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CRS — Presidential Appointments and Nominations Data from the 111th and 112th Congresses

July 19, 2011

Presidential Appointments and Nominations Data from the 111th and 112th Congresses (PDF)
Source: Congressional Research Service (via Sen. Tom Coburn, R-OK)

This memorandum responds to your request for data on presidential appointments and nominations during the 111 th Congress and the 112 th Congress to date. Each component of your request is included in a separate section.

The first section of the memorandum provides an estimate of the number of advice and consent (PAS) positions in the executive branch. It also explains the methodology CRS used to come up with that estimate. The second section provides the total number of presidential nominations submitted in the 111 th and 112 th Congresses. The third section provides the number of confirmed nominations during these periods. The fourth section reports the number of nominations that were confirmed by voice vote or by roll call vote. The fifth section provides information on the duration of the Senate’s consideration of nominees, looking at the average length of time from nomination to confirmation during the 111 th and 112 th Congresses. The sixth section provides information on how much time the Senate spent in quorum calls during two recent sessions. The seventh section deals with the duration of committee consideration of nominees, providing two pieces of information: the average length of time before a nominee receives a hearing, and the average length of time from receipt of nomination to committee reporting. Finally, the last section provides a breakdown by committee of nominees currently awaiting official committee action.

CRS obtained most of the information provided by using the data from the Legislative Information System’s (LIS) nominations database. LIS is available to the congressional community at http://www.congress.gov/nomis/. The data provided in this memorandum for the 112 th Congress are current as of May 6, 2011.

As you requested, this memorandum includes nominations to executive branch positions only. Judicial nominations, including those to be judges, Supreme Court Justices, and members of the U.S. Sentencing Commission, are excluded. Nominations to positions in the legislative branch (such as the Comptroller General and the Architect of the Capitol) are also excluded.

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