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 $958 billion in 2014, or about $7,789 for every U.S. household. It employs 70,000 workers and operates more than 496 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.

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 $593 billion in fiscal 2014, or $4,821 for every U.S. household.

From the Downsizing Blog

Infrastructure: Privatization and Innovation

Tomorrow at CPAC, I will discuss some advantages of infrastructure privatization. Perhaps the largest advantage is innovation. Unlike government bureaucracies, private firms in a competitive environment are eager to maximize the net returns of projects, so they find new ways to reduce costs and improve quality.

Austerity, A New Weaselword

The financial press has become inundated with the word “austerity.” Since Greece’s left-wing Syriza proclaimed an “anti-austerity revolution,” strong adjectives, like “incredibly savage,” precede that overused word.

DHS Shutdown

Policymakers are battling over a funding bill for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and its agencies, including the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The disagreement over the bill involves the funding of President Obama’s recent immigration actions.
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