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Federal Spending Trends Over Time

How has spending changed over the past few years? This chart presents federal spending by category or by agency over a five year period. Have there been significant changes in federal spending? What impact does an increase or decrease have on spending at the subcategory level?

You can track trends in federal spending by category or subcategory.

How does federal spending in the United States compare to other countries?

When you're done here, see how federal spending by the U.S. compares to other countries.

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The visualization was created using the Monthly Treasury Statement (MTS) as the data source for federal government spending of the United States. Some categories from the MTS have been renamed in order to be more easily understood. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) was used to adjust spending in fiscal years 2015-2018 for inflation. Adjusting for inflation allows users to see real, not nominal, changes in sources of spending over time.

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