These sources have minimal bias and use very few loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by using appeal to emotion or stereotypes). The reporting is factual and usually sourced. These are the most credible media sources. See all Least Biased sources.
- Overall, we rate USAspending.gov Least Biased based on providing government based data. We also rate them Very-High for factual reporting due to providing accurate statistical information and for being a resource for credible fact-checkers.
Factual Reporting: VERY HIGH
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 45/180
USAspending.gov is the publicly accessible, searchable website mandated by the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006 to give the American public access to information on how their tax dollars are spent. According to their about page “Its mission is to show the American public what the federal government spends every year and how it spends the money. You can follow the money from the Congressional appropriations to the federal agencies and down to local communities and businesses.”
Funded by / Ownership
USAspending.gov is maintained by the Office of Management and Budget. The Congressional Budget Office will cost $15 million over its authorized time period of 2007–2011. The current cost to run the website is unknown.
Analysis / Bias
In review, USAspending.gov was created in response to The Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006 (S. 2590), which was an Act of Congress that requires the full disclosure to the public of all entities or organizations receiving federal funds beginning in fiscal year (FY) 2007. It continues to maintain its website as of this review in February 2020. The sole purpose of the website is to be transparent to the public on how much and where the money is being spent by the Government. For example in 2019, they reveal that the government spent $4.45 trillion and of that collected $3.5 trillion in revenue for a deficit of close to 1 trillion. Long story short, is this is a statistics source that is accurate for determining spending and collection of money by the USA Government.
A factual search reveals they have never failed a fact check, but in fact, are used as a resource for IFCN fact-checkers.
Overall, we rate USAspending.gov Least Biased based on providing government based data. We also rate them Very-High for factual reporting due to providing accurate statistical information and for being a resource for credible fact checkers. (7/10/2016) Updated (D. Van Zandt 2/22/2020)