February 2012 Blog Archives

Primary Stakes: Federal Money Flows into Hard-Hit Michigan

National Priorities Project examines direct federal support to Michigan residents, and federal money in the state’s budget.

Budget Brief - Twelve Zeros

National Priorities Project's executive director Jo Comerford explains NPP's Twelve Zeros campaign, three weeks of bite sized information about the President's budget proposal.

Data Story: Programs Highlighted in the Budget Request

Our latest data story highlights some of the historical federal spending patterns for several grant programs featured in President Obama's budget proposal for fiscal year 2013.

Analysis of Fiscal Year 2013 Pentagon Spending Request

On February 14, 2012 the Obama Administration released its proposed Fiscal Year 2013 budget for the federal government. The request includes $525.4 billion for the Department of Defense (DoD) in Fiscal Year 2013, which begins on October 1, 2012. Adjusted for inflation, this is 2.6 percent below FY2012 levels, the ...

Data Wednesday: Normalizing

When looking at data, you may hear or read the phrase normalization. Simply put, normalization is transforming a set of data so that they may be compared in a meaningful way. Still sounds geeky? Although you may not realize it, you use normalized data all the time. The latest Data Wednesday walks you through an example using familiar information: unemployment numbers.

Budget Brief - The President's Budget: Discretionary Spending

National Priorities Project executive director Jo Comerford examines the discretionary portion of the President's proposed federal budget. Don't remember the difference between discretionary and mandatory spending? Refresh your memory here!

Data Wednesday: Recap

To date, Data Wednesday has focused on the mechanics of using NPP’s Federal Priorities Database—a collection of information we’ve pulled from many, many government agencies and compiled into an easy-to-use search tool. Beginning next week, we’ll focus less on how-to and more on the concepts important to making sense of ...

President Obama's New Budget

National Priorities Project examines the president's new budget, and why it matters.

Budget Brief - Cost of War

Senior research analyst Chris Hellman examines the cost of war up to this point, and looks at what will be changing in the next few years.    

Tracking the Cost of War

Since the U.S. invasion of Iraq, National Priorities Project has tracked the costs of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Recent events including the end of U.S. combat operations in Iraq and the winding down of the troop “surge” in Afghanistan have led to the question – what’s going to ...