Leeann Hart carried a boxed plant from her office out of FAA headquarters as federal employees left work on the eve of a possible government shutdown in April. (Bill O'Leary/WASHINGTON POST)

Here’s a quick look back at our best-read items of 2011:

11.) Hurricane Irene moves north, FEMA sets expectations (Aug. 25)

10.) Government shutdown: Cuts in federal pay and benefits targeted as part of budget compromise (April 8)

9.) Government Agency shutdown plan details: What is my agency’s plan if the government shuts down? (April 8)

8.) What might a government shutdown look like? (Feb. 17)

7.) Obama administration moving forward with government shutdown plans (April 4)

6.) Government shutdown preparations begin as funding talks stall (Dec. 14)

5.) Government shutdown: Facts and figures (Feb. 24)

4.) Audit: Undocumented workers got billions from IRS in tax credits

3.) The Federal Eye landing page (bookmark it!): www.washingtonpost.com/federaleye

2.) Army slashing 8,700 jobs as budget cuts begin (Dec. 9)

1.) Government shutdown 2011: Will I get paid? What will be open? What can I expect? (April 8)

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For more, check out The Post’s Best of 2011 for a deeper look at the biggest topics and trends of the year.