The President’s Budget—Agency by Agency
The release of the president’s budget last week kicked off the planning process for fiscal year 2011, which begins October 1st. We reviewed the schedule and the total cost of the budget—$39,000 per family—in a blog post last week.
A lot of statistics come out with the budget, including an agency-by-agency run-down of the president’s proposed spending. So we’ve produced a chart of how much money goes to each agency. Along with the total amount, you can see the amount of spending per family or per person in the chart below.
Some of the numbers are pretty startling. For example, if you look at spending on the Department of Health and Human Services (i.e. Medicare and Medicaid) and Social Security, that’s over $1.5 trillion right there. That’s about $16,000 per U.S. family or $5,100 per person in spending on health and income support. The beautiful—er, uh, boxy—building pictured here is HHS, where a lot of this spending is administered.
Another big chunk of spending is on the military. Put together the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs, and you’ve got about $812 billion in spending—$8,200 per family or $2,600 per person.
It’s up to you as a taxpayer, voter, and citizen to decide whether the federal government’s spending priorities are in the right place. Following the budget and spending process here might give you information you need to tell your member of Congress what you think about it all and ultimately drive the federal government in a direction you prefer.
|Department of Agriculture|
|Department of Commerce|
|Department of Defense|
|National Intelligence Program|
|Department of Education|
|Department of Energy|
|Department of Health and Human Services|
|Department of Homeland Security|
|Department of Housing and Urban Development|
|Department of the Interior|
|Department of Justice|
|Department of Labor|
|Department of State and Other International Programs|
|Department of Transportation|
|Department of the Treasury|
|Department of Veterans Affairs|
|Corps of Engineers – Civil Works|
|Environmental Protection Agency|
|National Aeronautics and Space Administration|
|National Science Foundation|
|Small Business Administration|
|Social Security Administration|
|Corporation for National Community Service|