Diane Truman is one of the preeminent experts in the Service Contract Act and the Davis-Bacon Act. She is the former Navy Labor Advisor in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Research, Development and Acquisition). As Navy Labor Advisor, Ms. Truman’s responsibilities included: developing, implementing, and revising Department of the Navy policies on matters involving contractor industrial labor relations and contract labor standards. She speaks on the Davis-Bacon Act and the Service Contract Act throughout the country.
Ms. Truman received her Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Florida State University in 1964. In 1966, she joined the U. S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division as a field investigator in Columbus, Georgia. In 1969, Ms. Truman transferred to the Wage and Hour field station in Brevard County, Florida, where a large part of her labor law enforcement responsibilities involved the aerospace and defense industries. In 1985, Ms. Truman moved to the Department of Labor’s Office of Labor-Management Standards, Tampa, Florida, to conduct civil and criminal investigations of labor union financial and internal political activities.
In 1988, Ms. Truman accepted the position of Air Force Labor Advisor, Northeast Region, at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The region covered 22 states and Air Force interests in Europe and the Middle East. She worked for the Air Force until 1993 when she was offered the position of Command Labor Advisor for Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC). She served with NAVFAC until 2001 when she was selected to be the Navy Labor Advisor. Ms. Truman served on the Defense Acquisition Regulation Council’s ad hoc Labor Subcommittee from 1993 until her retirement, drafting numerous federal contract labor regulations. In 2003, Ms. Truman served with the WDOL.gov Task Force and was instrumental in designing and implementing the new website. Ms. Truman has provided support to both Air Force and Navy contracting officers and counsel on various claims and hearings involving contract labor standards.
Since her retirement, Ms. Truman has provided advice and guidance to numerous federal agencies, contractors, and labor organizations on contract labor standards issues.