National Priorities Project

Annual Report 2011

Vision of an
Engaged Democracy

A People’s Guide to the Federal Budget

Our Mission

National Priorities Project makes our complex federal budget transparent and accessible so people can exercise their right and responsibility to oversee and influence how their tax dollars are spent.

Reports and Tools


National Priorities Project launched a new Federal Priorities Database search tool ( and Cost of Tax Cuts ( We released 26 reports – tracking everything from the state and individual-level impact of federal spending to the true cost of security. Along the way, we helped our constituents stay one step ahead of legislative twists and turns, ending the fiscal year with an in-depth wrap up – One (Bumpy) Year in the Life of the Federal Budget.

  • Online tools were accessed more than 230,000 times in 2011.
  • Publication views increased 252% in 2011 compared with 2010.

Federal priorities database


Build a better budget


Cost of war


Tools and Resources

  • Publications
    In 2011, we created a federal income tax calculator, scrubbed the President's 2012 budget request complete with historic and projected figures – and so much more.
  • Federal Priorities Database
    Last year, NPP re-launched this one-of-a-kind database and search tool essential for tracking the county, state, and national impact of federal spending.
  • Build a Better Budget
    NPP crunched the numbers behind three budget options before Congress. Play the game and send your Better Budget to your elected officials today!
  • Trade-offs
    In 2011 NPP's hallmark trade-off tool got even better! See how much discrete federal programs cost the taxpayers in your home town. Explore the magnitude and meaning behind budget decisions.
  • Cost of war Counter
    NPP has tracked war costs since 2003.
  • Cost of tax Cuts Counter
    In 2011, the U.S. public entered a heated debate about the financial impact of the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts for the wealthiest five percent of Americans. NPP came through with the numbers.