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From An Account of the Receipts and Expenditures of the United States for the year 1803

Federal Budget: Sources of Information

June 2014
Updated June 2016

Table of Contents

Background & Basics
Current Budget
Historical Budget Information
Understanding the Past
LC Subject Headings


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From An Account of the Receipts and Expenditures of the United States for the year 1803.
Library of Congress General Collections.
Courtesy of Gulnar Nagashybayeva


This guide is intended to assist researchers seeking current federal United States budget materials as well as those researchers interested in looking at past budgets and studying the development of budget practices.

Much of this guide is related to finding the current and historical budgets and budget information as published, and includes both print and electronic sources when available. The Background and Basics section is good for beginners though it does provide citations for some of the seminal legislation that changed budget practices. However, for more detailed information about historical budgets and for those who need a better understanding the development of practices over history of the United States, the Understanding the Past section includes sources that provide general historical overview, occasional detailed perspectives when available, and other items that might help researchers understand what was done in the past and how practices have changed over time.

Ellen Terrell
Business Reference Specialist

Last updated: 06/29/2016

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