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

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 $18 billion in 2013, or about $150 for every U.S. household. It employs 70,000 workers.

Department of Housing and Urban Development

The Department of Housing and Urban Development funds public housing, provides rental vouchers, and subsidizes homeownership.

The department will spend $60 billion in 2013, or about $500 for every U.S. household. It employs 9,400 workers and operates 122 subsidy programs.

Department of Defense

The Department of Defense oversees a vast array of people and assets at home and abroad, but we could improve security and reduce costs with a more restrained military strategy.

The department will spend about $633 billion in fiscal 2013, or $5,200 for every U.S. household.

From the Downsizing Blog

Government Keeps Growing

Political scientist Matt Grossmann discussed the results of his research on federal government growth in the Washington Post last week.

Close the Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing Program

The Government Accountability Office’s annual duplication report is out. This year, the report highlights 30 ways that the federal government can save money. One way is to terminate the Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing (ATVM) program, which provides government-subsidized loans to companies that make fuel-efficient cars. The program has been a failure, and it has cost taxpayers millions of dollars.

The Income Tax vs. Civil Liberties

The Internal Revenue Service scandal over the targeting of conservative groups has highlighted the agency’s power to obstruct our political freedoms. Filing taxes every April also drives home how the government reduces our freedom.
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