Nationwide Social Security,
Medicare and Medicaid Account for Half of Federal Spending
October 10, 2007
(SitNews) - Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid nationwide
accounted for more than $1 trillion of the $2.3 trillion the
federal government spent in 2005, according to the U.S. Census
Bureau, which publishes the only consolidated source of data
on the geographic distribution of federal expenditures.
Federal Funds Report for Fiscal Year 2005 [PDF] is a presentation
of data on most domestic spending by the federal government for
state and county areas of the United States, including the District
of Columbia and U.S. outlying areas. The data include expenditures
for the Defense Department and the Department of Homeland Security.
The report covers direct payments,
grants, procurement awards, and salaries and wages by federal
agency and program. The report does not include expenditures
for selected intelligence agencies, international payments, foreign
aid and interest on the federal debt.
A companion report released
Aid to States for Fiscal Year 2005 [PDF], contains federal
agency and program-level data on grants to state and local governments.
Consolidated Federal Funds
Report highlights for the Ketchikan Gateway Borough:
- Retirement/Disability payments
for individuals accounted for $25,262,351
- Other direct payments for
individuals accounted for $11,725,168
- Food stamps $1,455,367
- Vocational Rehabilitation
for Disabled Veterans $2,093
- Medicare-Hospital Insurance
- Medicare-Supplementary Medical
- Federal Salaries and Wages
spent in the Ketchikan Borough: $30,879,997
- Department of Defense Civilian
- All Federal Government Civilian
Employees Except Defense & USPS $12,617,000
- U.S. Postal Service $2,915,196
- U.S. Coast Guard (Uniformed
Consolidated Federal Funds
Report highlights for states & cities:
- In 2005, the federal government
spent $2.3 trillion, up 6 percent from 2004.
- Social Security, Medicare
and Medicaid spending accounted for almost $1.1 trillion in 2005,
nearly half of total federal spending and an 8 percent increase
- Defense Department spending
totaled $374 billion in 2005, an 8 percent increase over 2004,
and was highest in California, Virginia, Texas, Florida and Maryland.
- Five states - California,
New York, Texas, Florida and Pennsylvania - received one-third
of all federal funds in 2005.
- Per capita federal spending
among states was highest in Alaska ( $13,916 ), Virginia ( $12,572
), Maryland ( $11,936 ), New Mexico ( $10,698 ) and North Dakota
( $10,413 ).
- Los Angeles County, Calif.,
led the list of entities below the state level receiving federal
funds, followed by New York City, N.Y.; Cook County, Ill.; San
Diego County, Calif.; and Maricopa County, Ariz.
The data in these reports are
not subject to sampling variability, but are subject to nonsampling
errors, which include errors of response and processing.
These reports present data
for the states and counties only. They do not support the application
of federal spending data directly for other areas such as places
and congressional districts.
On the Web:
Detailed Federal, State, and
Local Governments Consolidated Federal Funds Report : Ketchikan
Federal, State, and Local Governments
Consolidated Federal Funds Report http://www.census.gov/prod/2007pubs/cffr-05.pdf
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