Saturday, March 26, 2005

The Joys of Bureaucracy

One of the (many) joys of working in the bureaucracy is that sometimes our efforts to communicate are overwhelmed by our need to describe what is truly ineffable.

For example, consider this statement from a nearby Purchasing Department:

"The focus of the Division is now on strategic procurement rather than the tactical processing of paperwork."

I must admit that in all my 25 years as a bureaucrat, I have never actually considered the tactical processing of paperwork.

Clearly a failure of imagination on my part.

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