Disagreements over spending and taxes this year forced the government to furlough federal employees and contractors as partisan gridlock over the issues caused automatic spending cuts and a 16-day government shutdown.
Congress in December reached a short-term spending deal projected to trim future budget deficits, but its fiscal discipline comes in the form of continued sequester cuts, new revenue, and reduced contributions toward retirement benefits for future federal employees and working-age military retirees.
Below are the Top 10 Federal Eye stories that told the story of the 2013 budget battles and their consequences.
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