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

Department of Health and Human Services

The Department of Health and Human Services administers Medicare, Medicaid, and hundreds of other subsidy and welfare programs.

The department will spend $958 billion in 2014, or about $7,789 for every U.S. household. It employs 70,000 workers and operates more than 496 subsidy programs.

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 Education

The Department of Education provides loans and grants to college students and subsidizes elementary and secondary schools.

The department will spend $66 billion in 2014, or $537 for every U.S. household. It employs 4,100 workers and operates 120 subsidy programs.

From the Downsizing Blog

The Entitlement Spending Tsunami

The Congressional Budget Office today released its periodic update to the federal government’s spending and revenue projections. This report, known in Washington, D.C. circles as the “baseline,” provides a glimpse into the federal government’s addiction to spending. Supporters of uncontrolled spending trumpet that the federal deficit has been cut in half over the last several years, but the real story is lurking below the surface. Washington’s spending addiction is creating an entitlement spending tsunami.

Mandatory Spending Continues to Drive the Budget

This morning, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released its updated Budget and Economic Outlook report, known in Washington, D.C. parlance as the “baseline.” This report details CBO’s projections on federal spending and revenue for this year and into the future.

The Size and Scope of Fraud in Medicare

Medicare spends more than $600 billion annually, but not all of that money is spent wisely. Yesterday, I wrote about the Washington Post’s expose on motorized wheelchair fraud. Records suggest that 80 percent of motorized wheelchair claims are “improper,” amounting to billions in waste. Unfortunately for taxpayers, this is just the tip of the iceberg on Medicare fraud.
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