Let’s guess where the money is going…..

Even as overall federal spending increased by $183,890,000,000 from fiscal 2014 to fiscal 2015, spending for the departments of Defense, Homeland Security and Justice declined, according to the Monthly Treasury Statement for September.

Federal spending rose from $3,503,732,000,000 in fiscal 2014 to $3,687,622,000,000 in fiscal 2015 (which ended on Sept. 30), according to the Treasury.

But, according to Table 3 in the Monthly Treasury Statement, spending on the Defense Department and military programs decreased from $577,902,000,000 in fiscal 2014 to $562,506,000,000 in fiscal 2015—a drop of $15,396,000,000.

Similarly, spending on the Department of Homeland Security decreased from $43,259,000,000 in fiscal 2014 to $42,564,000,000 in fiscal 2015—a drop of $695,000,000.

Spending on the Justice Department decreased from $28,617,000,000 in fiscal 2014 to $26,911,000,000 in fiscal 2015—a drop of $1,706,000,000.

The Defense Department maintains and operates the U.S. military to protect the nation against foreign enemies. The Department of Homeland Security is responsible for securing the nation’s borders and enforcing the immigration laws. The Department of Justice prosecutes violators of federal law.

While spending on the departments of Defense, Homeland Security and Justice declined in fiscal 2015, spending for the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Education, and the Legislative and Judicial branches increased.

Spending on the Department of Health and Human Services, according to the Monthly Treasury Statement, increased from $936,032,000,000 in fiscal 2014 to $1,027,422,000,000 in fiscal 2015—a climb of $91,390,000,000.

Spending for the Department of Education, according to the Monthly Treasury Statement, increased from $59,609,000,000 in fiscal 2014 to $90,031,000,000 in fiscal 2015—a climb of $30,422,000,000.

Spending for the Legislative Branch increased from $4,156,000,000 in fiscal 2014 to $4,329,000,000 in fiscal 2015—an increase of $173,000,000.

Spending for the Judicial Branch increased from $6,900,000,000 in fiscal 2014 to $7,128,000,000 in fiscal 2015—an increase of $228,000,000.

In other some other major categories of federal activity, Department of Agriculture spending decreased (from $141.806 billion to $139.112 billion), Department of Housing and Urban Development spending decreased (from $38.524 billion to $35.521 billion), Department of Labor spending decreased (from $56.768 billion to $45.218 billion) Department of State spending decreased (from $27.486 billion to $26.495 billion) and Department of Transportation spending decreased (from $76.177 billion to $75.453 billion).