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.

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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.

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