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The Astate Library was designated a federal depository library in 1913, and it is believed that Representative Thaddeus H. Caraway, Congressman from Jonesboro, was responsible for securing depository library status for Astate. The Dean B. Ellis Library is one of 1,270 federal depository libraries throughout the United States and territories that provide free access to the information resources of the federal government, and one of 13 federal depository libraries in the state of Arkansas. The Library's collection contains more than 100,000 U.S. government publications, in print, microform, and electronic formats.
The U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) has made the United States Policy and Supporting Positions, or “The Plum Book,” available in print and online. The publication lists more than 9,000 Federal civil service leadership and support positions in the executive and legislative branches that may be subject to noncompetitive appointment. On GPO’s govinfo, users can view the publication on smartphones, tablets, laptops, and personal computers, and can search the publication by agency, position title, location, appointment type, pay plan and level, tenure and term expiration, and vacancy. The data for The Plum Book was composed in XPub, GPO’s new digital technology for XML-based publishing.
Cataloging and distribution information for Federal depository libraries will be forthcoming.
The Plum Book on GPO’s govinfo: https://www.govinfo.gov/app/details/GPO-PLUMBOOK-2020/
Print copies can be ordered at: https://bookstore.gpo.gov/products/united-states-government-policy-and-supporting-positions-plum-book-2020
The Plum Book is published by the House Oversight and Reform Committee and the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs alternately after each Presidential election. The Plum Book is used to identify Presidential appointed and other positions within the Federal Government. The list originated in 1952 during the Eisenhower administration. For 22 years prior, the Democrats controlled the Federal Government. When President Eisenhower took office, the Republican Party requested a list of government positions that President Eisenhower could fill. The next edition of The Plum Book appeared in 1960 and has since been published every four years, just after the Presidential election.
Guide to U.S. Government Publications / John L. Andriot