Monday, May 11, 2009

May 11 Updates: Full US Budget

On May 11, 2009, the US Government Printing Office published the full US budget for FY 2010, including the customary Historical Tables, the main data source for usgovernmentspending.com.

We have now updated usgovernmentspending.com with the new FY10 data. This means that:

  • The home page charts and tables are now updated with the latest data on spending, deficits, and US federal debt using numbers from the FY10 budget.
  • The Numbers page, or "classic" home page, now shows detailed spending for all the great heads of federal expenditure using numbers from the FY10 budget.
  • The Budget page now shows updated charts of the first Obama budget.
  • Numbers for FY 2008 are now the actual numbers, replacing budgeted numbers, as reported in Table 3.2 of the Historical Tables.
  • Revenues at usgovernmentrevenue.com now include the latest FY10 numbers.

UPDATED: Final major task of the FY10 budget update is complete. The Outlays, about 4,000 line items from the Public Database outlays.csv, are now loaded up for FY10.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Still No Historical Tables

Today, May 7, 2009, the Obama administration released a budget Appendix. It contains the usual breakdown of spending by federal agency.

But usgovernmentspending.com will not have updated FY10 numbers until the Historical Tables are published.  The Historical Tables include Table 3.2, which has federal expenditure by subfunction, and Table 4.1, outlays, about 4,000 items of federal expenditure.

Here is the state of play on the FY10 Federal Budget so far (see here and here):

  • A New Era of Responsibility: Renewing America’s Promise - Published 2/22
  • Analytical Perspectives
  • Historical Tables
  • Appendix - Published 5/4
  • Updated Summary Tables
Thanks to everyone for your patience.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Let's Play Policy Analyst

How well do you know your government programs? How many billion did the US governments--federal, state, and loca--spend on education in 1953?

Thought so. But but you can test and hone your knowledge with the new usgovernmentspending.com Policy Analyst game.

Go ahead. Imagine you are a policy analyst from the Brookings Institution, or maybe the American Enterprise Institute. See if you can grab all the biggest programs for your side.

The one who dies with the most programs wins. Right?

Go ahead and test your skill. Click here to start.