I have been active duty, a state, and now a Federal employee.
On active duty our mission was so important that as a 19 year old I could cause the Navy to scramble fighters. If I did it wrong people died. Be assured I held myself accountable as did all in the command cahin!
As a state employee I knew my customers. They were also the taxpayers and would file grievances, call the governor, etc. (Most of the time I would have done what they requested but I lack the resouses to do so. When I acquired them, I did as my employees had grieved. On the other hand, sometimes they lied too.) I squeezed a nickle until the buffalo hollared.
I wish I could do that as a Fed but it seems waste is built into the system.