What you are speaking of when saying politicians and bureaucrats might try to deliberately inconvenience citizens over budget "cuts" is what is known as "The Washington Monument Elevator Syndrome."
As you know, the Washington Monument is at the opposite end of the mall from the Capitol. It is also very tall. It is run by The National Park Service which is part of the Interior Department. Back in the 1960s long time CBS News commentator Eric Severeid observed that whenever folks at the Interior Department think their budget had been dented, the first thing they shut down is the elevator in the Washington Monument. Thus constituents who have to climb a jillion stairs don't have far to go to complain to their congressmen.