Decades ago, I mowed indiscriminately through dozens of sci-fi anthologies. I remember one short story that stood out in terms of writing style and characterization. It involved a bright but unambitious protagonist/anti-hero who was in the military, assigned as a low-level functionary to a classified research facility. I seem to recall that it barely qualified as sci-fi; that it was more like a low-key, character-driven techno-thriller with a mild "Catch-22" flavor. The only "high-tech" plot element I recall clearly was a pair of shoes/boots whose soles were made of a highly shock-absorbent material that allowed the protagonist to survive a jump from an unusual height unscathed.
I think the title of the story was "Goldbrick". As one standard definition for this word is "A person, especially a soldier, who avoids assigned duties or work; a shirker", it was probably a snipe at the protagonist's character (or lack thereof). I'm fairly certain the story was published before 1980, and almost as certain that it was published post-WW2, but I can't narrow it down any more than that. I can't remember the name of the author, either, nor the anthology it was in.
I know there is another sf short called "Gold Brick" (sometimes appearing as "Operation Gold Brick") by Walter Tevis. This is not the same story.