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

A watchdog lied to get radioactive materials. Terrorists could, too.

Government watchdog investigators used phony companies and forged documents to purchase the radioactive supplies from U.S. vendors.

July 27, 2022

Whistleblower reveals half-billion in uncollected U.S. debts

A Labor Department whistleblower uncovered almost a half-billion dollars in federal government waste, a new report found.

July 21, 2022

Federal employees are not happy. These agencies are especially troubled.

A drop in federal employee morale is an indication that significant improvement is needed.

July 13, 2022

As Biden visits Middle East, GAO questions U.S. complicity in Yemeni deaths

One question hovering over President Biden’s Middle East trip next week, especially his Saudi Arabia stop, is how complicit American-made weapons are in the deaths of Yemeni civilians.

July 8, 2022

Top VA posts need filling as nominee fights refuted allegations

Veterans Affairs faces a major expansion of benefits and big modernization issues as top positions remain long vacant. One nomination seems doomed.

July 2, 2022

U.S. personnel boss faces lingering post-pandemic challenges

Kiran Ahuja's first year heading the Office of Personnel Management has been highlighted by lingering post-pandemic challenges for the workforce.

June 24, 2022

American trust in government near ‘historic lows,’ Pew finds

Public trust in the government has fallen to “near historic lows,” according to a Pew Research Center report released this week.

June 9, 2022

Fires spread as firefighters plead for pay raise promised last year

The nation risks losing wildland firefighters because a pay hike, signed into law by President Biden in November as part of his massive Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, has not been delivered.

June 3, 2022

DOJ has new tools to fight hate crime. But it’s an uphill battle.

The Buffalo shooting highlighted the difficulty of preventing hate crimes in a nation still rife with ethnic tension exacerbated, many anti-hate crime groups say, by former president Donald Trump’s racist rhetoric.

May 29, 2022

Federal contract workers lose millions to bureaucratic fumbles

Federal contract service workers have lost hundreds of millions of dollars in pay and benefits and are at risk of losing more because of bureaucratic fumbling.

May 19, 2022