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Interest Expense on the Public Debt Outstanding

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05/31/2010 — 01/31/2024Released MonthlyLast Updated 02/06/2024
The Interest Expense on the Public Debt Outstanding dataset provides monthly and fiscal year-to-date values for interest expenses on federal government debt, that is, the cost to the U.S. for borrowing money (calculated at a specified rate and period of time). U.S. debt includes Treasury notes and bonds, foreign and domestic series certificates of indebtedness, savings bonds, Government Account Series (GAS), State and Local Government Series (SLGS) and other special purpose securities. While interest expenses are what the government pays to investors who loan money to the government, how much the government pays in interest depends on both the total federal debt and the interest rate investors charged when they loaned the money. This dataset is useful for those who wish to track the cost of maintaining federal debt.

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Interest Expense on the Public Debt Outstandingrecord_dateRecord DateThe date that data was published.DATE1
Interest Expense on the Public Debt Outstandingexpense_catg_descExpense Category DescriptionTier one of a three-tier hierarchy for categorizing interest expense. Indicates whether the interest expense was related to public debt or government account series debt.STRING1
Interest Expense on the Public Debt Outstandingexpense_group_descExpense Group DescriptionTier two of a three-tier hierarchy for categorizing interest expense.STRING1
Interest Expense on the Public Debt Outstandingexpense_type_descExpense Type DescriptionTier three of a three-tier hierarchy for categorizing interest expense.STRING1
Interest Expense on the Public Debt Outstandingmonth_expense_amtCurrent Month Expense AmountInterest expense for the month.CURRENCY1
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