President Obama’s appointees are being confirmed relatively quickly by the Senate, but the process is still slow. “Efforts to expedite the process face long odds, says G. Calvin Mackenzie, a government professor at Colby College who has served on several blue ribbon panels over the years with just that goal in mind. ‘I retired in frustration,’ he says. ‘I don’t think anyone is satisfied, but there’s no motivation to change. Whatever individual senators think in grandiose political science terms about fixing the process, they want to maintain every opportunity to slow down an appointment.'”