Exactly and a brilliant observation of the real world inside government bureaucracies.
I know an individual who is employed as a programmer. They used to work for a private company and were always working 10 to 12 hours per day with deadlines looming and late nights to meet those. He was offered a job with a state agency doing the same type of work. His projects came with deadlines, but only one project at a time. Given his experience with private business, he quickly performed his first project and turned the results in about 3 weeks early. He was told that he was not to turn in work BEFORE the deadline. He asked then if he had another project to work on for the remaining 3 weeks (the first project was a 4 week assignment) and was told there would be no additional project until the end of the 4 weeks. (Of course, he got paid for the 3 weeks of doing nothing and had to withdraw his work and turn it in again on the scheduled date.)
A perfect example of bureaucracy.