Presidential Appointments to Full-time Positions in Executive Departments During the 109th Congress, 2005-2006 [June 10, 2008] [open pdf - 300KB]
"During the 109th Congress, the President submitted to the Senate 283 nominations to executive department full-time positions. Of these 283 nominations, 233 were confirmed; nine were withdrawn; and 41 were returned to him in accordance with Senate rules. For those nominations that were confirmed, an average of 75 days elapsed between nomination and confirmation. The median number of days elapsed was 57. These statistics do not include the days during which the Senate was adjourned for its summer recesses and between sessions of Congress. President George W. Bush made a total of 13 recess appointments to the departments during this period. All 13 were made during recesses within the first or second session of the 109th Congress ('intrasession' recess appointments). None were made during the recess between the first and second sessions of the Congress ('intersession' recess appointments)."
CRS Report for Congress, RL34527
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