Last week in an initiative to be more transparent with spending the Obama administration released a new website,  The website is filled with maps, tables, graphs and data available to the to public for free.  There are also links to other initiatives to help the public understand where our our tax dollars are going…and not going.
This one has been around for over 2 years now, but I just wanted to highlight it as it is a good place to get spacial data (ie shapfiles)
This site serves as a public gateway for improving access to geospatial information and data under the Geospatial One-Stop E-Government initiative. Geospatial One-Stop is one of 24 E-Government initiatives sponsored by the Federal Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to enhance government efficiency and to improve citizen services.

We all know education takes a back seat in the country, but looking at the interactive graph on, really shows the relation between education spending compared to other programs int he U.S.

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