Categories: R&D, innovation, and commercialization; regional industries and economies

Overview: USAspending.gov was authorized by the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act (2006) to provide information on the investment of U.S. tax dollars. The site provides data on federal contracts, grants, loans, and other types of spending. The website is maintained by the Office of Management and Budget.

Unit of analysis: Discrete federal grants, contracts, and loans, including subawards

Key Data Elements: Substantial detail on each project, including dollar amount, purpose, funding agency, recipient, location of recipient, place of performance, start date, end date

Form: Database that allows user-defined downloads, analysis, and visualization

Timeframe: Data are available for FY 2000 to FY 2012.

Frequency: Updates are published daily.

Access: Public; multi-screen data search, pre-formatted top picks, and FTP site flat file

Potential Uses for Regional Analysis:  Identify the extent and nature of federal spending by geography over time

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