Presidents, Control Markets, Wage Wars, and Save Our Lives

Author: Shankar Vedantam

Publisher: Spiegel & Grau

ISBN: 9781588369390

Category: Social Science

Page: 288

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The hidden brain is the voice in our ear when we make the most important decisions in our lives—but we’re never aware of it. The hidden brain decides whom we fall in love with and whom we hate. It tells us to vote for the white candidate and convict the dark-skinned defendant, to hire the thin woman but pay her less than the man doing the same job. It can direct us to safety when disaster strikes and move us to extraordinary acts of altruism. But it can also be manipulated to turn an ordinary person into a suicide terrorist or a group of bystanders into a mob. In a series of compulsively readable narratives, Shankar Vedantam journeys through the latest discoveries in neuroscience, psychology, and behavioral science to uncover the darkest corner of our minds and its decisive impact on the choices we make as individuals and as a society. Filled with fascinating characters, dramatic storytelling, and cutting-edge science, this is an engrossing exploration of the secrets our brains keep from us—and how they are revealed.

Debate Over Selected Presidential Assistants and Advisors

Appointment, Accountability, and Congressional Oversight

Author: Barbara L. Schwemle

Publisher: DIANE Publishing

ISBN: 1437924689

Category:

Page: 66

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Are some of Pres. Obama¿s appointments (particularly some of those to the White House Office), made outside of the advice and consent process of the Senate, circumvent the Constitution? Are the activities of such appointees subject to oversight by, and accountable to, Congress? This report provides info. and views on the role of some of these appointees and discusses selected appointments in the Obama Admin. It discusses some of the constitutional concerns that have been raised about presidential advisors. These include, for ex., the kinds of positions that qualify as the type that must be filled in accordance with the Appointments Clause, with a focus on examining a few existing positions established by statute, exec. order, and regulation.

GPO Style Manual: An Official Guide to the Form and Style of Federal Government Publishing, 2016 (Hardcover)

Author: Government Publishing Office

Publisher: Government Printing Office

ISBN: 9780160936029

Category: Education

Page: 474

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Published since 1894, the GPO Style Manual is issued under the authority of section 1105 of title 44 of the U.S. Code by the Director of the GPO. The manual is prepared by the GPO Style Board as a guide to the style and form of Federal Government publishing. The GPO Style Manual has become a major reference source for professionals involved in the field of Federal printing and publishing. Designed to achieve uniform word and type treatment and economy of word use in the form and style of government printing, this manual has become to be widely recognized by writers and editors within and outside the Federal Government as one of the most useful resources in the editorial arsenal. In addition to a comprehensive revision the new Style Manual features: GPO's most recent digital initiatives Updates to foreign nation information Updates to State demonyms Treatment of words related to native entities recognized by the Federal Government Clarification of punctuation rules Updates to capitalization, abbreviations, and computer terms Inclusion of many suggestions from users Audience: Writers, editors, and others interested in the publishing field would find this manual useful. This reference is a "MUST HAVE" publication for content producers within the U.S. Federal Government --executive, judicial, and legislative branch agency offices. Other products produced by the United States Government Publishing Office can be found here: https: //bookstore.gpo.gov/agency/241 Paperback format of this print title can be found here: https: //bookstore.gpo.gov/products/sku/021-000-00218-6?ctid=241

Institutional and Organizational Analysis

Concepts and Applications

Author: Eric Alston,Lee J. Alston,Bernardo Mueller,Tomas Nonnenmacher

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 110708637X

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 400

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What explains the great variability in economic growth and political development across countries? Institutional and Organizational Analysis has developed since the 1970s into a powerful toolkit, which argues that institutions and norms rather than geography, culture, or technology are the primary causes of sustainable development. Institutions are rules that recognized authorities create and enforce. Norms are rules created by long-standing patterns of behaviour, shared by people in a society or organization. They combine to play a role in all organizations, including governments, firms, churches, universities, gangs, and even families. This introduction to the concepts and applications of Institutional and Organizational Analysis uses economic history, economics, law, and political science to inform its theoretical framework. Institutional and Organizational Analysis becomes the basis to show why the economic and political performance of countries worldwide have not converged, and reveals the lessons to be learned from it for business, law, and public policy.

The Four Books

A Novel

Author: Yan Lianke

Publisher: Open Road + Grove/Atlantic

ISBN: 0802191878

Category: Fiction

Page: 400

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From master storyteller Yan Lianke, winner of the prestigious Franz Kafka Prize and a finalist for the Man Booker International Prize, The Four Books is a powerful, daring novel of the dog-eat-dog psychology inside a labor camp for intellectuals during Mao’s Great Leap Forward. A renowned author in China, and among its most censored, Yan’s mythical, sometimes surreal tale cuts to the bone in its portrayal of the struggle between authoritarian power and man’s will to prevail against the darkest odds through camaraderie, love, and faith. In the ninety-ninth district of a sprawling reeducation compound, freethinking artists and academics are detained to strengthen their loyalty to Communist ideologies. Here, the Musician and her lover, the Scholar—along with the Author and the Theologian—are forced to carry out grueling physical work and are encouraged to inform on each other for dissident behavior. The prize: winning the chance at freedom. They're overseen by preadolescent supervisor, the Child, who delights in reward systems and excessive punishments. When agricultural and industrial production quotas are raised to an unattainable level, the ninety-ninth district dissolves into lawlessness. And then, as inclement weather and famine set in, they are abandoned by the regime and left alone to survive.

Succeeding as a Political Executive

Fifty Insights from Experience

Author: Mark A. Abramson,Paul R. Lawrence

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1442269316

Category: Political Science

Page: 186

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Succeeding as a Political Executive: Fifty Insights from Experience is based on the real-life experience of 64 high-level executives who served in the Obama Administration. Most were at the agency head level. From 2009 to 2015, the authors conducted a series of interviews with these individuals, gaining insights into running government organizations. This book is aimed at those interested in the transition of power to the next presidential administration starting in 2017.

Homeland Security

Legal and Policy Issues

Author: Joe D. Whitley,Lynne K. Zusman

Publisher: American Bar Association

ISBN: 9781604424621

Category: Law

Page: 284

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"To be well-informed on Homeland Security law this book is a must read." The Honorable Tom Ridge, Chair of Ridge Global, Former Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Former Governor of Pennsylvania "This volume will refine your focus and sharpen your analysis of critical legal issues vital to American national security."ù John Ashcroft, Chairman of The Ashcroft Group, LLC and The Ashcroft Law Firm, LLC, Former U.S. Attorney General "This book brings into clear fortes the breadth and complexity of Homeland Security legal and policy issues."ùJudge Michael Chertoff, Partner at Covington & Burling, Former Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security "I would encourage lawyers who want to become better acquainted with the legal issues confronting Homeland Security policy makers to keep a copy of Homeland Security: Legal and Policy Issues in their library. This insightful book contains valuable information regarding this new discipline."ù Larry D. Thompson, Senior Vice President and General Counsel of PepsiCo, Former Deputy Attorney General with the U.S. Department of Justice "Homeland Security: Legal and Policy Issues is that long overdue compendium for those who have watched this dramatic new legal discipline emerge in the wake of 9/11. Those who would serve their nation by interpreting and litigating the security legalities of this very new world will be well served to have this on their reference shelf"ù Admiral James M. Loy, USCG (Commandant, Ret), Former Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security and Administrator of the U.S. Transportation Security Administration "This book provides a guiding compass for those who are challenged with navigating through the dynamic legal and policy currents of homeland Security. It will keep you on course and off the shoals."ùJay B. Stephens, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, Raytheon Company, Former U.S. Associate Attorney General and U.S. Attorney "In a single volume, these authors have succeeded in highlighting both the breadth of the recent changes in homeland security law and policy and the most critical legal challenges that the homeland security community is facing today."ù Kenneth A. Wainstein, Partner at O'Melveny & Myers Former Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, Former U.S. Attorney