The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act resulted in a surge of Federal grant activity, and consequently a surge in the load on the Grants.gov system. To help the Grants.gov program office prepare the system for this increased load, BPS provided detailed performance testing/analysis and made clear, concrete recommendations.
Although the system strained under loads early on, implementation of the recommendations significantly increased system capacity, and the system successfully handled the heaviest loads. BPS staff worked nights and weekends to test system enhancements off-hours to help minimize the impact to the user community while ensuring the stability, functionality, and performance of the system.
Our hats are off to the dedicated Federal staff and the system integration contractor staff who also put in many late hours…it was a great team effort and ultimately successful.