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WASHINGTON (WUSA9) — A new federal payroll database obtained by WUSA9 and the Asbury Park Press shows $332 million in 2012 bonuses and identifies the government’s biggest payouts went to workers who deal with natural disasters.

The searchable database shows individual payroll records for fiscal year 2012, including some bonuses, for about three out of four government workers.

The figures, obtained through Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests to the Office of Personnel Management indicate the federal government has trimmed its bonus program since 2011, but they don’t represent a full disclosure of government bonuses.

In FOIA responses to WUSA9, OPM has acknowledged it doesn’t include all bonuses information because it considers an unknown amount of bonuses to be protected from disclosure under agency guidelines.

The Asbury Park Press estimates the numbers include about 73% of government workers, but excludes Department of Defense, CIA, FBI, Congress, The White House and some security agencies.

Individual or agency payroll records for fiscal year 2012 are searchable at DataUniverse.com, the Asbury Park Press’ public records site. Look under “What’s new” for the link.

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