Department of Defense Political Appointments: Positions and Process

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Contents
Prefaceiii
Figuresvii
Tablesix
Summaryxi
Acknowledgmentsxvii
Acronymsxix
1. INTRODUCTION1
Approach2
Organization of This Report2
2. TRENDS IN DoD POLITICAL APPOINTEES3
Historical Background3
Trends in the Number of Political Appointees5
  PAS Positions in the Office of the Secretary of Defense6
  Military Department PAS Positions10
  Vacancies in Authorized PAS Positions13
  Tenure of Individuals Serving in the Most Senior PAS Positions.…15
  Patterns in Political Appointments Versus the Rest of the Civilian         Workforce17
3. THE APPOINTMENT PROCESS AND RULES GOVERNING POLITICAL APPOINTEES19
The Political Appointment Process20
Procedural Deterrents to Accepting Appointments26
  Deterrent: Confidentiality of Paperwork Submitted26
  Deterrent: Conflict-of-interest26
  Deterrent: Senate Confirmation30
Postappointment Deterrents34
  Postemployment Restrictions34
  Occupational Obstacles: PASs Serving on the Job36
  Retirement Benefits37
  Prohibition Against Outside Employment39
4. CONCLUSION41
Numbers and Layers of PAS Positions Increased over Time41
Functional Areas Authorized PAS Positions Within OSD Waxed         and Waned42
Tenure of Senior PAS Officials in the DoD Generally Short42
Fill/Vacancy Rates of PAS Positions Increased42
The Appointment Process Contains Deterrents to Service43

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