Federal Diary marks 80th anniversary

The Federal Diary turned 80 Thursday, as columnist Joe Davidson marked the milestone by including snippets of columns from years past.

The arrival of the Federal Diary in The Washington Post, on Nov. 29, 1932.

The Diary has run consistently since Nov. 29, 1932, when a small box at the bottom of The Washington Post’s front page announced its arrival and the coverage of the federal workforce.

The Diary will celebrate its anniversary by featuring one column every day from each of its eight decades. Since the column runs Tuesday through Friday, the eight-day blast from the past will take two weeks to complete, starting Dec. 4.

A column in December will feature a collection of comments gathered from readers about their favorite or otherwise memorable Diary moments.

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Josh Hicks covers Maryland politics and government. He previously anchored the Post’s Federal Eye blog, focusing on federal accountability and workforce issues.

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