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Fed bonuses cut in half, new figures show
Bonus pay for 1.3 million federal workers fell off a proverbial fiscal cliff last year, dropping nearly 50% as a result of draconian budget cuts tied to a partial government shutdown and recent caps on employee awards. In all, the federal government paid $176.6 million in employee performance awards, down from about $332 million in the 2012 fiscal year, according to an Asbury Park (N.J.) Press review of federal payroll data. The database, which covers about three-quarters of the federal workforce, is available online at www.DataUniverse.com, the Press’ free, searchable public records website. A perennial target of criticism, bonuses for federal workers have been on the decline since 2011, when government bonuses totaled $439 million.
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