I’ve been doing a little investigating for a company who has an interest in providing services with regards to government funding for small businesses. They have a motivating mission, which drove me to spend a little bit of time on the USA Spending website and get to know the API.
All of a sudden, I stumble across this report on USASpending.gov:
This immediately reminded me of a common statement that I hear from Senator Ron Johnson concerning our budget during the Covid19 crisis.
I move forward and dig a little more into the API. In the data cleaning, I learn some really cool things, like there isn’t any US Postal Service!
That’s okay because what I’m looking for is . wait. What was it I was looking for? Am I in the right part of the API? Is this the right date that I’m using? What’s wrong with me? Where am I?
It’s an episode of Fringe isn’t it? It isn’t?
Oh. I was looking for a list of the budgetary resources for all the agencies. It would appear that, for 2021, there aren’t any. Or – so I thought. I might’ve been looking at the wrong field so, I took a closer look at one agency. There aren’t any budgetary resources for 2021, but take a look at those obligations. Those look promising.
As indicated in the above source, I’ve somehow made an incorrect calculation when providing my estimation on the obligations set for 2021. This fault could be caused by a number of errors in the API call. Perhaps; I should not have used the default.
Well, that’s been my USA Spending API experience. Now. How about that dashboard?