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Revenue and Expenditures

Incompetence, Gross Mismanagement & Fraud: 3. The Tax Gap

The vast majority of US citizens pay the federal taxes that they legally owe. Most people earn a wage and taxes are withheld from...
Revenue and Expenditures

Incompetence, Gross Mismanagement & Fraud: 2. Improper Payments

An Improper Payment is a payment by the federal government to someone outside the government who shouldn’t receive the payment or who uses the...
Revenue and Expenditures

Incompetence, Gross Mismanagement & Fraud: 1. Federal Government Accounting

Audits form the bedrock of the private sector. Without accurate, factual and independently verified financial information, there would be no bank lending, no trade...

Federal Revenues & Expenditures: Fiscal Year 2017 Summary

The US federal government is the largest single enterprise on the planet. It employs about 2.8 million people, has the largest armed forces on...

Government Structure: 5. The Many Independent Agencies and Government Sponsored Entities of the US...

In addition to the three branches of government, there are a large number of “Independent Agencies” and “Government Sponsored Entities” that play a very...

Government Structure: 4. The US Judicial Branch

The federal court system consists of three levels: District Courts, Circuit Courts and the Supreme Court. There are 94 District Courts that serve as the...

Government Structure: 3. The US Legislative Branch

The US congress consists of the Senate, with 100 members (two from each state) and the House of Representatives, with 435 members. While the...

Government Structure: 2. The US Executive Branch

The Executive Branch of the federal government consists of the office of the President and Vice President, the Executive Office of the President (the...

Government Structure: 1. The US Constitution

In addition to being a federal republic, the US is also a constitutional democracy. The US constitution is even shorter than the Vermont constitution....
Education

Education: 10. Fiscal Year 2017 Infrastructure Update

Vermont's Staff to Student Ratio According to the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for Fiscal-Year 2017, Vermont had 22,500 “Local Government Education Employees”, or public school...