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 $914 billion in 2014, which is about $7,431 for every household in the nation.

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 $42 billion in 2014, or about $341 for every U.S. household. It employs 8,700 workers and operates 127 subsidy programs.

Department of Transportation

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

The department will spend $81 billion in 2014, or about $659 for every U.S. household. It employs 56,000 workers and operates 88 different subsidy programs.

From the Downsizing Blog

Wading Through Disability Paperwork

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) provides benefits to 11 million individuals, costing $140 billion annually. Its trust fund will become insolvent by 2016, so policymakers have little time to reform the system.

TFSAs Spur Canada Savings Revolution

A tax reform is spurring a savings revolution in Canada. Amity Shlaes and I wrote about Canada’s Tax-Free Savings Accounts (TFSAs) in the Wall Street Journal in August. We think that such accounts would be a fantastic policy reform for America. They would simplify the taxation of savings, encourage families to save more, and spur stronger economic growth.

Abusing Federal Paid Leave

Compensation for federal civilian employees is more generous than private-sector workers. Federal workers receive better benefits than their non-governmental counterparts in particular, and generous paid leave benefits are one of the federal advantages. A new report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) suggests that federal agencies are abusing this benefit.
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