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

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

Border Patrol disbands units accused of covering up abuse

After a litany of abuse coverup allegations and pressure from activists and Congress, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is terminating the Border Patrol’s Critical Incident Teams.

May 12, 2022

Biden and ‘Sammies’ honor feds during Public Service Recognition Week

Public Service Recognition Week will show appreciation to public servants, including 2 million federal employees, with Presidential Rank Awards and the Samuel J. Heyman Service to America medals.

May 4, 2022

Errors rob thousands of students of Social Security benefits

A Social Security report found the agency underpaid 14,470 student beneficiaries by $59.5 million between January 2003 and May 2020 because of agency errors.

April 29, 2022

Widow wins case after protesting military trashing husband’s remains

Garilynn Smith won a complaint against the Pentagon after the Army denied her a promotion as she publicly protested the desecration of her husband's partial remains in a Virginia landfill, a federal labor and management panel declared last week.

April 21, 2022