Retired federal employees will receive a 1.4 percent cost-of-living increase in their pensions this winter.
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The Defense Department has finished setting up a massive computer system to handle pay, benefits and personnel records for the more than 800,000 civilians that work for the department worldwide, according to Pentagon officials.
Federal executives' bonuses hinge partly on what agency they work for.
A deal in the Senate on homeland security legislation remains unlikely after a day of back-and-forth between Republicans and Democrats over the bill.