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

Social Security Administration

The Social Security Administration (SSA) runs the Social Security retirement and disability programs. It also runs the Supplemental Security Income program.

The SSA will spend $954 billion in 2015, which is about $7,756 for every household in the nation.

Department of Transportation

The Department of Transportation subsidizes and regulates highways, airports, air traffic control, urban transit, and passenger rail.

The department will spend $80 billion in 2015, or about $650 for every U.S. household. It employs 56,000 workers and operates 88 different subsidy programs.

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 $10 billion in 2015, or about $81 for every U.S. household. It employs 44,000 workers and operates more than 93 subsidy programs.

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