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

Department of Labor

The Department of Labor oversees unemployment insurance, provides training programs, and imposes an array of union and workplace regulations.

The department will spend about $77 billion in fiscal 2014, or about $626 for every U.S. household. It employs more than 17,000 workers.

Department of Homeland Security

The Department of Homeland Security was created in 2002 by combining 22 agencies, which are responsible for a vast array of activities.

The department spent $43 billion in 2014, or about $350 for every U.S. household. It employs 190,000 people.

Department of Commerce

The Department of Commerce subsidizes businesses, restricts foreign trade, and oversees the Census Bureau and Patent Office.

The department will spend about $8 billion in 2014, or about $65 for every U.S. household. It employs 39,900 workers and operates more than 89 subsidy programs.

From the Downsizing Blog

Over-Budget Hospitals

The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) is plagued with problems. Veterans wait months for medical care and have few options for accessing non-VHA providers. In addition to all of the issues relating to providing health care, construction of VA medical facilities is mismanaged, which costs taxpayers billions of dollars in extra costs.

Chairmen of House and Senate Budget Committees Propose Good Fiscal Frameworks, Particularly Compared to Obama’s Spendthrift Plan

Earlier this year, President Obama proposed a budget that would impose new taxes and add a couple of trillion dollars to the burden of government spending over the next 10 years.

The Senate Budget: Even More Vague than the House

Senate Budget Chairman Mike Enzi released his budget proposal yesterday afternoon. The request follows yesterday’s proposal from House Budget Chairman Tom Price. The two requests are similar. Both would reduce projected spending by $5 trillion and balance the federal budget over the next ten years. Both budgets repeal ObamaCare, and neither includes reforms to Social Security. The big difference between the two is that the Senate version is even vaguer than the House version.
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