Contact Amanda Farnan Press Secretary (774) 571–3639 firstname.lastname@example.org The Shutdown is over. Now the Federal Workforce faces ‘Untold morale problems’ February 4, 2019 Hundreds of thousands of federal workers received their first partial paychecks this week as the government reopened Monday after a 35-day partial shutdown. Some 400,000 workers had been furloughed, and another 400,000 had been on the job but were not getting paid. While the financial costs for those workers were high, the shutdown also took a heavy toll on employee morale. And it may have the longer-term impact of making it more difficult to bring new people into the government.