The IRS is Facing Demographic Winter

One of the best things about demographic winter is that it might starve the government bureaucracies.

While the media and the government like to pretend we are overpopulated, the truth is that we are facing population pressures from too few births, not too many. The common term for what our future holds is “demographic winter.”

Demographic winter is already hurting college enrollment in the United States. It seems that the forces of demographic winter are especially hurting the Internal Revenue Service.

This story of the desperate need of the IRS to recruit Millennials contains some amazing information:

For the Internal Revenue Service to stay in business, it needs a youth bomb. More than half its employees are over 50 years old. Four years from now, about 40 percent of its workforce will be eligible to retire. Meanwhile, the share of employees under 30 has fallen to less than 3 percent. Half of those under-30s work only part-time. Only 650 people in its 37,000-strong workforce are under 25.

“Essentially, the IRS is facing its own version of the Baby Bust,” said 75-year-old IRS Commissioner John Koskinen in a recent speech. But what kind of a pitch can a recruiter for the IRS make to millennials? Come mentor your parent’s friends? Work with outdated technology? Join a storied bureaucracy?

The story goes on to have some fun with the concept that the IRS might find some way to appeal to Millennials. I guess the NSA is not the only Federal agency that needs to convince young people that it would be cool to work there.

The problem isn’t only getting Millennials. Budget constraints in a failing economy are also a factor:

Actually, it’s not just young people that the IRS is having a hard time hiring. A long string of budget cuts means that the agency has had to cut staff through attrition, and hasn’t been able to hire much in any demographic. But when it can hire? It wants those millennials.

Is it possible that these same problems are growing in other departments of the Federal government?

I hope so.