Media Tip Sheet: Impact of Government Shutdown on Social Security Benefits

November 13, 2023


Washington lawmakers are racing against the clock to find a way to fund the government before the federal workforce shuts down on Friday. A government shutdown or going into default would have ripple effects that impact not only government operations and federal workers paychecks, but also benefit programs and the nation's social safety net.

If you’re interested in commentary, insights or analysis on how social security benefits could be impacted by a government shutdown, please consider Lang (Kate) Yang, a professor at GW’s Trachtenberg School of Public Policy & Public Administration. Her research interest is in state and local government finances. Her recent publications examine how states address local government fiscal stress through monitoring, intervention, and bankruptcy authorizations. Further, she examines the incentives and impediments to government financial reporting, disclosure, and transparency. 

If you would like to speak with Yang, please contact GW Media Relations Specialists Tayah Frye at [email protected]