Least Surprising Sentence in Today’s Washington Post

Michael Giberson

The e-mails show that, in the bureaucracy that serves Fairfax’s 1.1 million residents, a change in policy can have unintended results.

Fairfax County, in an effort to weed out unneeded cars from the county’s fleet, targeted cars recording fewer than 4,500 miles per year of use. As the story relates, county employees were creative in finding ways to avoid losing use of county vehicles. Management was apparently shocked that employees would go out of their way to run up miles for vehicles close to the 4,500 mile limit.