Brother, can you spare $2 billion?

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The federal government was shut down for most of January, but still managed to report $2,280,273,306 in spending. See details.
The top three spending categories were:

  • Engineering services, $204,549,134
  • Security guards and patrol services, $201,549,259
  • Computer systems design services, $177,473,195

A few other spending areas included:

Temporary help, $24,649,752
Irradiation apparatus, $12,741,346
Ambulance services, $6,920,371
Non-chocolate confectionery, $4,541,352
In-vitro diagnostic substance manufacturing, $4,126,473
Kidney dialysis centers, $2,447,063
Non-scheduled chartered freight air transportation, $1,481,012
Investigation services, $664,640
Public relations, $446,292
Plastic bags, $417,316

Where the money went

Sporting and athletics goods, $379,216
Non-scheduled charter passenger air transportation, $366,023
Sanitary paper products, $249,922
Investment advice, $205,000
Animal (except poultry) slaughtering, $194,238
Gift, novelty and souvenir stores, $77,000
Optometrists, $72,252
Totalizing fluid meter and counting device manufacturing, $51,493
Armored car services, $48,067
Breakfast cereal, $47,674
Printer ink, $46,905
Funeral homes and services, $43,884
Roasted nuts and peanut butter, $41,958
National security, $31,952
Religious organizations, $31,414
Car washes, $27,549
Chicken egg production, $17,087
Sports teams and clubs, $15,009
Locksmiths, $9,553
Casino hotels, $3,120
Museums, $2,204
Retail bakeries, $546

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