Could be much worse . . . back in the 80s I did some contract work for a division of Sperry where I was trying to document some new system they were working on. The way their bureaucracy was set up I couldn't even talk to the engineer or programmer who had designed the system and would know the answer to a question. Instead, I was supposed to submit any question in writing to my immediate supervisor, who would submit it to his supervisor, who would eventually kick it up to the vice-presidential level, where the VP over the department I was in would submit it to the VP over engineering, who would pass it down the line of supervisors eventually to the appropriate engineer's supervisor, who would give it to the engineer, who would be supposed to answer in writing and send it to his supervisor, who would send it back through the same series of people until it got to me. Of course, not only would this take until a couple of weeks from Fleemsday (even if nobody in the chain was out of the office or slow in checking and passing along his mail) but as anyone who has ever done anything like this knows getting the answer to one question of this nature almost inevitably leads to half a dozen more questions which could only be answered by the engineer/programmer who designed/built the product in question and then of course were supposed to go through the same route . . .
(Yes, Scott, if you can figure out some way to use this, go right ahead!)