OPM Web site crushed by high traffic
Updated 4:24 p.m. ET
The Office of Personnel Management Web site was redirected for a time on Tuesday to a site with larger servers to cope with a crush of traffic from curious Web surfers eager to learn about the government's operating status.
"Due to a very high volume of traffic, the other OPM.gov pages are not available now. Please try back later," a message on the page stated. The site was restored later in the day on Tuesday.
The decision about Washington-region office closures posted on that Web page is of high interest to local federal workers, but also impacts those who have business with any shuttered government agencies. Local Federal Executive Boards determine when to close federal facilities in other parts of the country.
OPM.gov had more than 6.1 million total page views on Monday between 3:30 p.m. and 9 p.m., according to White House Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra. That's way up from the approximately 151,000 total page views on a normal day, he said in an e-mail.
Several Federal Eye readers complained on Monday afternoon that the OPM site was inaccessible for several hours. To alleviate the crush of traffic, the Office of Management and Budget redirected the OPM.gov site to an OPM page at Data.gov, the government's new home for open government efforts. Data.gov operates on more robust servers.
"OPM is planning to upgrade its infrastructure to support increased traffic," Kundra said in an e-mail. "They will leverage the data.gov platform throughout this weather period (this week) and will continue to work with GSA to ensure continuity of service."
By the way -- shameless plug alert -- you can avoid OPM.gov entirely and check The Federal Eye later today for updates on whether the government will pull a threefer and close again on Wednesday.
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| February 9, 2010; 1:21 PM ET
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