Updated: Feb 3
The senate is responsible for approving hundreds, if not thousands of officials for a new administration every time a president is elected. The process is long and arduous and some candidates can go for years without getting a green light. Oftentimes "acting" heads of entire departments become essentially permanent. In some cases, a single senator can derail a nominee or make him or her wait so long that they back out. On more than one occasion there were national security implications for the delays.
There ought to be a hard and fast rule that no nominee has to wait more than 30 days to get confirmed, otherwise they get the job automatically.
It's not much different than the discovery of the skeleton who was the winner of the National Hide-and-Seek contest a while back.