My protagonist works for the highly fictional "Ministry of Internal Activities," as clerk for the second-in-command of the Ministry. He wants to redecorate his boss's very shabby office. What would be the title of the person to whom he applied for the money to do so? Would this person work within the Ministry or for a different department? How was money dispensed to people who did Ministry shopping (I imagine it's unlikely the clerk would be the one to do the shopping himself, but I'm okay with fudging this detail)? Would they just be handed a check and asked to bring back receipts?
I Googled things like "victorian ministries," "ministry finances," "ministry treasurer," but didn't know how to narrow it down.