FDA + HHS + NIH = 60,830 people furloughed due to the shutdown


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

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Here are details on the shutdown plan for HHS, the FDA and the NIH. The Washington Post video below lists all the federal agencies that have shut down.

Veronica Combs

I was the editor in chief at I started writing and editing in the print world and joined a dotcom right before the 2000 crash. I was at TechRepublic/CNET/BNET for 7 years. Health was more interesting to me than the latest version of Windows, so I left for a startup tracking prescription drug news. A year later, MedTrackAlert was acquired by HealthCentral, so I shifted to audience research. The fun of daily news and interviewing smart people brought me to MedCity News in February 2012. More posts by Author

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