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State will spend more on Y2K
Computer problem could cost $100 million
COLUMBUS: Spending by state agencies to make their computers resistant to the Y2K bug could top $100 million, a state official said yesterday. Fred Dowdy, the state's Y2K administrator, said Ohio's total will probably match that of other states, whose totals have gone over $100 million.
``We anticipated that we would find problems everywhere, and that's the case,'' Dowdy said.
The state's Controlling Board approved an additional $3.35 million for work to be done in the Department of Human Services and on various security and building control systems.
That brings the total authorized to about $46 million so far. The state has been working on the Y2K problem since 1996.
The seven-member Controlling Board, which includes six legislators and a governor's representative, has the final say on all state spending.
The Administrative Services Department said in May that Y2K costs could hit $61 million. Dowdy said the final figure, which will be significantly higher, will be released next week.
The cost of consultants working on the millennium bug for the state was higher than expected, Dowdy said.
The state has also had to fix and replace more personal computers than anticipated. It also had more problems with what are called ``embedded systems.''
Those are stand-alone computer chips that govern everything from a building's security system to the machines that load salt and sand into Department of Transportation trucks in the winter.
-- Homer Beanfang (Bats@inbellfry.com), October 19, 1999
``We anticipated that we would find problems everywhere, and that's the case'' ... The state has also had to fix and replace more personal computers than anticipated. It also had more problems with what are called ``embedded systems''
Homer's been batting bullseyes again all morning :-) THANKS!
-- Ashton & Leska in Cascadia (email@example.com), October 19, 1999.
Ohio has been working on Y2K since 1996, but so far it has authorized less than half of the amount it thinks it may eventually spend on Y2K? Ouch!
-- Linkmeister (firstname.lastname@example.org), October 19, 1999.