If you have trouble getting a new idea implemented try the trickle down approach. Aim for the highest individual in the bureaucracy, introduce yourself, the idea, and then let it trickle down to those who you were trying to reach in the first place. Often times high-level leaders are more accessable than we think, and ideas get implemented a lot faster if the direction is coming from the top down instead of the bottom up.
This is also an effective strategy for getting a job. Call and ask the leader of an agency (e.g. Deputy Director, Commissioner, Chief, etc.) if they would be willing to meet you to discuss a career, or share their experience at that particular agency. People love to talk about themselves and are usually willling to share. This gives you a great contact and name recognition once your resume is submitted into the black abyss.