New rule was required by a vote in Congress earlier this year.
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Agency says training, lack of overtime funding have hampered processing efforts.
Employees can donate hours to a specific emergency, or bundle them together and let their agency decide how to allocate them.
Payments range from adjustments for dangerous posts to pet relocation.
Republicans have harped on the issue despite infrequent use of political to career conversions.
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FBI employee says he was fired for reporting on employees who used a government plane to solicit prostitutes.
Budget resolution does not mandate retirement cuts, but future spending measures could.
Federal benefit cuts could still be on the horizon through other legislative avenues.