tion, if one was ever conducted, to reduce this significant source of delay in the nomination process.

Background investigations by the FBI add weeks and even months to the appointment process. Some of this time could be saved if the FBI only had to investigate the time period since a previous investigation. This would be especially helpful in recruiting scientists and engineers because some of those nominated for important PAS positions have already been investigated by the FBI before appointment to such science advisory boards as the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology and the National Science Board.3


The President's Commission on the Federal Appointments Process made a similar recommendation that the FBI only investigate the years since the last FBI background check that was based on a full field investigation, to "avoid time-consuming reinvestigations of old information" (President's Commission, 1990:9).

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