Federal Spending in the New Millennium

The distribution of federal funds affects a wide array of organizations, individuals and activities throughout the United States economy. Data abound on the size of the overall federal government budget and on spending by federal departments and agencies. However, only one primary source shows not only the agency and program detail, but also the geographic distribution of these funds: the U.S. Bureau of the Census’ Consolidated Federal Funds Report. This article provides details and insights into the make-up and significance of these huge flows of federal funds on state and local areas.

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About the Author
Gerard T. Keffer is chief of the Federal Programs Branch, Governments Division, Bureau of the Census, U.S. Department of Commerce. Acting as the executive agent of the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, his office is responsible for several projects and studies on the geographic distribution of federal funds, and also serves as the Federal Audit Clearinghouse for collecting and disseminating audits and related data on the use of federal awards.

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