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

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.

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 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.

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