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DOJ's web traffic surged 7,000% with Mueller report release

Mueller report

Interest in Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election translated into a massive spike in Justice.gov web traffic, but the Department of Justice's Office of the CIO scaled up services to successfully manage the loads.

DOJ CIO Joe Klimavicz, when asked by FCW about IT contingency planning related to the release, said his team "worked diligently with our web service industry partners" and procured 50,000 gigabytes of additional hosting bandwidth.

That advance preparation proved valuable, as visits to Justice.gov surged more than 7,000% on April 18. The site receives 8 million visits on an average day, Klimavicz said, but by 5 p.m. on the day of the release, there had already been more than 587 million visits -- 247 million of which came within the first hour of the report's release.

There were no IT performance or availability issues during the release of the report, Klimavicz said, noting that DOJ also increased our web server capacity to allow for faster download speeds and ensure continued accessibility of the 142 MB report throughout the day.

FCW's Chase Gunter contributed reporting to this story.

About the Author

Troy K. Schneider is editor-in-chief of FCW and GCN.

Prior to joining 1105 Media in 2012, Schneider was the New America Foundation’s Director of Media & Technology, and before that was Managing Director for Electronic Publishing at the Atlantic Media Company. The founding editor of NationalJournal.com, Schneider also helped launch the political site PoliticsNow.com in the mid-1990s, and worked on the earliest online efforts of the Los Angeles Times and Newsday. He began his career in print journalism, and has written for a wide range of publications, including The New York Times, WashingtonPost.com, Slate, Politico, National Journal, Governing, and many of the other titles listed above.

Schneider is a graduate of Indiana University, where his emphases were journalism, business and religious studies.

Click here for previous articles by Schneider, or connect with him on Twitter: @troyschneider.


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