Most frequently used words in survey responses to question, “What was the biggest federal story of 2011?”.
Federal employees are in the midst of a two-year pay freeze. This year, they also faced multiple threats to their pay and benefits. Most recently, in the payroll tax cut debate, the House pushed through a one-year bill that froze federal pay for one more year. (Instead, Congress passed a two-month bill that didn’t hurt federal pay, but the issue will come up again in February when this bill expires.)