It’s been well documented that the completion of some of the U.S. government’s responsibilities has slowed considerably in the past couple of years, due to the current regime’s understaffed government agencies.
It’s difficult to get things done, especially big things, when so much of the government’s staff are only “acting” heads. And when you move government employees around from one place to another, it causes its own headaches. Right now, for example, the Global Entry enrollment center at LAX has closed its doors indefinitely so its Customs and Border Patrol workers can work on (*cough*) “the humanitarian and security crisis on our southwest border,” an agency representative said.
So when we saw this tweet a couple of days ago, we figured it was just more of the same slowdown SNAFU. Or is it?
— Dave Temkin (@dtemkin) July 21, 2019
I’m woman enough to admit that I didn’t know who Dave Temkin was, but I felt better when Joe said he wasn’t sure who he was either ;-). But the guy had that check mark next to his Twitter handle, so I figured he had to have been a “somebody.” Turns out he’s the Vice President of Networks (Content, Delivery, Studio and Infrastructure) at Netflix. So there you go. And, ummmm…yay, Stranger Things!
Side note – I like the guy. In checking out his other tweets, I found this one:
Pretty terrible front desk experience trying to check in at the @WHollywoodHotel this afternoon. Walked myself to the @kimpton Everly instead. This seems to be systemic behavior with the new @MarriottBonvoy and I’m over it.
— Dave Temkin (@dtemkin) July 22, 2019
So apparently he has good taste in hotels and refuses to get #bonvoyed anymore ;-). But back to the topic on hand…
So yeah – the email he got said that expedited service he requested (he was getting a renewal) would take 6-8 weeks. I checked and as of this writing, the U.S. State Department’s website says 6-8 weeks for routine passports and 2-3 weeks for expedited ones, which is the same as it’s been for quite a while.
Meanwhile, the good people Passport Waiting Time, that reports the average of how long it takes for U.S. citizens to get their passports (they use crowd sourced information), posted the following tweet on June 28th:
— USA Passport Waiting (@usapassporttime) June 28, 2019
And suggested even more recently (July 15th) on their website that the current waiting time for a “first time” adult passport is 22 days and a renewal is 18 days. I would think expedited service would be even less than that, no?
So what’s up with all that?
- Did the State Department change how long it takes to process a(n expedited) passport and just not update its website yet?
- Did they make a mistake in their email to Temkin?
I guess we just don’t know at this point. But I think I might tweet Dave Temkin in a few weeks and see if I can learn if/when he gets his passport, and go from there. 😉
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