BUREAUCRACY: The Squirrel Instinct

Poking through a few old corners of the federal household, General Service Administrator Jess Larson had come across signs of bureaucratic hoarding that would put the squirrels to shame. Samples: one U.S. bureau had a 247-year reserve of looseleaf binders (but only 168 years' worth of filler paper for them); another had a nine-year supply of tracing paper; a third had stored away enough light bulbs to supply it for 93 years.


Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!