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 87,000-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 Work with outdated technology?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?