U.S. Federal Government Spending is Now a Single, Unified Data Set

Michael Kraess, Founder and Publisher „Maschinenraum der Politik“

It’s been many years in the making, but spending data from the U.S. Federal Government is now all unified in one source that can be accessed by anyone.

The significance of this cannot be overstated – every single department of the government is now reporting data to the U.S. Treasury in a common format, and this information is being published online at USASpending.gov  https://beta.usaspending.gov/#/

The data puts records of accounts, budgets, grants, and contracts all in one place, and links this information together in a way that has never been done before. Everyday citizens, journalists, and data scientists will be able to see how the government spends money with one consolidated view. Further, this harmonization of accounts will also help to boost transparency, making it easier to spot inefficiencies, waste, and fraud at the federal level.

Here’s an example of a “big picture” output – a view of all 2016 spending in one easy chart.

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Content by USASpending.gov, Content by VisualCapitalist