United States - Outstanding Public Debt

United States: Outstanding Public Debt

Mnemonic GDBT.IUSA
Unit Mil. USD
Monthly 0.68 %
Data Aug 2018 21,458,849
Jul 2018 21,313,061

Series Information

Source U.S. Bureau of Public Debt
Release Public Debt Outstanding
Frequency Monthly
Start Date 1/31/1976
End Date 8/31/2018

United States: Government

Reference Last Previous Units Frequency
Government Budget Balance Aug 2018 -214,148 -76,865 Mil. USD, NSA Monthly
Government Expenditures Aug 2018 433,263 302,131 Mil. USD, NSA Monthly
Government Revenues Aug 2018 219,115 225,266 Mil. USD, NSA Monthly
Outstanding Public Debt Aug 2018 21,458,849 21,313,061 Mil. USD Monthly
Gross External Debt 2018 Q1 6,546,130 6,532,477 Mil. USD, NSA Quarterly

Release Information

One of the main objectives of the Bureau of the Public Debt is to provide accurate and timely accounting of and reporting on all financial activity related to the Public Debt of the United States. The Summary Monthly Statement of the Public Debt (MSPD) lists the types of Treasury Securities issued to finance the debt and the total amount outstanding which is separated into the amount held by the public and the amount in intergovernmental holdings.

The total amount held by the public consists of all Federal debt held by individuals, corporations, state or local governments, foreign governments, and other entities outside of the United States Government, less Federal Financing Bank securities. Types of securities held by the public include, but are not limited to, Treasury Bills, Treasury Notes, Treasury Bonds, United States Savings Bonds, State and Local Government Series, Foreign Series, and Domestic Series.

The total Amount in intergovernmental holdings consists of Government Account Series (GAS) securities held by government trust funds, revolving funds, and special funds; and Federal Financing Bank securities.

The Bureau’s current accounting system produces the Total Public Debt Outstanding amount each morning around 11:30 A.M. EST. Their system relies on approximately 50 different reporting entities (e.g. Federal Reserve Banks and Bureau Offices) to report a variety of Treasury security information.

Outstanding balances are subject to audit and subsequent adjustments.