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Agencies Pay More Student Loans

Federal agencies increased their spending on student loan repayments for employees by 22 percent in 2008, and the incentives were widely used for recruiting and retaining information technology workers, according to a new report by the Office of Personnel Management.

The report, released on Wednesday, found that 35 federal agencies provided 6,789 employees with $51.6 million in student loan repayments in calendar year 2008, of which information technology management positions represented 2.6 percent of total recipients. But the top jobs receiving the incentives were criminal investigators, attorneys, intelligence analysts and nurses, according to the report.

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