So in some senses this is a "legal" way for the agencies to say they are annoyed - of course the content isn't going to go sour in a day, but it's now more "in the face" of average Americans.
They did not request, nor were granted a permit for this protest. The American people do not need anything rubbed in their faces regarding how badly the US government handles money. Congress OTOH should be immediately fired in total, and the janitorial staff should be allowed to clean up the mess...in an expedient fashion. Which I would happily bet a testicle they could pull off by sundown with time to spare.
A. No permit needed. I "bet" $10 that somewhere in the voluminous regs they can do what they did and somewhere on page 33 of a 60 page legal doc in a file cabinet marked "beware of stoic joking leopards" it says so. Not counting the usual snarkiness aka Basement, on boring stuff nothing the gov does is "illegal". Not on that level.
B. The American Public *does* need stuff rubbed in their face because the rest of the billion dollar machine is spending money making it sound like it's no big deal! So it's a "reverse cry wolf" - "what does it take to finally make you voters realize we have some psychopaths here?!"
C. While your last comment slides over from "literal" to "joke", Tom Clancy's novel Executive Orders said much the same thing ... and Item B leads to Item C. The way you "fire" a congress member is to vote them out. Hence why (slowly!!) I keep saying the minute we get a turbo political social media engine where for once the country can "share", and not limited to fake farms and cats, for once the politicians have to watch out!
For example there is a newspaper in Maine that published a bunch of big ticket exposes (I forgot which - sorry, blasting this note out!) where parts of the Maine Govt shut them out of basic coverage. Clear court case brewing t here. Normally that's not something that would ever be noticed in Wisconsin... but with voter-side social media, it could.
Ignoring trolls and so on, some combination of Reddit and Slashdot for Political Bills would RUIN DC. So they are riding the long coattails of inertia as long as they can before that happens. Not counting security issues, I also keep saying such a system is "easy" to build - in some ways it only needs to do twelve things. Allow granular hot button lines to push up, aggregate up and down to the candidate and back, and a few other things. Piece of cake. I keep thinking of doing it myself in Basic for #$%^#$% sake for a NANY except that it wouldn't scale.
But however much you hate him, Mark Zuckerberg "and gang" showed how the world works - you lock in the right points of time and then you have to be dealt with forever. Google too. (Microsoft before that.)