Reviewing the U.S. Budget for Fiscal Year 2010

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It’s the National Intelligence Program, and its budget is classified. According to the government, disclosure of spending on the program would breach security, so it’s a secret. Because it is a substantial amount of spending – it includes the budget for the Central Intelligence Agency and other entities in the “Intelligence Community” – no one outside government knows how much they’re spending. The public is only given information like this excerpt from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) 2010 Budget Proposal, entitled “A New Era of Responsibility – Renewing America’s Promise”: “The National Intelligence Program (NIP) funds intelligence activities in several Departments and the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). NIP’s budget is classified, so the 2010 Budget does not publicly disclose funding requests for intelligence activities.”

After that initial recognition of the Orwellian state of the American budget, the other budget figures can be listed. These figures are from the White House OMB’s Proposed Budget By Category (Table S-4). The proposed amount for Defense was $707 billion, and another $687 billion was allocated to “Non-Defense Discretionary” spending. Social Security was allocated $696 billion; Medicare was allocated $452 billion; and Medicaid was to receive $290 billion. The “Troubled Asset Relief Program” was to receive $8 billion, and other “Mandatory Programs” were allocated $604 billion dollars. Net interest was $136 billion, and disaster costs were $11 billion.

President Obama’s proposed budget included a total of $3.591 trillion in spending; the Congress approved approximately $3.5 trillion in April. The $3.5 trillion figure presumably does not include the $410 billion spending bill the president signed in March.

According to the OMB’s proposed budget (Table S-12), the request for the Agriculture Department was $25.7 billion; for the Commerce Department it was $13.8 billion. Various other departments are listed: Education ($46.7 billion); Energy ($26.4 billion); Health and Human Services ($80.5 billion); Homeland Security ($41.1 billion); Housing and Urban Development ($43.7 billion); Interior ($12 billion); Justice ($24 billion); Labor ($13.2 billion); State and Other International Programs ($52.1 billion); Transportation ($72.3 billion); Treasury ($13.4 billion); and Veterans Affairs ($53 billion). Agency spending includes the Corps of Engineers ($5.1 billion); Environmental Protection Agency ($10.5 billion); General Services Administration ($.6 billion); NASA ($18.7 billion); National Science Foundation ($7 billion); Small Business Administration ($.8 billion); Social Security Administration ($9.3 billion); Corporation for National and Community Service ($1.1 billion); National Infrastructure Bank ($5 billion); and other agencies ($19.8 billion). These figures do not include spending for the 2009-2010 Recovery Act.

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