Census Bureau releases 2009 Consolidated Federal Funds Report

August 31, 2010

The Consolidated Federal Funds Report (CFFR) is a presentation of data on federal government expenditures or obligations in state, county, and sub-county areas of the United States, describing the distribution of federal funds by department and agency, and by state and county. A companion report, Federal Aid to States: 2009, shows federal grants to state and local governments. The annual percentage change (16.0 percent) is the largest since the Census Bureau began compiling these data in 1983. The increase is in part from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009. Entitlement programs Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security comprised 45.7 percent of all funding, or $1.5 trillion. Social Security alone accounted for $709.7 billion of that total.

Grants represented nearly one-quarter (23.0 percent) of federal spending in fiscal year 2009, totaling $744.1 billion. Three federal departments accounted for 77.9 percent of all federal grant money in 2009 — Health and Human Services ($414.9 billion), Education ($83.2 billion) and Transportation ($81.6 billion).

Salaries and wages for federal employees accounted for $299.4 billion (9.2 percent) of all federal spending. The largest share of this category went to Department of Defense payrolls (45.8 percent), followed by federal civilian payrolls (35.3 percent) and U.S. Postal Service payrolls (18.9 percent).

Approximately one in six federal dollars went to procurement contracts, which totaled $550.8 billion, or 17.0 percent of total federal spending. Defense contracts comprised 64.4 percent of that amount, followed by Energy (5.8 percent) and Veterans Affairs (4.0 percent).

Retirement and disability accounted for more than one-quarter (27.2 percent) of all federal spending, at $881.1 billion.

Other direct payments (e.g., housing assistance, unemployment compensation, Medicare) made up 23.6 percent of the federal spending at $762.9 billion.

The Census release is available here, and the reports are linked below.

The Consolidated Federal Funds Report (CFFR) is a presentation of data on federal government expenditures or obligations in state, county, and sub-county areas of the United States, describing the distribution of federal funds by department and agency, and by state and county. A companion report, Federal Aid to States: 2009, shows federal grants to state and local governments. The annual percentage change (16.0 percent) is the largest since the Census Bureau began compiling these data in 1983. The increase is in part from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009. Entitlement programs Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security comprised 45.7 percent of all funding, or $1.5 trillion. Social Security alone accounted for $709.7 billion of that total.

Supporting documents

2009 Consolidated Federal Funds Report (PDF)

2009 Federal Aid to States (PDF)