Budget Matters Blog

Entries By Becky Sweger

New Data: TANF Participation

We've added the following indicator to the Federal Priorities Database. TANF (Cash Assistance) Participation: average number of individuals and families receiving cash assistance. TANF stands for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families. . Note that it replaced Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) during the Clinton administration, which explains the ...

New Data: Defense Department Personnel

A new indicator is now available in the Federal Priorities Database: Department of Defense Personnel: Number of civilian, military, and reserve national guard personnel employed by the Department of Defense.

New Data: Defense Procurement Contracts

We've added another federal expenditure to the Federal Priorities Database: Department of Defense Procurement Contracts: amount of procurement contracts awarded by the Department of Defense (by vendor location).

New Data: Population by Gender

We've replaced the old Census population estimates data with a more robust set that includes combined population estimates from 3 decades: 80s, 90s, and 00s.  We've also added county-level populations.

New Data: WIC Benefits and Participation

We've added two new food-related indicators to the Federal Priorities Database: WIC benefits and WIC participation.

Federal Priorities 2.0 Beta

NPP is excited to announce version 2.0 of our Federal Priorities Database. It's easy to share, download, and browse information about social indicators and federal expenditures.

Potential Rollbacks to Government Transparency

The House of Representatives has proposed to slash the FY11 open data budget from $34 million to $2 million, effectively shutting down sites like Data.gov and USASpending.gov. National Priorities Project would like to put that $32 million savings in context.

Good things afoot for NPP's data

To date, this space has been used by National Priorities Project's budget experts to supplement our datasets and other online resources. As NPP's new database manager, I'd like to add some technical commentary to the mix. There’s a few exciting projects in the works—projects that will extend the reach of our publications, analysis, and curated data.

Updated Data: Federal Tax Collection

This week, the IRS released the 2011 edition of its Data Book. Thank you and congratulations to the IRS on being so quick to release 2011 numbers. As a result, NPP has updated the following Federal Priorities dataset: Federal Tax Collection: updated through 2011