Joe Davidson

Federal Diary columnistWashington, D.C.

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Gay rights groups are praising President Obama for his plans to issue an executive order Monday that would ban federal employment discrimination based on gender identify.

  • Jul 21, 2014

Managers have allegedly threatened employees or retaliated against those who complain about misconduct.

  • Jul 17, 2014

A House hearing examines the General Schedule personnel system. Many agree it needs it.

  • Jul 15, 2014

A House panel examines “viability” of General Schedule system for classifying federal workers.

  • Jul 15, 2014

GOP House members consider federal senior executives to be overpaid and overprotected.

  • Jul 13, 2014

SES members might not have known there was a question about the ability of their workforce to continue, but that’s an inference that can be drawn by the title of the hearing: “The Viability of the Senior Executive Service.“

  • Jul 11, 2014

Smallpox find at NIH and hacking at OPM show federal employment can be risky to health, personal data.

  • Jul 10, 2014

Statements to House panel hit VA’s treatment of whistleblowers, show bad care for hospital patients

  • Jul 8, 2014

House panel takes testimony that hits VA for service and whistleblower retaliation.

  • Jul 8, 2014

The House Veterans Affairs Committee is scheduled to look at the role of whistleblowers who helped expose the VA scandal.

  • Jul 8, 2014

A court ruling in favor of a family whose son was killed in a cross-border shooting spotlights the issue.

  • Jul 6, 2014

VA nominee will find an agency with a ‘corrosive culture’ that will be hard to fix.

  • Jul 1, 2014

New VA boss must change toxic VA culture, including retaliation against whistleblowers.

  • Jul 1, 2014

Congressman wants a House committee to call the CEO of the security background check company to sit for a transcribed interview.

  • Jun 30, 2014

Obama defends federal employees at a town hall meeting, saying they deserve our praise.

  • Jun 29, 2014

President praises federal employees at town hall meeting in Minneapolis.

  • Jun 27, 2014

Report says pay issues pushing senior executives out of government.

  • Jun 27, 2014

Legislation would allow federal agencies to share information about job candidates.

  • Jun 27, 2014

The Federal Diary gets lots of reader reaction. Some of it is fit to print.

  • Jun 26, 2014

Two thousand medical residency positions at Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) hospitals would be created under legislation introduced by three Democratic members of Congress.

  • Jun 26, 2014
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About Joe

Joe Davidson writes the Federal Diary, a column about the federal workplace that celebrated its 80th birthday in November 2012. Davidson previously was an assistant city editor at The Washington Post and a Washington and foreign correspondent with The Wall Street Journal, where he covered federal agencies and political campaigns.

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