While the news was good in April on the budget, the longer term trend continues to be for more red ink, as this latest report predicted the deficit for 2019 would end up at nearly $1.1 trillion.
The Congressional Budget Office still estimates this year's deficit will not reach $1 trillion - last seen in 2012 during the Obama Administration - but the CBO forecasts multiple years of deficits over the $1 trillion mark after 2020.
The good surplus numbers in April were part of a series of positive economic indicators for the U.S. last month, as 263,000 jobs were created by U.S. businesses, with the jobless rate dropping to 3.6 percent, the lowest rate since December of 1969.
Also, initial estimates of the growth in Gross Domestic Product for the first quarter of this year came in at 3.2 percent, leading Republicans from the President on down to say was evidence that the economy is moving in the right direction.
"Our country is doing well," President Trump said earlier this month. "We're very proud of that fact."
But for the small growth in revenues this year, the jump in GDP, and the surplus numbers in April - one of the biggest red flags continues to be the size of the federal deficit.
Budget watchdog groups continue to warn that the size of the federal deficit should not be approaching $1 trillion.
"The President and Congress should work together to address our unsustainable debt, not paper over and add to it," said the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget.
Earlier this week, the Congressional Budget Office estimated that federal deficits would total $9.9 trillion over the next ten years - basically, $1 trillion per year.
The federal debt currently stands at over $22 trillion.
The last time the feds ran a surplus for an entire year was in 2001.