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Did you know that the government has almost 2,000 federal bank accounts?

Federal accounts, which are similar to bank accounts, are what the government uses to spend money. We've created this visualization to provide an all-in-one view of these accounts and help you explore how much is being used. The dendrogram (tree diagram) shows how each agency's accounts are organized. The first branch of the diagram shows agencies, the second shows sub-agencies, and the third shows the federal accounts.

How do agencies receive and spend money?

Every fiscal year, Congress decides how much money to give the federal government through its budgeting and appropriations process. These funds, or appropriations, are then designated for specific purposes and placed in specific federal accounts for each agency to use.

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Federal Accounts Dendrogram
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Fiscal Year 2018
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How We Conducted This Analysis

We conducted this analysis by organizing the spending data reported to USAspending.gov in a way that reflects the structure of the federal government. To do this, we matched federal accounts with the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB's) Master Account File, which lists agencies and their Treasury accounts as presented in the government-wide budget. We based this analysis on File A information reported to USAspending.gov.

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