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The Budget of the US Government – setting government priorities

by Data Planet ™ on 2019-09-04T11:36:26-04:00 in Government and Politics | Comments

We are super excited about an updated release of the Budget of the United States Government database, issued by the Office of Management and Budget, in Data Planet. This dataset provides detail on the President’s budget proposal for a given fiscal year, as well as historical and projected totals. Amounts are provided for budget authority, outlays, and receipts in total, and by government agency and bureau. (Budget authority is the authority provided by law to incur financial obligations that will result in outlays, ie, expenditures.)

With the current release, we’ve also included granular breakdowns on where monies are allocated by budget function and account. For example, the restructuring of the dataset makes it possible to drill into change over time in the Budget Authority of the Agency for International Development, for the budget function “International Assistance Program,” for the specific account “Development Assistance Program”:

Another interesting way to look at the data is to rank and compare outlays across budget years for an agency or bureau by function or account. In the chart below, the ranking compares outlays for 2015 and 2018 by the Department of Education by account:

It’s also quite easy to track changes in outlays, receipts, or authority, across budgets. Here we’ve trended outlays of the Corps of Engineers – Civil Works for the budget function of “water resources” for several accounts:

Each of the budget items has a story to tell – researching the legislative history, and the events in the broader environment, that led to establishment of an agency, bureau, or program might lead to a fascinating topic for a paper or assignment! To get started, explore the supporting information linked from the summary of the dataset that appears below the chart to understand the detail behind the programs and accounts. The Data Planet “What happened here” tool is another way to begin further research. To use the feature, simply click on a data point in your chart, which provokes a Yahoo search for related content.

Happy searching!


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