Information - Excellent stuff, ChrisPayne.
Thanks man. Not sure if anyone is interested in this stuff, but it will at least help to educate a voter or two. If anyone has any questions for me on how different pieces of the budget work I am happy to field them.
Information - If people truly understood how the Federal government appropriates, obligates and expends money there would be something close to a revolution.'Ron Paul Revolution' but that shit was cock blocked by the status quo.
The amount of inefficiency, graft and outright [legal] corruption is breathtaking.
Information - I don't know if there are any good resources on this, but I'd love to see figures on aged unobligated Appropriations. Not current O&M/G&A, but multi-year and no-year funds. Especially in grant-making agencies.
Sure, Congress can pull those Appropriations back. Sometimes they do. But I've heard stories from people in small agencies talk about obligating no year funds from 10 years ago. 10 years!
I'm not sure I understand, are you talking on agencies sitting on funds that were appropriate but not obligated for some long period of time? Sort of a slush fund for an agency?
The data I used to create the graphs above came from the white house OMB historical tables: https://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/budget/Historicals
I have never seen a data source on that. I suspect that at least for the big dollar programs (everything in Human Resources and Defense) they spend almost all or all of the appropriations, but I would be interested to see some sort of break down.
Social Security and Medicare are a little funny because they both have a specific tax, but by law the "surplus" can only be invested in government issue debt, which then goes back to fund other underfunded programs. In a way it's just the case that a portion of the Social Security tax is misnamed, and happens to be a tax for general revenue.
Its all so grossly mismanaged no wonder there is so much corruption
Good on you OP but the vast majority are ignorant of this and have no desire to learn.
I'd estimate that maybe 1 out of 100 voters could draw a reasonably accurate pie chart depicting the federal budget.