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

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.

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 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.

From the Downsizing Blog

Make America Safer: Shut Down the Department of Homeland Security

Congress created the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in 2002 by combining 22 agencies that are responsible for a vast array of activities. President George W. Bush promised that the new department would “improve efficiency without growing government” and would cut out “duplicative and redundant activities that drain critical homeland security resources.”

Report Concludes that Yucca Mountain Is Safe

For decades, the federal government has struggled with the issue of storing waste from commercial nuclear reactors and defense-related nuclear activities. The government has spent billions of dollars planning for nuclear waste disposal, but the creation of a permanent storage site is years behind schedule due to federal mismanagement and safety concerns. A new report confirms that the current proposed site, Yucca Mountain in Nevada, is safe for use.

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.
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