Joe Davidson

Washington, D.C.

Columnist focusing on federal government issues

Education: University of Michigan, master's in public policy; Oakland University, bachelor's in social science and education

Joe Davidson writes the Federal Insider, formerly the Federal Diary, a Washington Post column on the federal government. For 13 years he was a Washington and foreign correspondent with the Wall Street Journal. Before joining The Post as an assistant city editor in 2005, he was an editor with the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies. He is a founding board member of the National Association of Black Journalists and is in its Hall of Fame. At The Wall Street Journal, Davidson covered a broad range of domestic issues and agencies, including health, education and the Justice Department
Latest from Joe Davidson

Despite full integration order, women in special ops face many barriers

Despite “incremental progress,” a watchdog said military leaders must address numerous barriers to integrating women into the Special Operations forces.

January 27, 2023

Trump’s agency relocations hurt staff experience, diversity, watchdog says

A new GAO report details lasting problems with the troubled relocation of two USDA agencies to the Kansas City region under the Trump administration.

January 20, 2023

Safety, training lapses endanger FBI undercover agents, watchdog says

Undercover FBI agents are threatened by bureaucratic lapses and training shortfalls, an inspector general warns.

January 13, 2023

Airport screeners get big boost in pay and collective bargaining rights

The average airport screener will receive a 28 percent pay raise, about a $13,000 annual boost, beginning in July.

January 6, 2023

Democrats’ probe of white violent extremism likely to stop under GOP

A Democratic House probe of violent white extremism is likely to end when Republicans take control next month.

December 22, 2022

Africa summit boasted progress, though differences with U.S. remain

While differences between the U.S. and the more than 50 nations on the continent remain, the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit in D.C. included notable progress.

December 16, 2022

School kids should eat more fish, federal agency says

The Government Accountability Office is urging the U.S. Department of Agriculture to increase fish in school lunches.

December 8, 2022

School dress codes can discriminate against many students, report finds

The government should push equal access to education by helping school districts design clothing standards that better consider equity and safety for students, a new report finds.

December 2, 2022

Prison staff who sexually assault inmates should face harsher sentences, DOJ says

DOJ has ordered its Bureau of Prisons to take “immediate actions” against the problem of federal employees who sexually abuse inmates.

November 17, 2022

Racism led to lower benefits for Black veterans, studies find

A nationwide study of more than 1 million military discharges finds that Black veterans are significantly more likely to “bear the stigma” of a less-than-honorable discharge.

November 11, 2022