GAO Y2K Report: Delivery of Key Benefits Hinges on States' Achieving Compliance : LUSENET : TimeBomb 2000 (Y2000) : One Thread

New GAO Report up...

Havent read it yet.


Year 2000 Computing Challenge: Delivery of Key Benefits Hinges on States' Achieving Compliance. T-AIMD/GGD-99-221. 20 pp. June 23, 1999.

This is also newly available...

Year 2000 Computing Challenge: Estimated Costs, Planned Uses of Emergency Funding, and Future Implications. T-AIMD-99-214. 25 pp. plus 1 appendix (2 pp.) June 22, 1999.

-- Diane J. Squire (, July 13, 1999


Find out more about the Y2K problems at... GAO Reports--The Year 2000 Computing Crisis

-- Diane J. Squire (, July 13, 1999.

Year 2000 Computing Crisis: USDA Needs to Accelerate Time Frames for Completing Contingency Planning.

Noted in this report they still haven't trimmed all the Mission Critical yet.... here goes two more ! ( snip ) . 1 The department reported that it had revised the number of mission critical systems from 352 to 350 on April 9, 1999. ( snip ). I thought they were all through with trimming and were concentrating on remediation.

Should help the bean counters, if they aren't critical are they necessary ? why ask why ?

-- kevin (, July 13, 1999.

The risks of Y2k induced failures will increase notice not " may increase ( snip ) USDA reported in its February 1999 Year 2000 quarterly report to OMB that it expected to complete all BCCPs by December 1999. This time frame leaves no room for slippages in dates or time for correcting and retesting the BCCPs should this be necessary. Moreover, the department's December 1999 time frame falls after the beginning of the new fiscal year (October 1, 1999). At that time, the risks of Year 2000- induced failures will increase increase. ( snip ).

-- kevin (, July 13, 1999.">


Year 2000 Risks of State and Local Governments

Available information on the Year 2000 readiness of state and local governments indicates that much work remains. The successful completion of the Year 2000 efforts of these governments is essential, since they perform critical functions in areas such as public safety and benefits payments.

According to information on state Year 2000 activities reported to the National Association of State Information Resource Executives as of June 17, 1999, states reported having thousands of mission- critical systems. With respect to completing the implementation phase for these systems,

* 5 states reported that they had completed between 25 and 49 percent,

* 13 states reported completing between 50 and 74 percent,

* 30 states reported completing 75 percent or more.


-- Linkmeister (, July 13, 1999.

Some info on state unemployment insurance systems...


In addition, in June 1999, OMB reported that as of March 31, 1999, 27 states' unemployment insurance systems were compliant, 11 planned to be completed between April and June 1999, 10 planned to be completed between July and September, and 5 planned to be completed between October and December.


As an example of the benefits that federal/state partnerships can provide is illustrated by the Department of Labor's unemployment services program. In September 1998, we reported that many State Employment Security Agencies were at risk of failure as early as January 1999 and urged the Department of Labor to initiate the development of realistic contingency plans to ensure continuity of core business processes in the event of Year 2000-induced failures. Just last month, we testified that four state agencies systems could have failed if systems in those states had not been programmed with an emergency patch in December 1998. This patch was developed by several of the state agencies and promoted to other state agencies by the Department of Labor.


-- Linkmeister (, July 13, 1999.

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