The Appointment Process and Rules
Governing Political Appointees
Attracting people with desired experience and attributes to PAS positions is not as straightforward as it might appear. Potential candidates face numerous deterrents to political appointments, both to PAS positions and to noncareer SES positions. Figure 3.1 underscores the all-too-frequent results of the deterrents— desirable candidates drop out. Therefore, understanding the political appointment process is essential for understanding the obstacles that deter potential appointees from serving in the DoD. This section first describes the appointment process and then discusses the deterrents to service.