Patricia W. Silvey is the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Operations, Mine Safety and Health Administration. She was appointed to the position in December 2010. Previously, Mrs. Silvey served as the Director of Standards, Regulations and Variances for MSHA.
Before her appointment as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Operations, Mrs. Silvey served as the Director of Standards, Regulations and Variances for MSHA. Prior to this, Mrs. Silvey served as the Deputy Administrator for Metal and Nonmetal Mine Safety and Health, and on an Intergovernmental Personnel Act assignment to the National Safety Council.
In October 1998, she held the position of Director, Office of Administration and Management. In July 1983, she was appointed to the Senior Executive Service as Director of Standards. In early 1978, she played an integral role in the transition of MSHA from the Department of the Interior to the Department of Labor and the establishment of the Office of Standards.
Mrs. Silvey earned her B.S. degree from Tuskegee Institute; M.A. degree from the University of Alabama; and J.D. degree from Georgetown University Law Center. She is a member of the District of Columbia Bar. Mrs. Silvey is married to Donald K. Silvey and they have three sons.