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 $908 billion in 2013, or about $7,500 for every U.S. household. It employs 70,000 workers and operates more than 445 subsidy programs.

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 $873 billion in 2013, which is about $7,300 for every household in the nation.

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 $156 billion in 2013, or almost $1,300 for every U.S. household. It employs 93,000 workers and operates more than 240 subsidy programs.

From the Downsizing Blog

White House Helicopter Fleet

Did you know that the White House has a fleet of 19 helicopters? The Washington Post today discusses efforts to replace this fleet of aging Sikorsky’s with 21 new vehicles yet to be procured. The fleet is used by the president, vice president, and cabinet secretaries.

Risking Taxpayer Dollars on DOE Loan Guarantees

In February, I highlighted the Department of Energy’s issuance of a $6.5 billion loan guarantee to build a nuclear power facility in Georgia. At the time, the project was behind schedule with cost overruns, and the project’s owners had already secured private financing. Yet DOE issued the loan guarantee anyway.

BLM vs. the Nevada Rancher

The battle between Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) might be viewed as an overly aggressive federal bureaucracy enforcing misguided environmental regulations vs. an oppressed individual and his overly enthusiastic supporters with guns.
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