Just local, AK-Jeff, maybe, but then it has been the last 10 years in this area in every congregation they visit in this circuit, making the last 3 COs. Sunday afternoon service is poorly attended when the CO is not visiting. Usually it is only the brother assigned to conduct the meeting for field service and then he wouldn't go out himself.
But I'm still willing to bet it is because the CO is too busy. The CO does a lot of administrative reports required by the branch office, besides visiting 20 or more congregations twice a year, 1 circuit assembly, 1 special day assembly, 1 DC (either in charge of a department, giving talks and in some cases supervising the whole DC), 2 week pioneer school, involvement in any quick builds.
When it comes to saving time, the WTS will do it any areas that impact the preaching and women for the most part. Nothing gets in the way of the administrative duties.