I don't know what you mean by business as usual.
By "business as usual" I mean that the executives in large entities (government agencies and large corporations) are often not concerned about how much certain projects cost. In some cases, they want a project to cost more because it justifies increasing their salaries and the number of people who report to them.
For example, if a project has a budget of $10,000, the executive in charge is going to be limited as to how much he can ask for compensation. But if a project is $1 million, that executive can ask for much more. I saw this first hand during the early 80s. I was an intern at the an public relations company that had the Wendy's account (back when it was just a regional fast food chain). They were producing commercials that were just as good as the national commercials (produced in Hollywood) for $50,000. The national commercials cost over 10 times as much ($700,000 or more). In my film production class, we watched a documentary about the production of a 7-Up commercial...we were amazed at all the waste and inefficiency.