That reminds me of a job I had working in the accounting department of a large supermarket. There wasn't enough work to keep me busy, so my boss told me to move papers around on my desk and pretend I had work. Instead, with his permission, I would go to other departments on the same floor and let them know I was willing to help them, even doing the boring work nobody else liked. Of course they eagerly handed those job to me, and both they and I were happy for a year or so.
I learned after I left to return to school and learn a new trade that two, count them two, people were hired to do my old job just in the accounting department. I wonder if those two eventually went on to work in one of those government agencies or maybe even work in Congress. Just a thought!