Nancy Anderson Speight was appointed Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Civilian Personnel Policy on August 30,
Most recently, Ms. Speight served as a technical advisor for the Defense Civilian Personnel Advisory Service, Labor and
Employee Relations Division, where she specialized in representation matters, bargaining obligations, and national
security issues covered by the Federal Service Labor-Management Relations Statute. Notably, Ms. Speight led a team of
subject matter experts from across the DoD components to amend Executive Order 12171 of 1979, Exclusions from the
Federal Labor-Management Relations Program, which exempts from the statute certain agencies whose primary function is
intelligence, counterintelligence, investigative, or national security work. Executive Order 13760, of the same title,
was signed by former President Obama in January 2017, and was the first major amendment affecting the Department of
Defense in 37 years.
Previously, Ms. Speight served in the Senior Executive Service as the Regional Director for the Atlanta Regional Office
of the Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA) from 2001 to 2009, an independent agency that administers the
labor-management relations program for 1.9 million non-Postal Service Federal employees world-wide, approximately 1.1
million of whom are exclusively represented in 2,200 bargaining units. At the FLRA, she was responsible for providing
leadership and management of personnel and operations relating to the investigation, analysis, resolution, and
litigation of unfair labor practice cases and the processing of representation petitions for cases arising in Alabama,
Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, South Carolina, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Prior to being appointed as the Atlanta Regional Director, Ms. Speight held multiple positions within the FLRA’s Office
of the General Counsel where she managed regional operations, conducted agency management assessments, and implemented
changes in policy, case handling procedures, and resources. As a recognized expert on representation matters, she was
instrumental in reorganizing two Executive Departments and authored amicus curiae briefs on behalf of the Deputy General
Counsel that resulted in precedent setting case law decisions. Ms. Speight wrote the operational manuals which guide
FLRA employees when processing representation petitions that are still in use today. She settled many high-profile
unfair labor practice complaints on behalf of the Office of General Counsel and regularly taught courses at Federal
Executive Branch agencies and educational institutions.
Throughout her career, Ms. Speight has received numerous awards and recognition for her performance on behalf of the
missions of the agencies and the workforces whom she served, and was recognized by President Clinton for creating a
workplace policy for employees suffering from HIV/AIDS.