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National Priorities Project



A national non-profit, non-partisan research organization dedicated to making complex federal budget information transparent and accessible so people can prioritize and influence how their tax dollars are spent. (Data can range anywhere past 2004)

What it has data about

Most Recent – Recent events on budget, taxes, and proposals.

Military & Security – In fiscal year 2015, Pentagon and related spending will total $598 billion, accounting for 54 percent of all federal discretionary spending. That’s roughly the size of the next seven largest military budgets around the world, combined.


  • Education – Education spending for elementary, secondary and higher education is projected to
    account for 6 percent of total federal discretionary spending in fiscal year 2015, a figure that has
    held roughly constant for decades.


  • Health Care – Health care is the fastest-growing type of federal spending, having risen from 7 percent of the federal budget in 1976 to more than a quarter in fiscal year 2015 as health care costs have risen in the industrialized world.


  • Social Insurance, Earned Benefits, Safety Net – Social insurance and earned benefit programs will touch nearly all Americans during their lifetimes, as most people draw Social Security when they retire or rely on government funded medical care in old age. In 2015, the U.S. will spend $900.5 billion on Social Security alone.


  • Taxes & Revenue – Corporate income taxes are expected to account for less than 11 percent of all federal tax revenue in fiscal 2015. Meanwhile, income taxes paid by regular Americans will account for more than 46 percent of all federal revenue.

Debt & Deficit – Budget deficits have declined sharply in recent years, down from about 10 percent of the U.S. economy in fiscal 2009, to a projected 3.2 percent in 2015.

Budget Process – In recent years the president has submitted his budget late, the House and Senate have passed only a few – if any – of the 12 appropriations bills, and Congress has relied on continuing resolutions and omnibus spending bills to keep the government going.

Interactive Data – Do you want to understand the impact of federal spending on your state or town? Do you wonder how the federal government spends your federal income tax? Do you wish you could build a federal budget that reflects your spending and revenue priorities? National Priorities Project’s tools are your doorway. Step through and start exploring!

What geographical area is coves and time periods

Data and budget covers all 50 states of the United States of America and dates back to 2004.

For which of Factistan’s issues it has relevant data

Provides statistical data about federal spending, U.S budget, and anything related to taxes.

Who collected it

About NPP

They have their own team of consultants, associates, and interns who track  track federal spending on the military and promote a U.S. federal budget that represents Americans’ priorities, including funding for people’s issues such as inequality, unemployment, education, health and the need to build a green economy.

How they collected it

NPP uses federal budget data published by the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB). They also have partnerships with other organizations to make data accessible with each other.

How to use the web

On the homepage there is a search bar on the top right of the screen where you can make specific searches for your top and then there are 6 tabs “Federal Budget, Issues & Analysis, Data/Tools , About, Blog, Act”. However most of the data you will be looking for is in Federal budget, Issues & Analysis, and Data/Tools. Federal Budget 101 tab is to inform and educate people about budget and money. Issues & Analysis consists of political, economic, and social issues that provides factual insight on the topic. Last but not least, data/tools is where you can find a wide spectrum of data. Here you can find the federal spending of each individual state from ‘State Smart’. For a more confined data on federal spending there is “Local Spending Data”.

How they present it

Graphs, live count, maps, videos


How to cite the data source

Example of citation for article:

Koshgarian, Linsday. “Tell Congress: No to Bannon on the National Security Council.” Feb 8, 2017. National Priorities Project, Military & Security,