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-- Critt Jarvis (middleground@critt.com), April 15, 1999


Thanks for getting this forum up and running critt. I know that you have been working very hard on y2k awareness for some time now.

I will certainly post this site on my local community web page so that folks with questions will be able to come here for reliable answers about y2k issues.

I would like to share the following links which provide some information about NC and y2k:

The link that follows is the official NC y2k site, but since I do not have Acrobat, I could not access the status reports of the various agencies. Perhaps someone could post the summaries here? http://year2000.state.nc.us

This following website offers a comparision of the various states. From CIO Magazine, it compares the level of preparedness for each state and the amount of money spent on remediation thus far. According to this April 1, 1999 article, NC's status was 37% of schedualed work completed as of December 31, 1998. http://www2.cio.com/archive/040199_y2k_sorted.cfm?what=state

-- Lilly (homesteader145@yahoo.com), April 16, 1999.

Thanks for doing all this work, Critt, and good luck! I expect it will take a little while for the word to get around about a forum dedicated to North Carolinians, but I'm sure it will be a success.

I'd like to see the forum stick strictly to Y2K matters and not wander off into peripheral isssues. I know other matters are indirectly linked to Y2K but I don't think we can afford the luxury of discussing who's at fault or why or what the Chinese think about Yugoslavia.

We have only 7-1/2 months left to go. When did YOU start preparing? For us it was 8-1/2 months ago and we're still not as ready as I'd like to be. What about those just starting out? They don't need to know why Y2K is, they only need to know it IS and will be here shortly! And the closer it gets to teh end of the year, the more difficult it will be to find needed items.

The more work we do now to ameliorate problems, the fewer pressures there'll be on everyone as the clock ticks past midnight on 21 December. We're fast running out of time to prepare others, let alone ourselves.

Your forum is an excellent step in the right direction. Thanks again.

-- Old Git (anon@spamproblems.com), April 18, 1999.

It's good to see some local GI's. They seem to be few and far between in the New Bern area. I'll check back and look for more Eastern NC news on Y2K.

-- MB (mdbutler@coastalnet.com), April 21, 1999.

Statewide Year 2000 Project Steering Committee Findings March 22, 1999 Year 2000 Readiness Disclosure Budget/Funding Status 7 Projected additional funding requirements are $6,967,311, including $4,100,000 additional cost identified by the OSA for IV&V. The balance in the Year 2000 Special Fund is $13,148,481 prior to the potential approval of $1,009,825 at the March 22 nd Steering Committee meeting. Applications and Procedures 7 There continues to be a significant increase in the number of application system status updates provided by agencies and universities. This continues to cause fluctuations in data presented on the reports from month to month. 7 The Composite Risk Assessment provides indicators for seven key areas that the Project Office is monitoring. There are two agencies that received the highest marks for each category. They are the Department of Cultural Resources and Office of the State Auditor. 7 Statewide effort expended has increased from 73% in January 1999 to 76% in February 1999. Based on status reports provided, the number of Full Time Equivalents (FTEs) that worked during February was 240, compared with 351 FTEs reported in January. This is partially due to projects being completed, and a reduced need for resources based on project schedules. However, this was a significant decrease in FTEs and the Project Office is monitoring this closely. 7 According to the projections for completion based on prior progress, the number of agencies that will potentially not be complete by December 31, 1999 has not changed since last month. Based on these same projections, the number of agencies that will potentially not be complete by June 30, 1999 has increased by 8. This is a trend that the Project Office is monitoring closely. 7 The projections in the above finding are based on progress reported in the last 3 months. However, based on workplans provided, the agencies and universities below will complete application system remediation efforts in the following timeframes. By June 30, 1999: Department of Public Instruction Department of State Treasurer Office of the State Controller UNC-Greensboro UNC- Charlotte East Carolina University NC A&T State University Western Carolina University By December 31, 1999: Department of Revenue Elizabeth City State University North Carolina School of the Arts Department of Health and Human Services Department of Transportation North Carolina State University Department of Environment and Natural Resources Department of Administration Department of Justice UNC-Chapel Hill Department of Agriculture Department of Insurance UNC-Hospitals Department of Crime Control and Public Safety North Carolina Central University UNC- Wilmington Department of Commerce Employment Security Commission Fayetteville State University After December 31, 1999: Winston-Salem State University Administrative Office of the Courts 7 There are 39 systems that are identified in the Watch Quadrant detail report. Based on the new Steering Committee policy, agencies and universities must provide the Project Office the following information for Watch Quadrant systems: 1. Contingency plans 2. Formal response from the agency head or chancellor that provides actions being taken to address any slippage.

-- mb (mdbutler@coastalnet.com), April 21, 1999.

Page 2 Statewide Year 2000 Project Steering Committee Findings March 22, 1999 Year 2000 Readiness Disclosure 7 402 systems were planned to be put into production by February 1999. As of 2/28/1999, 404 systems had actually been put into production. This differential has changed dramatically from last months negative variance of 72 systems. The primary reason for this fluctuation is that agencies and universities have provided revised project plans. The Systems in Production  Planned vs Actual (By Agency/ University) report breaks this information down by agency and university. 7 The actual number of systems put into production is still an area that the Project Office is monitoring. The later that systems are scheduled to be put into production, the less opportunity there will be to address the potential risk of failures. An additional 58 systems are currently scheduled to be put into production in March, and 64 are scheduled to be put into production in April. It is important for these schedules to be met. 7 Revisions to Interface Inventories and Mutual Interface Remediation Agreements (MIRAs) still need to be provided to the Project Office. 7 Many agencies and universities have been working diligently with their liaisons to refine their interface inventories. The number of interfaces recorded is 1120, an increase of 310 from last month. However, there is still significant clean-up required in order to accurately record all interface details. 7 Only 27% of required MIRAs have been returned to the Project Office. 7 The Office of the State Auditor continued to facilitate IV&V testing efforts. IT Infrastructure 7 The Year 2000 Project Office continued to collect Third Party Product Inventories. 7 77% of Third Party IT Software Product Inventories have been returned to the Project Office. 7 Only 36% of Third Party IT Hardware Product Inventories have been returned to the Project Office. Out of sixteen(16) agencies that have returned these inventories, four(4) have implemented Asset Insight asset tracking software provided by the Project Office, and three(3) are actively deploying this product. 7 The Project Office discontinued discussions with the previously identified data research vendor due to contractual issues. The Project Office created a web page with links to consolidated research sites and individual vendor research sites (for the 25 most common vendors used by the state of North Carolina) that provide information on third party product compliance status. Embedded Chip Systems 7 The Year 2000 Project Office has facilitated two meetings of a Medical Users Group and one meeting for a Transportation Vehicle Users Group. The Project Office is beginning to create a consolidated status report that includes all embedded chip areas. 7 One area of concern for the Project Office and STS is voice systems within the area of telecommunications. While STS has requested inventories from each agency and university, response has been poor to date. 7 The Department of Administration continues to manage the Facilities Readiness Program. Supply Chain 7 The Division of Purchase and Contract continues to lead the Supply Chain Task Force, which is currently identifying and assessing all the States mission critical suppliers. The Supply Chain Task Forces last meeting was Friday March 19 th , at which time the topic of business continuity planning was discussed.

-- mb (mdbutler@coastalnet.com), April 21, 1999.


If you email news items in txt, html, or Word I'll create a place for them. When appropriate, I can either add to a thread or create a new topic that refrences the article.



-- Critt Jarvis (critt@critt.com), April 21, 1999.

Hi, Critt and fellow Tarheels. Sorry I missed the (first?) Great NC Y2K Tour- work gets in the way. Glad to find the forum.

I'd like to see notices of worthwhile/important news and information regarding Y2K, ideas for coping better, recommendations of 'stuff' and good sources for it from people who have experience with a particular product/vendor, etc. Information relating specifically to NC or the southeast in general would be useful but that shouldn't rule out worthwhile material of national or international scope.

And I hope things will stay (dare I say) on topic. The signal to noise ratio at the old place is such now that it's almost not worth going there. This li'l dog would rather stay on the porch.


-- Lee P. Lapin (lplapin@hotmail.com), April 22, 1999.

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