Understanding the Data

One percent of the federal budget supports the U.S. government's foreign assistance investments to further America's foreign policy interests. U.S. foreign assistance helps expand free markets, combat extremism, ensure stable democracies, and address the root causes of poverty, among other things, while simultaneously fostering global good will.

Major Categories of Federal Spending

These diverse programs are implemented by many U.S. agencies, through a wide variety of partners. ForeignAssistance.gov consolidates all of this information into one central, standardized repository in accordance with the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) Bulletin 12-01 - Guidance on Collection of U.S. Foreign Assistance Data

ForeignAssistance.gov reporting requirements incorporate all international data fields from the International Aid Transparency Initiative, domestic data fields for the U.S. Overseas Loans and Grants report (Greenbook), and other data elements.

The following agencies are currently reporting data to ForeignAssistance.gov. These agencies have varying abilities to fulfill reporting requirements based on their unique systems and processes. U.S. government agencies are adding data to ForeignAssistance.gov quarterly to comply with the Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act of 2016. Each agency is required by law to report at FY2015 as the minimum base year.


  • Full Set of Data
  • Partial Data

Not all agencies are reporting 100% of their foreign assistance portfolio at this time. Review this background summary for more details on what content is or is not reported by each agency.

The website is not an accounting tool, but a way to improve the U.S. government's transparency goals. Thus, it may not always be possible to trace funding amounts through the stages of the U.S. financial processes (appropriation, obligation, spent) on a dollar for dollar basis within the data.

For more information about how funding is requested and appropriated and what it means to obligate and disburse funds, visit the About the Budget Process page. The Glossary of Terms is also available to provide definitions of terms used throughout the website.

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