What Are You Doing this Pi Day?

Hanging out with us on 3/14? Sweet!

How do you like to eat your pie? Crust-first? With whipped cream? As you enjoy your slice of pie on Pi Day, join us as we take a look at some of our latest pie charts on federal programs and spending.

Pie as an award

We recently examined how much money U.S. agencies pledged for democracy assistance in FY12-16 and how they obligated the funds. This pie chart illustrates the type and number of awards from USAID.

Total Obligations and Number of Awards for USAID Democracy Assistance, by Award Type, for Fiscal Years 2012 through 2016

Global gourmet?

This pie chart from our report on government procurement shows that when it comes to procuring DHS uniforms, it’s an international “recipe.”

DHS Procurement of Uniform Items by Country, October 2014 to June 2017

Divvying up the pie

The pie charts in our America’s Fiscal Future collection show some of the largest categories of government spending and revenue and depict the scale of action that would need to be taken to close the fiscal gap—the difference between program spending and revenue. (Sample our interactive pie charts on our webpage.)

spending and revenue pie charts

Comparing one pie to another

DOD civilian employees who get hurt on the job are covered under the Federal Employees’ Compensation Act program, which works to return injured employees to work and provides compensation for work-related disabilities. These pie charts in our report show how DOD’s cash payments to beneficiaries compared to other federal agencies in 2015.

Figure 5: Percentage of Department of Defense (DOD) and NonDOD Federal Employees’ Compensation Act (FECA) Cash Benefits Paid, by Beneficiary Type, 2015


Banking may not be as easy as…

Banks are increasingly closing their branches along the U.S./Mexico border—due in part to increased money laundering risks and because of banks’ efforts to comply with federal anti-money laundering requirements. The pie charts in our report on banking regulations show the magnitude of bank closures in 3 border communities—which may lead to decreased services for residents and businesses.

Figure 9: Bank Branch Closures in Selected Southwest Border Communities, 2013–2016
A closer look at that slice of pie

The Affordable Care Act helps subsidize health-care coverage for qualifying applicants. But the pie chart in our report on enrollments in this subsidy program shows that a small percentage—about 1 percent—were potentially improper or fraudulent in 2015. What makes up that 1 percent?

About 1 Percent of Plan Year (PY) 2015 Enrollments Were Potentially Improper or Fraudulent


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