When I was working at the VA, I did a little study called:
How VA Time Equates to Real World Time
Introduction: Things seem to happen really slow at the VA. But nobody has yet quantified exactly how slow the VA is.
Objective: To obtain an accurate representation of time equivalents at the VA.
Methods: When I was started at the VA, I was told we would be moving to a different floor of the building in two weeks. I then waited to see how long it would actually take to move.
Results: Four weeks passed since I was told that we would be moving in two weeks. I was then told that we would be moving in another two weeks. It ended up taking another four weeks.
Discussion: Results suggest that at the VA, two weeks seems to be the equivalent of no less than eight weeks. Therefore, when I am told something should take one day, I should expect it to take no less than four days. If I am told something should take six months, I should expect no action to be taken sooner than two years.
Conclusion: The VA is freakin slow.