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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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FY13 Federal Budget Spending Estimates
for Fiscal Years 2012 - 2017

2012   2013   2014   2015   2016   2017  


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 13 Budget
Estimated Outlays in $ billion nominal
-5yr -1yr   as of Winter 2012   +1yr +4yr
Estimated Outlays from US Federal FY 13 Budget
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FY 2012
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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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[+]  Pensions819.7878.5925.7978.81,037.31,092.0
[+]  Health Care846.1916.11,038.61,116.51,214.81,254.8
[+]  Education153.1136.1121.2120.5117.4120.2
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Defense902.2901.4799.8777.7794.5808.3
[+]  Welfare451.9422.3402.6397.3399.3394.5
[+]  Protection62.062.857.356.658.958.3
[+]  Transportation102.6114.2107.7106.2109.1112.6
[+]  General Government33.628.128.229.030.833.1
[+]  Other Spending199.696.292.987.083.892.6
[+]  Interest224.8247.7309.1390.4482.8565.5
[+]  Balance0.00.00.00.00.00.0
[+]  Total Spending:  Start chart3,795.63,803.43,883.14,059.94,328.84,531.7
[+]  Federal Deficit1,327.0901.4667.8609.7648.8612.4
[+]  Gross Public Debt16,350.917,547.918,499.919,426.520,391.221,325.5
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b - budgeted estimate in US FY13 budget
e - estimated by usgovernmentspending.com

Data Sources for 2012:
Federal: Fed. Budget: Hist. Tables 3.2, 5.1, 7.1

Data Sources for 2017:
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.

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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 1890.

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

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Data Sources for 2012_2017:

Sources for 2012:

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

Sources for 2017:

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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Federal Deficit and Outlay Actuals for FY16

On October 14, 2016, the US Treasury reported in its Monthly Treasury Statement (and xls) for September that the federal deficit for FY 2016 ending September 30 was $587 billion. Here are the numbers, including total receipts, total outlays, and deficit compared with the numbers projected in the FY 2017 federal budget published in February 2016:

Federal Finances
FY 2016 Outcomes
Budget
billions
Outcome
billions
Receipts $3,336$3,267
Outlays$3,951$3,854
Deficit$616$587

usfederalbudget.us now shows the new numbers for total FY 2016 outlays and receipts on its Estimate vs. Actual page.

The Monthly Treasury Statement includes ""Table 4: Receipts of the United States Government, September 2015 and Other Periods." This table of receipts by source is used for usgovernmentspending.com to post federal receipt actuals for FY 2016.

The Monthly Treasury Statement includes "Table 9. Summary of Receipts by Source, and Outlays by Function of the U.S. Government, September 2016 and Other Periods".   This table of outlays by function makes it possible for usgovernmentspending.com to estimate actual outlays by "subfunction" for FY 2016 by factoring budgeted amounts by the difference between budgeted and actual "function" amounts where actual outlays by subfunction cannot be gleaned from the Monthly Treasury Statement.

Final detailed FY 2016 numbers will not appear on usgovernmentspending.com until the FY 2018 federal budget is published in February 2017 with the actual outlays for FY 2016 in Historical Table 3.2--Outlays by Function and Subfunction.

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