The Federal Diary in the 2000s: Calling attention to issues

Speaking about the Washington Post’s Federal Diary column as it celebrated its 80th year of covering federal workers, Post Company Chairman Don Graham noted in Joe Davidson’s column, “The Diary celebrates the best work of those people, but it’s been unafraid to call attention to problems and issues.”

That’s what today’s selection from the archives does, as we reach the last decade in the Diary’s history. (You can read articles from the 1930’s to today here). In 2011, Davidson reported on a congressman’s push for more information about a TSA program, following reports of alleged ethnic profiling.

Thursday’s Diary column likewise called attention to issues in the federal government: Davidson reported on the Maritime Commission, which set a record for the largest drop in the Partnership for Public Service’s rankings of best agencies to work for. In fact, the report shows that job satisfaction is at historically low levels all across the government.

What do you think can be done to improve moral issues in federal jobs? Let us know in the comments.

We’d also like to hear from readers about their favorite Diary columns or memorable Diary moments. Write to federaldiary@washpost.com or leave your comments below.

Previously in this series1930s: No more primping1940s: A post-War transition shakeup1950s: Pay raise proposals galore; 1960s: A focus on the Great Society1970s: Retiree COLA rises 50 percent; 1980s: Tax-free retirement payouts; 1990s: A familiar buyout offer; The Federal Diary’s inaugural 1932 column

Sara is a producer and editor for mobile projects at the Washington Post.

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