The U.S. Office of Management and Budget, part of the executive branch
and the White House, tracks spending in exactly the format that you?re
seeking. While it?s not available by month, it is available from 1789
? 2010, with GDP numbers and percentages starting in 1930.
Obviously the budgeted numbers beyond FY2005 are estimates, which are
adjusted at least twice each year.
U.S. Office of Management & Budget (OMB)
?Budget of the United States Government, Fiscal Year 2006?
The exact document that you want is linked below and I?d suggest
starting on page 29 of the PDF (it?s page 25 of the original
document). From there you can go backwards to find pre-1930 data on
the preceding pages:
?Historical Tables: Budget of the U.S. Government, FY2006?
A couple of notes are necessary here:
* the U.S. Government?s fiscal year runs Oct. 1 ? Sept. 30, so we?re
at the tail-end of FY2005 today. The budget for each year follows
this kind of schedule (and I?ll use the 2006 budget as an example):
1st Monday in February, 2005: President submits his budget to Congress
Feb. 15, 2005: CBO submits report on economic & budget outlook to
6 weeks after President?s submission: Congressional committees submit
reports & analysis to own budget committees
April 1: Senate Budget Committee reports budget resolution
April 15: Congress completes action on budget resolution
June 10: House Appropriations Committee reports last regular appropriations bill
June 30: House completes budget action and required reconciliation
legislation (with Senate version)
Oct. 1: new fiscal year begins
? with budgets being worked in the previous fiscal year, there?s
obviously some delay with key changes, such as credit tightening;
changes in who heads the Federal Reserve; and even changes in the
It's for that reason -- as well as not knowing precisely what is
"important" that I'll refrain from the event listing. However, a
Google search doing the following will yield some good results:
"financial news" timeline
"economic history" timeline
Here's a good summary for the early 21st Century:
"World Financial Timeline"
This page has more general news in its timeline but covers the 20th Century well:
Cooperative Education Service Agency -- Wisconsin
"Timeline -- Research Links"
Google search strategy:
?Office of Management and Budget? historical ?federal budget?
?U.S. government? + ?fiscal year?