Senator Carper Applauds Implementation of the PLUM Act

The Periodically Listing Updates to Management (PLUM) Act will increase transparency and government accountability

Over the weekend, Senator Tom Carper (D-Del.) applauded the Biden Administration’s launch of the first ever “Plum Book” website, an online resource for the comprehensive list of positions in the federal government appointed by the President. The bipartisan, bicameral PLUM Act modernized the Plum Book by requiring the Office of Personnel Management to establish and annually update a publicly available directory of senior government leaders online. The legislation was led by Senator Carper and signed into law in December 2022. Prior to enactment, the Plum Book was only updated and published every four years.

“Last year, I worked hard to pass the PLUM Act to modernize this government resource, and I’m proud to see the Plum Book readily available online for the first time,” said Senator Carper. “With this launch, Americans will have greater access to the operations of our federal government, and in the U.S. Senate, we have taken another step toward fulfilling our duty to increase government transparency and accountability.”

Senator Carper spearheaded the passage of this bill with Senators Mike Braun (R-Ind.) and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) through the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2023. Senator Carper originally introduced the legislation in 2020. As a leader in the Senate for responsible and good governance, the implementation of this bill is the latest achievement of Senator Carper’s work to improve government transparency and accessibility.