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Data Library: Federal Spending

The federal government gives out billions of dollars each year in contracts and grants. These datasets will help you track how the money is spent.

  • Consolidated Federal Funds Reports

    The Consolidated Federal Funds database shows how much money the federal government has spent. It covers federal expenditures or obligations for the following categories: grants, salaries and wages, procurement contracts, direct payments for individuals, other direct payments, direct loans, guaranteed or insured loans, and insurance. The data can be analyzed ...

  • Federal Audit Clearinghouse

    The Single Audit database is a great tool for journalists to examine local nonprofits and state or local government agencies that receive substantial assistance from the federal government.

    The Office of Management and Budget requires audits of those organizations if they reach a certain dollar threshold, typically $300,000, in federal ...

  • Federal Grants/FAADS

    This purchase includes only the latest fiscal year of the Federal Assistance Award Data System (2008). Fiscal years 1983-2007 can be found in our archives.

    The Federal Assistance Award Data System, or FAADS, is maintained by the U.S. Census Bureau. It contains records of federal assistance awarded to state and local ...

  • National Endowment for the Arts Grants

    The NEA grants management database lists every organization in the United States that has received money from the National Endowment for the Arts since October 1, 1986, the start of fiscal year 1987.

    The database distinguishes between how much money the NEA promised and how much was actually given to ...