Joe Davidson
Federal Diary
Joe Davidson | Columnist
VA is looking for a few good doctors and nurses
Scandal has scarred agency’s reputation, but new secretary is pushing hard for new talent.
Bad VA service can be improved, but broken trust is much harder to fix
(The Washington Post, August 26, 2014; 7:58 PM)
EEOC report paints an Uncle Sam all too human
(The Washington Post, August 24, 2014; 7:17 PM)
Report: vets’ preference for federal jobs too complicated, sometimes controversial
(The Washington Post, August 21, 2014; 8:25 PM)
Report shows lack of diversity in top civil service ranks
(The Washington Post, August 19, 2014; 8:10 PM)
Social Security marks 79th birthday with declining service
(The Washington Post, August 14, 2014; 8:49 PM)
Bad management gives telework a bad name
(The Washington Post, August 13, 2014; 10:08 PM)
Merit board head says with new VA law ‘we are absolutely in new territory’
(The Washington Post, August 10, 2014; 6:03 PM)
New VA law does good, but gratuitously hits civil service rights
(The Washington Post, August 8, 2014; 11:31 AM)
Readers speak out about IRS, VA and senior executives
(The Washington Post, July 24, 2014; 8:26 PM)
House takes punitive action against all IRS executives regarless of guilt
(The Washington Post, July 22, 2014; 8:18 PM)
VA uses patient privacy to go after whistleblowers, critics say
(The Washington Post, July 17, 2014; 8:28 PM)
Is the federal personnel system too old to do the job?
(The Washington Post, July 15, 2014; 7:55 PM)
House hearing examines ‘viability’ of federal senior executive service
(The Washington Post, July 13, 2014; 9:25 PM)
Working for Uncle Sam can be risky
(The Washington Post, July 10, 2014; 7:13 PM)
Testimony pushes VA into greater disrepute
(The Washington Post, July 8, 2014; 8:43 PM)
Border Patrol agents under fire for excessive force
(The Washington Post, July 6, 2014; 6:49 PM)
Obama’s choice for VA will find fixing it is harder than selling soap
(The Washington Post, July 1, 2014; 8:13 PM)
Obama says ‘we should praise’ government workers
(The Washington Post, June 29, 2014; 6:23 PM)
Readers speak out about VA, CFC, IRS and tribute to federal employees
(The Washington Post, June 26, 2014; 8:15 PM)
International drama added to Foreign Service officers’ feud
(The Washington Post, June 24, 2014; 8:19 PM)
House panel takes on VA employee ratings and performance awards
(The Washington Post, June 22, 2014; 6:05 PM)
Policy group seeks action to boost conditions for workers at federal contracting firms
(The Washington Post, June 19, 2014; 6:24 PM)
Fight between two watchdogs in VA drama could affect federal whistleblowers
(The Washington Post, June 15, 2014; 5:17 PM)
Doctors and Congress focus on retaliation against VA employees
(The Washington Post, June 12, 2014; 7:53 PM)
VA report provides lessons to other agencies on what not to do; stress on metrics risky
(The Washington Post, June 10, 2014; 8:33 PM)
VA story has a lesson for unions: Don’t sleep on civil-service reform
(The Washington Post, June 8, 2014; 5:04 PM)
Amid shake-up at the VA, senior exec awards show folly of congressional ways
(The Washington Post, June 6, 2014; 3:29 PM)
Congress wants to make it easier for VA executives’ heads to roll
(The Washington Post, June 3, 2014; 8:43 PM)
Democrats, often strong backers of feds, vote to strip some VA staff of civil-service rights
(The Washington Post, May 22, 2014; 7:00 PM)
Report: weakened workforce could ‘overwhelm government’s capacity’
(The Washington Post, May 20, 2014; 8:24 PM)
Senators say work on 2020 Census is far behind schedule
(The Washington Post, May 18, 2014; 4:56 PM)
Exposures by VA whistleblowers shake agency, reveal serious patient issues
(The Washington Post, May 15, 2014; 7:15 PM)
Administration revives awards for federal senior executives who save money
(The Washington Post, May 13, 2014; 7:11 PM)
Postal finances: The numbers tell the truth but not the whole story
(The Washington Post, May 11, 2014; 6:36 PM)
Officials vow to improve federal workplace during Public Service Recognition Week
(The Washington Post, May 8, 2014; 7:16 PM)
Federal workforce honored and examined as part of Public Service Recognition Week
(The Washington Post, May 6, 2014; 7:51 PM)
IG’s long stretch in limbo of administrative leave is unfair to him, agency and taxpayers
(The Washington Post, May 4, 2014; 7:46 PM)
Mass punishment: House bill would ban bonuses for all VA senior executives
(The Washington Post, May 1, 2014; 8:28 PM)
Court case on public employee free speech rights could have ‘dramatic’ impact
(The Washington Post, April 29, 2014; 7:40 PM)
Far fewer federal employees donated to charity campaign last year
(The Washington Post, April 27, 2014; 7:41 PM)
IRS budget cuts lead to lower tax collections and poorer customer service
(The Washington Post, April 22, 2014; 7:25 PM)
Senate postal bill would cut workers comp for feds across the government
(The Washington Post, April 20, 2014; 5:26 PM)
Retired fed celebrates 35 years with transplanted kidney; health insurance helped
(The Washington Post, April 17, 2014; 7:48 PM)
Charities hit OPM’s federal workplace giving rules, but welcome invitation to discuss them
(The Washington Post, April 15, 2014; 10:25 PM)
Report shows shrinking pay gap for federal employees, but few women are in top jobs
(The Washington Post, April 13, 2014; 8:12 PM)
House approves budget that would save money by taking from federal workers
(The Washington Post, April 10, 2014; 7:39 PM)
Obama’s actions on equal pay are good, but not enough
(The Washington Post, April 8, 2014; 8:58 PM)
Federal employees losing Rep. Moran, a strong supporter who is ‘very frustrated’
(The Washington Post, April 6, 2014; 5:20 PM)
Report on civil service reform includes controversial recommendations
(The Washington Post, April 3, 2014; 8:00 PM)
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