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The three biggest federal programs are health care (including Medicare and Medicaid), pensions (including Social Security), and Defense.

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FY14 Federal Budget Spending Estimates
for Fiscal Years 2013 - 2018

2013   2014   2015   2016   2017   2018  


Units: By default, values are displayed in billions of nominal dollars. By using a dropdown control in the table heading you can select millions of dollars, percent of GDP, percent of federal total, percent of overall total, dollars per capita of population, and thousand dollars per capita of population.
US Budget Year: By default, the table displays budgeted and estimated numbers from the most recent US Federal Budget submitted to the Congress by the president. But you can look at numbers from other US Federal Budgets using this dropdown control.
US Budget Year: By default, the table displays budgeted and estimated numbers from the most recent US Federal Budget submitted to the Congress by the president. But you can look at numbers from other US Federal Budgets using this dropdown control.
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US Federal Government FY 14 Budget
Estimated Outlays in $ billion nominal
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Estimated Outlays from US Federal FY 14 Budget
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FY 2013
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FY 2014
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FY 2015
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FY 2016
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FY 2017
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FY 2018
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[+]  Pensions874.3928.5980.21,037.41,093.965.3
[+]  Health Care882.2973.61,058.01,141.81,174.0596.8
[+]  Education98.0141.8119.4119.4126.5133.5
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[+] Drill-down: Click on the [+] to drill down to more detailed numbers. For federal spending line items (but not revenue) you can drill down three levels to view about 4,000 items of spending at the “agency code” level.
Defense856.5830.9823.2811.6812.5815.4
[+]  Welfare422.4393.7384.6387.9384.9382.9
[+]  Protection37.036.036.537.137.938.7
[+]  Transportation94.5103.8115.8111.8109.9111.8
[+]  General Government55.953.454.257.657.560.4
[+]  Other Spending141.493.282.785.276.982.4
[+]  Interest222.8222.9253.6300.1373.4461.5
[+]  Balance0.00.00.00.00.00.0
[+]  Total Spending:  Start chart3,685.03,777.83,908.24,089.84,247.54,449.2
[+]  Federal Deficit972.9744.2576.5528.4486.9475.3
[+]  Gross Public Debt17,249.318,246.919,147.820,026.620,876.521,696.2
[+]  Other Borrowing0.00.00.00.00.00.0
[+]  Agency/GSE Debt0.00.00.00.00.00.0
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b - budgeted estimate in US FY14 budget
e - estimated by usgovernmentspending.com

Data Sources for 2013:
Federal: Fed. Budget: Hist. Tables 3.2, 5.1, 7.1

Data Sources for 2018:
Federal: Fed. Budget: Hist. Tables 3.2, 5.1, 7.1


The table shows overall budgeted federal outlays for major functions for the next five years, as estimated in the historical tables in the current presidential budget.

You can change the budget to be analyzed or drill down to view more detailed spending information.

But. For the “default” and “programs” views, we have extracted data from the Public Budget Database to expand Social Security and Medicare beyond the single line item each gets in Table 3.2. The Public Budget Database starts publishing six years of estimated outlays with the FY10 budget, so this page will only provide a full six years of estimated outlays starting with the FY10 budget.

Notes

Data Sources: Federal spending from Budget of the United States Government.

For a discussion of the sources of the government spending data used here read How We Got the Data for usgovernmentspending.com.

Budget Updates: The president’s budget is typically published each year in February.

Download Federal Budget Data for 2013-2018

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Spending Data Sources

Spending data is from official government sources.

Gross Domestic Product data comes from US Bureau of Economic Analysis and measuringworth.com.

Detailed table of spending data sources here.

Federal spending data begins in 1792.

State and local spending data begins in 1820.

State and local spending data for individual states begins in 1957.

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Data Sources for 2013_2018:

Sources for 2013:

GDP, GO: GDP, GO Sources
Federal: Fed. Budget: Hist. Tables 3.2, 5.1, 7.1
State and Local: State and Local Gov. Finances

Sources for 2018:

GDP, GO: GDP, GO Sources
Federal: Fed. Budget: Hist. Tables 3.2, 5.1, 7.1
State and Local: State and Local Gov. Finances
'Guesstimated' by projecting the latest change in reported spending forward to future years

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Local Government Finances from 1992 to Present

On May 16, 2018 usgovernmentspending.com added access to the spending and revenues of the tens of thousands of local governments -- counties, cities, special districts and school districts -- in the United States.

Local government finance data for individual local government units is published by the US Census Bureau in so-called "Individual Unit Files" and is available from 1992 to the present, with gaps from 1993-94 and 2007-11. Data for the missing years has been estimated by usgovernmentspending.com.

Users can access this local government finance data in three ways.

  1. Local Rank page, that lists the top local governments by spending or by revenue.
  2. Local Detail page, that lists spending or revenue details for each local government.
  3. Local Chart page, that provides a multi-year chart of spending or revenue for each local government.
Given that there are tens of thousands of local governments in the US, the question is how to access a particular city, or county, or special district. There are two ways:
  1. Go to the Local Rank page. Then switch to the rank you want: city, county, district or school. If the government is on the list then click on the "chart" or "detail" link. If the government is not on the list then go to the bottom of the list and select the state the government is in. Then select the government using the drop downs.
  2. Go to the Local Detail or Local Chart page. Then select the state and the city/county/district/school.

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