Federal Eye: The Plum Book: Cool Jobs

After picking up his copy of the Plum Book just after 10 a.m., The Eye has decamped to an undisclosed location near the Government Printing Office to begin scouring for interesting tidbits.

With more than 7,210 jobs listed, it’s quite a task. More than 4,000 of the positions were non-competitively filled by the Bush administration with political appointees as of Sept. 1, according to the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee. The remaining 3,000 or so jobs have been filled competitively by senior career civil servants even though the positions themselves could be filled on a non-competitive basis.

So far The Eye has found a few positions with interesting descriptions. If you’re scouring the book and also find interesting-sounding jobs, or if you currently hold one of the positions listed below, or if you have any other questions or comments, leave them in the comments section below or send me an e-mail.

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Pretty interesting. My question – the 3,000 or so jobs that have been filled competitively by senior career civil servants – could they be replace on a non-competitive basis by members of the Obama administration?

Love the job titles. EPA has some fun ones – Chief of Solid Waste – is one that comes to mind.