I need to reply to an email and I wanted to clarify to the other person that:
I understand exactly what needs to be done on the technical side but I'm not familiarized with the red tape involved in the process.
Would that be, somehow, offensive?
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Red tape could be offensive in that it's often used as a value laden term, implying unnecessary or excessive regulatory or managerial requirements. From the point of view of those responsible for that regulation or management it could be seen as a criticism or disparagement of their work and its seriousness. Though in your example it seems a fairly lighthearted euphemism.