Summary Table of Recommendations

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050 National Defense

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150 International Affairs

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250 General Science, Space, and Technology

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270 Energy

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300 Natural Resources & Environment

300 Natural Resources & EnvironmentRead Full Recommendations

350 Agriculture

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370 Commerce & Housing Credit

370 Commerce & Housing CreditRead Full Recommendations

400 Transportation

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450 Community & Regional Development

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500 Education, Training, Employment & Social Services

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600 Income Security

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750 Administration of Justice

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800 General Government

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920 Allowances

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CBO Baseline—Many of Heritage’s savings proposals rely on budgeted authority figures for FY 2014 spending levels. To adjust these current spending levels upwards in future years, we typically increased spending levels at the same rate as discretionary spending growth, as projected in the most recent Congressional Budget Office baseline, “An Update to the Budget and Economic Outlook: 2014 to 2024,” published August 27, 2014.

Savings “Subtotals”—While totals for the five-year and 10–year savings are provided by section, they should not be added together as total savings for The Budget Book. First, as noted in the introduction, The Heritage Foundation recommends that the savings realized in the Function 050 Defense section stay within the Department of Defense to strengthen the nation’s defense capabilities.

And, second, the numbers cannot be deemed to represent the realized savings if every single recommendation were adopted because policy changes made in one program may impact spending in other programs. Thus, the numbers in the table do not reflect any potential interactions between the various