Congress failed to pass a budget so the federal government shutdown started today. The lapse in funding affects many health programs from the research at National Institutes of Health to enrollment in clinical trials to the Women, Infants and Children nutritional program. The Washington Post has a detailed list of who went home this morning and who is still working.
If you add up all the people who work for Health and Human Services, the Food and Drug Administration, and the National Institutes of Health, the total is 111,644. About 54% of those employees have been furloughed due to the government shutdown; that’s 60,830 people. Here are the details for each agency:
- Food and Drug Administration – 6,620 furloughed, 45% of the total employees
- Health and Human Services – 40,512 furloughed, 52% of the total employees
- National Institutes for Health – 13,698 furloughed, 73% of the total employees