Anita Blair appointed Defense Department Deputy Assistant Secretary, Civilian Personnel Policy

June 19, 2017: Anita K. Blair was appointed as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Civilian Personnel Policy at the U.S. Department of Defense on Tuesday, June 13, 2017. Blair was most recently the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Human Resources and the Chief Human Capital Officer, at the U.S. Department of the Treasury. Before she joined the Treasury Department in February, 2011, Blair was the Chief Strategist for the National Security Professional Development Integration Office. From 2001 to 2009, she worked at the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Manpower and Reserve Affairs, first as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Military Personnel Policy and later as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Total Force Transformation, responsible for developing and implementing the Department’s Human Capital Strategy. In 2008, she was appointed as the Acting Assistant Secretary, overseeing the management of a workforce comprising more than 800,000 active and reserve Sailors, Marines and civilian government employees. In prior public service, Blair was the co-Chairman of the Human Capital Working Group of the Project on National Security Reform, producing recommendations and proposed legislation for its 2009 report to Congress titled, “Turning Ideas Into Action.” She was the Chairman of the Congressional Commission on Military Training and Gender-Related Issues and a member of the Board of Visitors of the Virginia Military Institute. As a lawyer in private practice, Blair concentrated on corporate and business law and litigation. She graduated from the University of Michigan and the University of Virginia School of Law.

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