I second this motion. I can attest to the FDA and DoD as being insane to work with or for on several levels. They both need ridiculous amounts of paperwork, much of which is useless. But since someone at the govt said its needed, we must document it, record it, and store it for quite some time. We still are managing insane amounts of PAPER paperwork.
And its not just that which goes into our final sale product, but the equipment itself. We have varying levels of holds while parts are validated, but it can get as long as 90 days, where any part that is sold with an unvalidated piece of equipment must sit until the whole validation procedure is complete. Thats inventory that cannot be sold, employees paid well before a sale, and real estate that is wasted on making the feds happy.
This is why nothing is cheap. The fiasco we call the feds.