(btw, I got the joke about fiction and government reports and financial statements.)
The sad thing is: I wasn't joking.
A simple real life example. The military base I was on had a dozen units operating from it, a mix of Air Force, Army, Navy, and civilian. All the four Defence Dept units had their own radio frequencies, plus a set of combined service frequencies, and the Search and Rescue operations had another. We had no radios that covered them all, but they were available. I was able to generate enough on-base savings in operational costs to buy replacement radios for everyone out of my base management budget. Sadly, due to the inter-service politics I couldn't get the higher commands of the other services to allow me to give their local units radios out of my budget, no matter how well I wrote up the improved operational aspects. I did manage it after I spoke with a couple of knowledgeable sergeants and we did a series of individual reports on operational damage in training activities had put a third of their existing radios out of operation and those models were no longer available for purchase as replacement units. Then we got approval to purchase a quantity of new model radios to replace them, they even gave a small budget increase for it. I transferred enough new radios to replace all they had, all their old units were returned to general stores as excess to unit requirements the extra unit budget was expended buying spares and accessories. The real reports on better operations ignored, the bullshit on damaged radios approved, and we got back to work. This sort of thing was common to get past the bureaucrats in all the service and civilian HQs.
Also, after expenditure reports on new major items bought had to be worded in ways that suit the politicians' egos and not the operational effectiveness of the unit that got them.