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

Marshals Service uses go-between to dodge Biden’s private prison order

After President Biden ordered the Justice Department to stop using private prisons, the U.S. Marshals Service continued to do so by using a middleman.

March 31, 2023

Coalition urges probe of large federal contractor’s diversity efforts

Labor and civil rights groups are urging the Biden administration to investigate claims of systemic racism and sexism at call-center provider Maximus.

March 21, 2023

Reality hinders Biden’s plan to make government a ‘model employer’

The White House pledges to make the government a "model employer," but labor troubles and a gender pay gap hinder his support for equity and federal unions.

March 16, 2023

Two-year probe finds law enforcement lapses related to Capitol riot

A two-year probe of law enforcement actions related to the Jan. 6, 2021, attack found missed opportunities and weak risk-mitigation procedures.

March 10, 2023

Lawmakers, union and DHS fight suicide jump in customs agency

There were 15 suicides among Custom and Border Protection (CBP) employees in 2022, the most since at least 2007.

March 3, 2023

IRS tech is so ‘archaic’ the agency struggles to find people to work it

IRS uses computer applications 25 to 64 years old and software up to 15 versions behind current versions, leading to security risks and customer frustration.

February 24, 2023

Largest federal union jousts with D.C. mayor over teleworking

The union is pushing back against calls to “get most federal workers back to the office.”

February 17, 2023

Senate prison system inquiry reveals ‘national disgrace,’ Ossoff says

Sen. Jon Ossoff (D-Ga.) led bipartisan investigations that found official misconduct, sexual abuse and corruption in prison systems.

February 10, 2023

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