1. FEDERAL WORKFORCE:
Government employees' morale slumps further
Federal workers are increasingly unhappy with their jobs, their paychecks and their agencies, according to a new government survey. The decline in job satisfaction comes in the wake of a federal pay freeze, furloughs triggered by governmentwide budget cuts and dwindling agency resources. And the survey was taken before the 16-day government shutdown this fall, which dealt another major blow to worker morale.