September 20, 2010 § Leave a comment
Posted on behalf of Philip W. Clark, Grants.gov Program Manager
On July 24 and 25, Grants.gov released the first system build since completing the implementation of the “boost.” The July build provided much needed system maintenance and enhancements for both the grantor and applicant communities. New features in the recent build include improvements in basic search functions, verification, and reporting capabilities.
Grants.gov recently launched the new iPortal, a new self-help web portal that offers additional assistance in finding and applying for federal grants on Grants.gov. The iPortal includes: search capabilities for the top 10 most-requested help topics, a searchable knowledge base, self-service help ticket generation, and live one-on-one help via web chat as well as alerts and other important system notifications.
On October 9 and 10, Grants.gov will release this year’s second system build. In addition to system maintenance, the build will implement critical system security enhancements by providing improvements in data confidentiality and integrity and ensuring compliance with current system security regulations in an effort to better protect both individual users and organizations. Users will be required to create new and stronger passwords and adhere to password expiration policies. The Grants.gov Program Management Office (PMO) is currently in the process of preparing training materials for both applicants and grantors in preparation for the upcoming build and will provide those materials to users well in advance of the build.
Finally, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the Grants Executive Board (GEB) are currently reviewing the business case for the Next Generation of Grants.gov. FY 2012 budget decisions are expected soon and will drive the scope and pace of implementation of the many enhancements that stakeholders have identified during the Grants.gov Next Generation planning process. The Grants.gov PMO will prepare implementation plans for further stakeholder review once budget decisions are made.