If you wonder why your contacts at a federal agency don't get back to you quickly these days... You might want to read this article from OMB Watch.
Agency Staffs Burdened by Recovery Act Spending
Ever wonder about the mechanics of how to spend over $800 billion? Well, so did the authors of a new report from the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board, the group charged with Recovery Act oversight, a report which looks at staffing levels in federal agencies in the wake of the Act's passage. And the results aren't good. The report warns that "Recovery Act funding has substantially increased the workload of most agencies receiving these funds," and that as a result, many agency programs are reporting drastically inadequate staffing levels for their workloads.
For complete article http://ombwatch.org/node/10834