March 11th, 2009
04:22 PM ET
14 years ago

Orszag: Interest in stimulus $$$ could overwhelm govt site

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="OMB Director Peter Orszag said Wednesday that interest in stimulus money could overwhelm a Web site for seeking competitive grants from the federal government."]

WASHINGTON (CNN) – The high interest in receiving grant money from the White House’s $787 billion stimulus package has the potential to overwhelm, White House Office of Management and Budget Director Peter Orszag said in memo issued Wednesday.

In recent months, the Web site, the central online portal where the public can search and apply for competitive grants from the federal government, has suffered from “noticeably degraded performance,” Orszag wrote. “In addition, [the stimulus bill] is expected to result in an approximately 60 percent additional increase in application volume to, putting the system at a significant risk of failure and thus potentially hampering [the bill’s] implementation.”

Read: Orszag's memo

In order to keep the site up and running, Orszag has instructed the Department of Health and Human Services, the federal agency that operates, and the General Services Administration to develop improvements that will deal with the anticipated increase in traffic.

In the memo, Orszag also instructs federal agencies to identify alternative methods for accepting grant applications during the coming months when high interest in seeking stimulus money is expected by OMB.

Related: Orszag emerges from behind the scenes

Filed under: economic stimulus • Peter Orszag
soundoff (25 Responses)
  1. Rick

    Do these clowns ever think about anything before they do it?

    March 11, 2009 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  2. Griff............... on The Truth...

    Does that mean this is a Virus?

    March 11, 2009 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  3. Lotta Muni

    What? Mismanagement in a program started by the Obama administration?
    How surprising!!-NOT!!

    March 11, 2009 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  4. Richard

    Obama: The first president to bankrupt America!!!! There's nothing you could say to make me vote for a Democrat again.

    March 11, 2009 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  5. Brian Crooks

    This is great news! So many people are interested in helping the economy get rolling that it may actually overwhelm the website. If there's that many people interested, I'm sure the government will be able to find the best-suited people to take advantage of the stimulus money.

    March 11, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  6. The Last Patriot

    Free money is popular. Except for those its stolen from.

    March 11, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  7. Kurt C.

    The porkulus package is causing all sorts of problems, not the least of which hurting our economy instead of helping it.

    March 11, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  8. J.P.

    Headline: Interest in Stimulus $$$ could overwhelm govt site."

    It should read: "Stimulus $$$ could overwhelm the prosperity and freedom of the next five generations."

    Let's put it this way folks... if the "stimulus" bill doesn't offend the hell out of you and make you want to join General Washington's Continental Army, you don't deserve the liberty into which you were born. You deserve the (economic) chains you will eventually wear.

    The people in this nation are a bunch of wild pigs, and the government is setting out the free corn. Look up "How to trap a wild pig."

    March 11, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  9. Mari

    GOOD......... God willing every American will be on the web site ( and EDUCATE themselves, READ about the FACTS....... and not allow themselves to be lied to by the far-right-fear-and-lies-mongers on "Faux News" and AM Radio!

    March 11, 2009 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  10. Richard

    Where is John King with his bias interview. Last sunday felt bad for this kid.

    Why is this country going down through media!

    March 11, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  11. Ray Fisher

    The markets rally only to be squashed by another bailout request, this time from Freddie Mac. Is there anybody minding the store??? There must be some type of plan on this stuff. The daily announcements must end or recovery will be impossible!!!

    March 11, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  12. Gary

    Too much stimulus.
    Too much borrowing.
    Stop the earmarks.
    Stop the pork.
    Try cutting spending and balancing the budget.
    Try stabilizing the banks.
    Once things are stable then we tackle energy, education and healthcare.

    March 11, 2009 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  13. Michael

    I going to ask for a grant to buy a big screen TV and a Disney vacation. That will help stimulate the economy and create jobs. Who can say it won't!

    March 11, 2009 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  14. eliot from chicago

    Adding server capacity would stimulate the economy.

    March 11, 2009 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  15. Charlie in Maine

    Hey J.P,

    Why is it okay to spend 12 million dollars an hour invading and occupying a country that never attacked us but not okay to stimulate the economy? At least if we sepnd it here it has a chance of getting us out of the ditch tha W put us in.

    March 11, 2009 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  16. Felonious Monk

    Typical Liberal computer usage. I think those liberals use their computers to look up all sorts of data.

    I don't see you guys offering any solutions to the problems that face America. At least Obama is maintaining a within the limits of the law government. Not much the republican/conservatives can say about that. If corruption was the name of the game, we would always elect republicans.

    March 11, 2009 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  17. S Callahan

    Calm down JP..Jesus will be here soon to straighten out the big mess, we people, have made! 🙂

    March 11, 2009 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  18. B

    This is the strangest, weird, freaky to the point of scariest boy I've ever watched. Something just ain't right with this boy. It looks like a White House of freaks. Look at treasury? Uh!

    March 11, 2009 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  19. cnnnewser

    And I'll bet you anything it's the republicans that will crash the site...LOL You know, that republican party that dosen't want the stimulus money....

    March 11, 2009 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  20. bsmith171

    is this guy human?

    March 11, 2009 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  21. cnnnewser

    And I'll bet you anything it's the republicans that will crash the site...LOL You know, that republican party that dosen't want the stimulus money....

    March 11, 2009 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  22. Gary

    It is not the interest in the stimulus that is going to overwhelm the website – – – It is the interest that we will pay for borrowing so much money for the stimulus that will overwhelm our economy. This is sooooo pathetic.

    March 11, 2009 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  23. DIZIZI31

    Buy more memory... Stimulate the economy

    March 11, 2009 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  24. Steve (the real one)

    So interest in the stimulus could overwhelm a government site. So what! The stimulus will soon overwhelm our wallets!!

    March 11, 2009 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  25. Sgt Wag

    Well that will be the last part of the new Admin to be overwhelmed. Just in case you don't think I have an alternate idea; fire Geithner. America needs confidence. Nobody in the Admin is helping. Hire a new guy who isn't a tax cheat and who CAN use Turbo Tax would be a good start. How about one of my children? Ohh and during a crisis affecting ALL Americans, try not to let leaders in your Admin go in public and say "never waste a good crisis". That's not helping either. ROOKIES!

    March 11, 2009 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |