A few more details on FAA and DEFENSE problems

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Tuesday March 30, 8:36 pm Eastern Time

U.S. FAA, Defense behind in Y2K readiness-Senate

WASHINGTON, March 30 (Reuters) - A U.S. Senate panel warned on Tuesday that the Federal Aviation Administration, the Defense Department, and Health and Human Services would miss the government's March 31 deadline to prepare computers for the year 2000 millennium bug.

The Senate's special committee on the computer problem said it expected 90 percent of the federal government to meet Wednesday's government-wide readiness deadline.

``However, the remaining 10 percent are a concern because they include critical systems and services which play an important part in maintaining the health and well-being of our nation's citizens,'' the committee said in a statement.

Some of the critical government computers that will not be ready by March 31 include mission planning systems for F-117A Stealth and F-15E fighters. U.S. Ballistic Missile Early Warning System command and control networks will also not meet the deadline, although they should be operational later this year, according to the committee's chairman, Republican Sen. Robert Bennett of Utah.

The U.S. government's computer readiness deadline was set for March 31 to give agencies enough time to test their computers before Jan. 1, 2000.

The millennium problem, often referred to as Y2K for year 2000, arises because many older computers record dates using only the last two digits of the year. If left uncorrected, such systems could treat the year 2000 as the year 1900, generating errors or system crashes next Jan. 1.

The Senate's Y2K committee singled out the Federal Aviation Administration, the Department of Defense and the Department of Health and Human Services for falling behind in readiness efforts.

With more than 250 different computers making up the air traffic control system, the FAA has been struggling to check and fix 23 million lines of computer code, according to congressional auditors.

Bennett said the Defense Department was only 72 percent complaint. Nearly 160 mission-critical systems at the Pentagon will not meet the March 31 deadline.

The committee also warned that problems at Health and Human Services could cause problems for the nation's 34 million Medicare beneficiaries.

The FAA and other federal departments cited for problems say there is no cause for concern because they expected their computers to be ready by Jan. 1.

JAN 1ST???????

-- Mike Lang (webflier@erols.com), March 30, 1999


And whatever happened to September 30, 1998?


-- Kevin (mixesmusic@worldnet.att.net), March 30, 1999.


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