I think so. I think it's part of 'passing the buck', because if there's a committee of 20 that makes a decision, well no singular person is responsible are they? 'the committee' did it, and 'the committee' won't be fired over it. The worst they'll have to do is be ordered to 'fix it'.
Yet, if the program is a success, individual members of 'the committee' will each be stepping up, taking credit for the wonderful thing they did.
it's a win/win, none of the blame, all of the glory.