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Top 10 stories from the 2013 budget battles

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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.

Jan. 2: Congress reaches fiscal-cliff deal on New Years Day

Feb. 28: Senate rejects last expected bills for avoiding sequester

April 25: Threat of sequester furloughs diminishing or gone for some agencies

July 26: Stopping sequester would boost economy but hurt longterm output, CBO says

Aug. 12: Obama will exempt military personnel if sequester continues

Oct. 1: Day One of the government shutdown: Now what?

Nov. 7: Shutdown cost $2 billion in lost federal employee productivity, White House says

Nov. 21: Which agencies were hit hardest by shutdown furloughs?

Dec. 12: How higher federal-retirement payments ended up in the 2013 budget deal

Dec. 13: Budget deal allows pay increase for federal workers

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Josh Hicks covers Maryland politics and government. He previously anchored the Post’s Federal Eye blog, focusing on federal accountability and workforce issues.

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