Gearing up for grants


Can agencies handle the upcoming crush of stimulus grant applications? Apparently is already seeing a big spike in traffic. So OMB director Peter Orszag wants agencies to review their grant systems and make improvements to handle the increased workload. The deadline for that review is Friday.

“We want to make sure that the systems are in place to handle what everyone expects will be an unprecedented number of grant applications,” Orszag said.

I wonder, though, if some agencies will be reluctant to invest a lot of time and money in adding new capacity to their grants systems — because that will be excess capacity after the stimulus spending is done.

How is your agency preparing? We’d love to hear — either via e-mail or in the comments section.


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