Government run enterprises ALWAYS cost more than private ones. Because in the private enterprise they HAVE to make a profit, not so under Government run. As an example: On Long Island, where my Aunt lived, the city was replacing some pipes underground. The city crew showed up, on the street, at 6:45am, removed the pipes from the truck. They made the mistake of placing those pipes on her neighbors lawn. (Her neighbor lived for his lawn. If you stepped on his lawn, he would most likely "hear the grass crying out" LOL). Anyway, they removed the pipes from the truck by 7am. Then sat around having a half hour coffee break. They only had a half hour because her neighbor, the grass lover, came out and tore them a new one for putting the pipes on his lawn.
Now in that above example, if it had been a private company doing the work, do you think the private company would've tolerated employees wasting a half hour, right at the start of the day? Hell no.
That's the difference between Government vs. Private. Government run businesses are extremely costly and wasteful. Just look at the mess Government run health care is with the VA. That's government run health care for you.
I forgot to respond to this.
A. If they placed those pipes on the berm, that neighbor had no say, that is city property. So if the crew moved them after he raised a fuss, they did it for good relations. Which speaks well of the workers.
B. Do you even know if they had to be in place, set-up and waiting for another crew/company to come along and do their job? Sometimes they are at the whim of private companies. Basically, it's like the old cable company joke: "We will be there between 8am and 5pm." And if you aren't there waiting, you get moved to the back of the line, waiting longer.
C. Yes, a private company would tolerate this, because they also are at the whim of another company, at times. And if they sent those men out at that time to set-up, you can bet they would know they were there waiting.
I am from a family of bricklayers, I remember plenty of times that my dad had to wait, I know of plenty of times that my brother has had to wait, but you have to be there and ready, no matter how long you might have to wait.
I am not saying the government is never wasteful, just that in your scenario, they probably weren't being wasteful.