Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Federal Budget Data Back to 1986 Now Available

You can now examine federal government budget data on usgovernmentspending.com going back to 1986.

Up to now, usgovernmentspending.com has featured federal budget data available online from the US Government Printing Office.  Principally, usgovernmentspending.com gets this data from the Historical Tables supplement to the federal budget, from Tables 2.1, 2.4, 2.5, 3.2, 7.1 and 10.1.  These data on the GPO site go back to the 1996 budget released in February 1995, and that's all that usgovernmentspending.com lets you see.

Usgovernmentspending.com provides two ways for you to look at this data in its Budget feature.

  1. You can look at the six years of estimated spending in a single budget here
  2. You can look at the spending estimates for a single year in six successive budgets here and compare them with the actual spending.

The historical data series published in the Historical Tables start at various dates between 1934 and 1962 and, when published in each budget, feature actual data up to the fiscal year that ended prior to the publication of the budget. In addition to the historical data, the tables include six years of estimated data for spending and revenue, beginning with the budget year in progress at the time the budget is published and out five years into the future.  The OMB first started publishing the six-year estimates in the 1986 federal budget.

We have now added the estimated spending and revenue data from the Historical Tables for the budgets from 1986 to 1995.  Most of the data is available on PDF files at the FRASER database at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis here.  Data from the 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, and 1995 budgets was copied from paper records and are now available in PDF files on the usgovernmentspending.com site.

Here is how to access the raw estimated data in the Historical Tables for 1986 - 1995:
Here is the link to individual federal budgets at the GPO site from 1996 to the present. You can drill down to individual budgets.

See also Table of Data Sources by Year.

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