Oi careful which civil servants you tar with that brush
Mind you, down in research engineering, we had a cunning plan to avoid a lot of the cockups...... we contacted each science group and when they had a project to build, come down to engineering and discuss it with us lot, then we build it.
Saved a whole heap of trouble than doing it the official way and having the 15 layers of bureaucracy between us and the science groups involved....
Oh and time
"We need this for the war"
"Ok we'll build it this afternoon and test it tommorrow"
"Eh... the site administrator said it would take a minimum of 6 weeks...."
"Ahh thats 5 weeks 4 days to fill out the forms, then we get a day to build it"