Saturday, May 18, 2013

New Social Security Breakdown

On May 12, 2013 we updated to show details of the federal Social Security program.

Historical Table 3.2, published each year in the Historical Tables section of the Budget of the United States, is the primary source for showing federal outlays down to the "subfunction" level.  Table 3.2 includes about 80 line items.  But Social Security appears as a single line item, subfunction 651.

The details of Social Security can be found in Outlays table of the the Public Budget Database section of the budget and shows it on its Numbers page.  There you can find outlays for the two major parts of Social Security, the Old Age and Survivors Insurance program and the Disability Insurance program, when you drill down below the subfunction level. has now surfaced the OASI and DI outlays up to the subfunction level by creating our own unofficial subfunctions for the Social Security program as follows:

652OASI Benefits
653OASI Administration
654DI Benefits
655DI Administration

You can find the new detailed Social Security numbers on the Social Security Spending Details page here and the Social Security Details by Year page here.  You can also look at the Entitlements History page here.

Reminder: The five "subfunctions" 652 through 656 are not official US government subfunctions.

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