At one point a few years ago, one of the IBA's primary persons for verifying rides had to take a sabbatical or something like that. That coincided with the riding season rolling around and a massive influx of ride documentation being submitted. It took a while to work through that, and 5 weeks would have been a tremendous turn-around for quite some time. Instead of weeks, it was taking months.
No one was happy about certs taking months, so things were caught up as possible, and now I think Mike has more folks doing the verifications.