A department-by-department guide to cutting the government's budget.

Department of Agriculture

The Department of Agriculture administers large farm subsidy programs and runs the food stamp and school lunch programs.

The department will spend about $149 billion in 2014, or almost $1,200 for every U.S. household. It employs 93,000 workers and operates more than 240 subsidy programs.

Department of the Interior

The Department of the Interior oversees more than 500 million acres of land, distributes subsidized irrigation water, and runs aid programs for American Indians.

The department will spend $13 billion in 2014, or about $106 for every U.S. household. It employs 67,000 workers.

Department of Energy

The Department of Energy oversees nuclear weapons sites, runs electric utilities, and subsidizes conventional and alternative fuels.

The department will spend $28 billion in 2014, or about $228 for every U.S. household. It employs 15,000 workers directly and oversees about 100,000 contract workers.

From the Downsizing Blog

Senator Coburn’s Final Report

One the best U.S. senators of recent decades is leaving. No one has spotlighted the ongoing waste in federal spending more than Tom Coburn of Oklahoma. In his farewell address, he advised his colleagues: “Your whole goal is to protect the United States of America, its Constitution and its liberties … it’s not to provide benefits for your state.” As if to underline Coburn’s point, the Washington Post yesterday described how Senator Roger Wicker helped pour $349 million down the drain on an unused NASA facility in his home state of Mississippi.

The Federal Spending Juggernaut

Over the weekend, the Senate approved the $1.1 trillion Cromnibus spending package, which funds parts of the government through September 2015.

Government Job Security

Federal employees are generally overpaid. Federal, civilian employees made $81,076 in 2013 in wages, on average, compared to $55,424 in the private sector. Their benefit packages are particularly out of line with the private sector. Total compensation including wages and benefits for federal, civilian employees was $115,524 in 2013, on average, compared to $66,357 in the private sector.
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