March 11, 2009 By Wayne Hanson
Grants.gov subject to a "significant risk of failure," says OBM Director Peter Orszag (pictured)
Grants.gov -- the federal government's grants Web site for information on billions of dollars in federal grant programs -- has slowed causing frustration according to the Grants.gov blog A post yesterday by the site's Project Management Office said the high user volume continues: "We have over 2,500 users logged-on and 1,200 users conducting searches." A related story by the Washington Post quotes OBM Director Peter Orszag as saying a 60 percent increase in stimulus-bill-related site traffic poses a "significant risk of failure."
This Digital Communities white paper highlights discussions with IT officials in four counties that have adopted shared services models. Our aim was to learn about the obstacles these governments have faced when it comes to shared services and what it takes to overcome those roadblocks. We also spoke with several members of the IT industry who have thought long and hard about these issues. The paper offers some best practices for shared government-to-government services, but also points out challenges that government and industry still must overcome before this model gains widespread adoption.