Stimulus: How Fast We're Spending Nearly $800 Billion

Note: This table is no longer updated.

How much of the roughly $800 billion (see note below) in stimulus spending and tax cuts has actually gone out the door? We’ve been tracking the progress of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act outlays since the program was authorized by Congress. The estimates below are from individual department Web sites and Recovery.gov, the government’s stimulus tracking site. According to the latest numbers, some agencies appear to have exceeded their total authorization. We’re still trying to get an explanation for that. See also our visualization, the Stimulus Speed Chart.

Agency Spent (Thousands) In Process (Thousands) Left to Spend (Thousands) Total (Thousands) Spent (%) Progress
Army Corps of Engineers $2,428,517 $2,273,936 -$102,453 $4,600,000 52.79%
Corporation for National and Community Service $147,360 $44,566 $9,073 $201,000 73.31%
Department of Agriculture $17,536,616 $5,344,893 $5,144,430 $28,025,940 62.57%
Department of Commerce $1,671,582 $5,150,646 $1,093,772 $7,916,000 21.12%
Department of Defense $3,297,404 $3,253,415 $884,180 $7,435,000 44.35%
Department of Education $63,649,011 $33,615,913 $973,077 $98,238,000 64.79%
Department of Energy $8,662,066 $24,548,457 -$470,524 $32,739,999 26.46%
Department of Homeland Security $534,096 $1,640,067 $585,836 $2,760,000 19.35%
Department of Justice $2,136,391 $1,862,212 -$63,603 $3,935,000 54.29%
Department of Labor $62,581,220 $3,942,088 $4,276,692 $70,800,000 88.39%
Department of State $185,137 $212,413 $166,450 $564,000 32.83%
Department of the Interior $1,307,027 $1,882,060 -$199,088 $2,990,000 43.71%
Department of the Treasury* $7,694,498 $3,533,044 -$1,910,542 $9,317,000 82.59%
Department of Transportation $20,819,040 $18,835,973 $8,464,987 $48,120,000 43.26%
Environmental Protection Agency $4,139,772 $2,982,276 $97,951 $7,220,000 57.34%
General Services Administration $1,312,345 $4,785,611 -$240,957 $5,857,000 22.41%
Health and Human Services $89,371,861 $27,356,580 $28,971,559 $145,700,000 61.34%
Housing and Urban Development $6,563,704 $6,988,037 $58,259 $13,610,000 48.23%
NASA $717,340 $329,930 -$45,270 $1,002,000 71.59%
National Endowment for the Arts $46,041 $3,959 $- $50,000 92.08%
National Science Foundation $598,511 $2,401,195 $2,294 $3,002,000 19.94%
Railroad Retirement Board $141,537 $- $14,863 $156,400 90.50% #VALUE!
Small Business Administration $519,260 $135,446 $75,293 $730,000 71.13%
Smithsonian $23,906 $1,094 $- $25,000 95.62%
Social Security Administration $13,719,451 $18,723 $720,426 $14,458,600 94.89%
US Agency for International Development $22,138 $15,854 $8 $38,000 58.26%
Veterans Affairs $1,041,193 $782,479 -$415,472 $1,408,200 73.94%
TOTALS $310,867,025 $151,940,872 $48,091,242 $510,899,139 60.85%

Note: We say “roughly $800 billion” because it’s something of a moving target. The original Congressional Budget Office estimate for the stimulus is $787 billion, and the White House uses that figure. Budget authority approved by Congress totals $792 billion, a figure we have used previously on this page. The latest CBO estimate for the stimulus is $814 billion.

* The Treasury Department reports some spending for affordable housing and renewable energy grants that predates the stimulus.

This chart and other stories are part of Eye on the Stimulus, our blog dedicated to tracking the stimulus from bill to building.