A Host of Updates for NPP's Federal Priorities Database

June 2, 2010

National Priorities Project has updated all state-level data in its Federal Priorities Database with the latest available federal government data. This database offers a collection of federal spending data accompanied by budget area indicators.

Budget categories and data update highlights include:

  • Basic Demographics including median-household income and population data;
  • Education including primary, secondary and post-secondary education program spending as well as indicators such as educational attainment and drop-out rates;
  • Energy including energy-related research and development program spending and indicators such as consumption by energy-type;
  • General Budget including tax collections and total federal expenditures;
  • Health including Medicaid, Medicare, and Children's Health Insurance Plan (CHIP) expenditures as well as indicators such as the number of participants in these programs as well as numbers of people and children with and without health insurance;
  • Housing including Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) and Section 8 expenditures and indicators such as numbers of Owners, Renters and those housed in shelters;
  • Hunger including Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly called Food Stamps), Women, Infants and Children's (WIC) supplemental nutrition program, and school meal program expenditures and indicators such as the numbers of participants in these programs;
  • Income & Poverty including expenditures for Temporary Aid for Needy Families (TANF), Social Services Block Grants (SSBG) and Head Start as well as indicators on TANF recipients and families and children in poverty;
  • Labor including unemployment insurance and job training expenditures and indicators for unemployment rates by race and those not in the labor force;
  • Military including Department of Defense military and civilian pay expenditures as well as the number of military and civilian employees. Included in this data category are NPP's exclusive military recruitment data which will be updated with FY09 figures later this year.


For additional resources regarding federal spending, visit NPP's President's Budget analysis for FY11 and Federal Budget 101: Charts.  And to see how your tax dollars contribute to federal spending see NPP's Interactive Tax Chart and Tax Day publication.  Many of these NPP tools are also available in Spanish.