I worked for a State agency for a while. Our Department was merged with another and my boss and I had to move our offices to a building large enough to encompass the newly merged agencies. We searched around for the best deals on office furniture but were told by the regulators that we were required to purchase all furniture from a more expensive provider who was under contract to the state. When I tried to explain to purchasing that we could save a significant amount of money by buying off contract the woman told me "The State is not interested in saving money." That pretty much sums up the attitude of government.