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Political Plums Begin to Ripen at Homeland Agency

The Department of Homeland Security wouldn’t be a full-fledged Cabinet department unless there were a few plum jobs to pass around. So, perhaps in an indication that the new agency is taking shape, the Office of Personnel Management last week published the first list of lower-level political appointments available in the new department. Unlike the top political jobs — such as undersecretary or bureau director — these “Schedule C” positions can be filled by presidential appointment without Senate confirmation. Many of the jobs, such as assistant press secretary to the assistant secretary for public affairs, don’t sound glamorous. But they can be important stepping stones for young aides trying to build Washington careers, said Paul C. Light, a government scholar at the Brookings Institution. Full Story

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