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Federal Debt Clock

Today’s Federal Debt is $19,845,829,879,261.96.

The amount is the gross outstanding debt issued by the United States Department of the Treasury since 1790 and reported here.

But, it doesn’t include state and local debt.

And, it doesn’t include so-called “agency debt.”

And, it doesn’t include the so-called unfunded liabilities of entitlement programs like Social Security and Medicare.

Federal Debt per person is about $60,821.


Total US Government Debt in 2017


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At the end of FY 2017 the total government debt in the United States, including federal, state, and local, is expected to be $23.2 trillion.

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Total Federal Government Debt in 2017


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At the end of FY 2017 the gross US federal government debt is estimated to be $20.1 trillion, according to the FY18 Federal Budget. Of this gross amount, debt “Held by the Public: Other” is estimated by usgovernmentspending.com at $12.3 trillion, debt “Held by the Public: Federal Reserve System” (i.e. monetized debt) is estimated by usgovernmentspending.com at $2.46 trillion and debt “Held by Federal Government Accounts” is estimated at $5.39 trillion.

Here is the gross federal debt by year for the last decade:

Federal Debt in trillions
2007200820092010201120122013201420152016 
$8.95$9.99$11.88$13.53$14.76$16.05$16.72$17.79$18.12$19.5 

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Total Federal Agency Debt in 2017


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At the end of FY 2017 the federal agency debt in the United States is “guesstimated” to be $8.62 trillion.

Agency debt is debt issued by federal agencies and government-sponsored enterprises, and is not included in the total gross debt of the federal government.

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Total State Government Debt in 2017


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At the end of FY 2017 the state government debt in the United States is expected to be $1.20 trillion.

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Total Local Government Debt in 2017


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At the end of FY 2017 the local government debt in the United States is expected to be $1.89 trillion.

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Debt Data Sources

Debt data is from official government sources.

Gross Domestic Product data comes from US Bureau of Economic Analysis and measuringworth.com.

Detailed table of debt data sources here.

Federal debt data begins in 1792.

State and local debt data begins in 1890.

State and local debt data for individual states begins in 1957.

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Gross Federal Debt

Debt: $19,845,829,879,261.96

Data Sources for 2012_2021:

Sources for 2012:

GDP, GO: GDP, GO Sources
Federal: Fed. Budget: Hist. Tables 3.2, 5.1, 7.1
State and Local: State and Local Gov. Finances
'Guesstimated' by projecting the latest change in reported spending forward to future years

Sources for 2021:

GDP, GO: GDP, GO Sources
Federal: Fed. Budget: Hist. Tables 3.2, 5.1, 7.1
State and Local: State and Local Gov. Finances
'Guesstimated' by projecting the latest change in reported spending forward to future years

> data sources for other years
> data update schedule.

FY18 Budget Blueprint Released

On March 16, 2018 the Trump administration issued a Budget Blueprint outlining proposed changes to "discretionary" spending for Fiscal Year 2018. The following table shows the major changes to Budget Authority in excess of $2 billion per agency.

AgencyFY18 Change
in $ billion
Agriculture-4.7
Defense+52.4
Education-9.2
Health and
Human Services
-12.6
Homeland
Security
+2.8
HUD-6.2
Justice-4.0
Labor-2.5
State and Intl Aid-10.9
Veterans+4.4
EPA-2.6

Because usgovernmentspending spending data is based on Historical Table 3.2, it shows spending by function rather than by agency. Until Table 3.2 is published in the final version of the FY18 budget we cannot exactly predict how the Table 3.2 numbers will change at the subfunction level.

But we have applied the Budget Blueprint budget authority changes into the budgeted FY18 outlays by guessing the application of agency level changes to subfunction changes to give a rough feeling of what the Trump changes look like. You can check out what is going on here or here.

The numbers will change when the final FY18 federal budget numbers come out.

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