The U.S. Treasury Department has published a single data set detailing how the federal government spent its $3.85 trillion budget in 2016. The publication of a unified spending data set is the result of the DATA Act of 2014, which requires federal agencies to report their spending data to the Treasury Department in a common format. The data is also available through the USAspending.gov application programming interface (API).
Publishing the U.S. Government’s Spending Data as a Single Data Set
Joshua New is a policy analyst at the Center for Data Innovation. He has a background in government affairs, policy, and communication. Prior to joining the Center for Data Innovation, Joshua graduated from American University with degrees in C.L.E.G. (Communication, Legal Institutions, Economics, and Government) and Public Communication. His research focuses on methods of promoting innovative and emerging technologies as a means of improving the economy and quality of life. Follow Joshua on Twitter @Josh_A_New.