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Federal agencies slash travel expenses

Lisa Rein, The Washington Post
Jan 15 2014 - 9:28am

WASHINGTON -- Federal agencies have slashed spending on travel and conferences in the aftermath of several high-profile abuses, but some lawmakers said Tuesday the government must be careful not to go overboard by restricting productive gatherings that improve government services.

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Congress could reconsider military pension cut in January

Lisa Rein, The Washington Post
Dec 30 2013 - 11:05am

WASHINGTON -- A cut to military retirement pay in the budget signed Thursday by President Barack Obama has already triggered such a backlash that Congress may vote in January to toss it out.Some lawmakers who represent districts with a military presence -- and who voted for the overall budget -- are vowing to overturn the pension change as soon as...

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Federal workers get 1% pay raise

Lisa Rein, The Washington Post
Dec 24 2013 - 10:38am

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama signed an executive order Monday authorizing a 1 percent pay raise for federal employees, ending a four-year freeze in salary rates.

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Federal workers keep most retirement benefits under budget deal

Lisa Rein, The Washington Post
Dec 13 2013 - 12:55pm

WASHINGTON -- After a year of furloughs, budget cuts and uncertainty for federal workers, this much is clear in the congressional budget deal being considered by lawmakers: It could have been worse.That may not offer consolation to future hires who would contribute more than their colleagues to their retirement accounts, or to working-age military...

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Civilian Defense workers swamp merit board with furlough appeals

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Lisa Rein, The Washington Post
Nov 8 2013 - 10:12am

WASHINGTON -- The files came by the thousands, and cardboard boxes stuffed with manila folders overflowed into the hallways.When the White House and Congress allowed automatic spending cuts to take effect across the government in March, the theory was that it would have to do less. Employees would be furloughed -- compelled to stay home without...

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