Summary of Upcoming Changes with User Impacts

(Revised March 18, 2021)
 

AFFECTED USERS CHANGE DESCRIPTION

Effective Date: May 17, 2021 | UEI Forms Available in Production

Applicant, Applicant S2S, Grantor, Grantor S2S

On May 17, 2021, Grants.gov will deploy all new UEI form versions to the Production environment.

Applicant Impact: S2S Applicants must be ready to support Application Packages containing the new UEI form versions.

Grantor Impact: New templates will use the new UEI form versions. Grantors can begin creating Opportunity Packages containing the new UEI form versions.

Visit the Planned UEI Updates page for more information and to view the full list of updated forms.

Effective Date: May 19, 2021 | Enhance Security: Disable Weak Ciphers in Training Environment

Grantor S2S, Applicant S2S

On May 19, 2021, Grants.gov will enhance security for our System-to-System (S2S) interface in the Training environment.

The following weak ciphers will be disabled:

  • TLS_DHE_RSA_WITH_AES_128_CBC_SHA256
  • TLS_DHE_RSA_WITH_AES_256_CBC_SHA256
  • TLS_ECDHE_RSA_WITH_AES_128_CBC_SHA256
  • TLS_ECDHE_RSA_WITH_AES_256_CBC_SHA384

Grants.gov is making this security enhancement in the Training environment first in order to give S2S users an opportunity to test and update their systems in preparation for the September 18, 2021 update in the Production environment.

Impact: Applicant and Grantor S2S Users should update their systems before September 18, 2021

Effective Date: September 18, 2021 | Enhance Security: Disable Weak Ciphers in Production Environment

Grantor S2S, Applicant S2S

On September 18, 2021, Grants.gov will enhance security for our System-to-System (S2S) interface in the Production environment.

The following weak ciphers will be disabled:

  • TLS_DHE_RSA_WITH_AES_128_CBC_SHA256
  • TLS_DHE_RSA_WITH_AES_256_CBC_SHA256
  • TLS_ECDHE_RSA_WITH_AES_128_CBC_SHA256
  • TLS_ECDHE_RSA_WITH_AES_256_CBC_SHA384

Grants.gov plans to make this security enhancement in the Training environment on May 19, 2021 in order to give S2S users an opportunity to test and update their systems in preparation for the update in the Production environment.

Impact: Applicant and Grantor S2S Users should update their systems before September 18, 2021


For the Summary of Recent Changes with User Impact, please see the Releases page for the details of the recent enhancements to Grants.gov.