Calif. Gov. Y2k Executive Order 2-17-99 : LUSENET : TimeBomb 2000 (Y2000) : One Thread

Probably in response to the Y2k mess that former Calif. Governor Wilson left to him, Calif. Governor Gray Davis has issued an executive order on the issue of Y2k.

Check it out!

-- Ann Y Body (annybody@nowhere.disorg), February 28, 1999


Ahhh ....... another Executive Order .... more Task Forces and Committees ..... more meetings and minutes ........ just what we need to get the problem solved. Now if the time frame was not cast in concrete this bureaucratic rhetoric would just be another way to spend our money for years to come ..... but not this time !!

-- Ray (, February 28, 1999.

Ray, LOL, my thoughts exactly ... burrow-biz as usual ain't gonna cut it this time ... Ouch!

-- Leska (, February 28, 1999.

I agree with Ray. Did you notice the June 30, 2001 expiration date IF not extended.

-- laf (, February 28, 1999.

While the change in attitude by the governor's office exemplified by D-3 may be too late for some things, it does signal that Gov Davis is at least interested in Y2k and its potential effects. Given the several recommendation in Committee last Wednesday, outlined in my commentary in another thread, that Gov Davis give monthly meetings to full media on the state of the State, that the State Gov begin an active outreach to counties and cities, and finally that the State recognize and condone Grassroots y2k organizations - perhaps, just perhaps, this EO signals that any one of these recommendations might take place, something that never took place under Gov Wilson.

There are things Cal State Gov can do to help prior to y2k, D-3 at least opens the door to the possibility.

-- Mitchell Barnes (, February 28, 1999.

If next year this time things are still all screwed up, you can certainly looudly ask - you guys had a year to solve this problem - why didn't you do something when the governor issued the executive order!!!

Of course, then add, "And you had six years to prevent the whole thing from occurring...."

-- Robert A. Cook, P.E. (Kennesaw, GA) (, February 28, 1999.

Presuming there IS a Calif. state government surviving after Y2K occurs, I imagine the talking points in Sacramento will go something like "blame the predecessor". Alas, in this case, there is some substance to that excuse. Folks on this BB may note my prior thread in which Calif. local government reps expressed to me privately deep concern for lack of involvement at the state level. This state executive order lends more weight to their concerns, in my opinion.

-- Ann Y Body (annybody@nowhere.disorg), February 28, 1999.

I've said this before and I'll say it again:

Many of the folks in executive oversight positions for CA State Y2K have been in place for well over a year and they are still there! Wilson didn't do near enough (this is known as "lack of strong executive sponsorship") and his IT director obviously mesed up, but plenty of Senators and Representatives were serving on the review committees and they didn't do their jobs either. That's what the reviews are for: to ensure that the work is actually getting done on time, on budget, and within spec!

Plenty of blame to go around, not that it matters much...

-- Mac (, February 28, 1999.

Exactly. Last summer the CA state legistlature refused to allocate any new funds over an $US 11 million emergency fund that was all spent by august. This despite a story in the Orange County Register (obviously a bastion of tax and spend liberals, I'm being sarcastic, the OCR is more republican than Pat Buchanan) that suggested the total bill might top $US one billion.

It should be obvious that at the time NOBODY in sacramento had any idea what was going on. I think it was some time in december 1998 before the california office of emergency services had anything posted on their website.

-- PendejoPitHuilson (PeteWilson@whatmeworry?.com), February 28, 1999.


EXECUTIVE ORDER D-3-99 by the Governor of the State of California

WHEREAS, the State of California utilizes numerous information technology systems to provide for the health, welfare and public safety of all Californians; and

WHEREAS, the year 2000 problem, whereby computers are unable to recognize dates beyond 1999, has the potential to significantly disrupt information technology systems and automated devices throughout the world; and

WHEREAS, the ability of California government to deliver vital services and protection to the public is greatly compromised unless the State addresses on a timely basis Year 2000 impacts on its mission-critical automated systems; and

WHEREAS, this Administration believes it has the responsibility, duty and means to coordinate and develop a comprehensive solution to the State's Year 2000 problem; and

WHEREAS, this Administration understands that the Year 2000 issue must be addressed thoroughly and effectively, encompassing, at a minimum, economic, environmental and public safety impacts and do so in a manner that maintains public confidence; and

WHEREAS, this Administration has undertaken a comprehensive reevaluation of the status of state government's Year 2000 efforts and, in turn, simultaneously plans to deploy the organization and resources necessary to complete the State's Year 2000 preparedness; and

WHEREAS, the enormity and complexity of detecting, fixing, testing and implementing Year 2000 solutions, in light of an inflexible deadline, makes time of the essence;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, GRAY DAVIS, Governor of the State of California, by virtue of the power vested in me by the Constitution and statutes of the State of California, do hereby issue this order to become effective immediately:

1.Year 2000 solutions shall be the State's top technology priority; each agency shall defer commencing any new non-Year 2000 computer project that is not required by law; and this deferral applies to any project previously approved with a condition that project commencement could not occur until Year 2000 compliance was obtained; and

2.In testing each mission-critical system, each agency shall utilize commercially available testing tools where the use of such tools is clearly justified on a business decision basis; and

3.In developing effective and comprehensive business continuity plans, each agency shall ensure that its plan provides for the continuous delivery of essential public services in the event of a Year 2000 failure, including a failure which could occur externally; and

4.There is established a Year 2000 Executive Committee to assume statewide leadership, coordination and oversight responsibilities of Year 2000 activities; and

5.The Year 2000 Executive Committee shall be chaired by the Governor's Staff Director and comprised of the Secretary of the Cabinet, the Communications Director, the Legal Affairs Secretary, the Policy Director, the State Chief Information Officer, the Director of Finance, the Director of the Office of Emergency Services, and a non-voting Advisor for Information Technology; and

6.The Year 2000 Executive Committee may invite key stakeholders from federal, state and local government, non-profit organizations and small businesses to provide insight and input; and

7.The status of the State's Year 2000 efforts shall be immediately and comprehensively reevaluated under the direction of the Year 2000 Executive Committee; and

8.The Year 2000 Executive Committee may establish a process for considering exemptions to Directive 1 of this Executive Order regarding the commencement of new non-Year 2000 computer projects; and

9.The Year 2000 Executive Committee shall convene a Year 2000 Business Continuity Task Force that will create a statewide business continuity plan to address the delivery of essential services relying on the coordination of multiple jurisdictions, and to address potential failures of utilities, water, transportation, telecommunication and emergency services; and

10.There is established a Year 2000 Business Council to provide ongoing review of the State's Year 2000 strategies, plans and progress and to contribute best practices and proven solutions; and

11.Members of the California Year 2000 Business Council shall be appointed by the Governor and represent the best and brightest" Year 2000 strategists from the private sector; and

12.There is established a Year 2000 Project Office to coordinate and assess departmental Year 2000 efforts, provide detailed and timely information regarding the Year 2000 projects and serve as a resource for State agencies; and

13.The Year 2000 Project Office shall work at the direction of the Year 2000 Executive Committee and be supported by the Department of Information Technology; and

14.There is established a Year 2000 Emergency Preparedness Task Force to guide State agencies and to work with federal, county and municipal governments in assessing Year 2000 risks and developing worst-case scenarios that might cause significant interruption to government services or constitute public emergencies; and

15.The Year 2000 Emergency Preparedness Task Force will be chaired by the Governor's Office of Emergency Services and be comprised of representatives from public and private sector organizations critical to emergency preparedness; and

16.The Office of Emergency Services shall manage the response to any public emergencies resulting from Year 2000 computer failures; and

17.There is established a Year 2000 Communications and Outreach Task Force to coordinate communications to the public, Legislature and media; and

18.The Year 2000 Communications and Outreach Task Force shall be chaired by the Governor's Communications Director and comprised of public information officers from the Department of Information Technology, the Health and Welfare Data Center, the Stephen P. Teale Data Center and the Department of Finance; and

19.The Year 2000 communications and Outreach Task Force may invite key stakeholders from Executive Branch departments, boards and commissions, Constitutional Offices, and the University of California and California State University systems to provide insight and input; and

20.State agencies shall not purchase new systems, hardware, software, or equipment that is not Year 2000 compliant or fails to contain Year 2000 contract language; and

21.This Executive Order supercedes Executive Order W-163-97; and

22.Unless subsequently extended, this Executive Order shall sunset June 30, 2001.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of California to be affixed this 17th 17th day of February 1999. Gray Davis (signed) Governor of California

ATTEST: Bill Jones (signed) Secretary of State

-- Ann Y Body (annybody@nowhere.disorg), February 28, 1999.

It would seem to me that there should be no reason why all meetings held by these new committees should not be open to the public, per the California Sunshine Act.

-- Ann Y Body (annybody@nowhere.disorg), February 28, 1999.

Good Grief! Are we just NOW getting around to that? Doesn't anybody in Sac'to realize that we have less than ten months???????

"Make it so. Engage."

Got Replicators?

Mary P.

-- Mary P. (, February 28, 1999.

Two points of interest stated by one of the budget committee members during last wed 24th Feb hearing.

There is a $20 million y2k emergency fund, untouched.

All Depts have had unlimited budget for y2k matters.

Power flows from the top, the Govenor. Committees, Senators, and Assemblymen can ask, but unless the Govenor has created a climate of cooperation in these matters Depts do not always respond.

Cases in point highlighting this came up at the hearing.

Dept of Ed was requested two years ago to work with all school districts. Hasn't been done.

Dept of Corrections was asked about the state of security in prisons and jails. Hasn't been done.

From the Committee's POV an independent auditor was hired last year with the task of auditing the various Depts. Because that task was changed, by whom we don't know, and no independent audit has been conducted, DOIT must seek out a company to conduct that audit. The committee was royally ticked, as I reported before "Perjury" was talked about in relation to this point.

I'm not apologizing for the longer term lack committee or individual vociferousness, but at the same time I'm saying that the picture of accountability is much more complex than it appears on surface or has been bandied about on this thread.

Attend these hearings in person, they are very informative. The news media is not covering them worth $#!+. YOU cover them in person, then post the reports here like Pam G and I did. The more who do this the broader our understanding will be. The really adventurous can post them on csy2k.

-- Mitchell Barnes (, March 01, 1999.

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