2 out of 43? Unbelievable!

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This is from the Dick Armey's Freedom site: Boy is someone pissed off. Do we really believe someone is listening?????

Today, Subcommittee Chairman Steve Horn released the most recent evaluation of the Administration's efforts to make the federal government Y2K compliant. According to Chairman Horn, the House's expert on the Year 2000 problem, the Administration is not being completely honest in assessing its Year 2000 readiness.

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has identified 43 federal "high impact" programs that provide critical services to millions of Americans nationwide, such as food stamps, Medicare, Child Welfare and the Air Traffic Control System. However, Horn's Subcommittee judges that only two (Social Security and National Weather Service) of these major high impact programs are Year 2000 complaint. Some of them will not be ready until December 1999.

"Unbelievable. These are the programs that the Administration itself has determined must continue to function," said Dick Armey. "I think everyone agrees that we can't be without programs like the Air Traffic Control System when the year 2000 dawns.

"It's less than 200 days until January 1 and most of the Administration's 'critical' programs are not ready," Armey continued. " The clock is ticking. I hope this Administration is listening."

-- y2k dave (xsdaa111@hotmail.com), June 15, 1999


What happened to end of July? What happened to end of September? I just went from 8 1/2 to a 9 1/2! What testing? There are no error rates! Where is Dieter when ya need him! I can't spell infidels!!!!!

-- FLAME AWAY (BLehman202@aol.com), June 15, 1999.

As stated by John Travolta in the movie "Face Off"...


-- Jim the Window Washer (Rational@man.com), June 15, 1999.

Link for the above news release...


-- Linkmeister (link@librarian.edu), June 15, 1999.

Then why are the grades up?


-- b (b@b.b), June 15, 1999.

Read the "high-impact" details (PDF format). What the !@#$% are those "Unknown" entries doing in the Completion Date field? This is June, 1999. Most places I've worked, a project manager who gave an ECD of "Unknown" on a mission-critical project that was nearing deadline would be replaced.

I don't understand this at all. The "December" completion dates are bad enough, but "Unknown" at this point is completely unacceptable.

-- Mac (sneak@lurk.hid), June 15, 1999.

Gee...the web page belongs to the House Majority leader....*hum* I wonder. I mean, there couldn't be any BIAS in all this could there? NAH!

-- Full Blown Cynic (cynic@by.nature), June 15, 1999.

It looks like Milne will have plenty of TOAST to eat next year! ;)

-- FLAME AWAY (BLehman202@aol.com), June 15, 1999.

Full Blown Cynic

This is hardly a partisan issue.

-- Dog Gone (layinglow@rollover.now), June 15, 1999.

"This is hardly a partisan issue."

You know that. I know that. But do the children in DC know that?

-- Full Blown Cynic (cynic@by.nature), June 15, 1999.

Excuse me folks, was there actually anyone who believed this scenerio was going to be better? Seriously...this is no shock, is it? Read the facts and then tell me how many amoung us is still holding tight to a " 5 "?

-- Will continue (farming@home.com), June 15, 1999.

I thought they told us they were finished March 30.

Or was that "going to be finished by March 30" - and they just got the year wrong.....

Look people, the source (House of Rep's) might be biased because it is not a Democratic mouthpiece, but is the alternative (the federal government) either (a) not biased either, or (b) reliable and proven accurate before, or (c) a known source of spun misinformation with an agenda of protecting this administration from its mistakes.

A couple of points - the March 30 completion date was, and remains, a media and administration fabricated "date" that doesn't match the facts, the actual degree of remediation will become evident next year, perhaps as early as November this year, and they (the federal government) will spin its (probable) failures by blaiming any and all instances of failure as the result of hoarding and panic-mongering by the right-wing extremists who have tried to prepare.

They (the federal government) will also deny any responsibility for this failure.

-- Robert A. Cook, PE (Kennesaw, GA) (cook.r@csaatl.com), June 15, 1999.

'Unknown' may be unacceptable, but it probably describes almost every remediation project in government. It also probably describes some of the *missions* of some agencies pretty well.

-- Flint (flintc@mindspring.com), June 15, 1999.

Yeah Flint, you're right on this one. Those % figures published have always been a guess, haven't they? The truth is they never really know where they are in the completion game. Numbers are for data lovers only. It's all unknown until it's finished, and even then there may be a whole bunch of patches to come. Just ask Microsoft. The only sure way to know that it's finished is if the fat lady sings.

-- Gordon (gpconnolly@aol.com), June 16, 1999.

(1) Q. Who's a 5? A. Anyone who was a 1 or 2!

(2) With October, November, DECEMBER, and "Unknown" completion dates, who is going to believe that they'll make it? Projects will continue to slip...

(3) Is this administration listening? Probably not.

-- Mad Monk (madmonk@hawaiian.net), June 16, 1999.

All the variables surrounding this issue cannot be reduced or quantified simply to a "number" or "grade". When you're staring down the barrel of a big iron app at 3 in morning with NO IDEA what the heck happened, you'd be damn glad if it is only an "F". There is no appropriate scale to quantify that feeling. Buckle up, the magic show is about to begin...

I do commend Horn and Bennett's effort but it is just another example of the disconnect between those who talk and those who walk.


"Some people make things happen, some people watch things happen and some people ask, what the heck happened?"

-- br14 (br14@bout.done), June 16, 1999.

how can your government departments seriously blame others for their own failure to deliver a computer project on time, i like the new target completion date (December 1999), why couldn't they have admitted that years ago

what are their contingency measures!

-- dick of the dale (rdale@coynet.com), June 16, 1999.


When this particular fat lady sings we are going to wish she was vocally challenged.

Mad Monk,

I gotta admit my D&G tatoo is glowing brighter than it was last week this time.


-- MidwestMike_ (midwestmike_@hotmail.com), June 16, 1999.

repeat after me: "it's just a bump in the road. It's just a bump in the road......" You are getting sleepy, very sleepy.......

-- farmer (hillsidefarm@drbs.net), June 16, 1999.

...I touched off a few rounds through my new 2 inch .357 magnum.just over 2 inch groupings at tem meters,and I guess that's just fine.

-- zoobie (zoobiezoob@yahoo.com), June 17, 1999.

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