Federal Spending Increased 4.4 Percent in 2007

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Press release, CB08-146, October 2, 2008

The federal government allocated $2.56 trillion in domestic spending for fiscal year 2007, up 4.4 percent from the prior year, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. This and additional important information on federal funding is included in two new reports being released today. The Consolidated Federal Funds Report: 2007 provides a broad overview of how and where the federal government distributes funds. Statistics are broken out by federal department and agency, as well as by state, county and subcounty area. The second report, Federal Aid to States for Fiscal Year 2007, contains data on federal grants to state and local governments.

Retirement and disability payments to individuals accounted for $783 billion (more than 30 percent) of total federal spending. Of that amount, 80 percent, or $623 billion, went to Social Security recipients. Social Security was composed of retirement insurance payments ($369 billion), survivors insurance ($113 billion), disability insurance ($105 billion) and supplemental security income payments ($36 billion).

Nearly half of all domestic government spending (excluding interest on the federal debt) went to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, accounting for $1.22 trillion. The one-year increase in spending for these three programs was approximately $198 for every person in the United States.

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