In fiscal year 2015, the federal government is projected to spend around $3.9 trillion. The U.S. Treasury divides all spending into three groups: mandatory spending, discretionary spending and interest on debt.

Mandatory Spending

Mandatory spending is largely made up of earned-benefit or entitlement programs, and the spending for those programs is determined by eligibility rules rather than the appropriations process.

Discretionary Spending

Discretionary spending refers to the portion of the budget that goes through the annual appropriations process each year. In other words, Congress directly sets the level of spending on discretionary programs.

Interest on Debt

Interest on debt is the interest the government pays on its accumulated debt, minus interest income received by the government for assets it owns.

High level description of each annually funded department for FY 2017.

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