Political Appointees:

Number of Noncareer SES and Schedule C Employees in Federal Agencies

GGD-92-101FS: Published: Jun 8, 1992. Publicly Released: Jul 15, 1992.

Additional Materials:

Contact:

Office of Public Affairs
(202) 512-4800
youngc1@gao.gov

Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information regarding: (1) the number of noncareer Senior Executive Service (SES) and Schedule C appointees in the federal government; (2) the number of career SES members government wide; and (3) the numbers, placement, and employment trends of noncareer SES appointees at five selected federal agencies.

GAO found that: (1) the number of noncareer SES and Schedule C appointees has continued to follow a cyclical trend, with a low point in the number of appointees during the first year of a presidential term, and sharp increases in appointees in the first two years of a presidential term; (2) there were 2,435 political appointees as of September 1991, the highest number ever; (3) there were steady increases in career SES appointees, to 7,219 in September 1991; (4) trends at the five agencies followed the cyclical trend; (5) 13 agencies accounted for 72 percent of all noncareer SES or Schedule C appointees as of December 1991; and (6) the largest concentrations of noncareer SES appointees were in offices of department and agency heads.

Mar 26, 2015

Mar 18, 2015

Mar 16, 2015

Mar 9, 2015

Mar 4, 2015

Feb 27, 2015

Feb 23, 2015

Feb 11, 2015

  • government icon, source: Eyewire

    GAO'S 2015 High-Risk Series:

    An Update
    GAO-15-371T: Published: Feb 11, 2015. Publicly Released: Feb 11, 2015.
  • government icon, source: Eyewire

    GAO's 2015 High-Risk Series:

    An Update
    GAO-15-373T: Published: Feb 11, 2015. Publicly Released: Feb 11, 2015.
  • government icon, source: Eyewire

    High-Risk Series:

    An Update
    GAO-15-290: Published: Feb 11, 2015. Publicly Released: Feb 11, 2015.

Looking for more? Browse all our products here