[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/03/11/art.orszaghand0311.gi.jpg 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 http://www.grants.gov, 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 Grants.gov, 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 grants.gov, 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.