Shutdown Had Deep Financial and Mental Health Impact on IRS Workers, Study Finds - August 1, 2019
By Courtney Buble, Government Executive
Researchers studying a Utah community with a high concentration of International Revenue Service employees found that the partial government shutdown that ended in January significantly affected the financial and mental well-being of federal workers.
Of the furloughed workers surveyed, more than 35% missed a rent or mortgage payment, 30% went to a food pantry, 72% experienced mental health issues, 42% wanted to make a career change and 65% were very or somewhat concerned about their finances post-shutdown. The most-used services by workers during the shutdown were food pantries, free meals at restaurants and skip-payment programs.
The initial results were first released in May; researchers now are gearing up for the next phase of the study this fall.