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Federal Debt (Archives, 1940-2025)

Summary: Federal budget debt

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The database contains gross federal budget debt, equal to debt held by the federal government plus debt held by the public.  Total debt held by the public equals debt held by the Federal Reserve plus other debt held by the public.


Data from 2018 to 2023 are estimates.  The database does not include debt figures from the transition quarter from 1976-1977 when the federal government amended its Fiscal Year start and end dates.  Years indicate Fiscal Years, currently Oct. 1-Sept. 30.

Geographic Coverage: U.S.

Periodicity: Biennially

Series Begins/Ends: 1940 - 2025

Data Source: America's Authentic Government Information

Updated:  Nov. 30, 2020 Next update: None

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