This is no surprise. We have one of the stupidest civil services in the Western world because we've rejected hiring on merit and instead use the civil service as a dumping ground for affirmative action:
The United States Civil service exams have since been abolished for many positions, since statistics show that they do not accurately allow hiring of minorities according to the affirmative action guidelines.
Daily tales of idiocy of this grade don't happen in other nations. They actually have a civil service which is competent.
Who in the Federal Government thought that going after the children of dead people for 30 year old over-payments was a good idea?