To query why this may be taking so long. My formed opinion is
that some parts- not all- of the tsa department charged with the testing is probably moving like tree sap in January not unlike the dmv. I've worked for- for profit enterprises and I've worked for the state government. Private enterprise is nimbler, more efficient and incentivized by far- always. Im sure the testers are professionals, but I guarantee one or two of the personnel tasked with the hands-on procedures had 8 weeks backlog of vacation to use and took all of thanksgiving week off. I'd bet your stocks on it. The rest of the dept got let out at noon on Wednesday and didn't come back in till Monday. Some including secretaries handling the approval paperwork are still out till next week- some on sick days they have to use up.
so jobs have time gaps, nothing to do, higher ups see this and start cutting-laying off, so for self preservation ,you drag #$%$ out if theres nothing pending behind your present task. self preservation. I don't know if that's the cases, but it kinda looks that way.