Readers who have used Grants.gov to submit federal grant applications and who have experienced difficulties might find some comfort in a report that was released in July. The report, titled "Grants.gov Has Systemic Weaknesses that Require Attention," was based on a study conducted by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) in 2008 and 2009. The GAO surveyed federal agencies that use the Grants.gov system and came up with several recommendations for improving the system.

 

The report covers a lot of ground, including the benefits of Grants.gov, applicants' experiences with submitting grant proposals, the governance structure of Grants.gov, and the range...

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