The process today is getting more, not less, difficult. The delays are getting longer-- measured by complexity, timeliness. The greater load of problems is all on the executive branch side of things. The next administration should take the steps to shorten the process on the executive branch side in the selection and clearance phase so that it can get names to the Senate in a timely fashion, robbing the Senate at the very least of the excuse of saying, "Why are you blaming us for the delay in getting this person confirmed when the nomination didn’t even come to our desks until April 27th or some other late date?"
Often nominees feel abandoned in the confirmation process, particularly if they are not someone who is on the Cabinet officer’s team on Capitol Hill or Wall Street and who that Cabinet officer is particularly interested in getting through the confirmation process. In the departments and agencies, the leader of congressional liaison is going to do what the Cabinet secretary wants, and that may be legislation or some other confirmation. As a result, it’s extremely important for that nominee of the President to have somebody holding his or her hand in getting through the process, which has happened in past administrations but is absolutely essential.