Plural noun: bureaucrats
An official in a government department, in particular one perceived as being concerned with procedural correctness at the expense of people’s needs. I remember the head bureaucrat of the US Federal Aviation being told by his political boss to shut down all incoming flights on 9/11. The bureaucrat’s CYA response was that he did not have the authority to do that! Where upon his superior told him that if there were any more plane crashes it would be on his head! Yup he closed the airports!
So the bureaucrats at the CDC wanted to develop their own test for the Coronavirus instead of using the one that had already been developed by the World Health Organization while only using their own labs. This not only slowed things down but exacerbated an emerging pandemic. The bigger the government gets the more bureaucrats will screw things up in order to protect THEIR own turf!
And that is all I’m going to say about that!