Open Knowledge

Government Budget 100% open

United States

What data is expected?

National government budget at a high level. This category is looking at budgets, or the planned government expenditure for the upcoming year, and not the actual expenditure. To satisfy this category, the following minimum criteria must be met:

  • Planned budget divided by government department and sub-department
  • Updated once a year.
  • The budget should include descriptions regarding the different budget sections.

What data is available

  •   Openly licensed? Yes(Here)
  •   Is the data available for free? Yes
  •   Is the data machine readable? Yes (XLS, CSV, PDF)
  •   Available in bulk? Yes
  •   Is the data provided on a timely and up to date basis? Yes
  •   Publicly available? Yes(as Budget of the United States Government, Fiscal Year 2016 published by White House Office of Management and Budget)
  •   Is data in digital form? Yes
  •   Is the data available online? Yes (Here)
  •   Does the data exist? Yes


Current budget is available at Formal budget documents are in PDF format and are on Machine-readable data in Excel and CSV files can be found in the supplemental material at

Furthermore, the copyright notice states all material is CC-By (see

Bulk: Whilst the data is split across multiple files there is a good core set of data in the "Public Budget Database" which consists of only 3 substantial CSV files. As such, have marked Bulk as "Yes"

  • Machine-readable: whilst formal budget is PDF we believe that all relevant data is contained in the Excel and CSV files so Machine-readable is "Yes" (note also that the CSV files are well formatted)

  • Older budgets: the OMB budget site only contains data for the latest budget with past budgets available on the GPO website at: The GPO site only provides PDFs. However, the OMB site does contain a historical tables section at and the Public Budget Database contains data back to 1962.

Reviewer comments

I have checked this submission and it is correct.



  • Mor Rubinstein


  • anonymous